DISCOVERING THE CAUCASUS

Week-lasting tour is created for those who have never been on the South of Russia, but wants to see the most interesting in this region. A great opportunity not only to visit the hospitable Caucasus, but also to improve your health by mineral waters.

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Route: Mineralnye Vody – Kislovodsk – Essentuki – plateau of Bergamyt – Pyatigorsk – Suvorovskaya village – Vladikavkaz – Dargavs village – Mineralnye Vody
Region: Stavropol Territory, Karachayevo-Circassian Republic, Republic of North Ossetia – Alania
Minimum Number of Participants: 25 (+1).
Day 1

Meeting at the airport of Mineralnye Vody. Transfer to Kislovodsk. Check in to the hotel. Lunch. Meeting with the guide. Bus sightseeing tour of Kislovodsk and its neighborhoods. Alikonovka river gorge. The specific creation of nature – the famous rock “Castle of insidiousness and love”, ancient igneous rocks, remains of the grotto where once famous Shalyapin sang the Demon aria. Return to the city. The main Narzan baths with three kinds of narzan (mineral water) – dolomite, sulfate and common. Walking in the healing resort park, laid almost 200 years ago in Pushkin’s era and the second in Europe by its area. Raising up and down by the cableway. Transfer to the old mansion where has aleady started the next performance of  Theatre-Museum “Blagodat”. Theartrical presentation of favorites of Emperor Alexandr III, fabulist Krylov, and other celebrities of pre-revolutionary Russia. Return to the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the mountain “Kolzo” (The Ring) – created by nature fairy gates in 10 meters diameter and located on the high hill. Visiting the “Tea house”: tea store with tasting tea brewed from mountain herbs, honey, rare types of jam, for example, from pine cones, rose petals or lilac, homemade cheese, horsemeat sausage. Transfer to the Alikonovka river gorge. There are five waterfalls which called “Medovye” (Honey waterfalls). Transfer to Essentuki city. Lunch. Walking tour through the most “mineral” resort of Caucasian Maneral Wares – Essentuki. We will go through the resort park, will see the narzan (mineral water) galleries and the building of mud baths, made in Greek style, will taste the famous mineral water (Essentuki №4, Essentuki №17. Return to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 3

Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Jeep tour to the beautiful alpine plateau of Bergamyt (2 592 meters above sea level) in Karachaevo-Cherkessia. There is an unique natural viewing platform of Elbrus mountain and the surrounding mountains, an opportunity to experience not only the feeling of flight but also to see the famous “ Brocken”s ghost” – a well-known optical phenomenon which Bergamyt is famous about. On the way back lunch in Caucasian style with shashlyk (grilled meat) at the “Dacha Kosygin”, a favorite recreation place for the highest party apparatus of the USSR. Visiting of the Narzan’s Valley. Tasting mineral water from natural springs which are twelve in the valley. Return to Kislovodsk. Dinner.

Day 4

Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to Pyatigorsk city. Sightseeing tour of Pyatigorsk with visiting park “Zvetnik”, alcove “Eolova harp”, underground lake “Proval”. Raising up by cableway on the top of Mashuk mountain. Lunch at the Chinese restaurant. Moving to Suvorovskaya village. Swimming in warm bathes with slightly alkaline mineral water. After bathing can have a snack, go to the sauna or take a massage. Transfer to Kislovodsk. Return to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 5

Early breakfast. Check out. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to Vladikavkaz city. Culinary master class for cooking Ossetian pies (fried dough with the fillings) at the city restaurant. Lunch. City tour of the capital of North Osetia with museums and stories of 100-year-old mansions. Visiting of memorable monument for Chinese volunteers who fought for Soviet power in the Caucasus, “Chinese” square (Revolution Square), also first monument of Lenin erected on the territory of Soviet Russia after his death. Visit to the local market. A trip on the first retro-tram in Russia and Europe which was reequipped to cinema on the evening Vladikavkaz city. Check in to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 6

Early breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to Barzikau settlement. There is an interesting ancient cemetery, the monuments to those who died at the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, also monument of Stalin (what is so rare for our country). Visit to the ancient settlement Dzivgis with a unique rock fortress and old church of the XIII century, the Holy Assumption Monastery of Alan – the most southern and the highest monastery in Russia. Return to Vladikavkaz. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 7

Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to the Mineralnye Vody 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.