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Sakhalin Island

SOUTH SAKHALIN

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Day 1. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (lunch)
Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, check-in after 14:00 (early check-in is possible with 50% surcharge).
14:30 Welcome Sakhalin-style lunch . We will begin our journey with acquaintance with Sakhalin cuisine. At our lunch you will taste the famous hemultan soup, salads from Sakhalin wild plants (fern, burdock), seasonal fish dishes, sandwiches with caviar for tea.
During lunch, we will discuss travel details and present you with the necessary attributes for a trip to Sakhalin. The weather in Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands changes very quickly, and to make your trip comfortable, we have prepared raincoats and raincoats for your shoes. Your shoes and clothes will always remain dry, even in the most inclement weather.
Guided sightseeing tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (3 hours)
Places to visit: Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore with an excursion, where you will get acquainted with the history of the discovery of Sakhalin and the periods of government experienced by the island (the museum was built in 1937 by Japanese architects). We will visit the place where in 1882 the first huts were cut down by Russian settlers and exiled convicts, and the village of Vladimirovka was formed, which laid the foundation for the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. We will imagine how the city grew and developed during the Japanese rule of Karafuto (then it was called Toyohara), we will see the preserved Japanese buildings built in those distant times. And, of course, we will visit the brightest places of modern Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the main attractions of the island capital: the Victory memorial complex, the Church of the Nativity of Christ, the observation deck of the Mountain Air Group of Companies, from where a magnificent view of the entire city, the Walk of Fame and others opens. .


Day 2. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Korsakov – Ozerskoe – Novikovo – Cape Aniva – Aniva lighthouse (breakfast, lunch lunch box)
Early departure from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Novikovo.
Departure to the sea from Novikovo.
Arrival at the Aniva lighthouse.
The Aniva lighthouse (Japanese Naka-Siretokomisaki) was installed in 1939 and is not only the most original and complex technical project of the Karafuto period , but also an outstanding world achievement in the practice of lighthouse construction at that time. The need to build a lighthouse was due to the unpredictable treacherous currents, with the mixing of the waters of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk and the Aniva Bay, frequent fogs and rocky banks, and heavy traffic. The author of the project – Japanese engineer Miura Shinobu.
The journey begins in the village of Novikovo, which took its name in honor of the legendary cruiser Novik, who fought a Japanese ship in this place in the 1905 Russo-Japanese War. Going out to sea by boat and passing 35 kilometers past the abandoned village of Yuzhnoye, Cape Mramorny, Cape Slyuda, in one and a half two hours we overtake the purpose of our journey - ndash; lighthouse at Cape Aniva! We go around it. After that, we moor and disembark at the lighthouse. We will see the sights of the lighthouse. On the way back we admire the Marble and Mica capes. During sea voyages we can meet sea lions, gulls, seals, dolphins and killer whales.
Hiking lunch at Cape Mramorny.
Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Arrival in the city.


Day 3. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Dolinsk – Starodubskoe – Vzmorie – Pugachevsky mud volcano (Maguntan) – Tikhaya Bay (breakfast, lunch lunch box)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to the Maguntan mud volcano (by car, travel time 2.5 hours).
Stop in with. Starodubskoe ' Amber Coast '.
On the seashore you can collect local Sakhalinite amber as a Sakhalin souvenir. Amber has a beautiful color of black tea with a cherry hue and will be a great addition to your jewelry collection.
On the way, we will visit the torii gate of Higashi Shiraura Jinja temple in Vzmorie.
We will also stop at the so-called crab market, where crabs are sold 'like seeds' in central Russia. Those who wish will be able to make a photo session and purchase crabs for every taste, so that later they can taste the seafood on the shores of Tikhaya Bay.
Arrival to the place of departure to the Maguntan mud volcano.
From the starting point to the volcano, walk about 3 km.
Magutan mud volcano – natural monument, one of the four places of power of the Ainu – an ancient people who lived on Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. Its second name is – Pugachevsky, after the name of the nearest village and railway station.
The Pugachevsky mud volcano (Maguntan) is not a volcano in our usual sense, it looks like a group of mud circles. The largest circle from above looks like a huge gray eye. A field with a diameter of 4 km is hidden under a variety of vegetation. In it with The heart is the main mud crater, with griffins gurgling and flowing mud. You will see a truly real Martian landscape. But in the vast swamps surrounding the volcano, a huge number of grasses, flowers and trees miraculously cling to moisture-saturated soil grow. Several interesting plants grow on the volcano, including Shchuchnik Tsveleva, found exclusively in the Sakhalin region.
Returning from the route. Light snack.
Departure to Tikhaya Bay.
Arrival in Tikhaya Bay.
Walking tour along Tikhaya Bay, where you will see rock formations created by Mother Nature: the rock-arch " Magic Window '', the Visible Island (if low tide allows) and Pushkin's profile.
Hiking lunch by the sea.
Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Arrival to the city.


Day 4. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – river Velochka – rocky outlier Frog (Place of " power '') – Cape Bird – Cape Giant – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Southern part of Sakhalin Island) (breakfast, lunch)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure for the route, 30 minutes (12 km) by transport to the village. News, then departure to the route on foot. It is believed that the area News – energy center of Sakhalin. Frog Rock – the unique nature of 70 million years old, a very unusual energetic place. Travel time along the ecological trail to the foot of the mountain takes approximately 20 minutes. Further, a short, but steep ascent to the " Frog '' outlier, which takes 20 to 30 minutes. An amazing landscape opens from the top, and in good weather it is possible to see Aniva Bay, lakes Tunaicha and Chastichivoe.
On the way to the Frog, you need to cross Sunny Glade . It changes color every day: from the brightest green to its paler shades. And meadow flowers do not grow here at all. The glade gives the impression of a well-groomed lawn, as if a landscape designer had worked. Near Solnechnaya Polyana, a mountain river murmurs – Commissar ( Hayichka ). Its waters are credited with healing properties. A little further is Lunnaya Polyana. And here you can also find stones of " desires '' and 'questions and answers'.
Departure to Bird and Giant Capes . Travel time is 1.5 hours (135 km).
Arrival to Cape Ptichiy. Capes Ptichiy and Giant – a natural monument, one of the most beautiful and amazing Sakhalin sea coasts. Bizarre rocks, in the outlines of which someone sees a lion emerging from the sea, someone is a mysterious castle, and someone is the head of a giant hero who dozed off at the water's edge, rise along the entire coast from Cape Bird to Cape Giant. Stone arches, created by the greatest architect – By nature. On the tops of rocks and arches, screaming gulls scurry about, cormorants proudly sit and swifts scurry. Spruce and fir forests stretch along a narrow strip of sandy beach on the sea terrace, where fir trees carefully hide from the cold sea wind, " turning '' to the Sea of ​​Okhotsk with his " back ''. And here you can also observe one of the most amazing natural phenomena – spawning run of Pacific salmon, namely pink salmon, if your trip falls between July and August.
Hot lunch by the sea ( Sakhalin-style fish soup, seafood, Sakhalin tea with herbs and berries ).
Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Arrival to the city.


Day 5. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – river Sima – Dolinsk – Ostromysovka – Bakhura river – river Anna – Cape Simau (breakfast, lunch lunch box)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to the area of ​​Cape Simau.
In the Dolinsky region on the eastern coast of Sakhalin Island, the river with the beautiful name Sima meets the harsh Sea of ​​Okhotsk. Not far from the mouth of the river is Cape Simau. In ancient times, the Ainu settlement of Simakotan stood here, which means 'stone place'. The clear waters of the river, which originates on the slopes of Bykov, are perfect for spawning salmon and other fish species. Therefore, anyone who decides to visit this picturesque place can not only enjoy the views of steep cliffs, grottoes, sandy beaches and wildlife, but also try their luck by taking a fishing rod with them. In the warm backwaters and lagoons between the rocks protruding into the sea, you can swim and fish for crab.
Five kilometers from the mouth of the Sima, upstream, there is a natural monument – the largest waterfall of the Susunai ridge and the Medvezhy waterfall, next to which there are many cascades and slopes. In dark coniferous, mixed and birch forests you can find many Red Book plants, including the most fragrant Sakhalin flower – cardiocrinum (lily) of Glen.
Lunch-lunch box.
Return to the city.


Day 6. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (breakfast)
Free time.
Optional excursions at will for a fee (click on the button "Fees"):
- Gastronomic tour to the BUSSE lagoon (8 hours);
- Aleksandrovsk – Sakhalin (duration 24 hours);
- Cape Lamanon (18 hours);
- Krillon Peninsula (2 days);
- Turquoise Lakes, Cape Eustathia (9 hours);


Day 7. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (breakfast)
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel before 12:00 (late check-out is possible with a surcharge of 50%). Transfer to the airport with the ability to drop in (by prior arrangement) at the fish market.

Overview

Itinerary: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Korsakov – Ozerskoe – Novikovo – Cape Aniva – lighthouse Aniva – Dolinsk – Starodubskoe – Vzmorye – Maguntan volcano – Tikhaya bay – Vestochka – rocky outlier «Frog» – ptichiy cape – Giant cape – Sima river – Ostromysovka Bakhura river – Anna river – Cape Simau – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Days: 7 days / 6 nights

Group: от 1 pax

Accommodation: 3 or 4

Visa: citizens of 58 states that hold all types of passports are eligible for visa-free entrance to Russia for a period up to 14 days (you can see the list on the official website), citizens of the 52 countries will be able to obtain a single e-visa of up to 16 days (you can see the list on the official website)

Group: min. 1 person

Children: age restrictions:
– with parents – from 09 years old and older;
– without parents – from 18 years old.

Required Physical or Special Preparation: No special training required, but good physical condition is desirable. Daily mileage: no more than 8 km.




Schedule


Available departure dates in 2022: Jul 17 – Jul 23, Jul 31 – Aug 06, Aug 14 – Aug 20, Aug 28 – Sep 03, Sep 11 – Sep 17, Sep 25 – Oct 01, Oct 09 – Oct 15 


Fees

The price of the tour per pax (without airfare and accommodation), USD:

Adult 730
Child under 12 700


The price of the accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk per pax:

Hotel ½DBL
double accommodation
TWIN
SNGL
single accommodation
⅓TRPL
triple accommodation
Lotus  USD 3 USD  
(without breakfast)
180 360 130
Gagarin 3 260 430 185
Protein 3 250 415 180
Anniversary 3 260 400 260
Santa 4 310 530 185
Pacific Plaza 4 330 510 230
Mega Palace 4 315 570 230

 

When self-booking accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk:
- transfer for arrival / departure (meeting / seeing off) is provided for an additional fee: 7 USD per pax one way, within the city, without entering the market;
- the tourist must independently arrive at the place of the beginning of the group excursions according to the program, the place and time for collection is confirmed the day before, at the end of the excursion tourists are delivered only to the above hotels.

Special payment schedule: 5% – at booking, 95% – 60 days prior to arrival

Payment schedule: 5% – at booking, 95% – 15 or 30 days prior to arrival.

Payment methods:
- bank transfer in USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, AED, ILS, CNY, DKK etc.
- credit/debit card online on our website

Fees include

- transfer airport – hotel – airport;

- food according to the program;

- transport service according to the program;

- guide services;

- insurance

- necessary permits to visit specially protected natural areas

- the language of excursions is Russian but the guides speak English.

Fees exclude

- airfare to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city and return

- accommodation in a city in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in a selected hotel:
      hotel " Lotus  » 3  
      hotel " Protein » 3
      hotel « Gagarin » 3  
      hotel « Anniversary » 3  
      hotel « Santa » 4  
      hotel « Pacific Plaza » 4  
      hotel « Mega Palace » 4 

- meals not specified in the program

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

- personal spending

- not included in the program or indicated as additional excursions

- personal English/Spanish guide: 100 USD per required day.

Map

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions around Sakhalin Island

Lighthouse "Aniva"
Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Korsakov – Ozerskoe – Novikovo – Cape Aniva
06: 00- departure from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Novikovo.
09: 00- departure to the sea from Novikovo.
10: 30- arrival at the Aniva lighthouse. < br /> The Aniva lighthouse is not only the most original and complex technical project of the Karafuto period, but also an outstanding world achievement in the practice of lighthouse construction at that time. The need to build a lighthouse was due to unpredictable treacherous currents, with the mixing of the waters of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk and the Aniva Bay, frequent fogs and stone banks, and heavy ship traffic. The author of the project is the Japanese engineer Miura Shinobu.
The journey begins in the village of Novikovo, which took its name in honor of the legendary cruiser Novik, which in this place gave battle to a Japanese ship in the Russian-Japanese war of 1905. Going out to sea by boat and passing 35 kilometers past the abandoned village of Yuzhnoye, Cape Mramorny with Mica, in one and a half two hours we overtake the purpose of our journey - ndash; lighthouse at Cape Aniva! We go around it. After that, we moor and disembark at the lighthouse. We will see the sights of the lighthouse. On the way back we admire the Marble capes and mica. During sea crossings, we can meet sea lions, gulls, seals, dolphins, whales and killer whales.
Lunch at Cape Mramorny (dry rations).
16:00 Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
18:00 Arrival in the city.
Price: 97 USD per pax
The price includes: excursion support, transport, insurance , dry rations.

Slepikovsky Cape and Lighthouse
Route: Yuzhno-Sakhalisk – Kholmsk – Nevelsk – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (West Coast)
07:00 – Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 – Departure to Kholmsk. Slepikovsky Cape.
Kholmsky Pass (panoramas, a monument at the site of the battles in August 1945). a monument to the Korean inhabitants of the village of Mizuho who died in 1945, Kholmsk (panorama of the city, sights, the Japanese Central Hospital in Kholmsk), Visit to Cape Slepikovsky – State natural monument and Slepikovsky lighthouse, built by the Japanese during the Karafuto governorship in 1934, the old Japanese airfield Konotoro, the Slepikovsky Cape accumulative ledge.
Departure on the route with a guide, providing interesting facts from the history of Sakhalin, about flora and fauna islands, about objects encountered on the route.
14:00 – departure to Nevelsk along the coast of the Tatar Strait. Before the 2007 earthquake, Nevelsk had a large seaport and one of the largest fishing bases.
On the way, visit the waterfall " Salute '' A small city tour with a visit to Cape Lopatino, a lighthouse on Cape Lopatina (1914), the Spark Waterfall, a sulfur spring, sea lions on the brekvator, a monument to Lenin, Nevelskoy, and perished sailors.
Return to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk through Lovetsky pass. 
Price: 170 per pax
The price includes: excursion support, transport, insurance, dry rations.

Excursion to the "Devil's Bridge"
The tour route is divided into two parts: by road to Nikolaychuk station (via Kholmsk) and further on foot – about 3 km (Western Sakhalin coast)
08:00 – Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 – Departure to Kholmsk.
11:30 – Arrival at the walking route "Devil's Bridge".
The unique railway structure was built by the Japanese in the 1920s. The train route passed through two tunnels and then went to the bridge (popularly called the "Devil's Bridge"). The bridge itself is located at a height of 38 meters and earlier, when the train was moving, one could observe the unusually beautiful landscapes of Sakhalin nature. "Devil's Bridge" was considered the most beautiful in the USSR and got its name due to a unique engineering solution, it consisted in the fact that the line of the railway track was made in the form of a loop. The bridge was also very famous in Japan because of its unusual design.
15:00 – Return to the bus. Snack (Dry rations)
15:30 – Departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
17:30 – Arrival
Cost: 153 per pax
The price includes: excursion support, transport, insurance, dry rations.

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