FROM CELESTIAL EMPIRE TO GROZNY

The famous healing springs, the beauty of the ancient towers of Ingushetia and the stunning skyscrapers of Grozny! We will go to the mountains of the Central Caucasus, take part in a culinary master class and visit a concert of national music and dance.

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Route: Mineralnye Vody – Pyatigorsk – Dzhily-Su – Essentuki – Kislovodsk – Chegem waterfalls, Blue lakes – Aushiger vil. –  Vladikavkaz – Dzheyrakhsky Dist. of the Republic of Ingushetia – Grozniy.
Region: Stavropol Territory, Karachayevo-Circassian Republic, Republic of North Ossetia – Alania, Republic of Ingushetia, Chechen Republic.
Minimum Number of Participants: 25 (+1).
Day 1

Meeting at the airport of Mineralnye Vody. Transfer to Pyatigorsk city. Check in to the hotel. Lunch. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Bus sightseeing tour of Pyatigorsk with visiting lake Proval, alcove “Eolova harp”, Akademicheskaya gallery, Goryachaya mountain, Zvetnik park, center of the city. Raising up to the top of the Mashuk mountain by cableway. Return to the hotel. Welcome dinner and briefing about tour program.

Day 2
Early breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Jeep excursion to the natural resort Dzhily-Su, swimming in the natural warm baths like ”Jacuzzi” with the permanent water temperature +22.4°C. Visiting grandiose waterfalls Sultan and Emir. Descent to the glade of Emmanuel where almost 200 years ago first expedition to the top of Elbrus Mountain had started. Lunch-picnic. Walk till the old German air-field, locals say it was connected with the searches by Hitler of an ancient Shamballa. From the middle of July during melting period of the glaciers it is possible to visit Serebryaniy spring which dries up by October. Transfer to Pyatigorsk. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Day 3

Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to Essentuki city. Walking tour around the old resort area of the city. The building of mud baths was built in 1915 in the roman baroque style, now it is one of the most beautiful architectural complexes of the Caucasian Mineral Waters region. Nowadays working medical institution is located inside. Moving to the neighborhood of Kislovodsk city in Alikonovka river gorge, to the rock “Castle of insidiousness and love” with its romantic legends, also there are ancient igneous rocks, remains of the grotto where once famous Shalyapin sang the Demon aria. Arriving to Kislovodsk. Lunch. Walking sightseeing tour around Kislovodsk city. The main Narzan baths with three kinds of narzan (mineral water) – dolomite, sulfate and common. Walk in the healing resort park, laid almost 200 years ago and the second in Europe by its area. Raising up and down by the cableway. Transfer to Pyatigorsk and return to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 4
Breakfast. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Visiting Blue lakes and Cherek river in Verkhnyaya Balkaria, where the medieval watchtowers, settlements and vaults are preserved. Swimming in the thermal springs of Aushiger settlement. Healing properties of Aushiger mineral water during bathing and dosed drinking improve health, give energy and positive mood. Walking tour beside the powerful Chegem waterfalls. Return to Pyatigorsk. Dinner.
Day 5

Breakfast. Check out. Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to Vladikavkaz city. Bus sightseeing tour of the North Osetia capital – Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Osetian), The Apostolic Church of St.Gregory the Enlightener (working Armenian church), Sunni Mosque, old aristocratic mansions on prospect Mira, a lot of from them are more than 200 years, also museums, art stores, Russian Theater. 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. Moving to the mountainous region of Republic Ingushetia – “Erzi” tower complex of XVII century, the most ancient Christian temple on the territory of modern Russia – “Thaba-Erdy”, the fortress “Vovnushki” – one of the most bright and exotic tower complexes in Republic. Moving to Chechen Republic. Arriving to Grozniy city. Check in to the hotel. 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.