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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
    Ancient city Derbent
    Makhachkala — Derbent
  • Day 2
    Makhachkala - capital of Dagestan
    Derbent — Makhachkala
  • 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
  • 12:00
    Arrival in 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
Photo of the day
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.
  • 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
  • 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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Route
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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Route
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 2 persons. If there are more persons in the group, the price will be lower. *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).

Reviews
No reviews anymore or no reviews at all for this destination. Below all reviews.
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4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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BaikalNature's reply
Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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4.67
4.67
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5.00
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5.00
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4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
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YONGCHANG
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
VERY NICE~
4.00
4.00
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
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4.00
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3.00
Quality of meals
4.00
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5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jorg
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Very nice tour, however there is possibility to improve; making the groups not troo big (mine was 14 guests which is too much for in tent dining p ex), also the trek on the lake could have been longer for me - now there was a part of the lake trek done by 4x4. A small remark to the guide too; maybe better to inform the evening at dinner what timing/activity there will be the next day and what to wear.
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BaikalNature's reply
Thank you for your comment! We have already planned the improvements for our ice camp for making it me comfortable. As for the trekking distance, we just wanted to balance between very sportif tourists and those who have no any experience. Hoping to see among our future clients!
3.50
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3.00
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Quality of accommodation
4.00
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2.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Sandeep
From 3 March 2018 to 10 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Better coordination between the Guide and Back Office suggested.
4.17
4.17
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
3.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jiranan
From 28 February 2018 to 5 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourBaikal trip
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Overall for the trip is great I really do enjoy it, however if we can add more attractions in to the trip that would more valuable for the trip. Also the bus on the way to transaiberia train is quite too small, I suggest for the one with bigger seat.
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