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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
Highlights
  • Acquaintance with different cultures of the Caucasus
  • The best resorts in the world according the opinion of the Soviet Union
  • 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 4200 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
    ACQUANTANCE WITH MAKHACHKALA
    Makhachkala
  • Day 2
    DERBENT
    Makhachkala — Derbent
  • Day 3
    Sulak canyon
    Makhachkala — Grozny
  • Day 4
    Grozny - Heart of Chechnya
    Grozny — Vladikavkaz
  • Day 5
    Jeyrakhsky Reserve
    Vladikavkaz
  • Day 6
    The biggest necropolis of the Causacus
    Vladikavkaz — Terskol
  • Day 7
    Mount Cheget by cable car
    Terskol — Mount Cheget
  • Day 8
    Gara-Bashi shelter
    Terskol — Pyatigorsk
  • Day 9
    Aquaintance with Pyatigorsk
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 10
    Karachay-Cherkessia
    Pyatigorsk — Kislovodsk
  • Day 11
    Aquaintance with Sochi
    Kislovodsk — Sochi
  • Day 12
    Departure day
    Sochi
  • 10:00
    Arrival in Makhachkala
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be easily changed according to your flight.
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the hotel, accommodation
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    City tour
    Acquaintance with the city and stroll along the shore.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Makhachkala
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion to Derbent
    Departure by bus to Derbent city. You will discover Derbent, the southernmost city of Russia. Tour around Naryn-Kala fortress. Visit to the fortress museum.
  • 13:00
    Lunch free Not included
    in the restaurant near the fortress (not included, to pay on site)
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the excursion
    City tour: upper magaly (small administrative unit), Juma mosque, the tomb of Tutu Beke and ancient burial in Kyhlyar. Visit to an old tea house and a place where you can try traditional Derbent bread (churek).
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
    Overnight in the hotel.
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Route
Makhachkala — Derbent
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Souvenirs
    Visiting to Makhachkala market where there are plenty of souvenirs made by Dagestan craftsmen: silver jewelry, wood inlaid with metal, pottery, carpets made of natural wool.
  • 12:00
    Check out of the hotel
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic) Not included
  • 15:00
    Departure to Grozny
  • 18:00
    Arrival to Grosny, check-in
  • 19:00
    Dinner at your charge Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Makhachkala — Grozny
Note

transfer  (168km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
    Breakfast in the hotel. Check out.
  • 10:00
    City tour
    During today's city tour “From history to the future” you will visit one of the largest mosques - the "Heart of Chechnya", an observation platform overlooking Grozny city and the national museum.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    Also, you will have an opportunity to try national dishes. ( not included)
  • 15:00
    Vladikavkaz
    Transfer to Vladikavkaz. Walking city tour around Vladikavkaz. Dinner at your charge.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at your charge. Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel.
    Overnight in the hotel.
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Route
Grozny — Vladikavkaz
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the Jeyrakhsky Museum
    We will visit Jeyrakhsky Museum Reserve – the largest of its kind. The surface area of this museum – reserve is equal to four times the surface area of the Liechtenstein. *Travelers in the area around the valley in Ingushetia are required to have entry permission (permission for foreigners can be obtained within 65 days).
  • 13:00
    Lunch box Not included
  • 15:00
    Return to Vladikavkaz
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Vladikavkaz
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    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. *Travelers in Dargavs are required to have entry permission (permission for foreigners can be obtained within 65 days)
  • 13:00
    Lunch box
  • 15:00
    Departure to Terskol
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    not included, to pay on site
  • 21:00
    Arrival and check in
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Vladikavkaz — Terskol
Note

4 h transfer  (234km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Mount Cheget
    You will ascend the mount Cheget by cable car and do the trek on the adjacent valley overlooking the magnificent panorama of the surrounding mountains. This day will help you with your acclimatization before climbing the slope of Mount Elbrus on the following day.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Free time
    Visit of the souvernirs market.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Terskol — Mount Cheget
Note

2 h trekking  (5km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the shelter "Gara-Bashi"
    Transfer to Azau valley, where you will start your ascent. The cable car will take you to the mountain shelter "Gara-Bashi" (3750 m).
  • 10:00
    Check-out of the hotel
    Your luggage will be left in storage (storage fees to pay on site).
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a restorant in the mountains (not included, to pay on spot). Not included
    in the mountain cafe (not included)
  • 15:00
    Stroll in the surroundings
    Stroll. You will have the possibility to take pictures of mount Elbrus and its surroundings.
  • 17:00
    Departure to Pyatigorsk
    After arrival, check-in in the hotel.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Terskol — Pyatigorsk
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    City tour of Pyatigorsk
    City tour of Pyatigorsk , impregnated with historical and cultural heritage. Optionally, you can climb by cable car to the top of mount Mashuk, overlooking the magnificent panorama (extra charge). Optional visit of the Museum-manor of M. Y. Lermontov (extra charge). A visit to the Aeolian harp, an underground mineral lake Proval.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Essentuki
    Departure to Essentuki. Сity tour with a visit to the Park, Narzan gallery, mud bath. Then you will visit the village of Suvorovskoe, where you will have an opportunity to bathe in natural hot spring pools under the open sky containig water of different temperatures. Bathing duration is 1 hour.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Pyatigorsk
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Check-out from the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the Karachay-Cherkessia
    You will go to the territory of the Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, where you can see the real Caucasus in miniature. The set of waterfalls is equally charming both in winter and summer. Also you can visit the ethnographic Museum where you will learn the peculiarities of the life of the Karachai people.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Degustation of of honey and jam
    On the way back you stop in the Tea house where you can taste a variety of different types of honey and jam.
  • 15:05
    Arrival to Kislovodsk
    Walking tour in the Kislovodsk parc.
  • 16:00
    Transfer to the railway station
    Embarkation on train to Sochi
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in train
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Route
Pyatigorsk — Kislovodsk
  • 06:30
    Arrival to Sochi
    Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in (subject to availability).
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
    Rest after the road
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 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
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Kislovodsk — Sochi
  • 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
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Medical insurance
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Bathing in hot springs
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Ski rental
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Meals in train
  • Guide in the trains
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the group of 6 persons. If the the number of participants in the group is less than 6, the price of the tour can change. Single supplement 15000 RUB/pers *Travelers in the area around the valley in Ingushetia are required to have entry permission (permission for foreigners can be obtained within 65 days). *Travelers in Dargavs are required to have entry permission (permission for foreigners can be obtained within 65 days).

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Bernard
From 12 March 2017 to 20 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Superbe voyage très dépaysant. Le guide Igor était très professionnel.
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From 7 March 2017 to 17 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Tout était parfait, les transferts impeccables, Irina, Andrej, Janna et Anna furent des guides de qualité. Vous aviez parfaitement choisi les lieux de séjour et de repas La base Lada à Olkhone nous convenait parfaitement, nous avons eu l’occasion d’y rencontrer un charmant groupe féminin qui était aussi en villégiature pour quelques jours et qui comprenait une ancienne professeure de français…
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From 30 January 2017 to 9 February 2017
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Catherine
From 2 March 2017 to 8 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Un séjour grandiose et inoubliable à tout point de vue. Dans la description, il faudrait peut-être quand même préciser que pour faire les 2 jours de marche sur le lac, il vaut mieux être entrainé à marcher vite en cas de mauvaise météo. Ceci a été le cas pour nous le dimanche, avant d'arriver au campement. Heureusement notre guide Andreï a été parfait et notre groupe était homogène pour avoir une
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