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ACTIVE TOUR “SNOW JEWELS OF THE SAYANS”

ACTIVE TOUR “SNOW JEWELS OF THE SAYANS”
(7 days /6 nights, season November-April)

Arrival dates for 2013-2014:
November, 24  – November, 30
December, 22 – December, 28
January, 05 – January, 11
February, 16  – February, 22
March, 09  - March, 15
March, 30  - April, 05

Krasnoyarsk

Day 1
Sunday

Beginning and end of the program in Krasnoyarsk (Russia, Siberia, time zone +8). You can get to Krasnoyarsk by train or by plane from many cities in Russia and even by international flights from Beijing
From 07:00 check-in in «Amaks City Hotel» 3*, breakfast, rest
Lunch at a hotel restaurant or in your room
14:00 Meeting with a guide in the hotel lobby, excursion in Krasnoyarsk Ethnographic Museum
Krasnoyarsk city tour, visiting such sights as a small Chapel with an observation point, historical gates to the city, old monuments.
 In free time you can walk around the city and buy souvenirs.
Evening time is free.
We recommend you to visit the Central city fir-tree – the highest one in Russia (46 m high, 35 ton heavy); you can slide down slides, have a ride in carriages, have a look at beautiful ice sculptures, join round dances, meet Siberian Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden
19.00 Return to the hotel. Dinner independent.
* Overnight “Amaks City Hotel” 3*. Breakfast, lunch.

Extra services:
Air or train tickets to Krasnoyarsk
Meeting at the railway station or airport
Dinner
Souvenirs

Nature reserve “Stolby”

Day 2 Monday

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the reserve “Stolby” by bus.
If you have ever been to Krasnoyarsk, but haven't visited the nature reserve "Stolby", you haven't  seen the heart of the city, its lungs, its soul. The shape of each rock is so unique, that almost all rocks have their own names - Grandfather, First Pole, Pillars, Takmak, Elephant, Lion's Gate etc. The tourist-excursion area of Stolby is almost 1,5 thousand hectares.
After a pleasant walk in the central group of rocks with an experienced guide (3 km) you will have a rest and a hot picnic in a log hut of the real rock climber.
Walking downhill (7 km, 500 m altitude).
Return to the hotel by a public bus

* Overnight “Amaks City Hotel” 3*. Breakfast, lunch.

Extra services:
Transfer from the reserve to the hotel
Dinner
Banya or spa-center

Ski resort “Bobrovy log”

Day 3 Tuesday

Breakfast at hotel.
Till 12.00 Check-out
Departure to the fun-park “Bobroviy log” by a public bus, where everyone can choose any available entertainment.
Excursion to the viewing platform by ropeway, where the magnificent picturesque landscapes of natural reserve “Stolby” and the city can be perfectly viewed.
After that free time in the park.
18.00 Transfer from the park to the hotel to pick up the luggage, and then transfer from hotel to the railway station.
19.20 Departure from Krasnoyarsk to Abakan by night train.

* Overnight on train (2-class, 4-berth-compartments). Breakfast

Extra services:
Luggage room at hotel
Rent of mountain-skiing or snowboarding equipment
Ski-passes
Tickets to the ice rink
Extreme attractions (open by temperature higher than -25C).  
Lunch and dinner in the fun-park (café or premium-restaurant)
Tickets to Krasnoyarsk zoo
Train tickets Krasnoyarsk-Abakan

South of Krasnoyarsk Territory and Khakassia
Minussinsk-Shushenskoe-“Snow Leopard” Camp

Day 4 Wednesday

06.35 Arrival to Abakan, capital city of Khakassia Republic.
Breakfast in a café.
Departure to Minusinsk. During the excursion you will see Spas Cathedral, market, old merchants’ houses and walk around the city-center.
Further departure to Shushenskoe village that will serve as a pass from civilization to ancient times. The excursion to the ethnographical museum "Shushenskoe"
Lunch in a cafe.
Excursion to Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro power station (no entrance).
Then the group goes to the taiga camp "Snow Leopard"
Accommodation, rest, dinner

*Accommodation in wooden houses of “Snow Leopard” camp. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The excursion in Shushenskoe will bring you to the real Siberian village of 19-20 centuries. The history of the museum is inextricably linked with the name of Vladimir Lenin, who lived in Shushenskoye in exile 1897-1900. This corner of antiquity is situated on a bank of the river Shush, near its confluence with the Yenisei. There are numerous monuments of architecture on the 7 hectares: farmhouses, commercial shop, jail, tavern, about 200 wooden buildings. A lot of people go here attracted by ancient Siberian traditions, which are fully preserved in this place.
"Snow Leopard" - a cosy wooden camp, situated in coniferous forest, surrounded by the West Sayan Mountains, just in the heart of Siberian taiga along the bank of the clearest mountain river Stoctysh, 1250 meters above sea-level. The unique feature of the camp is the variety of dishes in the best traditions of Russian cuisine. The nearest village is 120 kilometers far and around - taiga, incredibly beautiful, alluring and absolutely untouched by civilization.

In wild taiga

Day 5 Thursday

A day spent in the taiga at the camp
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp
Possible hiking excursions:

  • to the hunters hut (1 km one-way, 1 hour)

During the excursion, tourists can learn about the lifestyle of hunters, learn some secrets of hunting.

  • to the suspension “Bridge of love” (2 km one-way, 2,5 hours)

There is a suspension bridge over the river Big On. Big On is a very sluicy mountain river, which runs through a lot of rapids. There is a local tradition that a man has to pick up his wife or fiancée and go along this bridge with her on his hands.

  • to White Lama Vostokov (15 km one way by bus, 0,5km on foot, 1,5 hours)

White Lama Vostokov is a professor of Tibetan medicine, who will tell about local medical herbs and unique possibilities to cure the body in conditions of Sayan nature

  • to the Sayan (One-Hundred) Pass

Sayan pass is 2206 meters high. That is the border between Tuva and Khakassia.

*Accommodation in wooden houses of “Snow Leopard” camp. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Extra services:
Horse riding
Message

 

Khakassia

Day 6 Friday

After breakfast - bid farewell to "Snow Leopard" and taiga. On the route to Abakan the group makes a stop at a Khakassian village where there is a monument Khurtuyakh tas, where native women bring gifts if they wish to have a baby.
Sightseeing excursion in Abakan incl. local lore museum.
End of excursion tour program, farewell dinner in a restaurant with your guide.

*Accommodation in hotel “Abakan” 3*. Breakfast, dinner.

Extra services:
Lunch
Souvenirs
Train tickets from Abakan

Departure from Abakan

Day 6 Saturday

Departure from Abakan by flight to Moscow by “Aeroflot” or “S7” airlines

Extra services:
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer or taxi hotel-airport
Air tickets Abakan-Moscow