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Seven Wonders of Russia

Destination: Kamchatka , Lake Baikal , Moscow , Saint Petersburg , Caucasus
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
21 Day
June - July
Highlights
  • Visit of "7 Wonders of Russia", including the most famous cities
  • Whole Russia in one trip - more than 13,000 km covered
  • Authentic culture and cuisine of different regions
  • Various means of transportation: planes, helicopters, trains, off road vehicles, ferry, hydrofoil, cars
  • Different activities: cultural exploration, ascension, skiing, swimming, fishing and other activities
  • Kinds of accommodation: from a luxurious hotel to a refuge at 3750 meters above sea level
  • All types of landscapes: mountains and volcanoes, lakes and rivers, wild taiga valleys
Tour Overview

In 2008 the Russian Television Network "Rossiya" organized a national competition "7 Wonders of Russia". After 10 months of voting on its official site the 7 winning leaders were announced: the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Lake Baikal in the south of Siberia, Man-Pupu-Nyor (or Manpupuner) in the Ural Mountains, the Peterhof Palace in Saint-Petersburg, Saint Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow, the Motherland Calls in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Mount Elbrus in the northern Caucasus mountains.

The tour operator BaikalNature dared this adventure and united all the Wonders in one general trip, the sites which are commonly visited as separate or even dreamt to be visited…

Making a 21-days journey from the Kamchatka Peninsula to Mount Elbrus, you will cross the whole Russia by making a visit to these 7 places, which are very different from each other and characterize the country. You will make one of the fortunate visitors who have a chance to discover these treasures of Russian national heritage. Take a look at a map to realize the scale of this adventure!

Imagine as well the contrast between the wild nature and the famous cultural sites that you are going to experience: one day you have a dinner in front of volcano, the other day you are having lunch in the imperial palace of Peterhof; one evening you admire the sun setting on the inaccessible shelf of Man-Pupu-Nyor, the other one you are passing in one of the most dynamic capitals in the world – Moscow.

Our journey "7 Wonders of Russia" is not simply a visit to Russian places of interest, this is a unique chance to see the wild nature, immerse yourself in the culture of different people of Russia, to touch the history of the past. You will have a walk through the "earth of fire", observe wild animals and take a part in a shamanic ritual. Also, you will make a visit to main cities of Russia; take a taste of a caviar and omul – endemic Baikal fish, the Caucasian BBQ (shashlik). You will enjoy the greatness of Lake Baikal, the fineness of the Peterhof Palace and the beauty of Saint Basil's Cathedral. You will sense a thrill facing the highness of giant Man-Pupu-Nyor pillars and the Mamayev Monument, the Kamchatka volcanos and Mount Elbrus!

And that`s just a small part that may be described with words. Like it is sung in the popular Russian song: "Until you see it, you will never understand it".

This exclusive trip is fully designed and organized by BaikalNature team. Today it represents our flagship product. BaikalNature is also the first tour operator to bring this itinerary to life. The itinerary crosses nine time zones, and in order to minimize the jet lag the route runs from east to west. The tour starts in the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy airport (PKC) and finishes in the airport of Volgograd (VOG).

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 2
    Valley of Geysers
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 3
    Free day
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 4
    Departure to Irkutsk and first meeting with lake Baikal
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — Irkutsk
  • Day 5
    Along the west coast of lake Baikal
    Listvyanka — Olkhon island
  • Day 6
    Sacred site for shamans
    Khuzhir
  • Day 7
    Day at leaisure in the Baikal village
    Olkhon island
  • Day 8
    Meeting with the Shaman
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • Day 9
    Departure to Perm
    Irkutsk — Perm
  • Day 10
    Man Pupu Nyor - mointain of the idols
    Perm
  • Day 11
    Free day in Perm
    Perm
  • Day 12
    Departure to the Saint-Petersburg
    Perm — Saint-Peterburg
  • Day 13
    Peterhof Museum Reserve
    Saint-Petersburg — Peterhof
  • Day 14
    Departure to Moscow
    Saint-Petersburg — Moscow
  • Day 15
    Aquaintance with the capital of Russia
    Moscow
  • Day 16
    Treasures of Caucasus
    Moscow — Pyatigorsk
  • Day 17
    At the bottom of Mount Elbrus
    Pyatigorsk mountain — Cheguet mount
  • Day 18
    Mount Elbrus
    Cheguet mount — Volgograd
  • Day 19
    Acquaintance with Volgograd
    Volgograd
  • Day 20
    Mamayev kurgan
    Volgograd
  • Day 21
    End of the program
    Volgograd
  • 10:30
    Arrival to airport and transfer to the hotel
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the chosen flight.
  • 12:00
    Check-in in the hotel and rest
  • 15:00
    City-tour
    Meeting with your guide in the hotel. City-tour. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is situated on the shore of the Avacha bay of the Pacific ocean. it's one of the most ancient cities of the Russian Far East.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the helioport
  • 10:00
    Excursion ro the Valley of Geysers
    Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers and volcanic caldera Uzon, including flight around Karymsky (1486m) and Maly Semyachik (1560m) volcanoes, walking excursion in the Valley and bathing in hot thermal water "Zhupanovsky". This valley cannot be compared with any other unique objects in the world. There are more than 20 big geysers in the valley. Velican (Giant), Zhemchuzhny (Pearly), Sakharny (Sugary), Troinoi (Triple), Konus (Cone), Fontan (Fountain), Maly (Small), Bolshoy (Big), Shchel (Split) – are some of them. There are geysers that gush forth every 10-12 minutes, while others may erupt once in 4-5 hours. The wreathes of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of slopes, hot water streaming along them and profuse greenery of grass and trees create an enchanting spectacle. The Valley of Geysers is one of 7 wonders of Russia.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    during the excursion
  • 17:00
    Return to the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Free time
    This day is reserved in case of bad weather conditions for helicopter excursion. If the weather conditions are good we invite you to take a boat trip with fishing to the Avacha Bay.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Free time
    You have possibility to have a rest in the hotel or to go walkin along the shore.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 12:00
    Check-out
    Transfer to the airport.
  • 16:30
    Boarding on the plane from Petropavlovsk to Irkutsk
  • 19:10
    Transfer flight in Khabarovsk city
    There are 4 hours of waiting between the flights. The place and the duration of the transfer can be changed according to the availability of the tickets.
  • 20:00
    Dinner on the board
  • 23:30
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    Meeting with your driver and transfer to Listvyanka village (69 km, about1 hour). Accommodation and rest.
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "BaikalCedar"
Twin room
  • 07:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 07:50
    Transfer to the berth
  • 08:30
    Departure to the Olkhon island
    Boarding on the motor vessel "Kometa" and departure to the Olkhon island. During the navigation, you will pass by the most beautiful and the wildest part of the western Baikal coast. As far as we go to the north, the landscape changes: taiga-covered hills, sand dunes, rocky cliffs and gently sloping coasts.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to the Zagli bay
    Transfer to the Khujir village - the main village of the island. Accommodation at the resort.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
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Route
Listvyanka — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Olkhon island excursion
    After breakfast excursion by 4X4 (UAZ) to Khoboy Cape, the northernmost point of Olkhon, sacred place of shamans. The trip will allow you to discover the beauty of the Maloye More (Small Sea) and its islets, also places of worship of shamans. Walk to the cape.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 14:00
    Walking around and come back
    Return to Khuzhir. Visit of the hamlet of Uzury on the east of the island. The road passes through steppes, beaches and taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
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Route
Khuzhir
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Twin room
Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Walking in Khujir village
    We propose you to go for a walk to the Shamanka cape (Burkhan) - one of the most well-known sites of the lake.
  • 13:00
    Lunch at your resort
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Twin room
Note

5 h   (292km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Return to Irkutsk
  • 12:00
    Excursion to the National Buryat museum of Ust-Orda
    Meeting with a shaman, discovery of shamanic practices.
  • 14:00
    Lunch in a Buryat cafe
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    Accommodation in the hotel. Time at leisure in the city.
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
Note

5 h transfer  (292km)

  • 06:00
    Breakfast
  • 07:00
    Transfer to the airport
    Departure to Perm (change of the flight in Novossibirsk about 4 hours).
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Perm
    Meeting with your driver and transfer to the hotel. Rest.
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Irkutsk — Perm
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Ural", Perm
Standard twin room
  • 04:00
    Early breakfast
  • 04:30
    Transfer to the helipad in the Nyrob village
  • 09:15
    Beginning of the helicopter excursion
  • 10:45
    Landing on the mountain of the idols
    The mountain of idols Man Pupu Nyor is on the Seven wonders of Russia. This site is a set of 7 gigantic abnormally shaped stone pillars, that were formed by the aerial erosion: wind, snow and sun. There were mountains about 200 millions years ago but the soft rocks were destroyed and hard rocks formed these stone pillars. It's a cult place for the Mansi people and there are a lot of legends about this place.
  • 12:30
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 13:30
    Return to Nyrob village on helicopter
  • 14:00
    Transfer to Perm by bus
  • 20:00
    Arrival to the city and rest
  • 21:00
    Dinner Not included
    We will stop in the cafe en route for having diner.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Perm
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Ural", Perm
Standard twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Free time
    This day is reserved in case of bad weather conditions for helicopter excursion to Man-Pupu-Nyor rocks. In case the helicopter excursion was taken the previous day we propose to fill this day with a tour around the city (approximately 5000 roubles per person, to pay on site).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Perm
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Ural", Perm
Standard twin room
  • 04:00
    Transfer to teh airport
  • 05:25
    Flight to Saint-Petersburg
  • 05:50
    Arrival and transfer to the hotel
  • 11:00
    Free time and rest after the flight
  • 15:00
    Sightseeing around the city
    During this excursion you will discover the heart of Saint-Petersburg: Rossy street, Nevsky pr. where you will see the Kazan Cathedral, Singer House and the department store Gostiny Dvor.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Perm — Saint-Peterburg
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Rossi, Saint-Petersburg
Standard room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the quay
    Departure to Peterhof by speed boat
  • 11:00
    Excursion to Peterhof
    Peterhof is a monument with a great serie of palaces and gardens. It is one of the 7 wonders of Russia. You will see the Petrhof palace, different parks and buildings.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    during the excursion
  • 16:00
    Return to the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Saint-Petersburg — Peterhof
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Rossi, Saint-Petersburg
Standard room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
    This day you can go for a walk in the city, buy the souvenirs or taste the local cuisine in the racy restaurants of the city.
  • 14:00
    Transfer to the railway station
  • 15:30
    Boarding on the train Saint-Petersburg - Moscow
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 19:00
    Arrival to Moscow
    Transfer to the hotel in the city centre. Accommodation and rest.
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Saint-Petersburg — Moscow
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Boudapest, Moscow
Juinior suite
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 12:00
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    during the excursion
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Moscow
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Boudapest, Moscow
Juinior suite
  • 07:30
    Breakfast
  • 08:30
    Transfer to the airport
  • 10:20
    Flight to Mineralnye Vody
  • 12:45
    Arrival and transfer to Pyatigorsk
  • 14:00
    Lunch
  • 15:30
    Arrival
    Check-in in the hotel and rest
  • 16:00
    Pyatigorsk city-tour
    Walking city-tour along the city with your guide. You will lift the Mashuk mountain from where there is a panoramic view on the city and a Mount Elbrus.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Moscow — Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Bristol", Pyatigorsk
Twin standard
Note

1 h transfer  (25km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Departure to Djili-suu
    Djili-suu is a meadow at the bottom of of Mount Elbrus known for its hot springs and waterfalls.
  • 12:00
    Walking in the surrounding area
    Walking to the waterfalls and bathing in hot springs.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Transfer to the hotel
    We take the mountain road and will get over some passes, one of them is about 2 950 m.
  • 18:00
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Pyatigorsk mountain — Cheguet mount
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Ozon Cheguet
Classic room
Note

3 h transfer  (168km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Lift to Mount Elbrus
    We take a snowcat for lifting to the 4 200 m altitude.
  • 14:00
    Free Lunch
  • 15:00
    Departure to Yessentuki city
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 20:30
    Transfer to the Mineralnye Vody railway station
  • 22:00
    Boarding on the train to Volgograd
  • Overnight in the train
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Route
Cheguet mount — Volgograd
Accommodation
Overnight in the train
The 2nd class compartment
Note

3 h transfer  (183km)

  • 14:00
    Arrival to Volgograd
  • 14:20
    Transfer to the hotel
  • 15:00
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Check-in in the hotel, rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Volgograd
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Volgograd
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Bus city-tour
    Discovery of the city with the visit of the Mamayev kurgan - the 7th wonder of Russia.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Return to the hotel. Rest.
  • 19:00
    Festive dinner
    Festive dinner and presenting the certificates "7 Wonders of Russia".
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Volgograd
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Volgograd
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Check-out and transfer to the airport
    End of the program.
Photo of the day
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Volgograd
Detailed description
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Price includes
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Administrative registration
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Celebratory dinner with alcoholic beverages
  • Letter of invitation
  • Railway tickets
  • Mountain guide
  • Airline tickets
Price does not include
  • Optional activities
  • Meals in train
  • Guide in the trains
  • Beverages
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the group of 3-4 persons. If there are 2 persons in te group, there will be supplement - 67 700 roubles/ per person. Airline tickets are included within Russia (Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky - Irkutsk, Irkutsk - Perm, Perm - Saint-Petersburg, Moscow - Mineralnye Vody). Railway tickets are included: Saint-Petersburg - Moscow (sapsan, business class) and Mineralnye Vody - Volgograd (2nd class, 4 bed in the compartment).

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Alain
From 7 September 2018 to 15 September 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Cette expérience érémitique s'adresse à des personnes autonomes.
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Laurence
From 7 August 2018 to 19 August 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Très beau voyages, des volcans, et des ours !!
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Jean-Pierre
From 22 August 2018 to 3 April 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Très bien ! J'ai fait un super tour avec une très bonne organisation. A recommander !
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Valentine
From 18 July 2018 to 22 July 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Découvrir Baïkal Nature a été un véritable plaisir. Toute l'équipe est très agréable et disponible pour les questions. Ces quelques jours sur le lac étaient fantastiques! Dommage que le retour ait été retardé par 2 crevaisons successives. Sinon, toute l'organisation était parfaite. Suggestions: les tentes commencent à vieillir et les kayaks sont très longs à monter et à démonter. Un grand merci pour
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Michèle
From 5 August 2018 to 16 August 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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