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WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY

Feedback from our travellers after the journey is over, regardless of good or bad, is extremely important to us. Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave us your review. To know we’ve delivered what you were hoping for and sometimes more, is what keeps us fired up.

 

David FrankAustralia

"Thank you for a wonderful vacation experience..."

My wife and I just returned from a week long custom trip to Kamchatka with Illana as our guide.  Her knowledge, enthusiasm  and assistance exceeded our expectations.  Due to poor weather conditions, she was able to reschedule our activities to different days so that we did not miss any planned items.

She was most helpful in taking us to local stores and markets and assisting us in talking to the various merchants which added a personal to our trip. Her personal insights greatly helped us understand Kamchatka and its people.

We had an eye-opening experience, and hope others enjoy this unique part of the world!

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Anil and Gauri BorkarIndia

"We shall visit Kamchatka again!"  

Our Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky tour was very nice. But, unfortunately, out of our total stay, 8 days were heavy raining.  This, however,  did not stop us from exploring Kamchatka. 

Yes, and our guide, Miss Dariya was a wonderful lady. She was simply superb. Very soft spoken,  loving and knowledgeable.  Of all the things, she could speak very fluent English. Not only as a tour guide, she also helped us quite a lot for shopping, communicating with other people in the shops & restaurants.

Apart from this,  we really enjoyed the itinerary planned by 56th Parallel. The hotels and transport were also good. We will not  forget the taste of grilled Seabass in Kamchatka.

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Alexandra IkeguchiUSA

"We had a wonderful time on our Trekking volcanoes of Kamchatka tour!"

We were very lucky to have excellent weather and were able to fully enjoy all the beautiful and unique views as well as the wildlife. The guides were excellent and very fun, and the hotels even were not bad at all. I only wish my older son could have come too. Thank you so much for helping to organize this amazing experience.

 

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Marek PotomaCzech Republic

"The trip in Baikal was amazing and I still digest it."

Thank you for everything, it's been a trip of my life! All worked very well and I felt treated nicely and really enjoyed the company of your guides and drivers - both were lovely company and gave me lots of valuable insights. Also the services in the hotels chosen were perfect. The snowmobile experience was amazing, the drive through the pre-dawn time in minus 22 was fascinating!

By Lake Baikal, by its immensity and liveliness; its subtletness and tranquility. You get it all - monumental vistas with shorelines, islands and rocks, and tiny little details sculpted in the ice under your feet. Loud cracks of the ice plates and absolute silence, occasionally broken by blasts of the freezy wind forcing tears in to your eyes.

I don't recognize days and nights any more, waking up too early and getting to bed too late. I can't help myself - Baikal is like femme fatale; no matter how close you are, you never quite get her.

I believe Baikal is just great destination for tourists as much as I hate to say it (selfishly, I would keep them away :-)).

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Keith GayhartUSA

"I want to send a big thanks to Anna and Michael at 56th Parallel, they’re saints."

I owe thanks to many people for the great privilege of participating in this incomparable event. My enablers included Anna and Michael from 56th Parallel. My months of pestering questions were inevitably met with a reassuring “Don’t worry!” from Anna. That is sagacious advice for anyone visiting Siberia. If you ever have a yen to travel to that uniquely wonderful part of the globe, 56th Parallel should be your first call.

Lake Baikal is colossal. Standing in its midst, you are witness to an unvariegated plain of white. Staring down into this hazy prism you might glimpse fantastic objects fossilized in the frozen mass, or perceive liquid water far, far below. It was then that you could fully appreciate your position, gliding along on a thin veneer of glass above nearly a mile of abyss. BIM’s unique admixture of brutal conditions and otherworldly beauty is what gives the event its mesmerizing appeal.

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The organizers of this event, rendered astonishing service, managing our meal and hotel accommodations, arranging for a small armada of buses, trucks, snowmobiles and hovercraft, preparing the course (even if their best efforts were undone by the Great Baikal), hosting the banquet and promoting good cheer.

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I also owe deep gratitude to the other six runners who took part in the BIM training program; we instantly became BFFs, did everything together and became mutual agents of encouragement and support.

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Leah EvansAustralia

"thank you for providing such a great experience in Lake Baikal!"

As usual, Russia has given me some of the best days of my life. The experiences had on this expedition I will always remember. Everyone was so kind and every day was full of fun and adventure! Absolutely loved it and would recommend 56th Parallel to anyone.
Practically, everything was well organized and Vladimir and Yulia were both professional and friendly. And Anna has been just fabulous at helping me prepare for my journey. Very happy, thank you for providing such a great experience!

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Yanai BonnehIsrael

"The atmosphere was wonderful along our whole trip in Kamchatka"

I came alone all the way from Israel, with a little bit worries but by the time I reach the camp I realized immediately how kind and good the people are, our guides and my partners to the trip which came from South Korea. From the beginning we become a good friends, we used to help each other, for example during hiking or while setting our camp etc. The atmosphere was wonderful along our whole trip and it doesn’t matter where each one came from or speaks different language or having a different culture.

We became a really good friends. I have to say and remind it again, the most important thing for me and one of the greatest memories that I’m taking with me from this trip is the amazing people, my partners to the expedition from Korea and our amazing guides: Dima, Pavel and Anna that led us and always explained and told us about Russia and especially about Kamchatka. We took some amazing photos, I actually won an Instagram Best Nature Photo Contenst in my country of Israel, with this image:

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You can read more about Yanai's experience in Kamchatka in our blog here.

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