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DISCOVERY KURIL ISLANDS
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DISCOVERY KURIL ISLANDS

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Day 1 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation.
City tour (2-3 hours) with a visit to the Museum of local lore, the Japanese Treasury, the Park of culture and rest, founded by the Japanese.Acquaintance with the city begins with the Sakhalin regional Museum. It is located in the building, built in 1937, for the Museum of the governorate of Karafuto (the so-called until the 45th year of the southern part of Sakhalin). The unusual Japanese building with multi-tiered roofs is both a decoration of the city and a reminder that nothing in history can be crossed out. There is a rich collection of unique materials on the history, Ethnography and nature of the region.
Dinner.


Day 2 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Breakfast.
Tour: rocky Butte "Frog" (the time of the excursion 09:00 – 14:00).
Rock "Frog" - the unique nature of the age of 70 million years, a very unusual energy place. The ecological path to the foot of the mountain takes about 20 minutes. Next, a short, but steep climb to the outlier "Frog", which takes 20-30 minutes. From the top offers an amazing landscape and in good weather you can see the Gulf of Aniva, lake Tunaicha and Changeable.
A snack during a short stop (lunch-box). Transfer to airport.
Departure to Kurilsk (departure time will be published in March 2019), arrival in Kurilsk (Iturup island).
Transfer to hotel. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner at the cafe. 


Day 3 White Rocks
Breakfast.
Excursion by car to the "White rocks" (duration of the tour – 7-8 hours)
By car we move along the coastline along the "White Rocks", the thickness of the pumice, which consists of White rocks, in appearance homogeneous. It was formed already in historical time, as a result of a colossal eruption of a hot gas cloud. People of the stone age could well be witnesses or even victims of this event, before which the Eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii fell asleep, pales.
Lunch (lunch-box), Hot springs "Hot water" (1 hour).
Dinner at the cafe


Day 4 Baransky Volcano
Breakfast.
Departure to the volcano of Baransky (duration 7-8 hours)
Baransky volcano is one of the most accessible volcanoes on the island of Iturup. At its foot we can observe the picturesque volcanic landscapes: mud boilers, fumaroles, hot lakes with unusual turquoise acid and hot mineral streams. At 12 km from the foot on top of 516 m is a trigonometric sign, so the top is called Trinoga. The rise to the top of a long, gentle. From the top of a Tripod and a panoramic view: to the West of the Kuril Bay, p. Whale, Kuril'sk; from the North the volcano Bohdan Khmelnytsky; in the East Bay Space, RAID S., White rock; in the South the volcanoes Baranski (height 1132км.), Teben'kova, Ivan, mountain Top. From the bowels of the earth beat healing springs, hot river flows from a deep Boiling lake. Descended from the volcano, you can swim in the hot springs and enjoy the majestic beauty of the volcano!Attention! In the area of fumarole fields precautions – you can fall into the hot mud in the area of mineral springs – get chemical burns. You can swim only in springs with a certain water temperature.
Lunch (lunch-box)
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 5
Breakfast.
Visit to the fish factory in Kurilsk.
Transfer to port.
Boarding the ship.
Departure to Shikotan island.


Day 6
Arrival to the port of Malokurilskoye, Shikotan island (ATTENTION! It is possible to change the arrival time).
Transfer to the hotel "Sofia".
Accommodation in rooms with private facilities.
Dinner at the cafe


Day 7 Bay of "Church" – mountain Notoro – mountain Tomari
Breakfast.
Departure to the Bay "Church", the mountains Notoro and  Tomari
The Bay "Church" impresses with its Islands and coves. Interesting history and nearby objects: larch forest, the place of the former Japanese settlement, the mountains of Notoro and Tomari. In this Bay there is a house built by the inspectors of the reserve. The origin of the name of the Bay is not clear.
The route to the Bay starts from the village of Krabozavodsk. Part of the way (1 hour) is overcome by a cross-country car, then on foot. The entire journey takes 4.5 h the Car stops in front of the pass between the mountains of Tomari, and Notoro, which is to go 50 min. From the pass you can climb on these mountains. Then the path lies along the road along the mouth of the Creek and after 1.2 hours goes to the beach, in the Bay of the Church. From the place of the confluence of the stream into the sea to the Forester's house, located in the southern part of the Bay, you should still go about 1 hour – the road goes not by the sea, but through the forest.
Lunch (lunch-box)
Dinner at the cafe


Day 8 Snezhkov Bay
Breakfast.
Departure to Snezhkov Bay
Snezhkov Bay beautiful vistas of the road, stone-birch forests, open rolling hills, Islands, thickets of juniper. The origin of the name of the Bay is not clear.The route starts from the village of Krabozavodskoye. By car you can drive 3 km, then walk on the road. Before the pass in the Bay of Snow on the road to go 1.25 hours. Then another 1 hour to the beach. Lunch (lunch-box). Dinner in a cafe.


Day 9 Cape "Edge of the World"
Breakfast.
Departure to the Cape "Edge of the World", Bay Nameless and Dimitrov Bay (in the Wake of the film "life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe»)
Perhaps the most popular place on the island, Cape End of the World. Cape Edge of the World, rocky ledge, going far into the sea and breaks down 40-meter walls. When you get here, you immediately understand the meaning of the name. The top offers a breathtaking view of the vast expanses of the Pacific ocean, and involuntarily comes the idea that you are really on the edge of the earth!
Near the Cape "Edge of the world" is an Unnamed Bay, it was there that starred the famous film "life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe" (1972) starring Leonid Kuravlev. In the Bay you will see the most famous log, which was cut by Robinson Crusoe.
The Bank of Dimitrov Bay is high, rugged and rocky, covered with bamboo-meadow grasses. It offers views of several small Islands. Along the Bay is a dirt road a little further Cape Crab. On the slopes are visible segments of the old Japanese road.
The name of the Bay and the Peninsula is given in honor of Dimitrov Georgy Mikhailovich (1882-1949) – a prominent Bulgarian politician.
The road to the Bay Dimitrov begins with lapel from highway village Malokurilskoe – POS Krabozavodskoe in the Bay area welcome. After 7.6 km on the road there is an old Japanese cemetery. To reach the observation deck over the Bay in the region of the airfield by car for 30 min. Possible the descent to the ocean, which flows into several rivers.
Lunch (lunch-box)
Dinner at the cafe.
20:00 – boarding the ship
22:00 – departure to Korsakov (ship " Igor Farkhutdinov»)
Ship "Igor Farkhutdinov" follows the route of Shikotan island – Iturup island (Parking 5 hours) – Sakhalin island (final destination).


Day 10
Arrival to the port of Kurilsk (Iturup island)
Departure to Korsakov.


Day 11 Korsakov
Arrival in Korsakov (possible change of arrival time).
Tour: Cape Bird and the Giant (travel time 12:30 – 20:00).
Cape "Giant" is a natural monument, one of the most beautiful and amazing sea coasts of Sakhalin. Bizarre rocks, in the outlines of which someone sees a lion coming out of the sea, someone mysterious castle, and someone the head of a giant hero, dozing off at the water's edge, rise along the coast from Cape Bird to Cape Giant. Amaze by their grandeur of the stone arch, created by the greatest architect of Nature. On the cliff tops and arches bustle of noisy gulls, proudly scurry cormorants and Swifts. Along the narrow strip of sandy beach stretches spruce-fir forests on the sea terrace, where Christmas trees carefully hiding from the cold sea wind, "turning" to the sea of Okhotsk "back". And here you can observe one of the most amazing phenomena of nature – the spawning course of Pacific salmon, namely pink salmon, if your trip falls on the period from July to August.
Dinner on the coast of the sea of Okhotsk (Sakhalin cuisine)
Transfer to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Accommodation in hotel.


Day 12 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Breakfast. Free day. Excursions for an additional fee.


Day 13 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Breakfast. Transfer to airport.

Overview

Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Iturup – Shikotan – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Number of Days: 13 days / 12 nights

Group: min. 1 person

The Kuril Islands are one of the most inaccessible places in Russia. They are lost in the Pacific Ocean in the Far East of Russia. Getting here is not easy: a long and expensive flight to Sakhalin, flights or nights on a boat to the islands themselves. The traveler, who did not spare money and time, will discover truly fantastic landscapes: volcanoes and hot springs, beached ships and abandoned armored vehicles, monuments - traces of the Japanese, low trees and tall, human growth, grass. Get ready for a seafood tasting menu. Shrimp, crab, scallop and salmon - everything is truly fresh, everything is prepared according to its own, local recipes.

The program in the Kuriles may change depending on weather conditions.

 

Schedule

Tour dates 2019: sold

Tour dates 2020: in issue

Fees

Additional paid ticket for the ship on the route: Malo-Kurilsk – Korsakov:

The cost of the tour (without air tickets) per person, USD:

½DBL (double occupancy) – 1`384
SNGL (single occupancy) – 1`471
CHLD (child under 12) – 1`339

Additional charge for the cost of living per person in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk:

Hotel ½DBL (double occupancy)  SNGL (single occupancy)
"Lotos" 3 101 150
"Youbileynaya" 3 135 186
"Santa Resord" 4 (TWIN) 149 235
"Pacific Plaza" 4 166 268

The air ticket on the route Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Kurilsk is additionally paid for: 260 USD / person.


Additional paid ticket for the ship on the route: Kurilsk – Malo-Kurilsk:

Passenger category 3 class (4-seater without amenities) 2 class (4-seater with amenities) 1 class (2-seater with amenities) Luxary
Adult 27 36 46 55
Child (2-12 years old) 17 22 27 32


Additional paid ticket for the ship on t
he route: Malo-Kurilsk – Korsakov:

Passenger category    3 class (4-seater without amenities)  2 class (4-seater with amenities) 1 class (2-seater with amenities) Luxury
Adult 58 83 108 141
Child (2-12 years) 33 48 58 75

Additional charge for bed linen (payment on the ship): 3 USD per person. on each segment.

Payment procedure: 30% – when booking, 70% – 30 days before the date of arrival.

English speaking guide is on request. 

* Tour price can change without prior notice.

* The operator reserves the right to substitute hotels in the program to other relevant category. The order of the excursions can also be changed.

* The guide-wire, all the services and hotels are confirmed at time of booking.

Payment schedule: 30% – for booking, 70% – 30 days befor to arrival.

You can pay:
- by bank transfer in dollars or euros
- by credit/debit card on-line on our website

Fees include

- tours of the program;

- transfers according to the program;

- hotel accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;

- accommodation in the hotel "Iturup" (on the island of Iturup) (double rooms with facilities, with one or two beds, specify when booking);

- accommodation in the hotel "Sofia" (on the island of Shikotan) (double rooms with facilities, with two beds);

- transport service on the routes;

- meals according to the program;

- support of professional instructors and hunters on all routes;

- registration of programproposal on Iturup island and Shikotan island.

- accident insurance.

Fees exclude

- air tickets from the place of residence to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back (the cost from us is specified at the time of booking or purchased independently), airport taxes, as well as other payments related to flights;

- English/German guides – 90 USD per day.

- air ticket on the route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Kurilsk (see table in the tab "Price");

- accommodation in hotels of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk according to the program (see the table in the “Price” tab);

- food on the ship (on the menu);

- a ticket for the ship on the route: Kurilsk - Malo-Kurilsk - Korsakov (see the table in the tab "Price"):

- bed linen (payment on board, see the table in the “Fees” tab);

- personal expenses;

- early check-in or late check-out in hotels;

- not included in the program or listed as optional excursions.

Travel tips

Sports and adventure tourism routes of the Sakhalin area involves physical activity, and a number of areas (eg, climbing a volcano) require good physical fitness, as well as the availability of the right clothes, shoes and other items listed below.

Also, be sure to get vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis!

List of needed itemsHeadgear (lightweight hat for sun protection)

Sport Sandals (Daubney sports sandals, firmly seated on the leg, which can comfortably walk on water and rocks)

Trainers (trekking, with a thick corrugated soles, preferably with a water-repellent + removable dry shoes)

Towel (small travel towel various needs)

Sunscreen (SPF (the SPF) of at least 30 units)

Photographic

Backpack (small backpack for day hikes (your hands should be free!) For the transportation of water, photographic, swimwear, etc.)

Warm clothing (jacket, sweater and warm clothes like)

Jacket (wind and comfortable WATERPROOF jacket)

Bathing suit (bathing suit and swimming trunks for men)

Means from mosquitoes

Gloves (x / cotton gloves to protect your hands from small works).

Shirt or jacket with long sleeves (light clothing with long sleeves necessary for the ascent of the Mendeleev volcano, not to cut yourself on the bamboo and, at the same time, do not suffer in hot weather)

First-aid kit (travel kit with first aid and personal hygiene)

Fishing gear (for avid fishermen desired to have their fishing gear)

Map

Yuzhno Sakhalinsk

Iturup island

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