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The Caucasus Grand Tour

Travel your way in the North Caucasus

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 and nature. 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. On this well-paced trip, you’ll get all the main sights of all republics in the North Caucasus along with their hidden gems. 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:         17-27 August, 2021

Places left: 8

Price p.P.:   139’000RUB

[approx. 1590 EUR]

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. 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 in Pyatigorsk.

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

On this day we have a trip to famous Dombay resort village. We will visit one of the oldest christian temples in Russia, it is situated high on the saint mount Shoana. We will go higher than 2000m above sea level in gondola lift. For dinner we will have a tastygrilled trout that you can catch yourself on a local fish farm. 
Overnight in Pyatigorsk.

  • Highlights: Dombay village, Pyatigorsk city
  • Bus ride: 5 hours.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 3 - Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria

After breakfast we go to the next republic, our destination is Baksan gorge (the so called Prielbrusye). We will visit natural springs with a very tasty mineral water. Then, we will have glintwine and lunch from “alpinist menu” in the highest cafe in Europe – Gara-Bashi cafe at 3700m above sea level! We will walk on snow cap of gigant Elbrus and then continue our adventures to the next republic – North Ossetia-Alania.

 We will spend the evening of this amazing long day in a luxurious ossetian hotel with hamam, banya and sauna. Oh, what can be better! Only a tasty traditional dinner from a great ossetian chef! 

  • Highlights: mt. Elbrus
  • Bus ride: 5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
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DAY 4 - Republic of the North Ossetia

Now, be ready for adventures – we devote this day to exploration of ancient alans world: towers, tombs, temples and ghost-villages. All this is surrounded by beautiful nature. After a picnic on a fresh air we will go straight to Republic of Ingushetia which is just half an hour ride by car from famous Dargavs tombs.

Ingushetia is a land of towers! we will see the biggest tower complexes (Egikal, Erzi) and the most unique of them – Vovnushki. Besides, we will touch one of the most ancient and mysterious temples – Tkhaba-Erdy temple with petrogliphs and interesting pictures on its walls. 

Overnight in a hotel high in the mountains near Dzheirakh village.

  • Highlights: Fiagdon resort village, Tsmiti and Dargavs ancient settlements, Vovnushki, Egikal, Erzi, Tkhaba-Erdy 
  • Car ride: 5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 5 - Republic of Ingushetia

We hit the road early in the morning and go straight to the centre of Ingushetia – Magas city. There we visit the 100 metres tall tower with a unique museum in it and a view point on its top.
Then we go to chechen mountains and have lunch at the biggest mountain lake (1850m above sea level) Kezenoy Am and visit ancient restorated chechen settlement of warriors. 

We spend the evening in the heart of Chechen Republic – Grozny city, beautiful with all its lights at night! Overnight in Grozny.

  • Highlights: Magas city, Grozny city, Kezenoy Am lake, Khoy village
  • Bus ride: 5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 6 - Republic of Chechnya

This day let’s go deeper into the chechen culture – a rare opportunity for a foreign traveller because Chechen people can seem closed and conservative. But they are very kind and have a great history and culture. We will watch a national dances rehersal and visit an old Chechen master at his great house built in best chechen traditions with towers and different old stuff. It’s like a house-museum, a very special place! We will enter the most beautiful and magnificent chechen mosques and see them all from inside. 

In the evening we will arrive in Makhachkala – the centre of Dagestan repiblic.

  • Highlights: Dzheirakh area, Tkhaba-Erdy ancient temple, towers of Egikal, Erzi, Vovnushki, Grozny city
  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 7 - Republic of Dagestan

We are going to visit Sulaksky Canyon – the second deepest in the world and the most beautiful in whole Russia. We will enjoy beautiful nature, take amazing photos and have a cool ride on motorboats. For lunch, we have the tastiest in the area grilled trout on a lovely local fish farm. We will also see a local miracle – barkhan Sarykum, the highest in whole Russia and Eurasia. 

In the evening we will arrive in Gunib village for overnight – even famous Aivazovsky was amazed by its beauty and painted a picture of Gunib.

  • Highlights: barkhan Sarykum, Sulaksky canyon, Gunib
  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse
DAY 8 - Republic of Dagestan

It’s a big day and we need to start early. After tasty homemade breakfast, we go straight to Gamsutl ghost village. Even a 2-hours hike to the top of the mountain where Gamsutl is situated appears to be a nice walk through a lovely forest.
We explore the village, enjoy a breathtaking view and have some rest there.
After going down we visit the old village Chokh and its house-museum. For dinner we have tasty organic local food: cheese, meat, fruit and magical botishal. Overnight in Gunib – famous village near Chokh with a long history and amazing viewpoints.

  • Highlights: ghost village Gamsutl, Chokh and Gunib villages 
  • Bus ride: 2 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. On this day we go to a hidden place – Kubachi village. It always was one of the reachest villages in the Caucasus hidden by fog among emerald green hills. People here are great masters, they re famous for beautiful jewelry and high quality blades.
Another secret place of this mysterious area – Kala-Koreish settlement. It was founded hundreds of years ago by relatives of prophet Muhammad. They were the first who brought Islam here and built the first mosque that is very simple but still functions. This is a very special quiet place for locals, not inhabitet but frequently visited. You will become a rare traveller who will be allowed to visit Kala-Koreish and feel that special atmosphere there.
Overnight in Kubachi in a guest house and dinner near a cozy fireplace with a glass of homemade wine.

  • Highlights: Kubachi village, Kala-Koreish ghost-settlement
  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: home stay
DAY 10 - Republic of Dagestan

Now it’s time to go to civilization! We will go to 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. You will fall in love with this old caucasian city! 
After that, degustation of local food and famous drinks waits for us. 

  • Highlights: Derbent city, Naryn Kala fortress, Caspian sea
  • Bus ride: 2 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel at the seaside
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;
  • Single supplement cost – on your request.

Included

  • Accomodation: 7 nights in hotels and 3 nights in guesthouses;
  • Transport: mini-bus or car with air conditioning
  • Meals: dinner on day 1, three meals per day on days 2-10, breakfast on day 11.
  • All activities and entrance fees listed in the programme;
  • Guidance: all days in English;
  •  Airport pick-up and drop-off.

Not included

Meals not mentioned above;
Travel insurance;
Personal expences;
Optional activities;
Tips – optional.