Kamchatka in Comfort


Kamchatka in Comfort

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Dossier

Kamchatka is a vast wilderness perched on Russia’s far eastern frontier, jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for its unspoilt landscapes, its fantastic wildlife and its spectacular natural phenomena, it represents one of the most untouched, and certainly least visited, places on our planet. On this trip we take in the very best of the region, with opportunities to visit the breathtaking Valley of the Geysers and walk along the spurs of active volcanoes. Kamchatka is one of the last frontiers of travel. Explore it with us in comfort now.   


Tour Rating

Fitness ●●○○ | Off the Beaten Track ●●●●● | Culture ●●○○○ | History ●●●○○ | Wildlife ●●●●○

Tour Pace

Busy

Tour Essentials

Accommodation:    Comfortable hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – no camping involved

Included Meals:      Daily Breakfast (B), plus Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as shown in the itinerary.

Group Size:            Maximum of 10 (you may be joined by travellers from companies other than Undiscovered Destinations). Please see notes below. Optional helicopter excursions to Valley of Geysers and Kuril Lake can have group sizes up to 23 for t

Start Point:             Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

End Point:               Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Transport:             Specially designed 6-wheel trucks or caterpillar type / motorboat / internal flights minibus / speedboat (for boat trip)

Country Visited:      Russia

Tour Highlights                                                                                            

  • Optional helicopter ride over the splendid Valley of the Geysers or to Kuril Lake
  • Observe the active volcanoes Koryaksky, Mutnovsky and Gorely, which are considered to be the most beautiful volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula
  • Take a boat trip to the Avacha Bay and the Pacific Ocean, observing the biggest Kamchatka nesting seabirds
  • Participate in a shamanic tea ceremony
  • Get acquainted with the history and unique nature of Kamchatka in the museums of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Walk along the famous Khalaktyrsky beach — the Pacific ocean's coastline with the volcanic black sand
  • Relax in hot natural springs and thermal pools

Tour itinerary notes

While our intention is to adhere to the day-by-day itinerary as printed below, a degree of flexibility is built in. Overnight stops may vary from those suggested and on occasions alternative accommodation, of a similar standard to that named below, will be used.

Please note that the order of the itinerary may change locally. Changes often occur en route due to the nature of travel in these remote areas and this itinerary is only a guideline of the activities possible on each day.

Tour Guide

Our guides are a key strength, chosen for their knowledge of and passion for the areas in which they work. All of our guides are carefully hand-picked, and are not just passing through these countries, but are usually locally born. Unlike some companies it should be noted we do not send a guide or tour leader from Undiscovered Destinations in the UK as we have every confidence in our locally appointed representative who is responsible for operating the tour on our behalf. Where possible you will have the same guide throughout your trip but on occasions it may be necessary to change the guide at one or more points during the tour.

IMPORTANT: Please note that in the remote region of Kamchatka, English speaking guides only have an intermediary level of language proficiency. The tour is guided in both Russian and English. Note it is possible to pay extra for a professional interpreter – please contact us if you are interested in this option. 

Day 1: Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon we take part in a shamanic tea ceremony, held by Valery Malakhov, a follower of Kamchatka shamans. During this ceremony we will taste Kamchatka wild plants and traditional teas and listen to the harp and guitar. We return to the hotel after dinner. Overnight at Commander Hotel or similar (D)

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

The improbably named Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the main settlement of the Kamchatka region, and was founded in 1741 by the Russian explorer Vitus Bering. The name ‘Petropavlovsk’ means ‘Peter and Paul’, as the city is named after Bering’s two ships, the St Peter and the St Paul. The architecture of the city itself is typical of the Soviet style, and is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, which periodically erupt. During the Crimean War, this far flung outpost of the Russian Empire was attacked by Anglo-French forces, but never fell. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the second largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road, after Iquitos, Peru. Today its source of wealth comes mainly from the fishing industry.

Day 2 - Valley of Geysers

Today we take a helicopter excursion to Geyser Valley. Walk along the Uzon Caldera and have lunch in the valley. We return to our hotel in the evening. For those not wanting to take the helicopter ride, you can visit observation points, a museum and historical sights. Alternatively, you can visit an ethnic settlement (additional charges apply). Overnight Commander Hotel or similar (B)

Valley of the Geysers

The helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers includes a flight around Karymsky (1486m) and Maly Semyachik (1560m) volcanoes, as well as a walking excursion through the valley itself. This valley cannot be compared with anywhere else as it has more than twenty large geysers in the vicinity. Some gush forth every 10-12 minutes, while others may erupt once in 4-5 hours. The plumes of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of the slopes with hot water streaming along them and profuse vegetation create an enchanting spectacle.

Day 3 – Volcanic Spurs

Today we take an off-road trip to the high plateau, located between Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes, where we walk for approx. 2-3 hours along the volcanic spurs. Climb camel mountain and admire the beautiful scenery and mountain flowers and see the colonies of ground gophers. We return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight Commander Hotel or similar (B)

Day 4 - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the Black beach

Today we take a city tour of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Visit the viewing points and learn about the history of Kamchatka in the museums and visit the fish market. After lunch (payable locally) we go to the Pacific coast and walk along the famous Khallaktvrsky beach with black volcanic sand. We then take a swim in the healing waters of the Zelenovskie Ozerki springs before returning to our hotel in the evening. Overnight Commander Hotel or similar (B)

Day 5 - Mutnovsky Volcano and "Small Geysers Valley"

Today we travel through the plateau of Vilyuchinsky and Gorely volcanoes to the foot of Mutnovsky volcano. You will enjoy a guided walk to the Dachny hot springs, called by locals Small Geysers Valley. En route we visit the Upper Paratunsky hot springs and the Vilyuchinsky waterfall. We return to our hotel in the evening. Overnight Commander Hotel or similar (B)

Day 6 – Avacha Bay

Today enjoy a boat trip to the Avacha Bay. See the picturesque rocks and Tri Brata (Three Brothers) Island which is considered to be one of the main symbols of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. We also watch the sea birds on Babushkin Kamen (Old Woman’s Stone) Island. We then head to Starichkov Island with he largest sea bird rookery in Kamchatka. If wanted, you can take part in some sea fishing. This afternoon we travel to the resort area of Paratuka with its thermal water pools where it is possible to take a swim. Return to your hotel in the evening. Overnight Commander Hotel or similar (B)

Day 7 - Malkinsky Hot Springs or Kuril lake

Today you can choose to take a helicopter tour to Kuril Lake to observe the bears (additional fee). If you do not wish to go to the lake, we can visit Malkinsky hot springs and swim in their healing waters. Overnight Commander Hotel or similar (B)

Kuril Lake

Kuril Lake was formed about 8,000 years ago as a result of a series of enormous volcanic explosions which shook southern Kamchatka. Today, the largest population of sockeye salmon in Eurasia spawns in Kuril Lake. To feed on the abundance, over 200 bears usually come here from mid-July to mid-September. This definitely is the best place for observing these beautiful animals, along with foxes and otters which also come here to feed on salmon.

Day 8 – Departure

This morning there is time to visit the fish market and to buy souvenirs before you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight (B)

Tour Inclusions/Exclusions:

Inclusions: 
Arrival and departure transfers
Transport throughout
All accommodation
Services of English-speaking guide / tour leader
Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Excluded: 
International flights
Any airport taxes
Travel Insurance
Visas
Optional activities, eg. helicopter excursions
Drinks
Tipping (at discretionary)


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