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Treasures of Caucasus

Destination: 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
12 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Acquaintance with different cultures of the Caucasus
  • The best resorts of Caucasus
  • Visit of 7 Wonders of Caucasus
  • Mount Elbrus ascent
  • Meeting with ancient civilizations
  • The whole Caucasus for one time
Tour Overview

12 days, 5 republics, 2 territories, 2 seas, 4200 meters above sea level, 1500 km, tens of ancient cultures, hundreds of drinks and dishes, an ocean of emotions and experience – that is surely not the entire list of things you should expect during this tour. Once have participated in this trip you could proudly say “I’ve seen the whole Caucasus” and it won’t be an exaggeration. During the trip you will visit Naryn-Kala fortress (inscribed on the World Heritage list) built in the VI century AD and the largest Russian Mosque built in the XXI century; you will see the biggest lone dune in Europe and the largest Museum Reserve in the world - Jeyrakh gorge. Moreover the incredible excursion to Dargavs Necropolis (also inscribed on the World Heritage list) or it also known as “Dead town” awaits you. It is also compared with Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

The Caucasus is known to have the densest concentration of mineral waters rich of biological value in so small area. Its waters differ by chemical composition and health improving qualities.

The key point of our tour is Mount Elbrus. There is a famous Russian expression about the Caucasus: "If you haven't been on Elbrus, then you haven’t seen the Caucasus". That’s why to see the Caucasus in all senses we'll head onto the snowy heights of Mount Elbrus at more than 3900 meters above sea level.

Our trip will be crowned with Sochi - the former capital of the Olympic Games – 2014. We have purposely kept Sochi for "dessert" to give you an opportunity to continue your vacation enjoying the warm water of the Black Sea and the golden sands of Krasnodar Krai.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Ancient city Derbent
    Makhachkala — Derbent
  • Day 2
    Makhachkala - capital of Dagestan
    Derbent — Makhachkala
  • Day 3
    Barkhan Sarykum and Sulak canyon
    Makhachkala — Grozny
  • Day 4
    Grozny - Heart of Chechnya
    Grozny — Armhi resort
  • Day 5
    Nature and culture of Ingushetia
    Armhi resort — Vladikavkaz
  • Day 6
    Capital of North Ossetia-Alania
    Vladikavkaz
  • Day 7
    Elbrus - the highest mountain of Russia
    Vladikavkaz — Terskol
  • Day 8
    Elbrus region and departure to Pyatigorsk
    Terskol — Pyatigorsk
  • Day 9
    Caucasian Mineral Waters
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 10
    Kurdzhips river and old-growth forest
    Pyatigorsk — Mezmay
  • Day 11
    Aquaintance with Sochi
    Mezmay — Sochi
  • Day 12
    Departure day
    Sochi
  • 12:00
    Arrival to the airport of Makhachkala
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be easily changed according to your flight.
  • 12:15
    Transfer to Derbent
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Derbent city-tour
    Visit of the Fortress Naryn-Kala, of the Ancient city and an excursion to the mosque Djuma (one of the most ancient in Russia). Also, we will visit one of the native city's inhabitant.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Makhachkala — Derbent
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Alye Parusa", Derbent
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Culture of the Republic of Dagestan
    Firstly, we will visit one of the most important sacred places of Dagestan - Kirhlyar cemetery. Then, we will visit the Armenian church where now there is a museum of carpets and jugs.
  • 13:00
    Departure to the city of Makhachkala
  • 14:00
    Lunch in the restaurant of the fish cuisine
  • 15:00
    City tour
    We will visit the biggest local market of the North Caucasus. Then, we will the Museum of Art where the guide will tell you about the traditional handicrafts of Dagestan. Walking in the ancient part of the city.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the restaurant of the local cuisine
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Derbent — Makhachkala
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Sarykum, Makhachkala
Twin standart
Note

2 h transfer  (131km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the Barkhan Sarykum
    The Barkhan Sarykum is the biggest sand-dune of the Russia and Eurasia. Its height is 262 metres above-sea level. We will walk near the barkhan with the local nature keeper. This barkhan is a part of the Kumtorkalinskiy sand massif on the territory of the Dagestan Nature Reserve.
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the Sulak canyon
    First, we will get up the viewing point above the canyon and then we will go down the canyon by motor boat. The Sulak canyon is one of the biggest canyons in the world. Its extension is 53 km and its height reaches 1920 metres.
  • 12:30
    Lunch (picnic)
    The hot lunch of the fresh trout.
  • 14:00
    Departure to Grozny
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Grosny, check-in
    Walking city tour, visit of the mosque "The Heart of Chechnya" and lifting on the roof of the business centre - the best panoramic view on the whole city.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the restaurant of the Vainakh cuisine
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Makhachkala — Grozny
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Central city, Grosny
Twin room
Note

3 h transfer  (168km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    City tour
    First, we will visit the museum of Akhmad Kadyrov - the first president of the Chechen Republic. You will get acquaintance with the history of the republic and see it in a different light - without stereotypes. Then, we will go to the private museum "Dondi-Yurt" where you will see the Chechen Republic in miniature.
  • 12:30
    Lunch
  • 13:00
    Departure to the Republic of Ingushetia
    Transfer to the mountain Ingushetia. Before sunset, you will see the towers of Vovnushky and the Tkhaba-Yerdy Church - one of the oldest Christian churches in Russia.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
    Accommodation at the resort Armhi - the best resort of Ingushetia.
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Route
Grozny — Armhi resort
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Armhi", Ingushetia
Twin room
Note

3 h transfer  (145km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the Erzi Nature Reserve
    Besides the natural landscapes, we will admire the towers' complexe - one of the biggest ones of Ingushetia.
  • 13:00
    Homemade lunch
    Lunch in the family of the local people.
  • 15:00
    Departure to Vladikavkaz
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. After a brief rest, walking city tour in the downtown.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Armhi resort — Vladikavkaz
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Grand Aleksandrovsky, Vladikavkaz
Double room
Note

1 h transfer  (40km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Time at leisure in the city
    In the morning, you have a time at leisure for the rest in the beautiful city surrounded by the mountains. If you don't want to loose your time, the guide will go with your for an excursion.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    We will go to the restaurant situated in the mountains. Lunch of the local cuisine on the terrace with the panoramic view on the mountains.
  • 15:00
    Departure to the waterfalls
    We will visit the Midagrabinskiye waterfalls. One of them reaches the height of 600 metres.
  • 16:00
    Visit of Dargavs Necropolis
    Visit of Dargavs Necropolis. This Necropolis is inscribed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Dargavs Necropolis usually is compared with the Valley of Kings in Egypt.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotel
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Vladikavkaz
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Grand Aleksandrovsky, Vladikavkaz
Double room
Note

4 h cultural exploration  (234km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Transfer to Terskol
    Terskol is a little village known for its location: on the one hand of the village there is a meadow Azau from where all chair lifts goes on Elbrouz mountain.
  • 12:30
    Lunch
  • 13:30
    Chair lifting to Elbruz
    We will lift Elbruz by the chair lift to the Gara-Bashi station. Brief trekking in the surroundings and picnic en plein air with hot tea. Descent bask to Terskol.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Vladikavkaz — Terskol
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Ozon Tcheguet, Terskol
Chambre double
Note

3 h transfer  (234km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    4x4 excursion to the Elbrus region
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic) Not included
  • 17:00
    Transfer to Pyatigorsk
    Check-in the hotel. In the evening, walking along the city's' streets.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Terskol — Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the gotel Bristol, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
Note

3 h transfer  (164km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure to Yessentuki
    We will visit the region of the Caucasian Mineral Waters - the region that unites the local resorts and spas. You will visit the Yessentuki city and will walk along the Resort's park.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Return to Pyatigorsk and city-tour
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the gotel Bristol, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
  • 07:00
    Breakfast
  • 07:30
    Departure by train from Pyatigorsk - Armavir
  • 09:30
    Transfer to Maykop
  • 11:30
    Excursion to the private museum of the Circassians culture
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Arrival to Kislovodsk
    After check-in to the hotel, a short trekking along the Kurdzhips river's canyon known for its' picturesque gorges. You will see the old-growth forest of Buxus (boxwood) and rocks wreathed by lianas. Moreover, there are waterfalls and precipices.
  • 18:00
    Russian black banya (sauna)
    With an experienced bath-house attendant, you will go to the banya for the rest and restore after the flight and road to the village. The Black banya is an old tradition when the smoke escapes from the burning firewood inside the banya for killing germs and sterilizing the room.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Caucase Explorer
Route
Pyatigorsk — Mezmay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mezmay
Twin room
Note

2 h transfer  (124km)

  • 08:30
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:30
    Transfer to Tuapse
    There we will take the train to Sochi.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the city
  • 14:00
    Sightseeing tour of Sochi
    Sightseeing tour of Sochi. Familiarity with the history of creation, construction and development of Sochi as a major Spa resort: visit the Winter theatre, Sea port, Primorsky Boulevard, the legendary source of the Matsesta – the heart of the resort of Sochi, a visit to the dacha of Stalin, which was built for the leader in a picturesque area of Sochi in 30-ies of XX century. Stalin loved Sochi and paid great attention to the development of the resort. On request it is possible to drink tea or coffee on the terrace of his beloved Stalin.
  • 19:00
    Farewell dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Mezmay — Sochi
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Park Inn Sochi cetre, Sochi
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 12:00
    Check-out Not included
    It's possible to extend the tour or to make a transfer to the airport. End of the program.
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Route
Sochi
Detailed description
Departures
July, 31 2019
Start
-
August, 11 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
3,286 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
  • Administrative registration
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the group of 2 persons. If there are more persons in the group, the price will be lower. The price includes the full board except the breakfast 1st day and lunch and dinner the last day. For some visits foreign tourists need a special permission. We need at least 65 days for preparing this documents.

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