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Classic Sakhalin

Destination: Sakhalin
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
11 Days
Highlights
  • Discovery of the most beautiful places on Sakhalin
  • Visit of the pearl of the Kurils - Iturup Island
  • The whole Sakhalin for one time
  • Overnights in tents on the most beautiful places of journey
Tour Overview

Sakhalin is a region shrouded in secrecy, a place uniting oriental wisdom and mystifying Russian soul. This is exactly where our unique and unusual trip will take place.

During 11 days we will try to show you how immense and beautiful Sakhalin Island is with its abundant biodiversity. We will discover almost the whole territory of the island, see dozens of sights and fascinating landscapes. We will spend several nights in tents on the shores of the most scenic bays, sit by a campfire at the waterfront listening to guitar music and the sounds of the sea. Moreover we will be one of the firsts in Russia to meet the dawn as we will be on one of the easternmost subjects of the Russian Federation.

Sakhalin Island is also famous for its volcanoes and hot springs. During the tour we will have the opportunity to bath in those springs and see the volcanoes with our own eyes.

However, in spite of rich program on the Sakhalin Island, the pearl of our trip will be the Iturup Island that makes our voyage more exclusive. Being one of the largest in the Kuril chain of islands it has a remote and isolated location. So, we will have to take a plane in order to get there. But thanks to the same inconveniences in geographical availability, we will catch the opportunity to admire the pristine nature: volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, lakes, hot springs and so on. By the way, bathing in mineral and thermal springs bring much benefit to your health.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Aquaintance with Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 2
    West coast of Sakhalin
    Tymovskoye — Aleksandrovsk-Sakhalinskiy
  • Day 3
    Convict stage
    Aleksandrovsk-Sakhalinskiy — Orlovo
  • Day 4
    Aquaintance with the history of the island
    Orlovo
  • Day 5
    East coast of Sakhalin
    Orlovo — Yuyanka Cape
  • Day 6
    Tihaya Bay
    Yuyanka Cape — Tihaya Bay
  • Day 7
    Return to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    Tihaya bay — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 8
    Iturup -the pearl the Kurils islands
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • Day 9
    White rocks
    Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • Day 10
    Baranskiy volcano
    Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • Day 11
    Plateau Yakito and end of the programme
    Iturup Island (Kurilsk) — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • 09:00
    Arrival to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the chosen flight.
  • 09:15
    Transfer to the hotel
    Accommodation in the hotel and rest.
  • 12:30
    Lunch
    The buffet lunch will be served in the hotel's restaurant.
  • 14:00
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city-tour
    Aquaintance with the administrative centreof the Sakhalin island. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is a city of snowfall that surrounded by the mountains. In winter it's really cold and in summer very hot. The name of the city has been changed a lot of times. The south of the island was the territory of Japan during 40 years. Only in 1946, the city was named Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. During the excurison we will visit the ethnographic museum and the viewing point "Mointain air".
  • 17:00
    Dinner in the cafe
  • 17:40
    Transfer to the railway station
    Boarding on the train to Tymovskoye village.
  • Overnight in the train
Photo of the day
Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • 06:00
    Transfer to Aleksandrovsk-Sakhalinskiy
    Arrival to Tymovskoye. Meeting with your driver and transfer to Aleksandrovsk-Sakhalinskiy.
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Check-in in the hotel
    Accommodation and rest.
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the history of the city
    The majority of artifacts are devoted to the ethnology of the populations of Sakhalin (the Evenkis, Nivkhs and others). As historically Sakhalin is a place of the hard labor in exile, the collections of the museum reflect of the history and everyday life of the convicts.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Excursion to the Due village
    Departure to Due village for a walking tour "Little convict trail". Departure to Mikhailovskoe village. Return to Aleksandrovsk.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Tymovskoye — Aleksandrovsk-Sakhalinskiy
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion
    Excursion to the Chekhov’s museum. Tea drinking in "the shop Lansberg". Departure to Due village for a walking tour "Convict stage" on the sea shore through a tunnel Zhonkier.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Tymovskoye railway station
  • 18:20
    Departure to the Orlovo village
    Departure by train to Smirnykh village. Arrival in Smyrnykh village. Departure by private car to Orlovo (Eagles) village.
  • 19:00
    Late dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
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Route
Aleksandrovsk-Sakhalinskiy — Orlovo
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Excursion to Haramitogsky fortified district
    The district cherishes the memory of the soviet solders storm of the island's fortress. We will visit the villages Pobedino and Smirnih. They became the main border lane of the Karafuto defence (it is a name of the south part of the Sakhalin island).
  • 14:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time
    Walking in the forest. After the historical visit, we have possibility to have a rest, to take the air and to admire the beauties of the island's nature.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
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Route
Orlovo
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to the city of Makarov
    Discovery of the Japanese Shinto temple.
  • 11:00
    Trekking to the Klokov waterfall
    The Klokov waterfall is the biggest one on the Olkhon island.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in Vostochnoe (East) village
  • 15:00
    Arrival at the tent camp in the Yuyanka Cape
    Walking along the coast.
  • 19:00
    Dinner near the fireplace
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Orlovo — Yuyanka Cape
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Pugachevs’ mud volcanoes
    Trekking at the foot of volcanoes.
  • 11:30
    Departure to Tihaya (Quiet) bay
    Arrival at the tent camp in Tihaya bay.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Yuyanka Cape — Tihaya Bay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Walking along the northern part of the bay
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    Several stops at Vzmorie and Starodubskaya villages.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    Check-in at the hotel and rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Tihaya bay — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • 07:00
    Early breakfast
  • 11:00
    Flight to the Iturup island
    After our arrival, transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the hotel"s cafe
  • 15:00
    Bathing in the hote springs
    Visit to the water recreation complex "Vannochky" (Baths). Medical consultation.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the cafe
  • 10:00
    Start of the 4x4 excursion
    After 17 km of the road, we will stop in the Lososevaya bay (of salmon). There is a wall of waterfalls where the water flushes from the outcrops as cut with the knife. We will pass other 17 km for reaching the Beliy rocks (White). It's possible that we will meet seals.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 16:00
    Return to Kurilsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the volcano Baranskiy
    En route we will stop at the observation platform at an altitude of 516 m above sea level. There are hot springs, fumarole field, sulfur springs at the foot of the volcano. We will observe fumaroles and bath in the hot sulfur springs of the volcano Baranskiy.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 17:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Excursion to Yankito
    We will visit the hardened lava places Yankito.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe of the village
  • 15:00
    Transfer to the airport
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Iturup Island (Kurilsk) — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Detailed description
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Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Railway tickets
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Letter of invitation
  • Guide in the trains
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the group of 4 persons. If the the number of participants in the group is less than 4, the price of the tour can change.

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Bernard
From 12 March 2017 to 20 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourTraversée du lac Baïkal
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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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Marie
From 30 January 2017 to 9 February 2017
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Voyage passionnant de Magadan a Iakustk en passant par le Pole du froid. 2500 km sur la route couleur cristal. Memorable, bravo BaikalNature!
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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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From 5 March 2017 to 11 March 2017
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Très belle découverte que ce voyage. Qualité des prestations : en préparation (merci Anna); à Oulan Oudé, excellente guide (Natacha) Une simple recommandation : le guide principal devrait faire un débriefing chaque jour pour le lendemain afin que chacun puisse s'organiser; cela semblait par moment improvisé au dernier moment. Enfin, nous avons fait le circuit à l'envers et le début est un peu
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