SILK66

EUROPE, RUSSIA, KAZAKHSTAN, KYRGYZSTAN, CHINA


15,395 KILOMETERS - 9,566 MILES - 66 DAYS


RIDE YOUR HARLEY TO THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA!


SILK66 - Explore Shanghai Old Town, Luoyang, Saint Petersburg, Xi’an, Volgograd (Stalingrad), Bishkek, Dunhuang, Berlin, The Shaolin Temple, The Great Wall of China, Zhangye, The Amdo-Tibetan Region, and many other great cities, sites, medieval towns and villages, on your route from Amsterdam to Shanghai.


As well as some great riding roads and memorable motorbike experiences, we have also included some of the most spectacular and interesting locations in each country. Situated at intervals along this route, you will encounter many levels and layers of modern and historic civilisations, remote, desolated and wind-ravaged deserts, timeless temples, magnificent cities, national parks, pagodas, infamous battle sites, Industrial Heritage sites, and much more...



DATES: 24.07.2018 - 28.09.2018


DURATION: 66 Days / 66 Hotel overnights.


DISTANCE: 15,395 Kilometers / 9,566 Miles, plus your own exploring distances.


COUNTRIES: The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China.


RIDER PRICE: Eur 21,500 (Deposit: Eur 5,000 / Balance: Eur 16,500).


PASSENGER: Eur 12,000 (Deposit: Eur 2,500 / Balance: Eur 9,500).


FAST TRACK DEPOSIT: Secure your place today - Eur 500 via Paypal.






JOIN US ON A FREE-SPIRITED MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE!


UNESCO World Heritage Sites, giant buddhas, dragons, spirits, ancient cities, grottoes, castles, and other spectacular locations of historical and cultural significance, where history has been created, destroyed, torn apart, rebuilt, and places where the course of history and humanity has been adjusted, forever. Uncover the remnants of civilisations lost, and territories won, conquered or stolen. Battle sites from WWII, the paranoia of The Cold War, and the weight and consequences of The Iron Curtain.


Walk in the footsteps of the fierce and fearsome Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan. Traverse famous mountain ranges and discover remnants of lives from forgotten ages. This expedition is designed and paced to let you really get under the skin of the countries that we’re travelling through. You will get to relive, inhale, experience, learn and be inspired, as you slowly carve your way to Shanghai, meeting many interesting people and cultures along the way.


It’s one of the great last great frontier riding adventures remaining, one that hardly anyone will ever do, so how about you? Join us on a multi-stage expedition including Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and to the far side of China, experiencing a calmness and scale you just won’t find anywhere else.


"VRTW provides a flexible ride plan and a structure that lets you relax into your journey."



We make it possible for you to make the journey on your own motorcycle, to start out from anywhere in the World and ride from Amsterdam to Shanghai, in a relaxed travel style, including quality accommodation, bike freight, paperwork, overland travel permits and all the support you need to safely set out on the Silk Road, riding your own motorcycle to the East coast of China.



ROADS AND TERRAIN: Asphalt, concrete, country roads, back roads, bridges, passes.


NAVIGATION: GPS co-ordinates and waypoints, maps, compass, the locals, the stars, the sun.


SUPPORT: Expedition Support Truck and Road Crew.


SPARE PARTS: Forwarding to expedition support in China.


MAINTENANCE: Tyre changes if necessary, from China.






ST. PETERSBURG HARLEY DAYS, RUSSIA


As part of the crossover from Europe into Russia, we'll spend a couple of days exploring the magnificent city of Peter The Great, to the sound of thousands of Harleys roaming the city streets. St. Petersburg Harley® Days is the largest annual Harley event in Russia, and it attracts many thousands of motorcycle-friendly people from all around the world to the Northern Capital of Russia, every year.


The combination of a great atmosphere, nice people, an interesting program, live music, and the roar of thousands of engines attracts a steady stream of riders into Ostrovsky Square. You can explore the many interesting areas of this great city on your Harley during the daytime, then make new friends and gather inspiration in the evenings. It's the perfect kick-off for the Russian stage of the Expedition, and it won't be your last time in St. Petersburg!


Leaving this beautiful city, we'll enjoy some interesting days exploring the western side of Russia, immersed in culture and history before crossing the next border, where the remoteness and stark contrasts of Kazakhstan await us.


Read more about our partnership with St. Petersburg Harley® Days >>





EXPERIENCE KAZAKHSTAN AND KYRGYZSTAN


Kazakhstan is a fabulous Country, and roughly the same size as Europe! Big Skies, open spaces, a great place to clear your mind. Everything’s bigger in Kazakhstan; it’s like you need to retrain your eyes, to be able to see even further!


You won’t meet many riders who have experienced such an interesting and challenging journey through ‘The Stans’ - vast, unspoiled, expansive lands with no fences, endless roads that give you the freedom to ride the way you want to ride.


We travel through the less risky countries, avoiding the ‘Afghans’, and opting instead for the North Silk Routes through Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Two contrasting countries, and both absolutely fantastic places to travel through by motorcycle, and magnificent in their own right. We will gather new impressions and new experiences in wild Kazakhstan, before crossing the border into beautiful Kyrgyzstan, where a new set of memorable experiences await you.


We’ve travelled through these countries many times before, and it’s not as hard as you might imagine - once you set off and leave the western world behind, relax and immerse yourself fully into this ride of discovery, you will soon find yourself at the border gates of China!





RIDING THE SILK ROAD


On each expedition we incorporate something new, something learned from previous expeditions, or fresh inspiration from our good friends along the way. We have explored various options along the Silk Routes, riding to the Great wall of China, and its most-westerly point - The magnificent Fort at the Jiayuguan Pass. From there you’ll ride along the frontier of China’s history, as we start to enter the edges of the Amdo Tibetan region, with some fantastic riding through the mountains, visiting various Tibetan monasteries dotted along the Silk Road.


After riding alongside The Great Wall we’ll turn south, winding through ever-changing scenery and cultures, as we intertwine between the old and new China. We’ll visit the largest monastery in the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo. Established in 1709, Labrang is considered the heart of Amdo Tibetan culture, along with the nearby town of Rebkong. Your camera will just get heavier and heavier, as you fill card after card with spectacular photos, and when you get home again you’ll find it hard to believe that you were actually in these magnificent and significant places.


A balanced approach to travel is by far the most important ability for riding to China. The Trans-Asia ride is mainly road-based, with approximately 5-10% on rougher, unpaved roads, but usually quite firm ground. We’ve found some fabulous places for you to stay along the Silk Route, including some nice luxury touches, with spa/sauna/pools, and great food, to help you relax after a long and hard day’s ride.





With the high temperatures in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China, we recommend that you wear cool and thin clothing, Merino wool shirts, with good ventilation in your riding jacket and other road clothing. Normal riding boots are optimal for this hot climate, and you will cook if you ride in leathers, so it’s much better to wear lighter, interchangeable layers that you can adjust in relation to riding conditions. Also, pack light. Don’t bring too much clothing or other equipment, you can get whatever you need, along the way.


We have also incorporated some rest days / sightseeing days at strategic intervals, so we can explore the many interesting historic and cultural sites, ancient cities, pagodas, temples and local street life, at a more relaxed pace on foot, before hitting the road again refreshed and replenished, to find our next great experiences.


When you’re finally standing on the East coast of China, at the end of this expedition, you will have experienced many different peoples, cultures, and ways of life, from the ancient past, up through the ages to the modern day, and also a taste of how we could be living, in the future.





SILK66 HOTELS - RIDE THE SILK ROAD IN STYLE


We’ve discovered some really great places to accommodate you along the SILK66. Travelling the modern-day Silk Road no longer requires that you have the rough-and-ready attitude of Marco Polo or Alexander The Great, with camels and caravanserai (although we will see plenty of camels and can visit caravanserai along the way). True to the Silk Road culture, we’ll also visit some roadside inns, where we modern caravaners (motorbikers) can rest and recover from the day's journey.


Generally, we aim to stay in moderate to luxurious local accommodation, including some 4* hotels, family-run lodgings (always with bathrooms), plus a wide-ranging mix of excellent hotels and guest houses, chosen for their comfort, character, location, safety, and our convenience, to rest and refresh before our new adventures, the following day.


‘Caravanserais' supported the flow of commerce, information and people across the network of trade routes, covering Asia, North Africa and Europe, especially along the Silk Road. SILK66 continues these fine traditions - by Motorcycle!



RETURN SHIPPING: Price include shipping your motorcycle back to Europe / start point.


ONWARD FREIGHT: Global shipping can also be arranged, if necessary.


CONTAINER: Packing your motorcycle for shipping home.


SOCIAL MEDIA: sharing and photo updates throughout the expedition.


PHOTOS: Sharing of group photos after the expedition.


We look forward to exploring with you!

VRTW



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