Europe to Beijing & the Great Wall

Trans Eurasia Motorcycle Expedition
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    Ride China and Moto Explorer's new UK-China trans Eurasia Expedition is now released with new routes, new concepts and prices. Our journey to the East starts from UK/western Europe. We ride to the Balkans, take the Adriatic Sea route, you will travel through Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania and Greece to Turkish border. 

    Follow Marco Polo's great adventure on the Silk Road. It was the world's first superhighway, a series of desert and mountain crossing that fabled silk road to make its way from the ancient Chinese capital of Xian. The Silk Road allowed links between China and the West to flourish, an exchange of art, ideas and culture as well as trade.  The Silk Road originally extended over 6,000 km through ancient China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia, linking the mighty civilizations of the East and the West. 

    By crossing the bridge over the Bosporus Straight, we have officially left Europe and Asia awaits us. So many things to see and experience in Turkey including the ancient roman ruins, Cappadocia underground city, and the old imperial capital Istanbul.  

    We enter Georgia at Batumi and reach Tbilisi, the capital city. Don’t miss Georgian wines ! In the foot of the Caucasus mountain we ride to Sheki, our first night in Azerbaijan. We will visit the old city of Baku, the fabulous oil city and take a ferry across the Caspian Sea to our first Stan countries.

    Turkmenistan. Meet our guide to sort out border formalities we will take a long ride to the White Capital, Ashgabat. We then venture into the desert of Dashaguz and spend a night camping next the gas crater, nicknamed as “Door to hell”.  Leaving Turkmenistan, welcome to Uzbekistan, one of most welcoming stan countries. We will visit many of the historical sites on the ancient silk road. 

    We will ride to our third stan country, Tajikistan. Riding the Pamir highway is our most adventurous section of the journey. We will soon hit the Chinese border after crossing our fourth stan country, Kirgizstan.  

    We enter China and ride to Kashgar city. Visiting this far-flung part of China is a chance to seamlessly mix modern-paced adventure with ancient culture. The arts and crafts of the region, strong since the Silk Road era, are still thriving.  In the next two weeks you will travel almost the entire length of the Himalayas and Karakorum mountain ranges. We will follow the western edge of the Taklimakan Desert to Mazza. Then we ride to Ngari-the largest city in the far west Tibet, climb some of the highest passes and cross some beautiful valleys. 

    In the following days this journey we will cross the great Chang Tang (Northern Plateau) into far-west Tibet through the wildest land on earth.  Meeting nomads dwelling in low, black tents, tend flocks of sheep and goats as well as herds of the yak. Pilgrims of Buddhists, Bon, Hindus and Jains all come to pay their homage to this sacred mountain. Further within the heavily eroded sandstone canyon and valleys of the upper Yarlung River are numerous ruins of ancient cities that once comprised the kingdom of Guge, temples in that area are still intact and contain exquisite murals and decorative motifs with a history of more than ten thousand years.  

    Highlight of our adventure will be riding your motorcycles to Mt. Basecamp. Continue the journey to the holy city Lhasa, where you have spent some days to explore the different lifestyle and existing culture of the roof of the world. Monasteries and shrines are the center of the religious faith, which plays an important role in their day to day life since from thousand years.  We follow the eastern Himalaya ranges to Shangri_la, visit world famous Tiger Leaping Gorge and World Heritage city of Lijiang. 

    We then ride north to Chengdu to take a look at the Giant pandas and Xi’an to visit many historical sites including the Terra Cotta Army, Goose Pagoda etc.., what a great feeling to actually stand on the city  wall of Xi'an,  the very beginning of the Silk Road. Our great journey will end in Beijing with a visit to the Great Wall !  Ride China can arrange the logistics shipping your motorcycles worldwide. 

    A film made by our Italian customers who rode from Rome to Beijing.

      2023 Scout Trip Dates:

      Start: August 07/08 UK

      Finish: October 18 Beijing

      72 days from UK to Beijing 20000 +- km


      2023 Route: UK-France-Germany-Austria-Slovenia-Croatia-Bosnia-Montenegro-Albania-Greece-Turkey-Georgia-Azerbajan-Caspian Sea-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-/Tajikistan/Kyrgyzstan-China Beijing the Great Wall.

      Week 1: Western Europe to Balkans

      Ride from UK through France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, to Croatia.  Enjoy beautiful mountain roads and visit historical castles. Stay at Dubrovnic and visit the movie scene of Game of Throne.

      Week 2: Balkans to Istanbul

      Ride the Balkan countries along the Adriatic Sea coast to Greece, visit Meteora  and ride across the Bohprus Straight to Istanbul. Have a good rest and explore this amzing city that links east and west.

      Week 3: Turkey & Georgia
      Ride through the ancient Ottoman Empire. Visit Cappadocia, chance to watch a hot air ballon sun rise or actually take a flight. See the stone heads of Mount Nemrut. Enter Georgia, a totally different country. Explore the fascinating Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. Time to sample some great Georgian wines.

      Week 4:  Azerbaijan & Turkmenistan
      Enter Azerbaijan and visit a lovely anceint town of Sheki and ride to Baku, visit the old city of Baku. We shall take the Ferry across the Caspian Sea to Turkmenistan. Ride though the hottest desert in the world to the White marble city of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

      Week 5:  Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan
      RIde north through the Dashoguz Desert. Camp next to the Darvaza Gas Crater – “The Door to Hell”!  Enter Uzbekistan and visit the Ancient Silk Road oasises.  The ancient walled city of Khiva, Bhukara and then Samarkand, with the UNESCO listed Registan.  Minarets, mosques and madrasahs abound.

      Week 6: Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan to China Xinjiang
      Depends on road construction works and political situations. We will choose to either ride through the WakhanValley(Tajiskistan) or straight to Kyrgyzstan. We ride to Osh.  See the the Tien Shan Mountains.  Chill in the capital, Bishkek.  Pass by the Izzyk-Kul Lake to  Naryn. Ride over the Torugart Pass to Xinjiang Province, China. The ancient city of Kashgar, the largest city in west China.

      Week 7:  Karakorums to Himalayas

      We ride away from the Karakorum mountain range and enter Tibet autonomous region, the ‘Roof of the World’.  Ride at over 5,000 metres high with snow mountains in the back ground. Passing remote settlements.  This area is the least habitated in the world. We shall ride the foot of Mount Kailash & pass by the holy Lake Manasarovar.  A motorcyclist ultimate ride to the base camp of the tallest mounain in the world, Mt. Everest.

      Week  8:  Lhasa and eastern Tibet

      We get into Lhasa – two days to explore the Potala Palace and the Buddhist temples of Jokhang and Barkhor. 

      Ride over a few more 5,000m passes. Through the hidden corridor of the ancient tea horse trading route. We arrive in Lijiang, the world heritage site.

      Week 9:  Lijiang to Central China
      Yunnan Province.  Descend from the Tibetan Plateau to Yunnan and visit the great rivers national parks. Onto the ancient walled city of Xi’an, the start point of the Silk Road.  Two full days to explore the Old Bell Tower and visit the Terracotta Army. 

      Week 10: Beijing and the Great Wall !
      We ride north through central china to visit the old towns, traditional Chinese culture, grottoes and finally reach the Great Wall.


      Southeast Asia Route Option:

      Week 9: Lijiang to Laos and Thailand

      Yunnan Province.  Descend from the Tibetan Plateau to Yunnan and visit the great rivers national parks. Lijiang city is where we we shall say goodbye to your riding mates if you choose different destinations. Beijing group will ride north towards Xi'an. Southeast Asia group will be riding south to Dali, into the subtropical and exit China at Mohan/Boten border to Laos, it will be another week or so to travel through Laos and Thailand. Ride China will offer local contacts in Laos and Thailand should you need assists riding through these two countries. Thailand and Vietnam will require travel agents to prepare the entry, Laos is permit free.  Ride China will help you making arrangement going into Thailand or Vietnam.

        2023 Scout Trip Dates:

        Start: August 07 UK

        Finish: October 18 Beijing

        2024 dates and prices are to be released soon.

      2023 Prices in USD:

      UK to Beijing Rider:  US$20395/person

      Pillion rider: $11995/person

      Single room: $3960/person


      Included in the cost:


      All hotels on shared basis

      All breakfasts

      Weekly group dinners

      25 dinners in China

      Overnight hotel parking charges

      Caspian Sea Ferry

      Turkmenistan visa on arrival

      Chinese Visa advice and letter of invitation

      Tibet China Travel Permits for Foreign vehicles

      China Customs Deposit for imported Vehicles

      Chinese Driving License

      Chinese License Plate

      Daily route notes

      Expedition Tour Shirt, Cap, Stickers

      English Speaking Expedition Leader on motorcycle

      Support Vehicle equipped with spares, fuel, hot tea & coffee, water

      Tools and emergency first aid kit

      Support vehicle driver, with mechanic experience

      Local Guides in Stan countries and China.

      Not included in Tour Cost:

      Your own motorcycles

      What is the proper motorcycle for this big journey?

      Any mid sized or larger adventure motorcycles will do well. From Honda CB500X, Kawasaki Versys650, Yamaha T700, Aprilia Touareg 660,  BMW F850, Tiger 900 ralley to Honda African Twin 1100, BMW 1250GS and Tiger 1200 ralley pro. Take any one of them as you like, these bikes all have good reputation being reliable and robust. This is not an easy trip for novice riders, you need to have at least 5000 kilometers ridden on varied road surfaces in the past and keep riding recently.  It is highly recommended that you take a riding course if you are new to big bikes. Once you are confident riding big bikes then you need to do some regular exercises like running or cycling to maintain a certain level of endurance. On some days we need to ride a whole long day in extremely hot or cold weather.  This then can be done and enjoyed if you also bring a little bit of spirit of adventure and a sense of haha.

    There is no customer review so far for this expedition. We had to change our old route (Ukraine/Russia/Kazakhstan) to this new one due to various reasons that we all know.  But the new route is even more fascinating and varied.  2023 expedition will be our first tour after COVID. The 2023 & 2024 tour leader/China guide Jia has some words to say about his scout trip back in 2019. 

    "Thank you for spending time on our website and reading through this wonderful trip of a life time, as least for me it was. Back in 2019, my partner and I got out of China on two BMW G650GS to explore the Silk Road onwards. On our way to the west, we were not alone but with a wild bunch of multi-nation motorcyclists who just travelled across Southeast Asia and China. They/we were bound for Europe. On our journey we sometimes parted ways, sometimes teamed up again. We shared info of hotels, routes, places of interests and some dinners & laughters when we were reunited.  

    It was one of our most memorable motorcycle journeys, we got to make some great friends, meet different people from different countries. I enjoyed every country we travelled through, none of them was boring but fascinating. All have their unique culture, weather, architecture, food and landscape. The nomads of Kyrgyzstan, silk road oasis towns in Uzbekistan, the Gas Crater in the blazing hot desert, the enormous Caspian Sea, medieval cities of Georgia, the ancient Ottoman Empire and it's super friendly people.... everything was just amazing and everyone of us totally enjoyed the journey.  We have been there, done that. Now we can't wait to get back there with you ! "


Minimum 8 bikes to guarantee the expedition




72 days


Intermediate Level, some long riding days in hot weather.


Low to very high altitude (0 - 5100 m) in remote areas,5 -8 hours riding per day. Total distance 16000 km. Daily rides 240 - 560 Km. Mostly on asphalt roads, highest pass at 5200m, highest overnight at 5100m.


Moderate hand picked hotels, stylish guesthouses

✥ Alps and castles
✥ Adriatic sea coast
✥ Dubrovnic city
✥ Mostar town
✥ Skoder town
✥ Meteora churches
✥I stanbul Europe and Asia meets
✥ Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia
✥ Underground city of Greme
✥ Historic country of Caucasus Mountain
✥ Visit Tbilisi of a Gothic fairy tale
✥ Welcomed by warm Georgian hospitality
✥ Cobblestoned streets dotted by turrets
✥ Enjoy excellent Georgian food and wines
✥ Azerbaijan,the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
✥ Baku's tumultuous past, from its roots as a Silk Road port city
✥ Walk old city with a maze of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites
✥ Ferry across the Caspian Sea
✥ Turkmenistan the most mysterious and unexplored
✥ Camp “Gateway to Hell” in Darvaza Desert
✥ Visit historical world heritage sites in Uzbekistan
✥ Ride the Pamir highway through Wakhan Corridor
✥ View Kyrgyzstan's unspoilt mountainscapes
✥ Rest days in Kashgar, the great oasis that links China and the west
✥ Ride next to Taklimankan Desert
✥ Traverse the Karakorum mountain
✥ Ride the entire length of the Himalaya
✥ Homage to Mt. Kailash
✥ Wake up at Mt. Everest basecamp
✥ Rest days in the holy city of Tibetans
✥ Ride the least travelled eastern Tibet
✥ Traverse the great river trenches of Asia
✥ Ride world's third deepest gorge 
✥ Explore the world heritage site of Lijiang
✥ Chance to see the Giant Pandas
✥ Set you feet on the city wall of Xi'an
✥ Visit Terra Cotta Armies 
✥ Hike on the Great Wall of China


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