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SAKHALIN - KUNASHIR
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SAKHALIN - KUNASHIR

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Day 1 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 

Arriving in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. 
City-tour. Return to the hotel. Dinner (over cost).

Day 2 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Kunashir

Breakfast at the hotel.

12:00 – transfer to the airport 
14:10 – departure from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
15:45 – arrival at the port of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Kunashir island (ATTENTION! Arrival time may be changed).

Transfer to the hotel "Iceberg". Accommodation in double rooms with facilities on the block.

Departure to the hot springs "Rosinka", visit the waterfall cascade, the stream "Kisly" (30 minutes by car from the city of Yuzhno-Kurilsk and then 40 minutes on foot).

Departure for a walk along the coast, sightseeing of the coast: rock "Devil's finger", "Devil's gate".

Dinner in cafe.

Day 3  Golovnin volcano – the Boiling lake – the Hot lake

Breakfast at the hotel.

The Caldera of Golovnin volcano, the Boiling lake, the Hot lake.

Departure to the route by transport up to 43 km, then on foot 8 km in one direction.

Viewing of the Caldera of Golovnin volcano, lakes Boiling and Hot. Swimming in the lake is Hot (swimming is prohibited in the Boiling lake). Golovnin Caldera diameter is more than four kilometers. You can imagine the force of the explosion occurred here during the eruption of the volcano. There are two lakes inside the Caldera at an altitude of 130 meters above sea level: Boiling and Hot. Jet of hydrogen sulphide and sulphur dioxide gases of the Solfatara, the emission of hot water, thick vapor and an ever-changing color of the water create an impressive picture.

Lunch in nature (lunch-box).

Dinner in cafe.

Day 4 Cape Stolbchaty

Breakfast in the hotel.

Cape Stolbchaty – a unique place where the natural stone blocks of "red square" take turns by views of stone pencils, weighing 40 tons and deep-sea fjords. The bizarre rocks in which you hear the sound of organ music, the true thousand-year monuments... They were the first sites of the earth that appeared from the depths of the ocean and survived almost in its original form to our era.

Lunch in nature (lunch-box)

Visiting the nature trail and mud, therapeutic hot springs "Stolbovskie"Movement by car, then on foot along the beach 40 mins.
Ecological path. The flora of the island is rich and includes species common from subtropics to Northern latitudes. There is a thick hedge of white and stone birch, gray trunks of the velvet tree, Rowan, Sakhalin fir with whitish trunks. Up the slope flashing blue spruce needles Ayan. The look stops at the trunk with a red stripe drawn by the caring hand of a man. This is a warning: caution – the Magnolia! Highly to sunlight raised it the branches with large leaves at the time of flowering, the aroma of its large white flowers spread all around. 

Dinner in cafe.

Day 5 Mendeleev volcano

Breakfast.

A visit to the fumarole fields of Mendeleev volcano (the route is of medium difficulty). Active volcano in the southern part of the island of Kunashir named after the outstanding Russian chemist D. I. Mendeleev in 1946.

Complex stratovolcano with Central extrusion dome. The altitude of 886 m (according to other sources — 888 m). The cone of the volcano is surrounded by a vast Caldera, which was formed as a result of the destruction of the cone of an ancient volcano. Steam-gas emissions and enhancement of fumarole activity in 1880, 1901, 1946, 1977

There are many fumaroles and hot springs on the slopes of the volcano, the surface of the slopes is covered with coniferous-broad-leaved forests with thick undergrowth of Kuril bamboo and cedar elfin. There is a place of rest "Hot beach" at the foot of the volcano, where water from volcanic springs is used as natural healing baths. The state natural monument was given to it in 1983. Mendeleev volcano belongs to the specially protected natural areas and is a complex regional natural monument with a total area of 30 000 hectares (category III according to classification).

Walk along the coast, exploring the coast: caccuri "devil's finger", "devil's gate". 

Lunch in nature (lunch-box)

Dinner in cafe.

Day 6 Yuzhno-Kurilsk – Korsakov

Breakfast.

Visit to the Museum in Yuzhno-Kurilsk.

Transfer to the port

14:00 – departure to Korsakov (ship "Igor Farkhutdinov»)

Day 7 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

12:00 – arrival in Korsakov (arrival time may be changed). Transfer to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Accommodation. 

Day 8 Cape "Velican" 

Breakfast

Departure to the Cape "Velican" (tour time 12:00 – 20:00)

Cape "Velican" 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 the giant hero, dozing off at the water's edge, rise along the coast from Cape Ptichhiy to Cape Velican. 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 a narrow strip of sandy beach stretches fir-fir forests on the sea terrace, where the Christmas trees carefully hiding from the cold sea wind, "turning" to the sea of Okhotsk "back". And here you can watch one of the most amazing natural phenomena – spawning course of Pacific salmon, namely pink salmon. 

Lunch (lunch-box).

Transfer to the city.

Day 9 Bay "Tikhaya" – volcano "Magotan"

Breakfast at hotel

Walking along the Bay Quiet, where your can see a rock formation created by mother Nature: rock-arch "Magic window", stone "Elephant" and the island is Zametny.

Lunch (lunch-box).

The Pugachev mud volcano (Magotan) is the second largest volcano of its kind on the island. It looks like a group of mud circles (large Central and two small). All three are perfectly visible from satellite images. In fact, under heterogeneous vegetation hides a field with a diameter of 4 km. At its core and is the main mud field. The surface is flat and only slightly raised to the center. There is practically no anomaly in the ring of vegetation. On vast grassy marshes grows a huge number of herbs, flowers and miraculously clinging to the oversaturated moisture soil of trees. Several interesting plants grow on the volcano, including the Zvelev pike, which is found exclusively in the Sakhalin region.

Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Day 10 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Breakfast. Free day. 

Day 11 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. 

Overview

Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Kunashir – Golovnin volcano – Boiling lake – Hot lake – Cape Stolbchaty – Mendeleev volcano – Yuzhno-Kurilsk – Korsakov – Cape "Velican" – Bay "Tikhaya" – volcano "Magotan"

Number of Days: 11 days / 10 nights

Group: min. 2 people.

Schedule

Tour dates: 13.08

Fees

Tour price per person, USD

½DBL – 1420 

SNGL – 1675 

* 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.

Fees include

Price included:

- Transfer according to program;

- Accommodation in hotel Santa 4* in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;

- Accommodation in hotel Iceberg on Kunashir island;

- Support for instructors or guides-conductors on the routes;

- Accident insurance;

- Execution of on check-point Kunashir;

- Laissez-passer in the Kuril reserve.

Fees exclude

Additional charges:

- English-speaking guide;

- Flight to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back;

- Flight to Yuzhno-Kurilsk;

- A ticket to the ship on the route: Yuzhno-Kurilsk-Korsakov;

- Bed linen on the ship.

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 items:

Headgear (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 mosquitoesGloves (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

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