BaikalNature Tours Seven Wonders of Russia

Seven Wonders of Russia (Tour # 658318)

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Trip Length: 27 days Group: 4-6 Departure: Fixed Period: June - July Tour type: BaikalNature Limited Edition tour Destinations: Kamchatka, Lake Baikal, Caucasus, Moscow, Saint Petersburg Transport: Private car / bus, Helicopter, Plane, 4х4, Train, Hydrofoil Accommodation: Hotel, Train, Resort Activities: Cruise / Navigation, Ascension, Cultural exploration, Skiing, Animal observation Visited areas: Irkutsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Olkhon Island, Moscow, Perm, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Komi Republic, Stavropol Region

Highlights of the Tour:

Whole Russia in one trip - more than 13,000 km covered
Visit of "7 Wonders of Russia", including the most famous cities
Different activities: cultural exploration, ascension, skiing, swimming, fishing and other activities
Cuisines, varying from one corner of the country to another
Various means of transportation: planes, helicopters, trains, off road vehicles, ferry, hydrofoil, cars
Part of the tour goes through the famous Trans-Siberian Railway
Kinds of accommodation: from a luxurious hotel to a refuge at 3750 meters above sea level
Ascension to the top of Mount Elbrus (optional)

Tour Overview:

In 2008 the Russian Television Network "Rossiya" organized a national competition "7 Wonders of Russia". After 10 months of voting on its official site the 7 winning leaders were announced: the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Lake Baikal in the south of Siberia, Man-Pupu-Nyor (or Manpupuner) in the Ural Mountains, the Peterhof Palace in Saint-Petersburg, Saint Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow, the Motherland Calls in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Mount Elbrus in the northern Caucasus mountains.

The tour operator BaikalNature dared this adventure and united all the Wonders in one general trip, the sites which are commonly visited as separate or even dreamt to be visited…

Making a 27-day journey from the Kamchatka Peninsula to Mount Elbrus, you will cross the whole Russia by making a visit to these 7 places, which are very different from each other and characterize the country. You will make one of the fortunate visitors who have a chance to discover these treasures of Russian national heritage. Take a look at a map to realize the scale of this adventure!

Imagine as well the contrast between the wild nature and the famous cultural sites that you are going to experience: one day you have a dinner in front of volcano, the other day you are having lunch in the imperial palace of Peterhof; one evening you admire the sun setting on the inaccessible shelf of Man-Pupu-Nyor, the other one you are passing in one of the most dynamic capitals in the world – Moscow.

Our journey "7 Wonders of Russia" is not simply a visit to Russian places of interest, this is a unique chance to see the wild nature, immerse yourselves in the culture of different people of Russia, to touch the history of the past. You will have a walk through the "earth of fire", observe wild animals and take a part in a shamanic ritual. Also, you will make a visit to main cities of Russia, take a taste of a caviar and omul – endemic Baikal fish, the Caucasian BBQ (shashlik). You will enjoy the greatness of lake Baikal, the fineness of the Peterhof Palace and the beauty of Saint Basil's Cathedral. You will sense a thrill facing the highness of giant Man-Pupu-Nyor pillars and the Mamayev Monument, the Kamchatka volcanos and Mount Elbrus!

And that`s just a small part that may be described with words. Like it is sung in the popular russain song: "Untill you see it, you will never understand it".

This exclusive trip is fully designed and organized by BaikalNature team. Today it represents our flagship product. BaikalNature is also the first tour operator to bring this itinerary to life. Three company offices in Irkutsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg allow optimal management of such circuit with of multiple facets. The itinerary crosses nine time zones, and in order to minimize the jet lag the route runs from east to west. The tour starts in the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy airport (PKC) and finishes in the airport of Volgograd (VOG).

Tour Programme:

Day 1

Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamcharsky. Meeting with your guide at the airport at 10:00 a.m. Transfer to the hotel, check-in. Rest. Lunch. Bus tour around the city. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2

Breakfast. Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers and volcanic caldera Uzon (7 hours). Lunch during the excursion. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3

Breakfast. Free time. This day is reserved in case of bad weather conditions for helicopter excursion. If the weather conditions are good we invite you to take a boat trip with fishing to the Avacha Bay (5-6 hours) (5 000 RUB / person, at extra cost). Overnight in the hotel.
Day 4

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport at 1:00 p.m. Departure to Irkutsk.
Day 5

Arrival at Irkutsk at night. Transfer to the hotel, check-in. Night stay in the hotel. Breakfast. Free time. Lunch. Walking tour around the city. Discovery of old wooden houses, ancient orthodox churches, the Decembrists museum, central market. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 6

Breakfast. Transfer to Olkhon Island. En route, visit to the National Buryat museum of Ust-Orda, meeting a shaman, discovery of shamanic practices. You will take part in a shamanic rite! Lunch in a Buryat cafe serving traditional cuisine: buuza-pozy (Buryat meat dumplings), chebureki (deep-fried turnovers with minced meat and onion filling), Buryat tea etc. (extra charge). Transfer to the hotel in Khuzhir, check-in. Discovery of the Burkhan Rock (the Shamanka), "place of residence of the Baikal's God" and one of the nine sanctuaries of Asia. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel complex.
Day 7

Breakfast. Excursion to the north of the island on jeep (4x4). Discovery of Khoboy Cape (northernmost point of Olkhon) - sacred place for shamans with taking a spectacular 360° view. Lunch in the open air near the cape, taking a taste of fish soup. Driving down to the cape of "Three brothers" to admire abrupt cliffs. Return to Khuzhir. Free time. Banya. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel complex.
Day 8

Breakfast. Free day. Overnight in the hotel complex.
Day 9

Breakfast. Return to Irkutsk at 4:00 p.m. Free time. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 10

Breakfast. Transfer to the railroad station at 1:00 p.m. to take Transsiberian train. Spending the night in train.
NB: next two days will be spent in train, so it would be better to prepare all the food supplies in advance. Otherwise the wagon-restaurant of the train is always at your service.
Day 11

Day and night in the train.
Day 12

Day and night in the train.
Day 13

Arrival in Perm. Transfer to the hotel. Breakfast. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 14

Helicopter excursion to Man Pupu Nyor starting at 4:30 a.m. Transfer by bus to Nyrob settlement. Arrival at the Nyrob heliport at 9:00 a.m. Flight starting at 9:15 a.m. Landing on idol's mountain Man-Pupu-Nyor at 10:45 a.m. Flight back to Nyrob. Arrival at local heliport at 2:30 p.m. Return to Perm at 08:00 p.m. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 15

Breakfast. Free time. This day is reserved in case of bad weather conditions for helicopter excursion to Man-Pupu-Nyor rocks. In case the helicopter excursion was taken the previous day we propose to fill this day with a tour around the city (approximately 5000 roubles per person). Transfer back and staying the night in the hotel.
Day 16

Transfer to the airport at 4:00 a.m. Departure at 5:55 a.m. Arrival in St. Petersburg at 6:20 a.m. Transfer to the hotel Rossi*, check-in. Breakfast. Rest after the flight. Lunch. Sightseeing around the city. Dinner (for an extra charge). Free time. Night stay in the hotel.
*Rossi hotel (4) is a former mansion which is located in the centre of St. Petersburg, on the embankment of the Fontanka river.
Day 17

Breakfast. Taking an excursion aroung Peterhof. Lunch during the excursion. Return to the hotel. Free time. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 18

Breakfast. Free day. Backage packing. Transfer to the railway station. Departure at 10:50 p.m. by train.
Day 19

Arrival in Moscow at 06:46 a.m. Transfer to the hotel. Breakfast. Resting after the flight. City tour with a visit of Saint Basil's Cathedral. Lunch during the excursion. Return to the hotel. Dinner (extra charge). Free time. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 20

Breakfast. Free day. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 21

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport at 8:30 a.m. Departure to Mineralnye Vody at 10:20 a.m. Arrival at 12:45 p.m. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to the local hotel (180 km. distance). Installation. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
* 3 h of driving
Day 22

Breakfast. Taking a lift to the priyut (refuge) "Gara Bashi" (3750 m). Lunch. Walking around the camp. If there is any strength left, you can go skiing. Dinner. Free time. Overnight in the recreation center of Gara - Bashi.
Day 23

Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Considering that we are not professional climbers, the ascension to the Elbrus Mount is optional. Alternatively, we can take a walk to the Refuge of the 11 (Priyut 11) - 4200 m. above sea level. If everyone is being well, the team can go upper and reach the Petuhova Rocks (4800 m.). Dinner. Overnight in the recreation center of Gara - Bashi.
Day 24

Breakfast. Departure to Terscol village. Lunch. Banya. Transfer to the railroad station of Mineralnye Vody at 10:00 p.m. Spending the night in train.
Day 25

Arrival in Volgograd. Transfer to the hotel. Lunch. Free time. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 26

Breakfast. Bus tour around the city making a visit to Mamayev Kurgan and monument. Transfer to the hotel. Having a festive dinner and presenting the certificates "7 Wonders of Russia". Overnight in the hotel.
Day 27

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. End of the program.

This tour is offered with the fixed departure dates. To book the tour please contact us.

Departure: Base price per pers.: Status:
1. From 30.06.2017 to 26.07.2017 483,800 RUB  /  8,411 $ /  7,791 On sale

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Price includes: Price does not include:
English-speaking guide services
Accommodation as per itinerary
Transport as per itinerary
Medical insurance
Excursions and visits as per itinerary
Administrative registration
Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
Ski rental
Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
Celebratory dinner with alcoholic beverages
Letter of invitation
Railway tickets in 2nd class
Railway tickets
Mountain guide
Airline tickets
Optional activities
Meals in train
Guide in the trains

Price Comment

The price is given for the group of 4 persons.

The guide services are not included the Day 3-4,10-13,15, 18,20,25,27.

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

Optional additional charges:
- Boat trip with fishing to the Avacha Bay (5-6 hours) - about 5000 RUB per person
- City tour in Perm - about 5000 RUB per group (for 6 persons)
- Guide service to the top of Elbrus Mount - 500 USD

Airline tickets are included within Russia (Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky - Irkutsk, Perm - Saint-Petersburg, Moscow - Mineralnye Vody).

Booking Options

Booking is made by paying a 30% deposit of the total cost.
The balance of 70% is to be paid 21 days before departure.
If late booking (made less than 21 days prior to departure), full payment is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation Options

Please read carefully our Terms & Conditions

List of landmarks that are to be visited (click on the links below):

Yelizovski district Asacha Bay
Yelizovski district Caldera of Uzon Volcano
Yelizovski district Starichkov Island
Yelizovski district Valley of Geysers
Olkhon Island Khoboy Cape
St. Petersburg Peterhof
Volgograd Mamayev Kurgan

NB : The above description of the landmarks (sights) is for you information only and subject to the available texts. Although we do our best to make this description as specific as possible, just like we try to show a maximum of things during our tours, the real visits may slightly differ. All the landmarks might not be visited, some might just be approached and just as well some sites may be visited that are not described here.

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