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Helge riding through the rice paddies in China.



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GlobeRiders World Tour 2006

SOLD OUT:  The World Tour 2006 is sold out, and the tour is closed. We are tentatively scheduling the next World Tour for May ~ July of 2008.

Start Date: 09 MAY 2006 Beijing, China
End Date: 12 JUL 2006 Munich, German
Duration: 65 Days
Countries: China (including Inner Mongolia), Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Total Mileage: 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers)
Max Group Size: 17 riders, 17 pillion passengers, 4 to 6 passengers in chase vehicle

Helge Pedersen’s World Tour is being offered for its fourth iteration! We believe GlobeRiders is unique in offering a tour of this length and duration, journeying east to west across the vast Eurasian continent. Beginning in Beijing, this adventure travels through the fabled lands of northeastern China, through Inner Mongolia, crossing the Sino-Russian border at Manzhouli. Next comes a three-week ride across the eight time zones of Russia, bringing you to the Ukraine, then continuing West through the beauty of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, finally arriving at our endpoint, Munich, Germany.

Highlights of the tour will include:

  • Cultural and historic tours in Beijing and other cities in China and en route
  • A full-day visit to the Great Wall of China
  • Cultural and historic tours in Russia, Ukraine and Poland
  • A special full-day tour in Ulan Ude, to include a visit and "home-stay dinner" with the Old Believers
  • A day visit and boat ride on Lake Baikal, which contains one-fifth of the world’s fresh water!
  • A full day’s exploration and selected activities in Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Volgograd and Lviv
  • Several days in the Yalta/Odessa region, known as the Ukrainian Riviera
  • In and around Krakow, Poland, visits to museums of art and science, castles, salt mines, and the sombre and moving Auschwitz Holocaust site
  • Visit to the BMW Corporate Headquarters and Museum in Munich, Germany, where Helge’s original R80GS "Olga" is on permanent display
  • Containerized shipment of your motorcycle one-way from Seattle, WA to Beijing, China
  • The best available accommodations each night, with most dinners and all breakfasts included


Although the World Tour is now being offered for the fourth time, the 2006 Tour will not be a simple cookie-cutter of previous tours. Each tour is unique, with changes and revisions being made from year to year.

To participate in the tour, you must be both experienced and comfortable riding in crowded urban traffic, and relatively long distances on roads with varying surface conditions, on a fully loaded motorcycle. You should own a rough-terrain capable "dual-purpose" type motorcycle, with sturdy, lockable panniers or saddlebags, and a handlebar-mounted portable Garmin GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver.

The tour package DOES NOT include visa processing fees, insurance, your airfare or transportation from your home to Beijing, China, return airfare or transportation from Munich, Germany to your home, transportation of your motorcycle from your home to Seattle, WA USA for shipment to China (shipment from Seattle to Beijing is included), transportation of your motorcycle from Munich, Germany to your home (see note below), or personal daily en route expenses such as fuel, consumables, lunch and tips.

NOTE REGARDING RETURN MOTORCYCLE SHIPMENT: Many riders chose to extend their adventure after the tour’s official end in Munich. Since their bikes are already in Europe, the European, East European and Nordic countries are within easy reach. For this reason, only containerized shipment of your motorcycle from Seattle to Beijing is included in the tour package price. This allows each rider to arrange his or her own transportation back home on a schedule best suited to their needs. Alternatively, some riders chose to leave a bike in Europe for another vacation at a later date. The storage costs are surprisingly low. We can recommend trusted partners who can arrange for either motorcycle shipment or storage.

The tour package DOES include containerized shipment of your motorcycle from Seattle, WA USA to Beijing, China, driving permits, processing and examination fees for your temporary Chinese driving license, registration and licensing fees for your temporary Chinese license plate, all accommodations, most dinners, all breakfasts, some lunches, fees for guides, drivers and lead or chase vehicles as required by Chinese and Russian authorities, bus transportation on sightseeing days, and most en route museum or planned group activity charges.

Cost for Rider and Motorcycle: USD$18,950.00

Cost for Passenger on Motorcycle Only: USD$17,950.00

Cost for Passenger in Chase Vehicle: USD$18,950.00 (see NOTE below)

NOTE - Fee includes a guaranteed seat for a partner and stowage of a reasonable amount of luggage in an upgraded "chase" vehicle, with a dedicated driver and guide,


For additional information, if you have questions, to place a deposit, or to make your reservation, the following link should open a new email message, pre-addressed to us:

Early planning is essential. Riders and passengers must be qualified and provide riding and character references. Tour participants may be required to obtain a signed certification of good health from their physician. Only approved motorcycles will be allowed on the tour. Priority placement is always given to GlobeRiders clients who are return customers. Final pricing for any tour may be adjusted to reflect changes in foreign exchange rates and/or the final group size. A 10% deposit is required reserve placement on the tour. Once paid, this deposit is non-refundable should you withdraw from the tour. Should GlobeRiders cancel the tour for any reason, any deposits and tour package payments against the full cost of the tour will be refunded 100%.

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