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SAHALIN – ITURUP – KUNASHIR – SHIKOTAN
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SAHALIN – ITURUP – KUNASHIR – SHIKOTAN

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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 local history museum. Acquaintance with the city begins with the Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local History. It is located in a building built in 1937 for the Karafuto Governorate Museum (the southern part of Sakhalin was the name of this until 45th). An unusual Japanese building with many-tier roofs is at the same time a decoration of the city and a reminder that nothing can be crossed out of the history. Here is a rich collection of unique materials on the history, ethnography and nature of the region.
Dinner (meeting with the guide, getting information about the details of the trip).


Day 2 Frog Rock
Breakfast.
Excursion: rock “Frog” (excursion time 09:00 – 14:00).
The “Frog” rock is the unique nature of 70 million years old, a very unusual energetic place. The journey along the ecological path to the foot of the mountain takes about 20 minutes. Then a brief but steep climb to the “Frog” remnant, which takes 20–30 minutes. An amazing landscape opens from the top and in good weather it is possible to see the Gulf of Aniva, the lakes of Tunaicha and the Volatile.
Light snack during a short stop (dry ration).
Airport transfer. Departure to Kurilsk.
Arrival in Kurilsk (Iturup).
Transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation.
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 3 White Rocks
Breakfast.
Excursion by car to the White Rocks (duration of the excursion is 7–8 hours).
By car, we move along the coastline along the "White Rocks", the thickness of the pumice stone of which White rocks are composed is homogeneous in appearance. It was formed already in historical time, as a result of the colossal eruption of a hot gas cloud. The people of the Stone Age could well have been witnesses or even victims of this event, before which the eruption of Vesuvius, which had fallen asleep to Pompeii, fades.
Camping lunch (packed lunch).
Hot Springs "Hot Waters" (1 hour).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 4 Baransky volcano
Breakfast.
Departure to the volcano Baransky (duration 5–6 hours).
The Baransky volcano is one of the most accessible volcanoes of the island of Iturup. At its foot, we can observe the picturesque volcanic landscapes: mud pots, fumaroles, hot lakes with an acid of an unusual turquoise color and hot mineral streams. At 12 km from the foot at the top of 516 m. There is a trigonometric sign, therefore the top is called Trinoga. Rise to the top of a protracted, gentle. From the summit of Trinogi a panoramic view opens: from the west, the Kurilian Bay, the village of Kitovy, the city of Kurilsk; from the north, the volcano Bogdan Khmelnitsky; in the east, Prostor Bay, s. Raid, White Rocks; in the south, Baransky volcanoes (altitude 1132km.), Teben'kov, Grozny, Mount Volchok. From the bowels of the earth beat healing springs, hot river flows from a deep boiling lake. Descending from a volcano, you can swim in hot springs and enjoy the majestic beauty of the volcano!
In the area of ​​fumarolic fields precautions – you can fall into the hot mud, in the area of ​​mineral sources – get chemical burns. You can swim only in springs with a certain temperature of water.
Camping lunch (dry ration).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 5 of Iturup
Breakfast.
A visit to the fish factory in Kurilsk.
Transfer to the port.
Landing on the ship.
Departure on Shikotan.


Day 6 Cape "The End of the World"
Arrival at the port Malokurilskoe, Shikotan.
Transfer to the hotel "Sofia". Accommodation in rooms with private facilities.
Departure to the cape "The Edge of the World" and to the Dimitrov Bay.
Cape Land of Light, a rocky protrusion that stretches far into the sea and ends in 40-meter high walls. When you get here, the meaning of the name immediately becomes clear. Above you have a breathtaking view of the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean, and the idea that you are really on the edge of the earth involuntarily comes!
The coast of Dimitrov Bay is high, rugged and rocky, covered with bamboo-meadow grasses. It overlooks several small islands. Along the bay there is a dirt road a little further than Cape Krab. On the slopes are visible parts of the old Japanese road. The name of the bay and the peninsula is given in honor of Dimitrov Georgiy Mikhailovich (1882-1949) – a prominent Bulgarian politician.
The road to Dimitrova Bay begins with a lapel from the highway pos. Malokurilskoe – Krabozavodskoe in the Otradnaya Bay area. After 7.6 km, an old Japanese cemetery is located on the road. Get to the observation deck above the bay in the region "Aerodromnaya" is possible by car for 30 minutes. Possible descent to the ocean, which flows into several rivers.
Camping lunch (dry ration).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 7 Church Bay, Mount Nootoro, Mount Tomari
Breakfast.
Departure to the bay "Tserkovnaya", the mountains "Notoro" and "Tomari".
Bay "Tserkovnaya" impresses with its islands and coves. It is interesting in its history and nearby objects: a larch forest, a place of a former Japanese settlement, the mountains 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 begins from the village. Krabozavodskoe. A part of the way (1 h.) Is overcome by a cross-country car, then on foot. The whole journey takes 4.5 hours.
The car stops in front of the pass between the mountains of Tomari and Nootoro, to which it takes 50 minutes. From the pass you can climb these mountains. Further, the path lies along the road along the mouth of the creek and after 1.2 hours goes to the seashore, to Tserkovnaya Bay. From the place where the stream flows into the sea to the forester’s house, located in the southern part of the bay, it is still about 1 hour to go.
Camping lunch (dry ration).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 8 Snezhkov Bay
Breakfast.
Departure to Snezhkov bay.
Snezhkov Bay is beautiful with opening views along the road, the stone-birch forest, open hilly landscape, and islands of juniper thickets. The origin of the name of the bay is not clear.
The route starts from the village Krabozavodskoe. By car you can drive 3 km, then go on the road on foot. To the pass in the Snezhkovaya bay on the way go 1.25 hours. Then another 1 hour to the seashore.
Camping lunch (packed lunch).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 9 Kunashir
Breakfast.
Transfer to the portLanding on the shipDeparture to Yuzhno-Kurilsk (Kunashir island)
Arrival at the port of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Kunashir.
Transfer to the hotel "Iceberg".
Accommodation in rooms with private facilities on the block.
Walk along the coast, sightseeing of the coast: “Damn Finger”, “Damn Gates” kekkurs.
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 10 Caldera of the Golovnin Volcano, Lake Boiling, Lake Hot
Breakfast.
Departure for the route by transport up to 43 km, then walk 8 km one way. Inspection of the caldera of Golovnin volcano, Lakes Boiling and Hot. Swimming in the Hot lake, (swimming is prohibited in the boiling lake).
Golovnin Caldera (a caldera is a cauldron-shaped depression with steep slopes and a flat bottom, formed as a result of the collapse of the volcano peak) The diameter of the caldera along the ridge is more than four kilometers. You can imagine what kind of force the explosion occurred here during a volcanic eruption. Inside the caldera at an altitude of 130 meters above sea level there are two lakes: Boiling and Hot. The jets of hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide – solfatarah, emissions of hot water, thick steam and the ever-changing color of water create an impressive picture.
Camping lunch, (dry ration).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 11 Cape Stolbchaty
Breakfast.
The route is of medium difficulty: Cape Stolbchaty.
Cape "Stolbchaty" is a unique place where the natural stone blocks of the "Red Square" are replaced by views of stone pencils weighing 40 tons and deep-water fjords. The bizarre rocks in which you hear the sound of organ music, true millennial monuments ... After all, they were the first pieces of land that emerged from the depths of the ocean and survived almost intact to our era. Camping lunch (packed lunch) Departure to the ecological path and the Stolbovskiy mud therapeutic thermal springs. (Driving by car, then on foot, by the sea 40 min). Ecological path. The flora of the island is rich and has absorbed species distributed from subtropics to northern latitudes. White and stone birch, gray trunks of velvet tree, rowan, Sakhalin fir with whitish trunks stand along the forest path with a thick fence. On the slope upward the blue fir-tree Aayan glows. The look stops at the trunk with a red stripe held by the caring hand of a man. Caution – magnolia! High to the sunlight, she raised branches with large leaves; at the time of flowering, the aroma of her large white flowers fill all around. (Duration of the tour 7-8 hours).
Dinner at the cafe.


Day 12 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Breakfast. Airport transfer.
Departure from Yuzhno-Kurilsk.
Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation. Free time.


Day 13 Cape Bird and Giant
Breakfast.
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 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 observe one of the most amazing phenomena of nature – the spawning move of Pacific salmon, namely pink salmon, if your trip falls for the period from July to August.
Lunch on the shore of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk (Sakhalin-style cuisine).
Transfer to the city.


Day 14 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Breakfast. Airport transfer.

Overview

Route: Sakhalin Island – Iturup Island – Shikotan Island – Kunashir Island – Sakhalin Island

Number of days: 14 days / 13 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 vary depending on weather conditions.

Schedule

Tour dates in 2020: 16.06, 02.07, 18.07, 10.08(*), 26.08(**), 12.09

Tour dates in 2021: is issued

* A city tour without visiting the Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore

** Duration of the program is 15 days / 14 nights with an extra night on Shikotan isle

Fees

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

All dates except 26.08 – 09.09
½DBL (double occupancy)  2`276
SNGL (single occupancy) 2`593
CHLD (child under 12)  2`232

 

From 26.08 to 09.09
½DBL (double occupancy)  2`344
SNGL (single occupancy) 2`705
CHLD (child under 12)  2`300

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

Hotel ½DBL (double occupancy)  SNGL (single occupancy)
"Lotos" 3 99 150
"Youbileynaya" 3 135 186
"Santa Resord" 4 (TWIN) 149 235
"Pacific Plaza" 4 166 268

The air ticket on the route Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Kurilsk / Yuzhno-Kurilsk - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk paid for: 310 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 – Yuzhno-Kurilsk:

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;

- Russian guide (English/German - 90 USD per day)

- transfers according to the program;

- hotel accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk;

- Accommodation at the Iturup Hotel (on Iturup Island) (double rooms with private facilities, with one or two beds, please indicate when booking);

- Accommodation at the hotel "Sofia" (on Shikotan island) (double rooms with private facilities, with two beds);

- accommodation in the hotel “Iceberg” (on Kunashir island) (single or double rooms with private facilities per block, with double beds, separate beds);

- food according to the program;

- transport service on the routes;

- accompaniment by professional instructors on all routes;

- registration of the border checkpoint on the island of Iturup and the island of Kunashir;

- 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 guide - 90 USD per day

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

- 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 – Yuzhno-Kurilsk (see table in the tab "Price"):

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

- personal expenses;

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

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

Map

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Iturup

Kunashir

Shikotan