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Classic 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
5 Days
Highlights
  • Visit 3 Caucasus regions: Stavropol Krai, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia
  • Relax in the 3 main resort cities of the Caucasian Mineral Waters
  • See the highest point in Europe - Elbrus
  • Learn how the rocks "cry” in the Chegem Gorge
  • Discover the secret of Blue Lake
  • Go to the very heart of the mountains and the tourist mecca of the Caucasus - Dombay
Tour Overview
    If you are looking for a real vacation in which there is a diverse nature, centuries-old history, rich culture and, of course, hospitable people, then the Caucasus will give you all this. Visit the liveliest cities of the Caucasian mineral waters - Pyatigorsk, Zheleznovodsk and Kislovodsk, which can boast of their originality and uniqueness, always considered not only the best, but also the oldest resorts in Russia.

  But the Caucasus is not only resorts with mineral springs. The main highlight of the tour will be the great Elbrus - the highest mountain peak in Europe. The best way to enjoy and appreciate its beauty is to go to Elbrus region and climb the lift from the Azau glade, and then you will see an amazing picture. The Chegem Gorge with weeping waterfalls and the most transparent - Blue Lake, whose temperature never changes, should also not be left without your attention. These places where pristine nature has been preserved will conquer every demanding traveler. You will also visit the very heart of the mountains - Dombay.

   The Caucasus was created by the sea and mountains, which explains the amazing healing climate and the fantastic atmosphere of these places!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Pyatigorsk and its thermal springs
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 2
    Elbrus - the highest mountain of Russia
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 3
    Cheguem Gorge and Blue Lake
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 4
    Dombay is the pearl of Karachay-Cherkessia
    Pyatigorsk
  • Day 5
    Kislovodsk - the pearl of the Stavropol Krai
    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)

  • 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!
  • 12:00
    Departure to Nalchik and city-tour
    Nalchik is the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria. Thanks to the wooded ridge, at any time of the year the city welcomes guests with a very mild climate.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe
  • 15:00
    Excursion to the Blue Lake
    Blue Lake is a picturesque place, the origin of which has not yet been solved: Not a single river, not a trickle flows into the Blue Lake, but 70 million litres of water flow out of it per day!
  • 18:00
    Return to Pyatigorsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the cafe of the hotel
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Blue Lakes Kabardino-Balkar Republic Caucasus
Route
Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Intourist, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
Note

1 h transfer  (89km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the Dombay valley
    Dombay valley is a picturesque plain surrounded on all sides by mountains. Those who wish will have the opportunity to climb to a height of 3000 meters on a lift to the mountain of the same name (payment for the lift is not included in the price of the tour, payment on the spot is approximately 1000 roubles / person).
  • 14:00
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Return to Pyatigorsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Dombay Karachay-Cherkess Republic
Route
Pyatigorsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Intourist, Pyatigorsk
Twin room
Note

3 h transfer  (213km)

  • 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, end of the porgramme
    *Those who wish can stay in the city for the night or continue a tour of the Caucasus. Contact your tour-manager for more information.
Photo of the day
Route
Pyatigorsk
Note

2 h transfer  (90km)

3 h cultural exploration  (145km)

Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Letter of invitation
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The indicated price is for the group of 5-6 participants. If the number of participants is smaller, the price will be recalculated. This tour can be organised for individual departure for the convenient dates.

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Fabienne
From 4 June 2019 to 14 June 2019
Destination: Caucasus
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Le voyage a été un réel plaisir et une très belle organisation si ce n est nôtre premier. Guide , Anna , qui était médiocre : aucune connaissance culturelle de la région, elle n a aucunement assuré les traductions quand nous étions accompagnés de guides locaux et elle ne faisait aucun rassemblement de groupe pour partager les informations ! Enfin elle pouvait même se moquer de notre groupe lorsque
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Wendy
From 5 June 2019 to 25 June 2019
Custom tourJourney Across the Russian North Caucasus+Lake Baikal
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Our North Caucasus trip was very professionally organised and the tour was excellent with a good balance of attractions, historic and geographical sites. Most impressive was our friendly and highly competent tour manager Anna's attention to detail and ability to tailor the program exactly to our needs - not an easy task with older, experienced people with very exacting demands! Anna also organised
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Lisa
From 27 September 2019 to 4 October 2019
Custom tourBaikal in Autumn
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Fantastic Trip!!
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Sara
From 13 September 2019 to 15 September 2019
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourLake Baikal Discovery
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I like the trip and the well done organization of it! :)
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Karine
From 16 August 2019 to 20 August 2019
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Le voyage était parfaitement bien préparé en amont avec Irina qui est de plus une personne très agréable. Juste, sur place, l'information sur les transferts est un peu floue. Merci beaucoup à toute l'équipe, j'espère trouver l'occasion un jour de voyager à nouveau avec vous !
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