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Mysteries of Dagestan with Pavel Ageychenko

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
6 Days
May
Highlights
  • Visit wonderful Dagestan, including only the most top places
  • Authentic culture and delicious Caucasian cuisine
  • Discover the picturesque mountain landscapes
  • Tour led by experienced traveller Pavel Ageychenko
  • Explore the ancient villages with more than 2000 years old history
  • Get acquaintance with the best jewelry masters from Kubachi village
  • Find out the Caucasian Machu- Picchu
  • Enjoy one of the 3 deepest canyon in the world
Tour Overview

In 2021 we head for the land, where the gentle Caspian Sea, mild climate, majestic mountains and ancient architecture with authentic villages and Caucasian hospitality are combined, where you can find out what the real Caucasus is.  Join us to travel to the unexplored lands of Dagestan, while it has not yet become mainstream, but has great natural and cultural potential.

Land of mountains, translated the word “Dagestan” from the Turkic language, is located in the southeastern part of the northern Caucasus far away from crowded tourist places. This is the most picturesque region with unique natural wonders that are difficult to find anywhere else. We collect only all the most incredible places of Dagestan: Barkhan Sarykum, a mystery of nature surrounded by mountains and the largest desert of Eurasia, the most ancient and southernmost village of Derbent with a thousand-year history, a picturesque village Kubachi with the best jewelry masters, “Caucasian Machu- Picchu "or aul-ghost Gamsutl, as well as the village Gunib, hidden high in the mountains. Finally, you discover the most beautiful canyon, which tops the list of tourist attractions of Dagestan and claims to be one of the 3 deepest canyons in the world (depth up to 1920 meters). The Sulak canyon, stretching for 53 km with the turquoise waters of the Sulak River, will steal your heart.

Apart from it, you will enjoy incredible mountain landscapes, get acquainted with the multinational and hospitable Caucasians, who have a unique culture and honor the customs of their ancestors, and also taste the amazing local cuisine that combines the Persian, Arab and Turkish flavor.

 In summer 2021, Pavel Ageychenko, the founder of the BaikalNature company, will led the various tours in Russia, and the Caucasus is certainly one of them! Don't miss the chance to discover new places under the guidance of an experienced traveler who knows everything and more about travel!

 The tour does not require special physical training and it suits for a family vacation. Come and visit Dagestan, touch a thousand-year history and discover pristine nature, and you’ll likely lose a piece of your heart in the mountainous republic!

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Capital of Dagestan - Makhachkala
    Mahachkala
  • Day 2
    The most ancient city of Russia
    Mahachkala — Derbent
  • Day 3
    The aul of goldsmiths
    Derbent — Kubachi village
  • Day 4
    Caucasian Machu-Picchu
    Kubachi — Gunib
  • Day 5
    One of the deepest canyon in the world
    Gunib — Sarykum
  • Day 6
    The largest sand dune in Europe
    Sarykum — Mahachkala
  • 10:00
    Arrival in Mahachkala
    Meeting with your guide at the airport. of Mahachkala
  • 11:00
    Start of city tour
    The capital of hospitable Dagestan is beautiful at any time of the year! You will go to the most iconic places of the ancient and at the same time modern city: the main square, universities, monuments to important political figures and the Central Juma Mosque, similar to the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local restaurant
    Let's start acquaintance with local cuisine presented by delicious food of Caucasian cuisine and go for lunch in one the local restaurant.
  • 14:00
    Transfer to the hotel and check-in
  • 16:00
    Time at leisure
    After check-in, we have a pleasant walk around the city and visit to the embankment and the historical park "Russia" to enjoy and feel the atmosphere of the southern city . Possibility to buy souvenirs in the local shops
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    Dinner in any restaurant at your choice.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Grosny city
Route
Mahachkala
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Road to Derbent city
    We leave Mahachkala and head for the most ancient and southernmost city of Dagestan - Derbent. On the way, we definitely have a stop at the coast of the Caspian Sea to see the Caspian monster - the Lun-class ekranoplan (military aircraft).
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local restaurant
    Upon arrival in Derbent, we have lunch in the local restaurant.
  • 14:00
    Discovery of Derbent city
    Today we find ourselves in one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth. Derbent boasts a unique architectural heritage, the main pearl of which is the Derbent fortress (Naryn Kala), a UNESCO heritage site, as well as an Orthodox church and a synagogue. We touch the history of the ancient city and explore it, climb the Naryn-Kala fortress, that runs through the entire city. There is a souvenir shop and a museum on the territory. You can enjoy stunning views of the city, the mosque and the ancient Muslim cemetery.
  • 18:00
    Accommodation in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Mahachkala — Derbent
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Time at leisute in the city
    Before the lunch we have time to explore and visit those places that we missed yesterday
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local cafe
  • 15:00
    Departure to the village Kubachi
    We are going to Kubachi village, that is famous for its silver jewelry. Close to Kubachi (about 5 km), we have stop in abandoned settlement Kala-Koreish, presented a labyrinth of ancient buildings with terraces descending from the top of the mountain. There is also a restored museum and a tomb of the Kaitag utsmiyas. Then, we contniue the way to Kubachi. Since ancient times, gunsmiths have worked in the village and forged chain mail, swords, sabers. Weapons were decorated with silver or gold, that made them more beautiful and added value. There are legends that the helmet of Alexander the Great was made by the Kubachin people. Also, a set of edged weapons gave by Alexander III to Queen Victoria. Nowadays, they produce chic sets, cognac sets, a lot of women's jewelry.
  • 16:00
    Accommodation at the homestead
  • 17:00
    Excursion around the village
    The secrets of craftsmanship were passed along in families. Entire dynasties were formed, many of which have survived to the present. Kubachi art reached a high degree of excellence already in the 13th-15th centuries. We definitely visit to the family museum to know more about local goldsmiths. During the excursion you can take a photo in national costumes.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the homestead
Photo of the day
Route
Derbent — Kubachi village
Note

2 h transfer  (75km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to the high mountain village Gunib
    On a stunning road along a mountain serpentine with breathtaking views of the mountains, tiny villages and herds of sheep, we head for one of the oldest villages Gunib at an altitude of 1500 meters.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local cafe
  • 14:00
    Accommodation in the hotel and have a rest
  • 15:00
    Excursion to the abandoned aul
    At the top of Mount Amalje, you can discover the beautiful village of Gamsutl. This village is one of the oldest settlements on the territory of modern Dagestan. Translated from the Avar word "gamall" means "at the foot of the Khan's fortress", which means the khans chose this place to build their fortress or tower. The place for the fortress was not chosen by chance: the village is located on the top of a mountain, at an altitude of about 1,500 meters above sea level, where the surroundings are clearly visible. In addition, the village is surrounded by rocks and steep slopes, so it is not easy to get here. We will take a pedestrian excursion to the village along a narrow path to discover the remains of houses and complete silence.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Kubachi — Gunib
Note

4 h transfer  (142km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Visit of Gunib
    Before leaving let's visit the village of Gunib once again
  • 12:00
    Towards to Sarykum
    Check-out and continuation of the way through Dagestan. On the way, we have a stop to admire the view on Chirkeyskaya HPP, the most powerful hydroelectric power plant in the North Caucasus. Chirkeyskaya HPP has the second tallest dam in Russia and the highest arched dam in the country.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on the route
  • 15:00
    The most deepest and the most beautiful
    Sulak canyon is the deepest canyon in Russia and the Eastern Hemisphere, located in the valley of the Sulak River in Dagestan. Landscapes of canyon is really fascintaning. Besides, the fascinating mountain landscapes, you also enjoy the turquoise color of the river water, similar to the color of water in tropical seaside resorts . Sulak is the main river of Dagestan, flowing in a deep canyon separating the Gimrinsky ridge and the Salatau ridge.
  • 17:00
    Visit of the trout farm
    You can fish for a trout that we cook for you for dinner
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Gunib — Sarykum
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Sarykum, Makhachkala
Twin standart
Note

4 h transfer  (230km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Nature wonder - Barkhan Sarykum
    Let's move to another world,somewhere in the endless Sahara desert, but only in Dagestan! Dune Sary-Kum is a unique natural monument of Dagestan, which is officially recognized by geologists as the second largest dune in the world and one of the highest dunes in the world. On the territory of Europe and Asia, there are no similarly large dunes at all. They say that the dune has existed for more than 1000 years, but how this small piece of the Asian desert could form in the very heart of the Dagestan mountains is unknown yet. Hear beautiful legends about its origin and walk barefoot through its sands
  • 12:00
    Transfer to the airport
    Return to the airport of Makhachkala, where we end our journey. We hope that a trip to Dagestan will leave the warmest memories. The end of the programme
Photo of the day
Route
Sarykum — Mahachkala
Detailed description
Departures
May, 25 2021
Start
-
May, 30 2021
End
Available: 3
Status
1,122 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Airline tickets
  • Accident insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is indicated per person in the group of 3, if the number is lower the price will be recalculated.

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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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Katia
From 7 August 2020 to 17 August 2020
Custom tourVoyage au Baïkal en famille
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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
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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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