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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
12 Days
Highlights
  • All Sakhalin island in one tour
  • Visit of the pearl of the Kurils - Iturup Island
  • All types of Sakhalin landscapes: mountains, steeps, bays, islands and volcanoes
  • Acquaintance with culture and untouched nature in one tour
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 12 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.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Aquaintance with Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 2
    Along the east coast of Sakhalin
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Orlovo
  • Day 3
    Aquaintance with the history of the island
    Orlovo
  • Day 4
    East coast of Sakhalin
    Orlovo — Yuyanka Cape
  • Day 5
    Tihaya Bay
    Yuyanka Cape — Tihaya Bay
  • Day 6
    Return to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    Tihaya bay — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 7
    Iturup -the pearl the Kurils islands
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • Day 8
    White rocks
    Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • Day 9
    Baranskiy volcano
    Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
  • Day 10
    Return from the Kuril Islands
    Iturup Island (Kurilsk) — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 11
    Reserve day
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 12
    End of the programme
    Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • 09:00
    Arrival to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and transfer to the hotel
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the chosen flight.
  • 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
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Mega-Palace", Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Check-in in the hotel
    Accommodation and rest.
  • 14:00
    Arrival to the resort of Orlovo village
  • 14:30
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Time at leisure
    You can go for a walk on the territory of the resort or to have a rest in the room.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Orlovo
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort of Orlovo, Sakhalin
Twin room
Note

5 h transfer  (370km)

  • 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
Photo of the day
Route
Orlovo
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort of Orlovo, Sakhalin
Room at the resort
  • 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
Yuyanka Cape, Sakhalin
Route
Orlovo — Yuyanka Cape
Accommodation
Camping
  • 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
Tihaya Bay, Sakhalin
Route
Yuyanka Cape — Tihaya Bay
Accommodation
Camping
  • 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
Photo of the day
Route
Tihaya bay — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Mega-Palace", Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Twin room
  • 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
Photo of the day
Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Ostrov", Iturup (Kurilsk)
Twin room
  • 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
White rocks, Iturup
Route
Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Ostrov", Iturup (Kurilsk)
Twin room
  • 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
Baranskiy volcano, Iturup
Route
Iturup Island (Kurilsk)
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Ostrov", Iturup (Kurilsk)
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the airport
    The flight to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (departure at 11:50, arrival at 13:10). Transfer to the hotel, check-in.
  • 14:30
    Lunch Not included
  • 17:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Iturup Island (Kurilsk) — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Mega-Palace", Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Day at leisure in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
    *Option: city-tour.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Plateau Yankito, Iturup, Sakhalin
Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Mega-Palace", Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Railway tickets
  • Letter of invitation
  • Meals according to the program
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • 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. The flights Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Iturup and Iturup - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are included.

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Katia
From 7 August 2020 to 17 August 2020
Custom tourVoyage au Baïkal en famille
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Séjour inoubliable! Un grand merci à Irina pour l organisation et à Maria notre guide pour la qualité de l’accompagnement et des informations sur les lieux. Nous aimerions vraiment revenir en hiver si possible
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Dirk
From 4 March 2020 to 11 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourIndividual Grand Crossing Tour
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
This was a very good organised trip over the lake. I worked very well with Olga. It was a nice cooperation. some remarks: - The homestay in Ust-Barguzin could have been better. If I knew that there were two families and how the beds were divided, then I could have prepared the group and it would be less chaotic. - Some of the group were disappointed that we didn't walk all the way. On the first day
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Thank you for your feedback! We would like to give you some comments about the tour. - Large groups always have to be divided into several houses, since it is not a hotel, it's a house of a local. Such number of places can’t be provided by one homestay. Please, feel free to ask us a better hotel, we are always ready to follow your requests. -Perhaps the drivers misunderstood you because of the lang
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Pierre
From 5 March 2020 to 12 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Nous avons grandement apprécié ce séjour hivernal autour du lac Baïkal. L'agence est très disponible pour nous aider à préparer le voyage et une fois sur place, notre guide a été aux petits soins, nous laissant tout le temps pour profiter du lac !
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Hélène
From 21 February 2020 to 27 February 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Je recommande Baikal nature pour la traversée du Baikal, c'est une agence sérieuse, Irina est très sympa et réactive. Tout le séjour s'est bien passé, et je n hésiterai pas à refaire appel à eux pour un futur séjour en Russie.
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Marc
From 26 February 2020 to 1 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourVoyage au lac Baïkal en hiver
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un super voyage avec une super guide.
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