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For the most of people, Siberia remains a mysterious and inaccessible land. The main reason is a lack of information. Travel on Siberia will raise the veil of the mystery, and everything you see will remain in your memory for a long time. Siberia is a unique opportunity to touch the nature and culture of three very different regions: the Krasnoyarsk RegionTuva and Khakassia Republics.

MAY – SEPTEMBER • 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS • DIFFICULTY: EASY, 12+ • COMFORT: ★★★☆☆ • GROUP: MAX 20 •  PERSONAL SUPPORT 24/7

from2200$

ETHNOGRAPHIC GROUP TOUR OF SIBERIA is perfectly combined with classic tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg. And we also highly recommend you to arrive to Krasnoyarsk the day before, to have chance to take rest after long flights and to start excursions relaxed. The hotel will be provided on your request.

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Don’t try to understand everything that you will see during this journey.
Understanding will come to you later

A RICH EXPERIENCE EXPECT YOU:

  • You will learn how Siberians lived in past centuries as well as present day.
  • You will feel the hospitality of local people and realize the richness of this nation’s cultural traditions.
  • Moreover you will touch the origins of religions – from the Orthodox Church to Shamanism.
  • And without doubt, expanses of Siberia will not leave you indifferent!
Itinerary - 10 Days

A: After the tourists’ arrival (05:00-07:30) to Krasnoyarsk airport they are transferred to the center located hotel Krasnoyarsk (check-in possible between 00:00-10:00). Short rest.

B: 10:00 meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. This day there is Krasnoyarsk city tour to the symbols of Krasnoyarsk – the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapel situated on the Karaulnaya mountain and shown in the 10-ruble banknote. In the 17th century the Cossacks who founded the city built a watch tower on this mountain. One can enjoy a picturesque view of the city, of the river Yenisei, of the surrounding mountains and the nature reserve Stolby. You will pass the historical town part with its monuments of the 18th-19th centuries, the former mansions of Siberian merchants and patrons, you will see the monument to Krasnoyarsk founder Andrey Dubensky, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Theatre Square, etc.

C: The next point of the excursion is the park Bobrovy log. In the park you will have a chance to discover a beautiful view on the nature reserve Stolby (Takmak rock) going uphill by the ropeway to an observation point overlooking the magnificent views of the city and surroundings.

D: We are going to visit the Ethnographical Museum which is considered to be among the best historical and ethnographical museums in Siberia. It will provide an excellent prelude to your journey and your first impression of the Siberian tour.

Accommodation in the Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A: After early breakfast departure to the Siberian south. Today the tourists will have a chance to see a man made sea, to cross two nature zones and to reach the Sayan mountains. The group will travel to the South through the city of Divnogorsk. They will cross the river Yenisei twice. The road goes along one of the biggest dams in the world – the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric power station. It was built in 1972, forming a water basin 400 km long.

B: Arrival to Abakan, capital city of Khakassia republic, lunch.

C: Then the group goes to Shushenskoye village, located near the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station. The dam was built in 1987, height 245 meters, the length of the ridge 1,070 meters, the width at the base of 110 meters, the width of the crest 25 meters. Hydroelectric dam forms the Sayan-Shushenskoye reservoir, volume of 31.34 km³ and an area of 621 km². In the area of the reservoir there is the Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve.

D: You will overnight in the guesthouses of the museum Shushenskoye, it still keeps the customs and traditions of the Siberian village of the late 19th century, with its streets and houses, it will help you to feel the atmosphere of country life. Guesthouses were reconstituted with preservation of cultural styles of Angara river area and south of Krasnoyarsk Territory. The realities of peasant life are combined with modern comfort living. Stopping for a rest in the new village, becoming masters of estates, enjoying traditional peasant cook, learning the basics of craft, taking part in the games and entertainments, ceremonies and celebrations, guests can feel like the real Siberian farmers. Dinner.

EXTRA CHARGE (OPTIONAL): Before dinner a visit to Russian banya is highly recommended!

Accommodation in a guest house in Shushenskoye.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A: The day begins with excursion in the ethnographical museum Shushenskoye that will bring you to the real Siberian village of the 19th-20th 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 get attracted by ancient Siberian traditions, which are fully preserved in this place. A visit to a real tavern will bring everybody another surprise, you can see handicrafts and go to the shop of a merchant.

B: After a lunch the group continues its way towards Tuva across the West Sayan mountains. You will see the host of this territory – Sleeping Sayan warrior if you look attentively at the contours of the mountain. The legend says that one day the Khakassian warrior Sayan fell asleep here. He can be seen now lying on the back with folded arms.

In June, now here, now there you can see globeflowers, flowers of a bright orange colour, which are so fond of Siberians.

C: Closer to the evening the group comes to Tuva. It’s amazing but as soon as the bus crosses the border between Krasnoyarsk region and comes to Tuva even the scenery changes. It seems like you are coming to another planet and another age. There are almost no signs of civilization on the most part of Tuva territory; steppes and sharp mountains are over the hundreds kilometers.

D: The group makes a stop 22 km from Kyzyl city, on the bank of the Biy-Khem river (in Tuvan – the Big Yenisei), in the yurt camp. Accommodation in the real thick felt yurts built by Tuvans specially for the tourists.

★ To make the guests’ life as clear as the milk, to let spirits of heaven and earth help to the successful resolution of all deals, to make the travel trouble free, we invite you to a Tuvan tea ceremony. During the ceremony you will hear a story about cooking national Tuvan tea with milk and salt, you will learn about the history of tea in Tuva, about tea legends and parables. You’ll feel the taste of the rich culture, feel the wonderful land of steppes and open spaces of Tuva.

 Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

A: The Europeans are still interested in the Eastern traditions. The route that covers the Sayan Ring lets you visit the heart of Asia. The place of this day is Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva. This city is situated in the place where the Biy-Khem (the Big Yenisei) and the Kaa-Khem (the Small Yenisei) unite their waters and give a life to the great river Yenisei. The first sight to visit here is the Geographical Centre of Asia.

B: The next place of visiting is the Buddhist temple and Drum of Wishes.

C: The group will visit the National Museum of Tuva (exhibition Scythian gold) and see unique archaeological finds of different epochs.

D: Buddhism in Tuva exists in harmony with shaman beliefs. So after the Buddhist temple we will go to a Shaman community where you can pay and ask about your health and future, get information about shamanism secrets.

E: Visit local handicraftsmen who will share the secrets of making shamanic drums, yurts, utensils, jewelry.
Free time in Kyzyl, visit a local market. Departure to a healing mineral spring.

F: Dinner with traditional dishes of Tuvan cuisine including meat and dairy products will be cooked specially for the guests on returning back to the yurt camp.

G: After dinner – the performance with the traditional throat singing – khoomei. The throat singing is a fantastical capability of the Tuva people (and some other Siberian nationalities) to emit simultaneously two or three sounds of different tone and to sustain the same sound for 25-30 seconds without taking a breath. If you close your eyes it is hard to believe that the sounds are emitted by a person and not by a musical instrument.

★ In the evening you will see a bewitching show: shamans’ kamlaniye*. Kamlaniye is a magical communication between shamans and spirits. During this ritual the shamans dance around fire, sing and beat a drum. Kamlaniye will leave a long lasting impression, nobody remains indifferent after this ritual. There the shamans will tell you about their traditions, rituals and abilities. After that you will get an opportunity to ask them about your future, your health and experience the ritual of purification.

EXTRA CHARGE (OPTIONAL): shamans’ kamlaniye

 Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

 

A: Nowadays the tourists can follow exactly the same path that ancient nomads followed crossing Tuva from the east to the west and reach Khakassia. The route will go through the mountain pass. Here you can meet places which are considered to be energetically powerful. Before lunch there is a stop near a breathtaking mountain Khairykan – one of the most respected places in Tuva. In 1992 it was chosen by the 14th Dalai Lama to be an energetically powerful place. Once a year local shamans come here to get energy, strengthen and purify their spirits.

B: Picnic is organized right on the grass, next to a Buddha stela. And around the larches a lot of edelweiss’s are growing, which became a symbol of the mountains for many people.

C: On the way you will see the center of Buddhist culture, a ruined temple Ustuu-Khuree. The temple was the crowning of Buddhist construction in Tuva. And it was unique not only in Tuva, but also in the former Soviet Union. In 1930, after the adoption of a special resolution Ustuu-Khuree was closed, and in 1937 – destroyed. In 1999, the Russian government, recognizing the historic and architectural value of the unique temple Ustuu-Khuree, decided to restore it. In June 2012 the new temple was officially opened.

★ Khakassia begins after the Sayan pass, at a height of 2214 meters. The mountains here are covered with fabulous cedar taiga. You will spend the next two days in the taiga camp Snow Leopard built on the bank of the river Stoktysh.

You can enjoy walking on colourful moss here and breathe pure mountain air.

 Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A: The first day in taiga will amaze you by silence, not usual in big cities. In the morning the group will go to the bridge of love.

The pendant bridge is over a mount river, which flows across taiga forest overcoming many rapids. There is a local tradition according to which a lover if he wants to prove his love has to carry in one’s arms his beloved lady over this bridge.

B: In July and August you can gather gifts of the forest – berries and mushrooms which you don’t even need to look for – they are just under your feet. You will also have a chance to eat cedar nuts. A Siberian cedar is a unique tree. Those cedars which you will be surrounded by are the witnesses of several centuries, fed hundreds of generations who lived in taiga.

C: Taiga air makes you healthier, but the real cure for all illnesses is a Russian banya. A steaming Russian banya with brooms made of coniferous twigs, birch and oak twigs. Those who are courageous enough can jump into the cold river right after steaming. Time after the dinner is spent at the fireplace. Cedar taiga, fire, star-spangled sky and silence will make you forget about rush of the cities. All this will make you feel a part of wild nature.

 Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

 

A: After breakfast – bid farewell to Snow Leopard and taiga.

B: On the route the group makes a stop at a Khakassian village where there is a monument Khurtuyakh tas, where native women bring there gifts if they wish to have a baby.

The ancient land of Khakassia takes the lead over Siberia and even Russia for the abundance of its archeological relics. Here right by the road you can see the rock paintings, every twenty meters – a burial mound or a stone figure, which is still serving as a cult place for the local people.

C: By afternoon the group arrives to the Kyug valley (in Khakassian “kyug” means “delight”). Two great mountains chains stand near each other here. The Khakassian people call this valley “delight”, archaeologists find a lot of monuments of different cultures. There is the yurt camp Kyug. Accommodation again in yurts, this time it will be wooden Khakassian yurts also built specially for tourists.

The excursion to the nature reserve Kazanovka will let you know more about the inheritance of ancient civilizations. In Kazanovka the tourists will have a chance to see rock paintings which are 3000-5000 years old. Archaeologists make copies of these paintings on paper for further studying and you can take these copies with you as souvenirs.

D: After dinner with traditional dishes – a performance of the Khakassian national folklore group.
Khakassian speech sounds here, Khakassian food is not exotic, all rituals are natural without striving for theatricality. In the silence of the Khakassian valley you can really calm and relax and the scent of the beautiful irises will give you new energy. Feel the energy and power of the Khakassian land. This unearthly peace of mind and inner cleanliness, ease and lucidity will accompany you. Suddenly you will recognize and don’t recognize yourself. This world is full of mysteries. And you are a part of these mysteries, you should only let yourself become free. Khakassia is a centre of the favorable emotions, diluted by amazement before the fantastical proximity of eternity.

 Accommodation at the yurt camp Kyug

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The history of Khakassia is very reach and has plenty of memorable dates.

A: The excursion to the National museum of Khakassia Kazanovka will let you know more about the inheritance of ancient civilizations. This museum is situated under the open sky and includes mountains, canyons, caves, mixed forest, rare plants. There are more than 2000 archaeological monuments on the territory of the nature reserve. Every year archaeologists open 30-40 new monuments. The main purpose of this museum is to preserve natural and historical landscapes, reconstruction and development of local people’s life, gathering, searching, forming and protection of the funds.

B: You will see the sacred signs of ancient shamans and a cult stele Akh-tas (White Stone), which has a strong healing energetic field. You will be told of the mysterious purpose of vertical stones, sticking out from the ground all over Khakassia. You will visit real archeological excavations.

C: Visit to an ethnographical village Khakassian aal, where the tourists have a chance to get personally acquainted with everyday life of Khakassian people from the late 19th – early 20th centuries.

D: Free time and rest at the yurt camp.

 Accommodation at the yurt camp Kyug

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

A: Departure from the yurt camp to the capital of Khakassia – Abakan. You will be able to see the exposition of stone monuments in the National museum of Khakassia. Among them there are fantastic animals, gods, figures with animal’s heads. Local people believe that some of these stones still have great power.

B: After that the group will visit the Valley of Kings. There are 30 burial hills in this valley that date back to 3d-4th century B.C. The largest hill is named the Great Salbyk burial mound. The hill’s circumference is 500 m, its height is more than 11 meters. The total weight of vertical stones is approximately 60 tons. Many think that this is a place where shamans enrich their power.

C: The group will have picnic in the open air. After that – a long way back to Krasnoyarsk.

★Accommodation in the Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Group transfer to the airport at 04:00 AM / to the railway station at 10:00 AM

*breakfast (packed in a case of early flight)

THIS TOUR IS OFFERED WITH FIXED DEPARTURE DATES
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1.June 12 - June 21, 20192200$
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2.June 26 - July 5, 20192200$
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3.July 17 - July 26, 20192200$
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4.July 31 - August 9, 20192200$
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5.August 14 - August 23, 20192200$
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6.September 4 - September 13, 20192200$
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*The basic price is indicated for double accommodation. Read more in the section Accommodation

NOTES:

  • Children 12-16 year – 10% discount;
  • In this tour you have an opportunity to improve accommodation; if necessary, leave a comment in your request;
  • We are ready to help you buy the tickets; if necessary, leave a comment in your request;
  • The sequence of visits to landmarks may vary;
  • No hidden fees.

EXTRA CHARGE (OPTIONAL):

  • Single accommodation +370 USD/per person
  • Individual transfer one way for a car: airport 57 USD, railway station 38 USD
WHAT’S INCLUDED
Price include

• Transport service (minibus, bus), including group transfers airport-hotel-airport
• Twin/double accommodation in hotel 3*, guesthouse and camps
• Meals (including mineral water, coffee, tea, local drinks)
• English, German, French, Italian-speaking guide services
• Excursions
• Folk programs
• Entrance tickets to the museums and parks
• Visa support
• Accident and tick-borne encephalitis insurance

Price does not include

• Tickets to/from Krasnoyarsk
• Alcohol drinks
• Shamans kamlaniye
• Extra charge
• Tips

Terms of payment
Booking conditions

• When reserving a tour, 30% payment upfront is required
• The remaining 70% must be paid in 60 days before the start of the tour
• When booking 60 days before the start of the tour and later, the payment is 100%

Cancellation terms

• When canceling a tour reservation for 45 days and later, 100% of the payment is deducted
• When canceling a tour reservation in the period from 90 days to 45 days before the start of the tour, 70% of the
payment amount
• If the reservation is canceled within 180 days to 90 days prior to the beginning of the tour, 50% of the payment
amount
• If the tour is canceled prior to the beginning of 180 days, 0% of the payment amount

*Please read carefully section Terms & Conditions
travel map
throat singing of Tuvinian nomads
ACCOMMODATION BY DAYS

DAY 01,09 : Hotels in the city center of Krasnoyarsk – Hotel Krasnoyarsk 3 * (standard room, twin /double)
DAY 02 : Mini hotel in Russian style Shushenskoe (twin, standard house)
DAY 03-04 : Yurt camp Biy-Khem (twin, standard yurt)
DAY 05-06 : Tourist camp Snow Leopard (double /twin (bunk bed), standard tourists house)
DAY 07-08 : Yurt camp Kyug (twin, standard yurt)

NOTES:

  • If on the dates indicated there are no rooms in the declared hotels, then the hotels can be changed to a similar category or higher.
  • In the group tour, you have the opportunity for an additional fee to upgrade the category of rooms; if necessary, leave a comment in your request.
HOTEL KRASNOYARSK 3*

Hotel Krasnoyarsk 3*. Comfortable location – in the city centre, on the Yenisei river – it takes few minutes to get to the office and business parts of the city, shops and leisure centers. 249 comfortable rooms are ready for you, among them are deluxe, superior rooms, studios and apartments. There is a shower, telephone and TV in every room. A small swimming pool and billiard you can use, you can create your own world of rest and bliss here. Delicious food will be delivered at your request, massage will help you to take your fatigue away, contrasting water of the swimming pool will recover your cheerfulness and fill you with fresh energy.

Capacity: 249 rooms
Location: Krasnoyarsk city center, on the Yenisei river, Theater Square
Address: Krasnoyarsk, 94 Uritskogo str.
Additional services: free WiFi access on the territory of hotel including rooms, in the hotel building there are many restaurants, cafés, bars, sauna, billiards, hair salon, beauty salon (tanning salon, massage), gift shop, excursion agency, currency exchange, business centre (PC, copy machine etc), conference halls, personal safes, luggage room.

MINI HOTEL SHUSHENSKOE

Mini hotel Shushenskoe. You can overnight in the guesthouses of the Ethnographical museum Shushenskoye, it still has the customs and traditions of the Siberian village of the late 19th century, with its streets and houses, it will help you to feel the atmosphere of country life. Guesthouses were reconstituted with preservation of cultural styles of Angara river area and south of Krasnoyarsk Territory. The realities of peasant life are combined with modern comfort living. Stopping for a rest in a new village, becoming masters of estates, enjoying traditional peasant cook, learning the basics of craft, taking part in the games and entertainments, ceremonies and celebrations, guests can feel the real Siberian farmers.

On the territory of museum there are 5 houses, every of them consists of 2-4 rooms, has unique design, its legends, in every house there is a fridge, kettle, tea set. Every room has 2 single beds and private shower, toilet, air-conditioning, as well as free Wi-Fi, cosmetic kit, towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided

Capacity: 29 people
Location: guesthouses are inside the Ethnographical museum Shushenskoye, in the village Shushenskoe, 90 km away from Abakan (capital city of Khakassia Republic), 490 km away from Krasnoyarsk
Extra service: Siberian bath, photographing in national costumes, thematic excursions

YURT CAMP BIY-KHEM

Yurt camp Biy-Khem is situated in a picturesque place on the bank of the river Biy-Khem (Major Yenisei). There are genuine felt yurts built by Tuvinian craftsmen specially for tourists (2000). Feel like a real nomad not denying the usual comfort!
Every yurt has 1-2 single beds (90×180 cm), a wash stand, an electric heater. The territory is fenced, on the river bank there are a sacred place for shamans rituals “ovaa” and fireplace, there are smoking areas. Meals are served in a large canteen-yurt. There is a separate yurt with hot water showers, WC. The camp offers you also to stay in tents.

Capacity: 11 yurts, 22 guests
Location: Biy-Khem camp is situated 22 km to north-east far from Kyzyl.
Season: May-September
Extra service: banya, darts, ping pong, fishing, bicycle rent, shamans kamlanie, khoomei throat singing concerts.

TOURIST CAMP SNOW LEOPARD

Camp Snow Leopard is situated in the taiga in highland district of Khakassia, 1250 m above the sea level in picturesque and ecologically clean cedar forests and alpine meadows. Speciality of the camp are various dishes of Russian cuisine and Russian bathes on the bank of mountain river.
During the Siberian tour, the guests will be accommodated in wooden houses for 1-2 people with a bio-toilet and washstand. There are single, double or bunk beds. Furnace heating. Please note that the camp is located deep in the taiga, electricity from the generator, so the houses are no outlets for personal use (to avoid overloading the network and fires).
There is also the main hall, upholstered furniture, fireplace, bar, billiards, a café, sports ground for playing volleyball. There is an outdoor shower as well as Russian banya (one visit free of charge for 2 nights stay).

Capacity: 46 people
Location: 120 km away from Abaza (Khakassia), on the bank of the mountain river Stocktysh, 720km away from Krasnoyarsk.

YURT CAMP KYUG

The yurt camp Kyug is situated near Kuznetsky Alatau on the bank of the river Askiz, on the territory of an ethnographic nature reserve Kazanovka. Abakan city is situated 140 km far from the camp. It consists of 15 wooden yurts, a canteen. There are also shower cabins and bio toilets on the territory of the complex. Yurts are furnished for 1 or 2 people. There are 2 beds, a cupboard, bedside tables in yurts. At the door you can find a washstand. Electrical heating, electrical outlets. Russian and local traditional dishes.

Capacity: 30 people
Location: Khakassia Republic, Askiz district, Kazanovka village.
Extra service: banya, horse riding, herbalist consultation, etc.

TRANSPORT USED ON TOUR
TRANSPORT FOR GROUP TOUR IN SIBERIA

Before the tour, each bus passes a technical inspection. Comfortable movement on the road is provided by professional drivers. The transport used in our tours has state licenses and full insurance.
Depending on the number of participants in the tour in Siberia, we decide on which bus the group will move.

• Mercedes Sprinter (2014 year)
• Ford Transit (2010 year)
• Hyundai Universe Space (2010 year)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PARTICIPATION

Number of participants in a group – from 8 to 20 people. All groups are international. All excursions are conducted in Russian and English, German, French, Italian, other languages on request. Tourists from various countries took part in our tour, such as Holland, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the USA, China, Switzerland, New Zealand, Danemark, Turkey, Finland, Norway etc. Our special guests were the members of the US Embassy, the ambassador of New Zealand, the consul of Switzerland, the Prince of Monaco, the president and the members of Russian Association of Tourist Agencies, and the Russian minister of tourism.

RESTRICTIONS

Participation in the tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, due to the intense excursion program and long journeys 400-600 km per day. But the  parents reserve the right of final decision. If you think that your child is emotionally and physically ready for this trip, the tour operator will not mind.

We also don’t recommend to participate in the tour people with high blood pressure, due to high altitude difference. Particularly dangerous part of the way is the Sayan pass (2214 m), an hour later the group again descends to an altitude of 1200 m.

HOW TO GET

The tour starts in Krasnoyarsk

One of the main transport hubs in Siberia is Krasnoyarsk. It is passed through by Trans-Siberian railway, so it provides tourists with possibilities to travel actively. Krasnoyarsk posses the airport both of local and international level, river port and well-developed road vehicle infrastructure.

Information about railways to Krasnoyarsk can be inquired at managers of Black Russian Tours Co.

Airport in Krasnoyarsk Yemelianovo accepts planes from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Norilsk, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Kamchatka and many other cities in Russia, also from international flights from Beijing and Bangkok. You can reach Krasnoyarsk by flights of following airlines AeroflotS7UTairNordStar etc.

MEETING AND SEEING OFF

Group transfers from/to airport (railway station) are organized at fixed time. Tourists are met with a board, where tourist’s name or a name of a company is printed. At the day of the beginning of the tour the bus at the airport will wait for arriving tourists from 05:00 to 07:30 (local time). Railway station-hotel transfer is between 06:00 and 08:00. You will be met by the representative of the company, who will help you with everything you have problems with.

For those who arrive at different time an individual transfer can be organized for additional fee (car 45 euro one way from the airport, 22 euro from the train station).

04:00 – seeing off tourists to airport are transferred to flights to depart from 06:30. (local time). Hotel-railway station transfer is planned at 10:00 am. If it’s too early for you, you can book a separate transfer for extra charge.

We earnestly recommend you to book tickets according to this time.

Tourists leaving at different time are transferred to the railway station 60 minutes before the departure, to the airport – 3 hours before a flight.

WEATHER

The climate in Tuva is sharply continental. Summer there is dry, temperature up to 40 °C.

The climate in Khakassia is also continental: cold winter, hot summer, with significant variation of temperature and precipitation level. Summer duration in steppes is from the middle of May till the middle of September, in highlands – from the middle of June till the end of August. The hottest month is July (average temperature is 20 °C). Sometimes there is “Indian summer” in the end of September.

Each season in Krasnoyarsk region has its advantages; therefore the choice depends only on what month seems to be the best in your opinion.

  • It’s very beautiful in May, as the greenery is still fresh, everything is in blossom, at the same time you can see snow high up in the mountains. It’s warm during the day, but rather cool in the evening.
  • In June everything is in blossom as well, and every week you can various colors of nature. Stable weather is characteristic of this period of time.
  • July is the hottest month, but sometimes there might rain for a week. The weather is stable and it’s warm in the day time and at night. At the end of the month the steppe starts getting dry.
  • The first half of August is warm, but later it starts getting colder. Nights get colder. At the end of the month there is a change of colors in nature surroundings: leaves get red and yellow. At this time of the year there is a great many of mushrooms and berries.
  • September is rich with a diversity of nature colors, red, yellow, and green colors prevail. Usually, the first half of the month is warm but nights are cold. During the second half of September it can be rainy, the temperature can drop to +5 °C.
  • In early October, it is already getting colder, the temperature can drop to 0 °C, sub-zero- temperatures at night, but winter is still far, there will be rather even no rains. If you’re lucky, nature will give you an opportunity to see the golden autumn in Siberia. But in late October at most parts of the route there is snow.

USEFUL TIPS

Travelling clothes must be comfortable. Please, take clothes you put on for walking and outdoor activities with you.

  • Light-toned T-shirts with long sleeves and light pants to protect your skin from spiny plants in Tuvan steppes
  • Shorts, T-shirts in light colors
  • In May and in September warm sweater or fleece jacket, thermal underwear, gloves, hat
  • Cotton socks 2-3 pairs; wool socks in May, late August and September
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket / raincoat
  • 2 pairs of shoes: a pair of sport shoes (preferably closed) and a pair of waterproof shoes. If you travel in May, the second half of August and September, it is advisable to take good hiking boots for hiking in the taiga in the camp Snow Leopard.
  • Hat or cap to protect your head from the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (in Tuva and Khakassia high solar activity)
  • Swimsuit (you might need you in the banya)
  • Flashlight, you will need it in the evening at the camps
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Insurance, incl. against tick-borne encephalitis, if available
  • Individual medicines in the presence of chronic diseases
  • Cash (for souvenirs, shaman’s rituals, sweets, alcohol drinks, other personal expenses).

You can choose from a travel bag, backpack or suitcase, all options are ok. You do not have to carry your luggage over long distances.

You do not need to take with you:

  • tents, sleeping bags and other camping equipment
  • soap
  • toilet paper
  • towels (all hotels and camps providetowels, but you can take your own from personal hygiene reasons)
  • repellents
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