The journey begins in the city of Tbilisi, founded in the V century. Today we will meet you at the airport and take you to a hotel in the heart of the historic part of Old Town.
Today you can relax after the flight and walk through the cozy streets, climb the Narikala fortress, which offers a stunning view of the city; go to the botanical garden and admire the waterfall.
After breakfast, we take you to our base, where we already get on motorcycles and drive towards Kazbegi. The diversity of Georgia will reveal itself perfectly
during this ride.
From desert-like areas through long green fields with forests around them we end up in Kazbegi. A mountainous region with peaks up to 5000 meter high. Views on this ride are just stunning. Mountain passes go up and down as they take you from corner to corner, heaven for any motorcycle enthusiast. In the evening, stop at a stunning hotel in Stepantsminda, where your room will have a view of the charming mountains.
Today we have to travel to the city of Gori, mostly famous as the homeland of Stalin.
From Kazbegi we ride back over the famous Georgian Military Highway. Through the most beautiful roads crossing the National park we head west, windy roads with hairpins and amazing scenery. We will also drive along a beautiful road connecting the old capital of Georgia Mtskheta with Gori.
Further down the road we ride to Racha. A mystical region that has been undiscovered by foreign tourists. Often it is compared to Switzerland because of its serene calmness and the impressive mountains surrounding the area. Beautiful windy roads get us up to Oni, an idyllic village.
We will spend the night in our friend’s guest house, where everything is made with his own hands. Also, his wife will cook the most delicious dishes from Racha for us. By the way, Stalin’s favorite wine came from this region, so don’t miss the opportunity to taste delicious dishes from Racha.
The relaxed atmosphere and empty roads of Racha make this place ideal for motorcyclists. These winding roads lead us to Prometheus Cave, the biggest cave complex of Europe. The total length of the cave is 11 km, but about 1.5 km is available for walking. The cave itself is located at a depth of 80 meters below sea level
From Prometheus Cave we end up in Kutaisi, Georgia’s second biggest city.
We drive towards Vardzia, another region that offers a nature that is different from everything we have seen before. We have two options today, either we take a 35 KM-long off-road pass from Sairme to Abastumani with stunning views over the biggest national park of Europe or we ride the paved roads via Borjomi.
In both cases we end up in Samtskhe-Javakheti. This region can be considered as the cultural cradle of modern Georgia. One of the cultural attractions of the region is the cave monastery complex Vardzia. The monastery was secretly built in the 12th century behind a rock that provided protection from invaders. This complex is considered an outstanding monument of Georgian architecture.
Today we are driving through the hills and mountains on a small road that used to be a section of the Silk Road. Before reaching Tbilisi, we will visit the Didgori Battle Memorial, which was built in memory of the Georgian-Seljuk wars.
Georgia, being in the minority, defeated the Seljuk Turks, which marked the beginning of one of the most prosperous eras of Georgia. Then, under a gorgeous sunset, we descend from the mountains and get to Tbilisi.
You will require at least one large (70L) duffel bag to transport your riding gear. Which you will then wear. You will also need a smaller (40L) pack to transport your personal items. ART will be supplying a 40L North Face dry backpack that will mount on the luggage racks of your bike.(China Eastern allows 2 pieces of checked baggage free of charge)
Dry bags or dry duffels are recommended. Some bikes will be outfitted with Givi hard/waterproof/detachable saddlebags for convenient transport of roughly 15kg of on board cargo capacity. For most persons this is more than enough. ART will offer storage of any excess baggage not deemed necessary for your tour.
We recommend getting a local SIM while travelling in Vietnam; they are affordable, USD $10 per month gets you unlimited data and calls.
There are several carriers to choose from Viettel, Mobiphone and Vinaphone are the most popular. You will need to show your passport in order to purchase a SIM, although there are services at the airport that waive this step. A.R.T recommends Viettel as having the most coverage.
Don’t forget to unlock your phone prior to leaving your home country. Cell phones in general are affordable in Vietnam.
- Google Maps
- Maps.me (Google maps alternative, provides offline maps)
- Currency Converter (XE Converter)
- Google Translate
- Skype – Calls, messaging
- WhatsApp – Calls, messaging
- Rever – Motorcycle Maps, GPS, Navigation Planner
- Geo Tracker – GPS Tracker for distance travel
- Viber – Calls, messaging
We recommend no more than 15kg of gear. Your guides will carry most of the safety equipment, personal items should easily come in under that weight. We will provide storage for extra gear at A.R.T base of operations.
If you’re planning a one-way trip, please contact us in advance, shipping can be arranged.
Each tour has it’s dynamic and flexibility is what we strive for. If unforeseen circumstances arise, we will discuss our options and bring them to the group. Every circumstance is different and has a solution.
Anything is possible.