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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.
14:00 – 17:00 – Sightseeing tour with a guide through the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk with a visit to Gorny Vozduat GC, Pobedy Avenue, Pobedy Avenue, Glory Avenue, Railway Museum, Busts-Monuments of the Discoverers of Sakhalin, Kommunistichesky Avenue, Memorial complex "Pobeda”, temple “Nativity of Christ”. The end of the excursion on the territory of the local history museum. Visiting the museum of local lore (unaccompanied guide) Self-return to the hotel.
19:00 – Dinner. Meeting with the tour leader, discussion of the upcoming program.


Day 2 Cape "Velican" 
Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Okhotskoye Cape Velikan – South Sakhalinsk (South part of Sakhalin Island).
08: 00 – Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 – Departure to Cape Giant. The journey takes 2.5 hours (135 km one way).
Cape "Giant" – a monument of nature, one of the most beautiful and amazing sea coasts of Sakhalin. Freakish cliffs, in the outlines of which someone sees a lion coming out of the sea, someone has a mysterious castle, and someone has the head of a giant who was dozing off the edge of the water, towering along the entire coast from Cape Bird to Cape Giant. Stone arches created by the greatest architect – Nature – amaze with their grandeur. On the tops of the rocks and arches screaming seagulls bustle around, cormorants sit proudly and swifts sweep about. Spruce-fir forests stretch along a narrow strip of a sandy beach on a sea terrace, where trees carefully hide from the cold sea wind, "turning" back to the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. And here you can see one of the most amazing natural phenomena – Pacific salmon spawning, namely pink salmon, if your trip falls for the period from July to August Hot lunch on the seashore (Sakhalin ear, Korean wild salads (fern, burdock), tea, coffee)
17: 00 – Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
19: 00 – Arrival in the city Dinner (on your own).


Day 3 Rock "Frog"
Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Vestochka-rocky outlier "Frog" – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (southern part of Sakhalin island)
09:00 – Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
09:30 – Departure to the route, 30 minutes (12 km) by transport to the village Vestochka, then departure to the route on foot.
It is believed that the area of Vestochka is the energy center of Sakhalin. 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. You will see the magic stones in the form of the Sphinx, "Solar" and "lunar" clearing stones "questions and answers" and can swim in the "energy" the river Iicca
13:30 – Snack (lunch-box)
14:00 – Departure to the city.
14:30 – arrival. Free time.


Day 4 Bay "Tikhaya" – volcano "Magotan"
Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Dolinsk-Starodubskoye – Vzmorye – Tikhaya Bay, Maguntan-Yu-Sakhalinsk mud volcano (East coast of Sakhalin Island)
07:00 – Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 – Departure to the Bay "Silent" (by road, travel time - 2 hours).
09:00 – Stop at the Starodubskiy Amber Coast. On the seashore you can collect local amber "Sakhalinite" as a Sakhalin souvenir. Amber has a beautiful color of black tea with a cherry tint and will be a great addition to your jewelry collection.
09:40 – Departure to the bay "Silent". On the way to the bay. in Vzmorye, you can visit the local market with seafood and wild plants, where you can buy fresh-caught crab and try it on a halt.
10:30 – Arrival in the “Tikhaya” bay. A pedestrian walk around the Tikhaya Bay, where you will see rock formations created by Mother Nature: rock arch “Magic Window”, stone “Elephant” and the island Notable (if the ebb allows it).Lunch by the sea (dry ration).
12:30 – Departure to the Pugachev mud volcano “Maguntan” The Pugachev mud volcano (Maguntan) is the second largest volcano of this kind on Sakhalin. It looks like a group of mud circles (a large central one and two small ones in the neighborhood). From the satellite images are perfectly visible all three. In fact, under a motley vegetation hides a field with a diameter of 4 km. At its core is the main mud field. The surface is flat and only slightly raised to the center. There is practically no vegetation in the ring. On vast grass swamps, a huge amount of grass, flowers and miraculously clinging to the soil saturated with moisture grows. Several interesting plants grow on the volcano, including Shchuchnik Tsvelev, which is found exclusively in the Sakhalin Region.
17:00 – Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
19:00 – Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Hotel accommodation. Dinner (on your own).


Day 5 Yuzhno-Kurilsk
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport.
Departure to Yuzhno-Kurilsk (departure time will be published in March 2019!)
Arrival in Yuzhno-Kurilsk (Kunashir island). Transfer to the hotel "Iceberg". Accommodation in double rooms with facilities on the block.
Walk along the coast, sightseeing of the coast: kekura "Devil's finger", "Devil's gate". Dinner at the cafe. Visiting the hot springs "Hot beach".


Day 6 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 7 Caldera of Golovnina volcano, Boiling lake, Hot lake
Breakfast
Departure to the route by transport up to 43 km, then walk 8 km in one direction. Inspection of the Golovnin volcano Caldera, lakes Boiling and Hot. Swimming in the lake Hot (swimming is prohibited in the Boiling lake).
Golovnin Caldera (Caldera - a cauldron with steep slopes and a flat bottom, formed as a result of the failure of the top of the volcano). The diameter of the Caldera on the crest of more than four kilometers. You can imagine the force of the explosion occurred here during the eruption of the volcano. Inside the Caldera at an altitude of 130 meters above sea level there are two lakes: 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 at the cafe.


Day 8 hot springs "Stolbovskie"
Breakfast. Dearture to the nature trail and mud, therapeutic hot springs "Stolbovskie". (Movement by car, then on foot, on the beach 40 minutes).
Ecological path. The flora of the island is rich and includes species common from subtropics to Northern latitudes. Along the forest path there is a thick hedge of white and stone birch, gray trunks of a velvet tree, Rowan, Sakhalin fir with whitish trunks. On the slope up glows blue needles Ayan spruce. The eyes stop on the trunk with red band, conducted by caring human hands. 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. (tour duration 7-8 hours) Route of medium complexity: Cape Columnar Cape "Columnar" – a unique place where the natural stone blocks "red square" is replaced by views of stone pencils, weighing 40 tons and deep-sea fjords. Bizarre rocks in which you hear the sound of organ music, the true thousand-year monuments... Because they were the first areas of the earth that emerged from the depths of the ocean and preserved almost intact to our era.
Lunch (lunch-box).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 9 Yuzhno-Kurilsk
Breakfast. Visiting the Museum of Yuzhno-Kurilsk. Transfer to airport.
Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation.


Day 10 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Breakfast. Transfer to airport.

Overview

Route: Sakhalin Island – Kunashir Island – Sakhalin Island

Number of days: 10 days / 9 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

 

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

½DBL (double occupancy) – 964
SNGL (single occupancy) – 1046
CHLD (child under 12) – 918

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

Hotel ½DBL (double occupancy) SNGL (single occupancy)
"Lotos" 3 167 251
"Youbileynaya" 3 225 310
"Santa Resort" 4 (TWIN) 249 392
"Pacific Plaza" 4 277 448

Additional paid air ticket on the route Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Yuzhno-Kurilsk - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk: 240 USD per person.

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

With English-speaking guide: 

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

- Transfer according to program;

- Accommodation in hotel Pasific Plaza 4* in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;

- Accommodation in hotel Iceberg on Kunashir island;

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

- Food according to the program;

- Accident insurance;

- Execution of on check-point Kunashir;

- Laissez-passer in the Kuril reserve.

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;

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

- personal expenses;

- food not indicated in the program;

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

- 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 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

Yuzhno-Kuril'sk

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