THE MULTI-FACETED CAUCASUS

More than 100 nationalities of the Caucasus, an extraordinary variety of natural landscapes – Alpine meadows, inaccessible rocks, streaming waterfalls, deep lakes and mysterious caves – all these attract travelers to the region from ancient time.

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Route: Mineralnye Vody – Kislovodsk – Arhyz village – Kavkazskiy village – Blue lakes –Verkhnyaya Balkaria vil. – Prielbrusye (Elbrus region) – Adyr-Su gorge – Mt. Ullu-Tau – Pyatigorsk – Mineralnye Vody
Region: Stavropol Territory, Karachayevo-Circassian Republic, Kabardino-Balkarian Republic.
Minimum Number of Participants: 25 (+1).
Day 1
Meeting at the airport of Mineralnye Vody by our representative. Transfer to Kislovodsk city. Lunch at the local cuisine cafe. Meeting with the guide. Sightseeing tour of Kislovodsk. Visiting of the main narzan (mineral water) bathes with three kinds of narzan directly from the chinks – dolomite, sulfate and common. Walking in the Kislovodsk resort park. Raising up and down by the cableway. Transfer to Pyatigorsk city. Check in to the hotel. Dinner.
Day 2
Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to Arhyz village in Karachaevo-Cherkessiya. Arhyz – is a real European resort located among the Caucasian mountains. Excursion to the Byzantine temples of the XII century, Christ face on the rock, also to the special astrophysical observatory of Russian Academy of Science. Raising up by one of the most long cableways in Russia to the height 2240 meters. There is a view on the Arhyz gorge and Sophia glacier. Horse riding on the Arhyz slopes, to the Fedoseev pass, Myngval lake and viewing at the top of Abishir-Ahub mountain. Rafting on the Bolshoy Zelenchyuk River. Rope park with a climbing wall angd natural climbing routes. Moving to the healing complex “Pearl of the Caucasus”. There are eight pools with the thermal water in this complex, hydrotherapy by Sharco shower, massage. Return to Pyatigorsk. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3
Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Bus sightseeing tour will pass along the Balkar gorge, which has become very popular among the tourists because of Blue lakes which located here. Blue lakes – is a group of the five karst lakes. The most famous and mysterious is Lower Blue, its color depends on the weather. Both in winter and in summer the water temperature is permanent +9.3 °C. With a small area of the water mirror just over 2 hectares, it has a huge depth – 368 meters. Moving to Cherek gorge in Upper Balkaria settlement. There are a lot of Medieval fortresses and towers located in this area on the rocks and mountain slopes which difficult to access. And there are ancient graves, mausoleums and crypts in the valley. Caucasian lunch with sashlyk (grilled meat). On the territory of the restaurant tourists can fish trout in the pond and it will be fresh cooked. Transfer to the thermal spring “Geduko”, its water is rich by silica. Swimming in the open pool. Return to Pyatigorsk. Dinner in the hotel.
Day 4

Breakfast. Check out. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Excursion to the southern foot of Elbrus mountain. “Prielbrusye” – is a national park and center of the tourism, alpinism and mountain skiing sport of Russia. The highest cableway of the country will reach you through cabins to 3 847 meters above the sea level. Fantastic journey to the “Shelter of 11” on the snowy vehicles – ratracks. Descent from the mountain. Transfer to the Cheget glade. Lunch at the local cafe. Raising up to the mountain by cableway with chairlift. Tea drinking with the biggest chebureks (fried in oil dough filled by meat) in all Prielbrusye area. Descent from the mountain. Check in to the hotel of Terskol settlement. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the most beautiful gorge of the Prielbrusye area – Adyr-Su. From the Baksan valley the Adyr-Su gorge is separated by 200 meter high rocky step. Raising up to the gorge by platform lift and after that by cross-country vehicles till climber’s base “Ullu-Tau”. Dense forest is replaced by barberry bushes, wild gooseberry, currant-bushes, honeysuckle, raspberry, wild strawberry. In the gorge you can meet lynx, hare, dears, and on the upper slopes can catch a glimpse of running ulars (mountain turkeys), and more upper – oxes and chamois’s. Ahead the peak of Ullu-Tau is visible (4 207 meter). Hiking in the Adyr-Su gorge to the places of the power –  sacred Ullu-Tau mountain, stones of wishes (male and female), Silver spring, Alive and Dead Lakes. Lunch (lunch-boxes). Descent from the mountain. Return to the hotel in Terskoy settlement. Dinner.

Day 6

Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to ethnographical museum “Dondi Yurt” in Urus-Martan Village. Introducing to unique artifacts, stone, adobe and wooden towers. Lunch in the local house. Return to Grozniy. Visiting of Archangel Michael Temple, complex “Grozniy-City”, observation platform with the view on the city, visiting the Mosque “Heart of Chechnya”. Moving to the museum of Kadyrov. A.H. (Avenue of Glory). Evening bus tour to Argun city, visiting of the Mosque “Heart of Mother”. Return to Grozniy. Dinner at the etno-cafe “Zhizhig&Galnash”.

Day 7

Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to Grozniy airport.

Price includes:

accommodation in the hotel (6 nights), FB, all the transfers according to the program, guide service, Chinese translation service, entrance and skilifts tickets.

Price does not include:

air tickets, travel insurance, single person accommodation and  optional services at the destination.