Enjoy charming landscapes of highlands
Get inside the cave that holds the key to man's origin
Explore unique creations of nature
Visit the origin of world masterpieces
24 July-2 August 2018 (10 days)
1.095 EURO (from Barnaul)
min. 2, max. 9 participants
Day 1. Welcome!
In the morning we will meet you at the airport in Barnaul. First we will get acquainted and transfer you to the hotel. You will have time to rest as we do understand that the night flight is quite exhausting.
In the afternoon we will have an excursion around Barnaul, the capital of Altai krai and visit the museum of local history. Barnaul is one of the oldest cities in Siberia, founded in in the 1730s by the wealthy Demidov family. Nowadays Barnaul is a large industrial and agricultural center in Siberia.
Night: hotel | Meal: 3 times | Driving: no Walking: in the city
Highlights: excursion around the city
Day 2. Altai highlands, acquintance with the Old-Believers
Just after breakfast we start our trip to the most interesting attractions of Altai krai. In 3 hours we will find ourselves in the beautiful highlands of the Altai mountains. For lunch we will stop at a small local cheese factory where you can try different kinds of cheese.
We will spend the night in the picturesque village Topolnoye. The people of this village are descendant of the Old-Believers who separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church. Most of them moved to the secluded corners of Siberia in the 17th century and have kept living in traditional way for centuries. In the evening we will meet “modern” old-believers who still keep their traditions and will enjoy their concert of singing.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 337 km | Walking: moderate
Highlights: lunch at local cheese factory, house of the Old-Believers
Day 3. Hiking to the waterfalls
The whole day will be devoted to the River Shinok and its beautiful waterfalls.
After 4 km you will see the first big waterfall which is called “Tender illusion”. Its height is about 10 meters. The second one “Yogi” is situated half a kilometer from the first and is truly picturesque: from
While walking along the canyon you can slake thirst from the river. Its water is clean and close to mineralized waters of springs.
Be ready that we will cross the river many times and your boots will be wet.
You will spend the night in Topolnoye.
Highlights: 3 waterfalls
Day 4. World-known Denisova cave, driving up and down through the ridges
This is the only place on Earth where you can witness the traces of all previous epochs. The excavations by experts of the Institute of archaeology have been carrying out since 1982. During this period over 80 thousand items were retrieved from the cave containing 22 cultural layers: various implements, arms, primeval
But a real glory came to the monument in 2008 when a fossilized phalanx of a girl’s finger was found in the 11th archaeological layer – the analysis of the DNA showed that this human belongs neither to the extinct Neanderthals nor to Homo Sapiens, but represents a special branch of human evolution which was called Denisovans. In 2008 a bracelet was found in the cave that was made by the Denisovans 40,000 years ago. Scientists found that a hole had been drilled in
After an informative excursion in the cave and
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 150 km | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Denisova cave, road up and down through the hills and ridges
Day 5. Scythian Tzar kurgan and Charysh River
Today we will drive to the most beautiful
The archeological complex “Tsar Kurgan” is a unique monument of about 2500 years old, located in the Sentelek river valley. It belongs to the Scythian culture, a mysterious lost civilization which existed 2,5
In the evening we will enjoy beautiful sceneries of the
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 50 km | Walking: moderate
Day 6. Treasures of Mountain Kolyvan
We will spend the night close to Lake Beloye. Lake Beloye is not very big, has almost a round form with a rocky island-rib in the center. The lake is rather deep, with pure water; it is convenient for bathing and fishing. You can see the highest mountain of the region – Mount Sinyukha – from the bank of the lake.
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 253 km | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Kolyvan stone-cutting factory, Beloye Lake
Day 7. Fantastic granite figures of Kolyvan Lake
The first part of the day we will
The second half of the day we will be exploring the unique Kolyvanskoye Lake. Kolyvanskoye lake is a pearl of Gornaya Kolyvan. It is one of the biggest lakes in the southwestern part of Altai Krai.
The lake is a natural monument of federal value. Being relatively small, it is famous for its pure water and granite rocks of
We will spend the night in the village
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 90 km| Walking: moderate
Highlights: abandoned village, Kolyvanskoye lake
Day 8. Exploring underground
Today we will visit Zmeinogorsk city and explore old mines.
Zmeinogorsk is one of the unique historical centers of Siberia, organically combining the unique beauty of landscapes and
In the 18th
The first silver from these mines was given for making the shrine of Alexander
Zmeinogorsk is the symbol of ore riches of Russia and outstanding technical achievements in the field of mining industry and metallurgy. A unique system of hydro-engineering equipment (one of the biggest in the world in those times) was implemented and significantly lightened hand
We will visit the Museum of
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 30 km | Walking: moderate
Highlights: old mines, museum of history of mining
Day 9. Looking for ornamental stones and back to Barnaul
In the morning we will drive to Lazurskoye deposit of ornamental stones. There is a good chance to find nice stones – armenite and lazuli.
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 339 km |
Highlights: Ornamental stones, dinner in the restaurant
Day 10. Farewell
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home or your next destination.
If you want to join us or have questions, please send us this message, and we will contact you as soon as possible.
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