Moscow Kremlin at Midnight
Moscow Kremlin at Midnight
Moscow – Red Square – Midnight
Moscow – Red Square – Midnight
Moscow – Police use BMWs
Moscow – Police use BMWs
Russian Toy Soldiers
Russian Toy Soldiers
Russian Matryoshka Dolls
Russian Matryoshka Dolls
Suzdal Reflections
Suzdal Reflections
Suzdal Moto Trip
Suzdal Moto Trip
The New and the Old in Suzdal
The New and the Old in Suzdal
Suzdal Carriage Transport
Suzdal Carriage Transport
Windmill and Reflections
Windmill and Reflections
Yaroslavl Cathedral Scene
Yaroslavl Cathedral Scene
Vologda River Scene
Vologda River Scene
Vologda lunch stop
Vologda lunch stop
From the Yaroslavl Rooftops
From the Yaroslavl Rooftops
Doing Laundry at Voznesen’e – Svir River
Doing Laundry at Voznesen’e – Svir River
Farm and Cathedral on Kizhi Island
Farm and Cathedral on Kizhi Island
Country Lane On Kizhi Island
Country Lane On Kizhi Island
Karelia Forest Scene
Karelia Forest Scene
Lodge Bed – Big Bear
Lodge Bed – Big Bear
Lodge Restaurant – Big Bear
Lodge Restaurant – Big Bear
Solovetsky Flower Planting in Monastery Yard
Solovetsky Flower Planting in Monastery Yard
Solovetsky – Monk and Bike in monastery
Solovetsky – Monk and Bike in monastery
Solovetsky Island Pilgrims at Worship
Solovetsky Island Pilgrims at Worship
Sveta On the Solovetsky Islands
Sveta On the Solovetsky Islands
Valaam Lake Cabin
Valaam Lake Cabin
Sveta Found a Ural
Sveta Found a Ural
Valaam Island Arch
Valaam Island Arch
Relaxing in a Valaam Island Park
Relaxing in a Valaam Island Park
Cruising St Petersburg
Cruising St Petersburg
St Petersburg Canal Scene
St Petersburg Canal Scene
St Petersburg Artist
St Petersburg Artist
Peterhof Wedding
Peterhof Wedding
Fishing in Pskov
Fishing in Pskov
Monastery Statue Guard – Pskov
Monastery Statue Guard – Pskov
Pskov- Village Scene
Pskov- Village Scene
At Pushkin Place
At Pushkin Place
Estonian Coffee Break
Estonian Coffee Break
Fish For Lunch
Fish For Lunch
Fueling in Karelia
Fueling in Karelia
Hermitage at Night
Hermitage at Night
Laituri Cabin
Laituri Cabin
Pskov Lunch Stop
Pskov Lunch Stop
Red Square Photo
Red Square Photo
Relaxing at Valaam
Relaxing at Valaam
Riding Republic of Karelia
Riding Republic of Karelia
Riding Rural Russia
Riding Rural Russia
Saint Basils Group Shot
Saint Basils Group Shot
Saint Petersburg at Night
Saint Petersburg at Night
Saint Petersburg Fruit Vendor
Saint Petersburg Fruit Vendor
Sortavala Digs
Sortavala Digs
Sortavala Picnic
Sortavala Picnic
Suzdal Catherdral and Bike
Suzdal Catherdral and Bike
Wheel Balancing
Wheel Balancing

Tour Schedule 2015

Date2015 AdventuresDaysPrice(USD)Co-riderNotes
May 30 - Jun 13Beyond the Golden Ring15$9,975 $7,500 NEW!

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At a Glance
Beyond the Golden Ring Adventure

DayRoute/Location         ("Mouse-Over" cities below for more information) Km
1Arrive Riga, Latvia0
2Riga to Izborsk, Russia300
3Izborsk to Zapadnaya Dvina380
4Zapadnaya Dvina to Moscow 370
5Free Day in Moscow
6 Moscow - Suzdal 220
7Suzdal - Vologda390
8Vologda - Tikhvin 440
9Tikhvin - Sortavala 400
10 Free Day Sortavala 
11Sortavala - St. Petersburg475
12 Free Day St. Petersburg
13St. Petersburg - Tallinn, Estonia 365
14 Tallinn - Riga, Latvia 310
15Depart Riga



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Welcome to the Real Russia!

The Golden Ring is a collection of cites northeast of Moscow. This Premium Class Adventure features a visit to these popular cities, which are sometimes called “open air museums”. They are picturesque and charming, featuring small, quaint villages, monasteries, kremlins, churches, and cathedrals. But “Beyond the Golden Ring” offers so much more in addition to these delightful cities.

Much of this Adventure takes place in the “Real Russia” - the one “ beyond the Golden Ring”. We’ll take the “road less traveled” where you'll enjoy the natural and architectural beauty found in the heart of Russia. You’ll get to know the Russia of princes, czars and folk tales. Before heading to St. Petersburg we’ll ride to the small town of Sortavala where we’ll stay in a beautiful lodge on Lake Ladoga - Europe’s largest lake. The free day at Sortavala will allow us to take an exclusive cruise to Valaam - one of the most popular islands on the lake, where we’ll also enjoy a shasklik - a classic Russian cookout.

Much of this trip will take place in the beautiful Karelia Region of Russia during the time of "White Nights". The weather will be warm and pleasant, and it will never really get dark, as the sun does not set until nearly midnight and sunrise is well before 4 am. It's a delightful time to travel in the Russian wilderness, riding through enchanting forests and among countless lovely lakes and rivers.

One of the most surprising things that our riders on this tour have experienced in the number of places that we’ve visited in which locals claim to have never seen a visitor from North America.

After spending two nights in St. Petersburg, we’ll return to Riga via Tallinn, Estonia, where we’ll enjoy a most entertaining evening in this charming, medieval city.

Our choice of accommodations is outstanding and meals are delightful and typically Russian.

(Ron Ayres wrote a blog about his scouting trip in Russia that led to the development of this Ayres Adventure. If you'd like to read the blog articles, just click on "Ron's Travels" at the top of the website. The articles appear in reverse chronological order.)




The Route

Although approximately 95% of the route is paved, road conditions vary considerably in rural areas. Although most of the roads are lovely, some secondary roads are rough with uneven surfaces, freeze-damaged surfaces, and occasional potholes. Unpaved sections do not require technical off-road experience, but riders should have experience riding gravel roads.

This trip is intended for experienced riders.

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Additional Information

Includes BMW F700GS motorcycle
Additional charge for a Ducati Monster 696 (limited number - on special request)
Additional charge of $295 for BMW F800GS
Additional charge of $295 for a Ducati Hyperstrada 800 (limited number - on special request)
Additional charge of $910 for BMW R1200GS
Additional charge of $910 for a Ducati Multistrada 1200 (limited number - on special request)
Additional charge of $1,275 for BMW R1200RT
Additional charge of $1,715 for BMW K1300GT
Additional charge of $2,025 for BMW K1600GT
Single room supplement - $1575
Meals: All breakfasts and dinners

Zapadnaya Dvina to Moscow. As we approach Moscow we'll begin to experience some big-city traffic, but fortunately most of it will be going in the opposite direction. It's Friday night and there are many more people leaving Moscow for the weekend than are heading into the city. Once parked and checked into our hotel we'll head out for a final celebration dinner and perhaps go out to see the night lights at Red Square. A great way to end a great Russian Adventure.
Your free day in Moscow will provide an opportunity to shake off jet lag and explore the city, including a tour of Red Square and the Kremlin.
Model
Specifications
Ayres Adventures BMW F700GS

BMW F700GS

Seat Height: 820 mm
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Dry Weight: 186 kg / 410 lb
Fuel Capacity: 16 Liters / 4.2 Gallons
Displacement: 798 cc


Damage Deposit:
Africa (except South Africa and Swaziland): $3,000
South Africa and Swaziland: $1,500
Alaska/Canada: $2,500
Argentina: $3,500
Australia: $4,000
Chile: $2,500
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $2,500
Japan: $2,000
New Zealand: $1,500
Russia: $1,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
Model
Specifications
Ayres Adventures Ducati Monster 696

Ducati Monster 696

Seat Height: 770 mm
Seat Height: 30.3 inches
Dry Weight: 163 kg / 359 lb
Fuel Capacity: 13.5 Liters / 3.6 Gallons
Displacement: 696 cc


Damage Deposit:
Africa (except South Africa and Swaziland): $3,000
South Africa and Swaziland: $1,500
Alaska/Canada: $2,500
Argentina: $3,500
Australia: $4,000
Chile: $2,500
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $2,500
New Zealand: $1,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
Model
Specifications
Seat Height: 880 mm / 850 mm
Seat Height: 34.65 inches / 33.46 inches
Dry Weight: 178 kg / 392 lb
Fuel Capacity: 16 Liters / 4.3 Gallons
Displacement: 798 cc


Damage Deposit:
Africa (except South Africa and Swaziland): $3,500
South Africa and Swaziland: $1,750
Alaska/Canada: $2,500
Argentina: $4,000
Australia: $4,000
Chile: $2,500
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $2,500
New Zealand: $1,500
Russia: $1,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
Model
Specifications
Seat Height: 850 mm / 830 mm
Seat Height: 33.5 inches / 32.7 inches
Dry Weight: 181 kg / 399 lb
Fuel Capacity: 16 Liters / 4.2 Gallons
Displacement: 821 cc


Damage Deposit:
Africa (except South Africa and Swaziland): $3,500
South Africa and Swaziland: $1,750
Alaska/Canada: $2,500
Argentina: $4,000
Australia: $4,000
Chile: $2,500
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $2,500
New Zealand: $1,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
Model
Specifications
Ayres Adventures - BMW R1200GS

BMW R1200GS

Seat Height: 870 mm / 850 mm
Seat Height: 34.25 inches / 33.46 inches
Dry Weight: 199 kg / 439 lb
Fuel Capacity: 20 Liters / 5.3 Gallons
Displacement: 1170 cc


Damage Deposit:
Africa (except South Africa and Swaziland): $3,500
South Africa and Swaziland: $1,750
Alaska/Canada: $2,500
Argentina: $4,500
Australia: $4,000
Chile: $2,500
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $2,500
Japan: $2,000
New Zealand: $3,500
Russia: $1,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
Model
Specifications
Ayres Adventures BMW F650GS

Ducati Multistrada 1200

Seat Height: 850 mm.
Seat Height: 33.5 inches
Dry Weight: 189 kg / 417 lb
Fuel Capacity: 20 Liters / 5.3 Gallons
Displacement: 1198,4 cc


Damage Deposit:
Africa (except South Africa and Swaziland): $3,500
South Africa and Swaziland: $1,750
Alaska/Canada: $2,500
Argentina: $4,500
Australia: $4,000
Chile: $2,500
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $2,500
New Zealand: $3,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
Model
Specifications
Ayres Adventures - BMW R1200RT

BMW R1200RT

Seat Height: 840 mm / 820 mm
Seat Height: 33.07 inches / 32.28 inches
Dry Weight: 229 kg / 505 lb
Fuel Capacity:33 Liters / 7.1 Gallons
Displacement: 1170 cc


Damage Deposit:
Africa (except South Africa and Swaziland): $3,500
Australia: $4,000
South Africa and Swaziland: $1,750
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $2,500
Japan: $2,000
New Zealand: $3,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
Model
Specifications
Seat Height: 820 mm / 840 mm
Seat Height: 32.3 inches / 33.1 inches
Dry Weight: 249 kg / 549 lb
Fuel Capacity: 33 Liters / 6.3 Gallons
Displacement: 1300 cc


Damage Deposit:
Europe: $3,500
Model
Specifications
Ayres Adventures BMW K1600GT

BMW K1600GT

Seat Height: 810 mm / 780 mm
Seat Height: 31.9 inches / 30.7 inches
Dry Weight: 249 kg / 549 lb
Fuel Capacity: 24 Liters / 6.3 Gallons
Displacement: 1649 cc


Damage Deposit:
Australia: $4,000
Europe (except Spain and Portugal): $3,500
Spain and Portugal: $3,000
The single supplement applies for riders who request single occupancy. It also applies for cases in which a rider wishes to share a room with another rider, but there are no riders available or willing to share a room.