Kamchatka Discovery

Enjoy day excursions around Kamchatka, while staying in a comfortable hotel
A perfect introduction to the incomparable Kamchatka experience, this tour takes you to a land of stunning coasts, lofty peaks, deep valleys and natural hot springs
There are adventure travel destinations. And then there’s Kamchatka. If you crave transformative travel experiences, communion with nature and wilderness that is still truly “wild”, our Kamchatka tour will fulfil your frontier travel fantasies. The remoteness and sheer size of the Kamchatka Peninsula don’t always make for a leisurely vacation, but Kamchatka Discovery with private transport makes seeing most of the Siberian spectacular sights possible over eight enthralling days. To make the most of your time in the peninsula, our Kamchatka tour will take you by 4WD, on foot, and on board a boutique cruising yacht. Perhaps the most ideal way to travel Kamchatka's great distances is by helicopter. On one of our optional helicopter excursions, land next to Kurilskoye Lake to observe the famous brown bears, or take a fly-over across the Valley of Geysers for an incredible bird’s eye view of the kind of bizarre and beautiful primitive landscapes that make Kamchatka so alluringly otherworldly.

Kamchatka Tour Highlights

  • Avachinskaya Bay cruise: Spend half a day tracing the twisting coastline from tranquil Avacha Bay out to Starichkov Island, a nature reserve renowned for its seabird population
  • Volcano trekking around Mount Vachkazhets: Discover the surprising beauty of the peninsula’s volcanic landscapes on a circuit of the Vachkazhets volcano, an easy four-hour hike passing flower-filled meadows, waterfalls and panoramic mountain viewpoints
  • Enjoy a leisurely-paced rafting trip down the Bystraya River and try your hand at trout and salmon fishing while the pristine forest scenery drifts by. Afterwards, soak in the mineral-rich waters of the Malkinskie thermal hot springs
  • Tackle the challenging ascent to the summit of Avachinsky Volcano (2,751m) to be rewarded with dramatic views of its neighbouring volcanoes out to the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the Pacific Ocean beyond

The Kamchatka Discovery showcases the incredible natural diversity of the Kamchatka Peninsula. In eight days you'll visit wildlife-rich Pacific coastline, pristine rivers cutting through the lush alpine valley, the crater of an active volcano and high altitude viewpoints across some of the most magnificent and ancient mountain ranges of the Pacific Rim of Fire.

Your home base on this tour will be Kamchatka's capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. A modest yet surprisingly lively township of 180,000. Sandwiched between Avacha Bay and a string of active volcanoes, the spectacular setting is visible from almost everywhere in the city.

On this Kamchatka tour, there are several optional excursions to choose from. Summer is the time of the salmon spawning in Kuril Lake. If you've ever wanted to see brown bears up-close in the wild, the optional helicopter flight and guided walk to see the salmon-fishing bears of Kamchatka. If you're not ready to relax by Day 7, we can also arrange a hiking trip to the Dachniye thermal hot springs that bubble up through a river sandbar at the base of Mutnovsky volcano.

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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

3* hotel

Soft Adventure

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

8 days / 7 nights

     

up to 18 people

Guaranteed Departures

Itinerary View map

Day 1:Arrival to Petropavlovsk

Welcome to Kamchatka! You will be met at the airport before transferring to the hotel in Paratunka resort area. Here you’ll have free time to rest and are encouraged to relax after your long flight in the hotel’s spring water pool.

Day 2:Starichkov Island and Avachinskaya Bay cruise

Today we take in the breathtaking scenery of the twisting coastline, try your fishing skills from the boat or relax on a deck and enjoy sweeping views of the peninsula and its many volcanoes from the shores of Kamchatka. With a twisting coastline cut by numerous smaller bays, Avachinskaya bay is one of the most picturesque spots in the Kamchatka peninsula.

After breakfast, you will embark on a short city tour of Petropavlovsk, visiting the Kamchatka museum of local lore, the best viewpoint of PKC, fish market and the city centre. One of the oldest towns in the Far East, Petropavlovsk’s seemingly endless main avenue is lined with mostly grim Soviet block housing, and there are just a smattering of historic buildings in the old town along the seafront. That said, locals are friendly and the glorious volcanoes are just a short drive, hike or helicopter journey away.

After lunch at the cafe, you will transfer to a seaport for a boat trip across the bay, which will take about 4-5h. We also visit Starichkov Island, a nature reserve in the bay, which abounds in puffins, loons and other forms of water bird. With a picnic on deck, the cruise will include sweeping views of the peninsula, outlook onto the Pacific Ocean and a chance to see many of the bay’s sea life including otters and sea lions.

Day 3:Vachkazhets mountain trek

Hike around Mount Vachkazhets, a volcano which was once a one-cone volcano before exploding and splitting into three different summits, and explore its surroundings.

Vachkazhets and its surroundings are among the most beautiful spots in Kamchatka, telling a story stretching back to ancient times when Vachkazhets was a one-cone volcano before exploding and dividing into three parts. You will be able to take in the scenic surrounds and appreciate the serene quiet at a picnic lunch during the trek.

Day 4:Bystraya river slow pace rafting and fishing and Malki hot springs

Today we invite you on a slow pace rafting on Bystraya River for an afternoon of ‘catch-and-release’ fishing (2.5 – 3h). The second longest river in Kamchatka, the Bystraya flows along the Ridge and is inhabited with fish such as the Pacific salmon, east Siberian char, grayling and Rainbow trout.

Next, we head to the Malkinskiye (Malki) hot thermal springs for relaxing and soaking in the natural healing waters. The Malki hot thermal springs are situated in the valley of the Bystraya river, at a great thermal territory of underground natural springs.

Day 5:Avachinsky volcano or Camel Mount and Khalaktyrsky beach

Today, you will see Kamchatka from a different perspective as we ascend the Avachinsky volcano (2,751m). One of the most active volcanoes in Kamchatka, the Avachinsky volcano is filled with hardened lava above which you can see rising clouds of fumaroles. In the morning you jump into the truck for a 2h drive to the volcano’s base camp.

A climb to the top of Avachinsky starts from 890m above sea level, it takes up to 10h there and back with elevation about 1,750m. It is suitable for climbers of all levels, treating any traveller to stunning views across the vast Kamchatka peninsula. If you are not ready for such long ascending, the easy hike (3h) to the nearby Camel Mountain (1,100m) is offered.

For those who opted-int for a short hike, afterwards, we head to the Pacific Ocean coast for a short excursion at the Khalaktyrsky Beach, which is a popular place among the locals and surfers from around the world. The long coastal line over 30km is covered with black volcanic sand and in summer is full of blossoming flowers and bushes. The water temperature does not exceed +15C even in the hottest summer days, but locals still come here for a short swim and sunbathing.

Day 6:Optional scenic helicopter tours

The choice is yours to either enjoy free day exploring Petropavlovsk or Paratunka at your leisure, or join one of the optional* scenic helicopter flight to Kurilskoye (Kuril) Lake for brown bears watching or to the Valley of Geysers.

Download a detailed itinerary for more information about these options.

Day 7:Optional Dachnye hot springs trekking tour

This day can be spent at your leisure, or you may join the optional tour to Dachnye hot springs.

Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a transfer to the Mutnovskaya geothermal power station. Sometimes referred to as “a miniature version of the Valley of Geysers”, the Dachniye hot thermal springs are situated at the bottom of the Mutnovsky volcano, at the edge of a huge intermountain area, situated within a ravine with steep walls. You also will be invited to take a warm bath in a naturally formed hot stream in a large basin of the springs. The afternoon’s activities will include a picnic lunch during the trek and a visit to the Spokoiniy creek and waterfall.

Day 8:Departure from Kamchatka

Farewell to Kamchatka. Transfer to the airport for the journey home.

Inclusions

Accommodation

3* hotel accommodation in Paratunka (based on twin share basis), for solo travellers single supplement fee applies

Meals

Breakfasts in the hotel, some lunches (lunch-box) during full day excursions

Transportation

Airport arrival and departure group transfers, all transportation on tour according to the itinerary (coach, 6wd truck, boat)

Guides

Local English-speaking guide, helper, experienced drivers

Activities and sights

All activities indicated in the itinerary (except optional)

Other

Russian visa support documents

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
Jun 24 - Jul 1, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Jul 1 - Jul 8, 2019
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Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Jul 8 - Jul 15, 2019
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Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Jul 15 - Jul 22, 2019
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Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Jul 22 - Jul 29, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Aug 5 - Aug 12, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Aug 12 - Au 19, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Aug 19 - Aug 26, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Aug 26 - Sep 2, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Sep 2 - Sep 9, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve
Sep 9 - Sep 16, 2019
Guaranteed Departures
Available US $2,080 US $550 Reserve

Testimonials

Ron and Margaret BroadleyAustralia

56th Parallel did a great job!

Your guides and ground crew were very helpful and professional. Due to this, we have had a wonderful holiday full of great experiences, so thank you very much. Will not hesitate in recommending your company at any time in the future.

Gergely NemethHungary

This was a fantastic trip!

I enjoyed every minute. Kamchatka is so beautiful, the tours are organized perfectly, the guides were very well prepared. We stayed in Antarius Gesthouse, that was also good. The room was clean, the food was delicious in the restaurant.

Margaret ThompsonAustralia

Thank you again for all your help and I hope to book again in future with you as I want to see Russian with snow!

I was very happy with the tour. At first, I was not sure about staying out so far in Paratunka but after a while, it worked well - less travelling for me and lots of fun had with Russian tourists. The bus trip up to Camel Mountain was great! Driving up the dry creek bed was an adventure and climbing to the peak of camel mountain which was not too arduous. The helicopter trip to Kuril Lake to see the bears was a highlight of course. Amazing adventure!

I always got a phone call the night before saying what time I would be collected in the morning and they were very reliable. My only criticism is that when several tours joined together to do something it ended up being a lot of people. I guess it was high season and to be expected...

Rouven WinsonGermany

The Kamchatka Discovery tour is ideal for travelers who want to combine adventure treks with a nice relaxed stay in a comfortable hotel.

Personally, I liked the tour offerings because it is an interesting mix of the best Kamchatka has to offer: very scenic coastline, volcanoes, forests hot springs and...bears! We were lucky enough to see some...of course from a safe distance! I spent a week that couldn't have been better: No chance for sleeping in the car: the rides were at times bumpy and felt adventurous and I'd give the drivers an award for their skills!

If I had eaten too much from the excellent seafood or breakfast buffet, I had the chance to burn calories on the scenic but not too rewarding mountain treks. But it was not all about nature: I liked the conversations with Katja, our guide, very much. She was just lovely...and never seen a bear before. Well, on this trip she saw three. My tip for travellers - you definitely SHOULD do the additional tour offerings: the helicopter tour was just breathtakingly beautiful and Mount Mutnovsky is a must. Tip: put Mutnovsky in the program and skip Dachnye Springs instead, Mutnovsky is far more spectacular. And the evenings? Well, the after tour program is not in the program. It was so nice to drink all the political troubles and intercultural differences away-together with Russians and Americans!

Andrew WilliamsUSA

If you enjoy nature, wilderness, and unique corners of the world unlike any other, then I highly recommend a visit to Kamchatka.

My wife and I were interested in visiting Kamchatka, but were unsure how to make the most of our planned time on the peninsula.  We found 56th Parallel through a web search and identified several appealing tours, but unfortunately did not have enough available time to book one of the 8-day tours.  After contacting 56th Parallel, Anna and the team provided us with an excellent itinerary that captured the best of Kamchatka within our limited time frame.

For late June/early July, we were surprised at how much snow was still on the ground, especially at the higher altitudes, but this did not limit our hiking or trekking days.  The weather was still fantastic (maybe we got lucky), and the views from the higher altitudes were truly astounding.  The city tour of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was informative and educational, and done in logical order: after a visit to the local museum, we visited the key sites that were pivotal to the history of the city and peninsula.  That afternoon, we were scheduled to take a boat ride in the bay and to a local island for a bit of nature observing, but unfortunately for us, a Russian submarine was heading out to sea, which suspended all naval activity in the bay.  With the help of Anna and our tour guide Ira, an alternative option was quickly proposed, and we ended up taking a drive, visiting local beaches and concluding at one of the most scenic points overlooking both the city and the bay (and the Russian submarine heading out to sea - there's something you don't see every day).  Outside of the 56th Parallel tour, but with their booking assistance, we did opt for the helicopter ride to Valley of the Geysers; although pricey, this was probably the highlight of the trip.  To look down into an active volcano from a helicopter is without a doubt a unique experience, and there are only a handful of places in the world where you can observe active geysers.

Accommodations were adequate; as we live in Russia, we were aware that "Russian 4 star" does indeed mean "European 2 star".  But when you go to Kamchatka, you're (hopefully) not going to laze around in a hotel; our itinerary was packed so that our time at the hotel was quite limited with only early breakfast, late dinner, and sleep.  Overall, though, the hotel was adequate: the room was satisfactory, and the dinners at the hotel were actually quite good - some Russian favorites as well as some local Kamchatka flavors.

If you enjoy nature, wilderness, and unique corners of the world unlike any other, then I highly recommend a visit to Kamchatka.  A big thanks to the team at 56th Parallel, first for organizing our trip under such short notice, and second for providing a truly memorable vacation.

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