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Europe to the Mongol Steppe

River crossing in Mongolia

38 DAYS

Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Belarus, Russia & Mongolia:

Escape to the ends of the earth in the footsteps of the great Mongol warriors on this incredible adventure ride from the BMW days in Garmisch, Germany to Eastern Europe & Russia and onto the Mongolia capital of Ulaanbaatar. This once in a lifetime ride will discover a rare beauty of vast empty lands, epic landscapes and an amazingly friendly people that live in these far off lands. If incredible history, vast landscapes, nomadic horsemen and legends of the Mongol Horde is your thing then this ride is for you.

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Grade 4 Bike Tour

90% of this ride will be paved; a lot of these roads shall be in very poor condition, narrow and with rough shoulders and massive potholes. Some roads will be extremely busy with drivers that have a very different attitude to driving than we do in the west.

10% of this ride is off road, some of these tracks are very rough with gravel surfaces and some very small patches of sand and a small number of creek crossings. Some muddy patches may be encountered, (depending on weather)

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 Distance: approx 11,000ks km / 6,875 mi

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Stunning accommodation, White Lake, Mongolia

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Blue Cupolas in the Russian countryside

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DATES & PRICES

2014 Dates Tour Code Price (BYO bike) Availability
4th Jul to 10th Aug 2014 EMS/040714 Rider: € 9,900.00 AVAILABLE
Co-rider: € 7,000.00 2 PLACES
Compass Bike Rental  
BMW F700 GS: € 110.00 per day  
BMW F800 GS: € 110.00 per day  
BMW R1200 GS: € 120 per day  
BMW R1200 GS Adventure: € 135 per day  

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Riding the Grossglockner
  • Prague
  • Riding the Carinthia Mountains of the Czech Republic
  • Red Square, Moscow
  • Traditional Russian village of Suzdal
  • Lake Baikal
  • The Ural factory in Irbit
  • Khovsguul Nuur, Mongolia
  • Ger Camping in Mongolia
  • Tsagaan Nuur
  • Ulaanbaatar

TOUR INFORMATION

Tour start: Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany
Tour end: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Accommodation: 29 nights in 3 & 4 star hotels, 5 nights wildcamping, 3 nights in Gers & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: € 2,280.00
Ride Days: 30

THE RIDE

Week one

We depart the amazing BMW days at Garmisch, in the shadows of Germany’s largest mountain, the Zugspitze, before riding ones of Europe’s finest rides of the Großglockner. We cross into Austria and ride the Nockalmstrasse one of the most breathtakingly beautiful rides in Carinthia before entering the Czech Republic and spending two nights in the stunning city of Prague. We ride north from Prague and into the UNESCO Geopark of the Jizera River region of castles, châteaux’s and monuments between Jicin and Turnov. The ride will then cross into Poland and visit Krakow to see the week out.

Week two

From Poland we enter Belarus a land of cornflower fields, thick primeval forests and picturesque villages before crossing into Russia a land littered with cultural and natural treasures. We ride up the edge of imposing Red Square and park our bikes in the shadow of St Basils. Continuing on we visit Suzdal a town seemingly caught in a time warp complete with gingerbread houses and a crumbling Kremlin.

Week Three

We enter Kazan spectacularly set on the banks of the Volga and home to the amazing UNESCO listed Kremlin. We cross the Ural Mountains, the border between Europe and Asia, and visit Perm-36 a infamous Gulag for political, artist, scientists and intellectual prisoners after 1946. We visit the Ural factory and museum in Irbit before crossing into Siberia and stopping in Tomsk, one of Siberia’s oldest cities.

Week Four

The ride continues to the jewel in the Siberian crown, Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake in the world that contains 1/5th of the world’s supply of fresh water. We shall visit the wonderful Irkutsk the stepping off point for Lake Baikal; with it traditional wooden houses slowing sinking into the permafrost alongside glittering hotels. The week is seen out as we near the Mongolia border.

Week Five

We cross into the amazing Mongolia, the “land of blue skies” and a destination that occupies the hearts of every adventure biker. We ride west wild camping in spectacular seclusion before reaching the stunning lake of Khovsguul Nuur surrounded by alpine forests and towering granite peaks. The riding becomes more and more spectacular as we ride south to another incredible lakeside Ger Camp at Tsagaan Nuur.

Last 3 days

We ride northeast and stop at the wonderful Fairview Guesthouse at Tsetserleg before riding into Ulaanbaatar via the former capital city of Mongolia at Kharkhorin established by Genghis Khan. The tour ends in Ulaanbaatar the capital of Mongolia.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Airport Transfers
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Flight from Ulaanbaatar back to Germany
  • Shipping for motorcycle back to Germany (Can take up to two months)
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • Wild camping & Ger Camps
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions dress shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights to Germany
  • Fuel
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

ACCOMMODATION

  • 29 nights in 3 to 4 star hotels, 5 nights wildcamping, 3 nights in Gers & 1 bonus night
  • Accommodation ranges from small very basic hotels through to 4 star hotels
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • Single supplement: € 2,280.00

INCLUDED MEALS

On every day of the tour we include breakfast. On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen. We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before.

Breakfasts: 38 / Lunches: 31 / Dinners: 13

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Please note that you will need to be in Garmisch one day prior to start of expedition.

It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. Compass Expeditions has negotiated a 10% discount with various insurance providers, see Travel Insurance for details.

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Understanding The Tour Grade System

This ride grade system is a guide only and it should not be assumed that if a grade 4 ride, for example, is booked and a rider has had limited experience on dirt that it will be beyond them.

Likewise it should not be assumed that if a grade one ride is booked a rider is assured that no dirt will be ever encountered, governments love road works.



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