Frosty patterns of Altai / Experience Siberian winter

Immersion to Russian folk culture, many traditional winter funs, Russian banya (sauna) nomadic culture.

Fixed departures for 2019-2020 

January, 19-26, 2020; February 9-16, 2020; November 22-29, 2020; December, 13-20, 2020; January, 24-31, 2021; February 21-28, 2021

Airports of arrival – international airport of Novosibirsk. Otherwise – flight to Moscow and then domestic flight to Barnaul or Gorno-Altaisk (the last one is the nearest point)

Accommodation – cozy hotels of 3-4 * level 

Day 1

Acquaintance with Altai

Accommodation - Zoloto Altaya Hotel (lit. Gold of Altai)

Distance - 230 km (vehicle)

5.55 - Arrival to Barnaul. Flight SU1430, Aeroflot from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Barnaul airport.

7.00 - breakfast in the restaurant "Barnaul" (buffet)

8.00 - transfer to s. Novotyryshkino (near Belokurikha) to Zoloto Altaya Lodge ("Sanduny Altai")

14.00 - arrival to the lodge, check-in, lunch

Spare time

17.00 - 20.00 - at the evening you will enjoy Russian Sauna (banya or bath-house). You can compare two different traditions of making banya (blask-style or white-style) and taste rejuvenating Altai herbs tea (3 hours)

20.30 - dinner

Day 2

Belokurikha

Accommodation – Zoloto Altaya Hotel (lit. Gold of Altai)

All the activities take place around the tourist complex

9.00 - breakfast

10.00 - Excursion to Belokurikha. Visiting the only one blacksmith woman in Siberia – Anna Beletskaya. Where you can make a small souvenir for happiness by yourself

13.00 - returning to the hotel, lunch

15.00 - riding a Russian sleigh in a horse cart

17.00 - cooking lesson – together we will cook dumplings and sing some folk Russian songs accompanied by a harmonist

19.00 - dinner

20.00 - Russian folk program – national games, ditties and dances. Photosession in national costumes

Day 3

Excursion in Karakol Valley. Acquaintance with traditions of the Altai folks

Altai throat singing concert

Accommodation - hotel Uch-Enmek (shared shower and toilet on the floor)

Distance - 230 km

9.00 - breakfast

10.00 - departure from the hotel, transfer to the Karakol valley along the Chuysky tract - the most beautiful road of Siberia. Karakol Valley considered as a sacred place by the residents of Altai. There are hundreds of ancient archaeological sites, such as burial mounds, rock drawings, stone steles of various historical ages. Even nowadays residents of the Valley conduct ceremonies in the places of power, worship the spirits of Altai.

Accompanied by the local inhabitant Marina Tohtonova you will be thought about ancient traditions of Altai nomads and got acquainted with its rituals.

Lunch in the traditional rural house of the Altai people.

Afterwards you are invited to the Altai throat singing concert - a unique cultural and esoteric tradition of Central Asia, which is included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Transfer to the hotel, dinner.

Day 4

Transfer to the Katun River Valley

Accommodation - “Klever Resort” 4* hotel

Distance - 180 km

9.00 - breakfast

10.00 - departure from the hotel. Driving back along the Chuysky tract to the Katun River Valley. Accommodation in the hotel “Klever Resort”. On the way we will visit the Cherginsky bison nursery. Bisons from Bialowieza Forest are being acclimatized here. This animals were almost exterminated at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the number of individuals on the planet is just several thousand. Most of them have sizes in nurseries.

Arrival at the hotel, lunch and spare time.

Day 5

Blue lakes of the Katun river. Mobile winter bathhouse on the river bank

Accommodation - “Klever Resort” 4* hotel

Distance - 40 minutes on foot

9.00 - breakfast

11.00 - hiking excursion to the Blue Lakes. These are several small reservoirs on the Katun River bank that do not freeze in winter. The deep blue color of the water in the lakes causes its alternative name - "the eyes of Katun."

Return to the hotel. Lunch

Spare time.

In the evening - Russian crafts workshop (you can choose to make amulets-dolls, pottery or felting from felt).

Dinner

Day 6

Winter fun: snowmobiling, dog sledding, cableway to Mount Malaya Sinyukha

Accommodation - “Klever Resort” 4* hotel

9.00 - breakfast

10.00 - departure to the Manzherok village. Here we take a cableway ride admiring wonderful views.

Afterwards you will have a trip on a snowmobile to the mountains, accompanied by an experienced instructor (1-2 hours). Next - visiting the husky kennel and try dog sledding

Lunch

Return to the hotel

Day 7

Transfer to Barnaul.

Visiting the Swan reserve (on the way)

Accommodation – “Barnaul” Hotel (or hotel in Novosibirsk)

Distance - 350 km

9.00 - breakfast

10.00 - departure from the hotel. Transfer to Barnaul

On the way we will visit the only Swan reserve beyond the Urals. An underground spring at the bottom of the lake Svetloe causes that it is not freezing. So that swans have been wintering here for more than half a century. Today, here are more than five thousand birds.

Along the way - lunch in a roadside cafe.

16.00 - arrival in Barnaul, accommodation in the hotel

19.00 - gala dinner in the most ancient stone building of Barnaul – “the Mountain Pharmacy” restaurant. The house was built in the middle of the 18th century. Since its foundation and until recently building was used for pharmacy. Nowadays it is the only Museum of the History of Pharmacy in Russia.

Day 8

Departure

Departure from the hotel to airport (you will be given a lunch boxes)

Number of days: 8
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: flights, alcohol, personal expenses, SPA
What to bring: warm cloths, warm boots, photo camera, personal medicines (if needed)
Transport: Bus/Minibus
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
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Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
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Short tours
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.