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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
7 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
    Pyatigorsk and its thermal springs
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 2
    Elbrus - the highest mountain of Russia
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 3
    Vladikavkaz - the capital of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania
    Pyatigorsk — Grozny
  • Day 4
    Treasures of the Mountain Ingushetia
    Grozny — Pyatigorsk
  • Day 5
    Kislovodsk - the pearl of the Stavropol Krai
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 6
    Nature and culture of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 7
    Cheguem waterfalls
    Pyatigorsk
  • 10:00
    Gathering the group in Pyatigorsk city
    *The indicated time is approximate. If you arrive to the airport of the city Pyatigorsk (the nearest airport to Pyatigorsk city), contact your tour manager for the information about the supplement transfer (about 30 min. of the road). If you arrive by train or by bus, our guide will meet you on train or bus station.
  • 10:30
    Transfer to the hotel, check-in
  • 12:30
    Lunch
  • 13:30
    Pyatigorsk city-tour
    Pyatigorsk is a real "museum" of the thermal sources. There are more than 30 thermal springs near the Mashuk mountain - a natural monument. The city itself is the most popular Russian health station during more than 2 centuries. *La route aller-retour prend environ 1 heure.
  • 15:00
    Excursion to Zheleznovodsk
    Zheleznovodsk is a small town situated in the saddle between 2 monts Beshtau and Zheleznaya 650 meters above the sea level. This scenic town is also known as a "green pearl".
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Intourist, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
  • 07:00
    Early breakfast
  • 08:00
    Transfer to the Mount Elbrus region
    Today we will go to the very heart of Kabardino-Balkaria - Elbrus region. Kabardino-Balkaria is a high-mountainous region of the Caucasus with majestic snow peaks, numerous waterfalls and picturesque gorges.
  • 11:00
    Visit of the Adyr-Su ravine
    The name of the gorge is translated as "wild water". We will stop at the waterfall, which forms the river of the same name. There are not many tourists here, so nature is still preserved in its original form.
  • 12:00
    Mount Cheguet lift
    The height of Mount Cheguet is about 3422 meters, but it is from here that the ideal view of Elbrus opens. On a chair lift we will rise to the observation deck at an altitude of 2750 meters. * The lift is not included in the tour price and it is to be paid on the spot in cash - approximately 700 rubles. per person.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe
  • 14:00
    Mount Elbrus lift
    On a chair lift we will get to the highest inhabited point of Elbrus - Azau (altitude 2300 meters above sea level). Time seems to stop here: snow-white mountain caps, blue sky and green glades at the foot of the mountains - the perfect travel photo should be taken here! * The lift is not included in the tour price and is paid on the spot in cash - about 1400 roubles / per person.
  • 16:00
    Return to Pyatigorsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Intourist, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
Note

6 h transfer  (328km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Transfer to Vladikavkaz
  • 12:00
    Walking city-tour
    Vladikavkaz was founded in 1784. Walking along the ancient streets of this city, you will learn about the history of the city and the republic. We will also visit the Memorial of Glory - a unique architectural and sculptural complex.
  • 14:00
    Lunch in the city
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Grozny city
  • 17:00
    Evening excursion in the city Grozny
    The city of Grozny is rightly called the heart of Chechnya. The capital of the republic combines loyalty to traditions and modernity. You will visit the Heart of Chechnya Mosque, walk along the main avenue of the city and see the high-rise complex Grozny-City. * For those who wish, climbing to the observation deck - on-site payment in cash, about 100 roubles / per person.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Pyatigorsk — Grozny
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Berkat, Grozny
Twin room
Note

5 h transfer  (313km)

2 h cultural exploration  (131km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the Mountain Ingushetia
    During a tour of the mountainous part of the Republic of Ingushetia, we will visit the Targim depression - the cradle of the Ingush people; the ancient tower complexes Targim and Egikal - medieval towers up to 30 meters in height and the ancient temple of Thaba-Erdy - a unique Christian temple, the history of which is still a mystery.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Pyatigorsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Grozny — Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Intourist, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
Note

4 h transfer  (270km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure to the city of Kislovodsk
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the city of Kislovodsk
    Kislovodsk is a unique city, one of the main resorts of the Caucasian Mineral Waters. The city is located in a valley at the foot of the Main Caucasian Range. We will walk around the largest man-made park in Europe with a territory of more than a hectare, visit the castle of Cunning and Love - a natural monument formed by a rocky cliff. We will also take a walk to Honey Falls in the gorge of the Alikonovka River and to Mount Ring - a natural monument of a bizarre shape.
  • 13:30
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Return to Pyatigorsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Intourist, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
Note

2 h transfer  (90km)

3 h cultural exploration  (145km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 08:30
    Departure to the Dombay valley, Karachay-Cherkess Republic
  • 11:00
    Stop over near the river Ulu-Murundju
    The waters of this river are considered healing and absolutely pure, since they originate on a glacier in the mountains.
  • 12:00
    Walking along the Dombay meadow
    The Dombai glade is surrounded on all sides by mountains, the real "heart of the mountains": alpine meadows, turbulent rivers, emerald green forests and, of course, the eternal snows and glaciers of the mountains.
  • 14:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Chair-lift to the mounatin Mussa-Achitara
    *The price of the chairlift is not included in the tour cost, payment on site in cash (about 1000 roubles / per person).
  • 16:00
    Return to Pyatigorsk in the eveneing
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Intourist, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
Note

1 h   (40km)

6 h transfer  (382km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the Cheguem Gorge
    The Chegem Gorge is narrow canyons, clean mountain rivers, ancient settlements and waterfalls. The best place to bring together all the impressions of the Caucasus!
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Return ot the city, end of the programme
    *Nous pouvons vous réserver en plus: nuit à l'hôtel, transfert à l'aéroport Mineralnye Vody
  • 19:00
    Dinner
Photo of the day
Route
Pyatigorsk
Note

4 h   (234km)

Detailed description
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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 5-6 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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From 28 December 2018 to 1 January 2019
Destination: Karelia
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From 14 May 2019 to 21 May 2019
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Désolé de n’avoir pu faire le programme prévu, mais le bateau n’était pas un brise glace. Cependant le dépaysement est total. L’organisation irréprochable nous permettra de revenir pour une autre destination.A bientôt.
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From 14 May 2019 to 21 May 2019
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Quelques petits détails à améliorer à l’hôtel sur le lac, manque miroir, de quoi poser affaires et valises, poser affaires de toilette dans salle d’eau. Sinon bonne cuisine et accueil. Bateau très bien.
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Lingyun
From 28 April 2019 to 4 June 2019
Destination: Altai
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We had a wonderful time trekking through the Altai mountains and definitely rank it among one of our best travel experiences. While we knew we'd be sleeping in tents, we didn't realise how "wild" our experience would be - i.e. drinking water from streams, washing your hands with snow and very few showers. Although this was a surprise, it was actually a lot of fun to see how much we could adapt
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From 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019
Destination: Altai
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The best tour that i had in my all life. Ones in a life time. We took a transletor but she was'nt good enough.
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