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City & Small Group Tour - Russia

Kamchatka & stop over in Moscow – The land of ice and fire

Highlights

  • Boat trip in Avacha Bay and climbing Avacha volcano

  • Rafting on the Bystraja River

  • Opportunity to see the majestic brown bears hunting at Kurilensee

  • An optional helicopter flight to the Valley of Geysers

  • Discover Moscow on a city and metro tour

Description

In the middle of Russia, you’ll discover a landscape that reminds many of a mix of Iceland and Canada. Kamchatka is one of the world’s last untouched regions. During this small-group tour, explore the fascinating landscapes that astonish all travelers. Discover over 30 active volcanoes, colossal craters, stunning geysers, breathtaking hot springs, and other typical natural surroundings in a subarctic zone. At the beginning of your trip, you’ll immerse yourself in the enchanting city of Moscow.

Destination

Europe / Asia

Moscow - Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky - Paratunka - Avacha Bay - Bystraja River - Vachkasheten Mountain - Malkinsiye Thermal Springs - Mutnowsky Volcano

The best time to travel to Kamchatka is between July and mid-September, and it should be noted that there are many mosquitoes in July and August. Prices usually drop during the off-season, starting in the second half of September, but tourists are usually around until October. Prepare for frosty nights in the valley! The winter season is perfect for heliskiing and snowmobile tours between January and March.

Welcome to Moscow! Upon arrival at the international airport, a driver will greet you and drive you to your hotel in the city center. After checking in, choose what you do with the rest of your day! The Russian capital is the country’s political and cultural center — discover its many enchanting facets. Thanks to its rich history, you’ll find numerous historical buildings and cultural locations such as churches, theaters, museums, and galleries. Don’t forget to experience Russian cuisine and hospitality!

Our tip: visit the Tretyakov Gallery. The state gallery was established in the 19th century to collect the work of modern Russian painters and create a museum of national art. Over the years, the collection has been supplemented by many masterpieces. Today, the National Museum of Russian Fine Arts houses around 47,000 works of art. In addition to Russian painters, French and Dutch creatives also have honorable spots in the museum.

Travel time: Moscow airport - hotel: 20 km - 50 km / approx. 15 - 1.5 hours

2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Paveletskaya*** or Ibis Oktjabrskoje Pole*** or Izmailovo Gamma*** with breakfast in a standard room, Moscow, Russia

Today you will get to know the enchanting city of Moscow. After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a city tour. Discoer the city’s most important buildings and monuments as you listen to the guide’s many historical facts. The best starting point for explorations is the Red Square, where you’ll also find the world-famous Kremlin, the symbol of both Russian and (for a time) Soviet power and authority.

Your discovery tour will take you past imposing sacred buildings, such as St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and the New Virgin Monastery. Let your gaze wander over the city from the Vorogievy (sparrow) hills. On Tverskaya Street, walk past the luxurious hotels, bars, restaurants, the State Duma, and Luyanka Square. For ballet and opera lovers, Bolshoi Theater has many memorable offerings.

Roud off the day by visiting the Kremlin. The 15th century fortress impresses with its vast complex and world-class museums. Admire the Tsar’s Cathedral, where Russian Tsars were crowned and the Spasskaya Tower will impress with its huge clock. Another highlight of Moscow is its armory.

In the morning, check out of your hotel, then visit the Arbat before going to the airport. Silversmiths and carpenters lived in the former artisan quarter, and later nobles built their homes here. Since the beginning of the 1980s, the district has been completely closed to car traffic and converted into a pedestrian zone with a playground and many cafés and bars.

Your discovery tour continues with the famous Metro Tour. The underground train is much more than just a means of transport — some stations are masterpieces of art and architecture. Uncover the underground city’s ornate palaces, statues, and mosaics. Learn more about the builders and the history of the Moscow Metro.

Afterward, your driver will take you to the airport for your flight to Kamchatka.

Travel time: hotel - Moscow airport: 20 km - 50 km / approx. 15 - 1.5 hours

Today your Kamchatka trip starts! After traveling across several time zones halfway around the world, you will land in Kamchatka’s capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Your guide will pick you up at the airport where you’ll also meet your fellow travelers for the week. Depending on the size of the group, you’ll be driven to Paratunka accommodation by car or minibus. Paratunka is an idyllic village about 40 minutes from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and a perfect starting point for your adventure.

In the coming days, you can look forward to some of the most fascinating wilderness landscapes on earth. There are more than 30 active volcanoes and 160 dormant volcanoes that shape the peninsulas’ landscapes. You will also see many hot thermal springs!

Kamchatka captivates with its smoking volcanoes, hissing geysers, crystal clear lakes, snow-covered mountains, and river valleys.

Travel time Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport - Paratunka Hotel: approx. 35 km / approx. 35 minutes

7 nights at Antarius*** with half board, Paratunka, Kamchatka, Russia

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Today you’ll drive to the capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. On a city tour, you’ll get to know one of the oldest cities in the Far East.

After you have explored the diverse city, you’ll sail by boat from the gigantic Avacha Bay to the island of Starichkov (“old men”). With a bit of luck, dolphins, sea lions, and orcas will greet you! The island is a natural paradise for bird watching, such as cormorants, puffins, sea eagles, or guillemots. You’ll also have a chance to fish! During dinner on board, you can try the specialty sea urchin caviar.

After about five to six hours, the excursion ends, and you’ll go back to your hotel in Paratunka. If you’re still hungry, try some of the hotel’s Russian delicacies, such as salmon, red caviar, and fern salad.

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Today you’ll get to visit the Vachkasheten mountain range! Hike up to the mountain basin and make some stopovers at the beautiful lake and waterfall. The Vachkasheten surroundings will take your breath away. Vachkasheten used to be a cone volcano, which resulted from a strong eruption, split into three parts: Mt. Letnyaya Poperechnaya (1420 m), Mt. Vachkazhtsy (1600 m), and Mt. Vachkasheten.

More exciting activities await you today! Head over to Bystraja for a river rafting adventure (3 hours, please note that rafting is along a quiet stretch of the river where there are no rapids). You’ll flow through the Bystrinsky National Park, the largest nature reserve in Kamchatka and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, try your fishing luck on the river (2.5-3 hours). The river has many fishing spots with deep and more expansive spots, perfect for catching hidden fish. After your action-packed day, enjoy a picnic lunch.

To round off your day, unwind at Malkinsiye River’s hot thermal springs. Enjoy this pleasant place to relax and bathe after an eventful day.

In the evening, you’ll return to your hotel.

Are you ready for another Kamchatka highlight? You and your fellow travelers will be picked up by an all-terrain vehicle early in the morning and head toward the Avacha volcano (2746 m). As you climb Mount Verblud (“Camel"), you can look forward to uninterrupted views of the central volcanic chain of Kamchatka. Can you see its many craters and steaming columns of smoke? From the 1100 meter high mountain, you will also have rewarding views of Avacha Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Before continuing to the coast, you will have a small snack at camp. More highlights await you today! When you arrive at the coast, walk along the black sand coast and discover the surrounding nature. Did you know that the black sand coast is because of the volcanic activity?

Today you will have the chance to see the meandering rivers and snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka from above. Optionally, we offer a helicopter flight over the Valley of Geysers! The geyser fields are in the middle of the Kronotskiy Reserve, one of the world's largest geyser areas!

A transfer will take you to the helipad, where you will take off into the air for a one-hour flight. From these bird’s eye views, see the most active volcano, Karymski, and later the turquoise blue crater lake of Maly Semyachik, before you land in the Valley of Geysers for a two-hour hike. Afterward, hop back into the helicopter and fly over the Uzon caldera (10 minutes). You will land again and trek over the lunar landscape thermal fields. Then you will fly over the Zhupanowa River, and then, depending on the weather, you will land at the Nlychevo Nature Park, where you will have the chance to bathe in the natural thermal springs that reach temperatures up to 45°C. Finally, you will return to the helicopter and fly back to the starting point of your excursion, where a transfer will take you back to your hotel. During these hikes, you will walk on wooden footbridges that guide you safely over the rugged landscape. An English-speaking guide will accompany you.

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Perhaps you would also like to experience Kuril Lake from a new perspective. During this optional helicopter excursion, fly over one of the most amazing places on the peninsula. It’s Kamchatka’s deepest freshwater lake and home to the sockeye salmon. Since there’s a plethora of salmon, the lake is a summer home to many brown bears. Land at the lake and watch the bears hunt from a designated viewing platform. Back in the air, you will see the volcanoes Vilyuchinsky, Mutnovsky, Gorely, Asacha, and Khodutka. An English-speaking guide will accompany you during the entire excursion.

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Today you will have the option to drive to the Mutnovsky volcano (approx. 3 hours). Once you arrive, hike to the thermal springs at the foot of the mountain known as the “little valley of geysers.” Smoke seethes everywhere as loud volcano rumbles surround you. After the thermal springs, head to the Spokoiny waterfall, where you will immerse yourself in the beautiful nature.

Head back to your hotel in the afternoon.

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On the last day of your Kamchatka trip, a driver will take you from Paratunka to the airport in Petropavlovsk. Would you like to continue an individual journey afterward? We are happy to advise you on possible extensions to your trip! Contact us by email, phone, chat, or WhatsApp.

Hotel Antarius***, Paratunka, Kamtschatka, Russia (7 days)

The modern three-story hotel nestles on the upper course of the Paratunka River and is famous for its therapeutic thermal baths. The 30 rooms offer standard comforts such as a private bathroom, TV, telephone, minibar, and internet.

Relax in the outdoor pool’s thermal water, which is heated by geothermal energy, while you relish the stunning mountain views. You can also take advantage of the spa area, which offers a Russian sauna. At the restaurant, choose from an extensive menu of local dishes.

Duration of the trip: 11 days / 10 nights

Including

Moscow:

  • 2 nights at the mentioned hotels in Moscow
  • City tour, Kremlin visit, Metro tour, Arbat Street tour
  • Transfers

Kamchatka:

  • 7 nights at Hotel Antarius in a double room with half board (starting on day 5)
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Excursions mentioned in the program, except for optional excursions on day 9 and 10
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Visa support (voucher and invitation)

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses, such as tips
  • Visa, if required

Notes

  • Rafting: All participants receive life jackets. We recommend water-proof outerwear. Sometimes raincoats are issued, but they are not always guaranteed. Waterproof trekking boots are also recommended.

  • Day 6 - Vachkazhets - the start of trekking at about 500m above sea level, the endpoint is at about 700m. Distance in total about 12-15 km. Procurement of the ground: a forest path (dirt road), an alpine path (quite firm, filled).

  • Day 8 - Camel - Start at 900m above sea level; the endpoint is about 1200m. Distance is a total of 7 km round trip. Procurement of the ground: partly solid, submerged, partly volcanic cinders (loose, fine gravel)

  • Road and weather conditions can cause an extension to the total duration of the trek. Depending on the group's physical and individual abilities, the guide has the right to decide to shorten or (and) change the route on the spot.

Our recommendation for your packing list:

  • A small backpack for trekking and climbing (for personal items)
  • Sturdy boots and special trekking shoes (no sneakers)
  • A waterproof jacket with hood or rain jacket
  • Sports pants
  • Trekking poles
  • A cap and a warm hat
  • Gloves or mittens for trekking
  • Sunglasses
  • Drinking water
  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • Anti-mosquito spray
  • Swimsuit
  • Photo and video cameras

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