Kamchatka's Tolbachik Volcano - Mars on Earth

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 28th Dec 2018

Tolbachik – is a volcanic complex, located in the Klyuchevskoy Nature Park in Northern Kamchatka. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage site – “Volcanoes of Kamchatka“, the park covers an area of 376,000 ha with Eurasia’s most grand and active Klyuchevksaya group of volcanoes in its centre. It consists of 13 volcanoes, including 4 active and 9 extinct ones. With Kamchatka’s largest river running through it, the park is unique for its dense concentration of giant volcanoes over a relatively small area, attracting scientists, photographers, trekkers and nature lovers from all around the globe.

TOLBACHIK VOLCANO TREKKING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Ascending Plosky Tolbachik volcano (2,850m) across frozen lava flows and slag fields. A picturesque panorama of Klyuchevskaya group of volcanos opens from the top. You will be captivated and mesmerized by the lunar landscapes. No wonder, in this area the Soviet lunar vehicles were tested.
    • Explore the eerily beautiful Dead Forest and solid lava fields beneath Tolbachik volcano. The result of an enormous eruption between 1975 and 1976, the larch trees at the volcanoes foothill have become petrified ghosts of their former selves.
    • Visit Esso village, nestled in a valley and surrounded by mountain ridges and evergreen forests, it is one of the best places to get acquainted with the lives of Kamchatka’s local people. Esso’s gorgeous scenery has led to it being described as the ‘Switzerland of Kamchatka’. It’s a laidback place, populated by about 2,500 people, with hot thermal pools and a network of hiking trails extending into the neighbouring Bystrinsky Nature Park

Staying in a mix of hotels and campgrounds, travelling by 4WD transport, we visit as many unique habitats in the park as possible. Feast your eyes and cameras on the volcanic ranges and lava fields of the Pacific Ring of Fire, untouched swathes of old growth forest and mountain hot springs.

Unusual landscapes of the Tolbachik’s area is the extraterrestrial scenery which is compared indeed with the Mars’ one. Getting to the park is not so easy, but it really worth it!

You’ll have plenty of time to savour the atmosphere of Kamchatka and follow our own interests – wildlife watching, birding, botany, geology, volcanology, photography or trekking. On this tour, there is a day with optional activities available – a helicopter flight over the Valley of Geysers or to Kuril lake for brown bears watching, as well as a day cruise on Avacha Bay to spot seabirds.

For hiking enthusiasts, volcanology nuts and those seeking a physical, challenging expedition in one of the world’s most remote and pristine natural regions, our Kamchatka Volcanoes Trekking tour represents an unparalleled adventure travel experience.

Moscow & St Petersburg Winter Escapade

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 4th Jan 2019
Moscow and St Petersburg winter tour Russia Christmas New Years

Arriving in Moscow and St Petersburg in winter has been likened to stepping into a novel – a land of exotic fur hats and snow-dusted cathedral domes. This tour will take place between December 29 and 5 January to include an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Moscow, one of the most exciting cities in the world to celebrate with the locals and “party like a Russian”! Or you can choose any other dates.

While in Moscow you’ll discover some of the city’s most iconic attractions and lesser known gems, including a guided tour of the Kremlin and a day excursion to opulent royal estate of Kolomenskoye. Next, we’ll travel by high-speed train to St Petersburg to experience the romance of one of the world’s most beautiful cities in dazzling white winter dress. Delve into the treasures of the Hermitage Museum (without the summer crowds!) and enjoy a traditional troika sleigh ride in Pavlovsk Park.

Golden Ring - Reflections of Russian Heritage

Written by Anna Schneider
Last updated on 23rd Aug 2018
Golden Ring Russia tour

Long before the Golden Ring gained fame as one of Russia’s best multi-day tourist circuits, the small collection of cities northeast of Moscow and played a vital role in shaping the country’s history. Its oldest settlements can be traced back to at least the 10th century. Our  Golden Ring Russia tour will unfold the fascinating, deep-rooted history of the region and take you back to a simpler time of picturesque farms and villages, wooden houses and onion-domed cathedrals, all set against the enchanting backdrop of the Russian countryside.

Golden Ring Russia Tour Highlights

  • The village of Suzdal appears like a scene from a Russian storybook and has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Wander wide-eyed through quiet laneways and cobblestone plazas, passing horse-drawn buggies and medieval churches.
  • Yaroslavl was the first Christian city on the Volga River. Many of Russia’s greatest craftsmen, stonemasons, painters and sculptors came together to create this city of magnificent churches and monuments, dating back to the 12th century.
  • Rostov is the oldest town in the Golden Ring and the most architecturally impressive, rich in elegantly restored monuments dating from the 12th to the 17th century.
  • Sergiev Posad is one of the most important spiritual centres of the Orthodox Church, sometimes referred to as the ‘Russian Vatican’ for its magnificent white churches with their signature blue and gold cupolas.

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