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The Caucasus Grand Tour

Experience the North Caucasus with your heart

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:         21 September – 1 October, 2021

Places left: 5

Price p.P.:   286’000RUB

[approx. 3100 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 tasty grilled trout that you can catch yourself on a local fish farm. 
Overnight in Pyatigorsk.

  • Highlights: Dombay village, Teberda village
  • 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! 
Overnight in Fiagdon.

  • 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 alan 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.
In the evening we arrive in Vladikavkaz and have a walk across the old part of the city after dinner.
Overnight in Vladikavkaz.

  • Highlights:Fiagdon resort village, Dargavs, Tsmiti ancient settlement,  Vladikavkaz
  • Car ride: 3-4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 5 - Republic of the North Ossetia

After breakfast, we by 4×4 cars high up into the mountains of the North Ossetian republic – just above the clouds. We will see old villages and meet locals there.
After this great adventure we go straight to the republic of Ingushetia.
Overnight in the hotel at Armkhi mountain resort.

  • Highlights: Digoria, Dzheirakh area
  • Car ride: 5 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 6 - Republic of Ingushetia

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.
In the evening we come to the capital of the republic – Magas city – and overnight there.

  • Highlights: Vovnushki, Egikal, Tkhaba-Erdy temple
  • Car ride: 3-4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 7 - Republic of Chechnya

This day we start early. Let’s go deep into the Chechen culture – a rare opportunity for a foreign traveller because Chechen people seem closed and conservative. But actually, they are very kind and have a great history and culture. We will visit an old Chechen master at his great house built in Chechen traditions, with towers and different old stuff. It’s like a house museum, a very special place!
After that, we will enter the most beautiful and magnificent Chechen mosques and see them from inside. The rest of the day, we devote to relaxing at the picturesque mountain lake Kezenoy Am and overnight there after tasty dinner.

  • Highlights: Grozny city, house-museum Dondi Yurt, Kezenoy Am lake
  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 8 - Republic of Dagestan

This day will be a relaxed one. We get up late at the beautiful lake Kezenoy Am. After a short walk and breakfast, we go to the capital of Dagestan republic – Makhachkala.
We have a great walk in its old part and along the seaside.
In the evening we have a great dinner with local dishes at a museum-restaurant.
Overnight in Makhachkala. 

  • Highlights: Makhachkala city
  • Bus ride: 3 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 9 - Republic of Dagestan

It’s a big day and we need to start early. After a tasty homemade breakfast, we go straight to Gamsutl ghost village. We take a 2-hours hike to the top of the mountain where Gamsutl is situated. It is a really nice walk in the wood.

We explore the village, enjoy a breathtaking view and have some rest there. After going down, we visit the old village Chokh. For dinner, we have tasty organic local food: cheese, meat, fruit, and magical botishal (a thin cheese pie). Overnight again in Gunib – a famous village near Chokh with a long history and amazing viewpoints.

  • Highlights: ghost village Gamsutl, Chokh and Gunib villages 
  • Bus ride: 4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: guesthouse
DAY 10 - Republic of Dagestan

We are going to visit Sulaksky Canyon – the second deepest in the world and the most beautiful in the whole Russia. We will enjoy unique nature, take amazing photos, and have a cool ride on motorboats. For dinner, 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 barkhan in all Russia and Eurasia.

In the evening, we arrive in Makhachkala and overnight there.

  • Highlights: barkhan Sarykum, Sulaksky canyon, Gunib
  • Bus ride: 3-4 hours
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Overnight: hotel
DAY 11 - Republic of Dagestan. Departure

After breakfast, we bring you to the airport of Makhachkala

  • Bus ride: 30 min
  • Meals included: breakfast

Excursion to Derbent city – optional, additional cost.

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: hotels and 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.