|The following Frequently Asked Questions refer to The Epic Journey 2017 - Riga to Hong Kong. For a list of our General FAQs, click here.|
Moscow to Irkutsk. This provides the opportunity to enjoy Moscow and “European Russia”, including St. Petersburg, Sortavala and the cruise to Valaam, the Solovetsky Islands, the World Heritage site at Kizhi Island, the Golden Ring cities, Lake Baikal and eastern Siberia. There is a good international airport at Irkutsk from which a companion may depart the first phase of the trip, or arrive for the second phase.
Irkutsk to Beijing. This provides the opportunity to enjoy eastern Siberia and Lake Baikal as well as the trip through Mongolia and into China.
Beijing to Hong Kong. This provides the opportunity to enjoy nearly the entire Chinese portion of the Adventure.
This trip is not designed as a “macho” trip to provide bragging rights for fighting our way through the most challenging roads we can find. There will be many challenging portions to this trip without going out of our way to look for them. We’re taking the best paved roads available but there will be times when we must use dirt and gravel roads in order to get where we’re going. This trip is suitable for two-up travel by experienced riders and Ron Ayres is planning to have his wife Barb on the back of the bike for the entire trip.
On many of our shorter premium-level tours we limit the group size to 10 motorcycles, with two tour leaders who alternate between driving a support vehicle and riding a motorcycle. That formula works well to insure a premium-level experience on tours of shorter duration. For our Epic Journeys it is much more desirable to have a larger group:
It’s generally more enjoyable to have a larger group of fellow travelers to share such experiences with.
It’s much more likely that riders will find other members of the group with similar interests and riding styles. It’s also a benefit to have a larger pool of compatible dinner partners.
It’s more economical to allocate the considerable scouting and other preparatory expenses across more participants.
It allows us to provide a more robust support team and corresponding complement of support equipment.
However, we are working with a partner company in Russia on a purchase/buy-back arrangement. Details will be forthcoming later, but it may be possible to purchase a new (or gently used) motorcycle and be guaranteed of a “buy-back” at the end of the trip. More on this later.
We recommend that you arrange beforehand with a travel insurance company, rather than with us, as the protection is less expensive and can cover airline fares and lost baggage, whereas our protection is limited to the amount of our tour fee. Our cancellation/interruption protection is intended only as a “safety net” in the event that pre-existing conditions prevent you from being able to secure the insurance from a travel insurance company. Our plan does not exclude pre-existing conditions.
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