Pyatigorsk, Russia
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The Caucasus Grand Tour

Description

You won’t find such a trip anywhere else! Within 11 days you’ll visit ALL 6 republics of the North Caucasus: Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia-Alania, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan. In this great journey, we want to show you the diversity of the region and how much the neighbouring republics differ one from another with their languages, customs, cuisine. We will travel as one team visiting historical spots and seeing breathtaking views. We will enjoy the famous hospitality of caucasian people and learn their way of living.

Is this trip for me?

Yes. You will explore all the main sights of all republics in the North Caucasus. Your local guides will also show you some secret points off the beaten paths. You will have enough time for exploration and taking great photos. But be ready for the active change of destinations because there is too much to see in this trip in a short period of time.

Requirements

Age: 18+
Russian Visa
Equipment: no special equipment needed

Physical rating
1/5
Service level
4/5

Group size: 4-8 people

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Dates:         23.07. – 02.08.2020

Places left: 9

Price p.P.:   99’000RUB

[approx. 1470 EUR]
5% discount for the first 3 registrations (3 left)

What does your tour coordinator say?

You will see everything: beautiful lakes and high mountains, historical spots and the household of locals. We optimized this trip so that you can see the real Caucasus in a short time accompanied by true explorers. I adore this trip! During the journey, you will be inspired by the diversity of the area, beauty of the nature and hospitality of locals. This is the North Caucasus Grand Tour! Join!

Julia

Full itinerary

DAY 1 - Pyatigorsk. Arrival

We meet you at the hotel in Pyatigorsk  (Stavropol region). After check-in, you have time for sightseeing with our local guide or on your own. In the evening we are glad to invite you for a tasty welcome dinner where you meet your team and make friends. Overnight at the hotel in the centre of Pyatigorsk.

  • Walking: 3-4 hours
  • Meals included: dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 2 - Republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessia

This day we have an amazing trip to Dzhili-Su (Джилы Суу). This beautiful area is situated in the very heart of the Caucasus mountains. There we see a beautiful waterfalls and enjoy a magnificent Elbrus view. Overnight in a hotel in the centre of Kislovodsk.

  • Bus ride: 5 hours.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel in Kislovodsk
DAY 3 - Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria

After breakfast we go to the next republic, our destination is Chegem gorge. We will visit Chegemsky waterfalls, Paragliding camp (paragliding, rope-jumping and zipline are possible for additional payment). After lunch we arrive to a small cozy village El-Tubu (Эль-Тюбю) and explore ancient monuments nearby. Home-made dinner and overnight in a house of the locals in El-Tubu.

  • Bus ride: 2.5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: homestay 
DAY 4 - Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria

On this day be ready for adventures – in off-road cars with local drivers-balkarians, we go to Baksan gorge across beautiful Aktoprack path (перевал Актопрак) that is very high in the mountains – only locals know this way. We arrive to Elbrus area and there you ride up Elbrus in gondola lifts (cable cars) – 3850m is the maximum height. Just imagine! 
After such an active day we go to Nalchik for dinner and overnght there.

  • Car ride: 5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 5 - Republic of the North Ossetia

Early in the morning we go straight to Ossetian part of Caucasus by a mini-bus: we visit famous Dargavs monuments and overnight in a guesthouse in Karmadon – beautiful area surrounded by giant mountains.

  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse
DAY 6 - Republic of Ingushetia

We leave North Ossetia for the Republic of Ingushetia. Magnificent mountains, secret waterfalls, ancient towers and temples wait for us. We visit Egikal, Erzi, Vovnushki, Tkhaba-Erdy and many other interesting places and great viewpoints. Overnight in Grozny – the heart of Chechen Republic.

  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 7 - Republic of Chechnya

On this day we go deep into the Caucasus mountains. We visit the ancient village Khoy and other interesting historical places. We have rest at the pearl of Chechnya – lake Kazenoy Am which is situated high in the mountains and has amazing colour of water. In the evening we reach Dagestan territory through a beautiful mountain road. We have late dinner and overnight in a house of locals in the old village Rakhata (Rep. of Dagestan) hidden among magnificent mountains.

  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse
DAY 8 - Republic of Dagestan

After tasty homemade breakfast, we go straight to Gamsutl ghost village with a short stop in Untsukul village. From Untsukul you will see all the beauty of Sulak river and the mountains around. Then we will make a 2-hours hike to the top of the mountain where Gamsutl is situated. We explore the village, enjoy a breathtaking view and have some rest there. After going down we visit the old village Chokh and its museum. For dinner we have tasty organic local food. Overnight in Gunib – famous village near Chokh with a long history and amazing viewpoints.

  • Bus ride: 3 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse
DAY 9 - Republic of Dagestan

We have a lazy morning and a relaxed walk around Gunib village. Now it’s time for Derbent – a beautiful sunny city with a long history (it’s 1600 years old) situated at the seaside. After hotel check-in, we go to the local beach and enjoy Caspian sea. The evening is the best time for sightseeing – the temperature is not as high as in the afternoon. The old part of Derbent is very special in the evening – lights, walking locals, crowded ethnic cafes and cheerful atmosphere all around.
After that, degustation of local food and famous drinks waits for us.
Overnight in Derbent.

  • Bus ride: 3 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 10 - Republic of Dagestan

We spend the last day of our long tour in the must-visit destination – Sulaksky Canyon (the second deepest in the world and the most beautiful in whole Russia). We enjoy beautiful nature and take amazing photos. For lunch, we have the tastiest grilled trout in the area. In the evening, we have our last dinner, exchange impressions and contact information – because now we are all good friends from different parts of the world and a great team. We overnight in a village nearby, at a local guesthouse.

  • Bus ride: 3.5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse
DAY 11 - Republic of Dagestan. Departure

After breakfast, we bring you to the airport of Dagestan (or to Makhachkala if you want to spend more time in the Caucasus)

  • Bus ride: 100 km
  • Meals included: breakfast

Tour impressions

Details

  • You will need comfortable shoes (for the walk up to Ghamsutl village, for example)
  • The weather can be changeable. It’s mainly warm (+18 to +25°C) but sometimes rainy. So, don’t forget your jackets
  • You will probably need a light sunscreen as we will visit some places that are situated high in the mountains. Especially, you will need it for Derbent, it’s very hot and sunny there in summer

Do you still have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us and also have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.