ITINERARY

14 days / 13 nights

Sakhalin Island – Iturup Island – Shikotan Island – Kunashir Island – Sakhalin Island

Experiences: 1

Ages: 0 – 75+

Starting Point: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Ending Point:Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Introduction

The Kuril Islands are one of the most inaccessible places in Russia. They are lost in the Pacific Ocean in the Far East of Russia. Getting here is not easy: a long and expensive flight to Sakhalin, flights or nights on a boat to the islands. The traveler, who did not spare money and time, will discover truly fantastic landscapes: volcanoes and hot springs, beached ships and abandoned armored vehicles, monuments – traces of the Japanese, low trees and tall grass. Get ready for a seafood tasting menu. Shrimp, crab, scallop and salmon – everything is really fresh, everything is prepared according to its own, local recipes. But the main wealth of these places – people who will accompany you on the route. Let’s do it together!

DAY

Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel. City tour around city (2-3 hours). Dinner (meeting with the representative of the company, obtaining information about the details of the trip).

Breakfast · Excursion: rock inselberg “Frog” (09:00 - 14:00). The “Frog” rock is the unique nature place of 70 million years old, a very unusual energetic place. The journey along the ecological path to the foot of the mountain takes about 20 minutes. Then a short but steep rise to the “Frog”, which takes 20–30 minutes. From the top opens amazing landscape and if weather is good possible to see the Gulf of Aniva, the lakes of Tunaicha and the Volatile. Light snack during a short stop. Transfer to the airport. Departure to Kurilsk. Arrival in Kurilsk (Iturup Island). Transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel. Dinner.

Breakfast. Excursion by car to the White Rocks (duration around 7-8 hours). By car, we move along the coastline along the ``White Rocks``, the thickness of the pumice stone of which White rocks are composed is homogeneous in appearance. It was formed already in historical time, as a result of the colossal eruption of a hot gas cloud. Lunch (lunch box). Then Hot Springs Hot Waters (1 hour). Dinner.

Breakfast. Departure to the Baransky volcano (duration around 5-6 hours). The Baransky volcano is one of the most accessible volcanoes of the Island Iturup. We can observe at its foot the picturesque volcanic landscapes: mud pots, fumaroles, hot lakes with an acid of an unusual turquoise color and hot mineral streams. At 12 km from the foot at the top of 516 m. there is a trigonometric sign, therefore the top is called Trinoga. Climb to the top is protracted, but easy. From the top of Trinogi opens panoramic view: from the west - Kurilian Bay, village Kitovy, city Kurilsk; from the north: volcano Bogdan Khmelnitsky; from the east, Prostor Bay, village Raid, White Rocks; from the south: volcanoes of Baransky (altitude 1132 km.), Teben'kov, Grozny, Mount Volchok. From the ground come out healing springs, hot river flows from a deep boiling lake. Descending from a volcano, you can swim in hot springs and enjoy the majestic beauty of the volcano! ATTENTION! In the area of fumarolic fields precautions - you can fall into the hot mud, in the area of mineral sources - get chemical burns. You can swim only in springs with a certain temperature of water. Lunch (packed lunch). Dinner.

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the fish factory in Kurilsk. Then Transfer to the port. At 12:00 landing on the ship. At 14:00 - departure to Shikotan.

At 09:00 - arrival at the port of Malokurilskoye, Shikotan Island (ATTENTION! The time of arrival could change). Transfer to the hotel ``Sofia``. Accommodation in rooms with private facilities. Departure to the cape ``The Edge of the World`` and Dimitrov Bay. Cape ``The Edge of the World`` perhaps the most popular place of the island. It is a rocky protrusion that stretches far into the sea and ends in 40-meter high walls. When you get here, the meaning of the name immediately becomes clear. There you can observe Spectacular views of the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean and really you can feel what you are on the End of the World. The coast of Dimitrov Bay is high, rugged and rocky, covered with bamboo-meadow grasses. It overlooks several small islands. Along the bay there is a dirt road a little further than Cape Krab. On the slopes are visible parts of the old Japanese road. The name of the bay and the peninsula is given in honor of Dimitrov Georgiy Mikhailovich (1882-1949) - a prominent Bulgarian politician. Lunch (lunch box). Dinner.

Brakfast. Departure to the bay ``Church``, the mountains ``Notoro`` and ``Tomari``. Bay ``Church`` impresses with its islands and coves. It is interesting in its history and nearby objects: a larch forest, a place of a former Japanese settlement, the mountains Notoro and Tomari. In this bay there is a house built by the inspectors of the reserve. The origin of the name of the bay is not clear. The route to the bay begins from the village Krabozavodskoe. A part of the way (1 h.) Is overcome by a cross-country car, then on foot. The whole journey takes 4.5 hours. The car stops in front of the pass between the mountains of Tomari and Nootoro, to which it takes 50 minutes. From the pass you can climb these mountains. Further, the path lies along the road along the mouth of the creek and after 1.2 hours goes to the seashore, to Tserkovnaya Bay. From the place where the stream flows into the sea to the house of the forester, located in the southern part of the bay, it is necessary to walk about 1 hour - the road goes not along the seashore, but through the forest. Lunch (lunch box). Dinner.

Breakfast. Departure to Snezhkov Bay. Snezhkov Bay is beautiful with opening views along the road, the stone-birch forest, open hilly landscape, and islands of juniper thickets. The origin of the name of the bay is not clear. The route starts from the village Krabozavodskoe. By car you can drive 3 km, then go on the road on foot. To the pass in the Snezhkovaya bay on the way go 1.25 hours. Then another 1 hour to the seashore. Lunch (lunch box). Dinner

Breakfast. Transfer to the port. At 11:00 boarding the ship. At 13:00 - departure to Yuzhno-Kurilsk (Kunashir island). At 5:00 pm - Arrival at the port of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Kunashir Island. (ATTENTION! The arrival time could be changed). Transfer to the hotel ``Iceberg``. Accommodation in rooms with private facilities on the block. Walk along the coast, sightseeing of the coast: “Damn Finger”, “Damn Gates”. Dinner.

Breakfast. Medium difficulty route: Caldera of Golovnin Volcano, Lake Boiling, Lake Hot (tour duration 8-9 hours). Departure for the route by transport up to 43 km, then walk 8 km one way. · Survey of the caldera of Golovnin volcano, Lakes Kipyashee (Boiling) and Goryachee (Hot). Swimming in the Goryachee Lake, (swimming in the Kipashee Lake is prohibited). Lunch (lunch box). Dinner.

Breakfast. Route of medium difficulty: Cape Stolbchaty. Cape ``Stolbchaty`` is a unique place where the natural stone blocks of the ``Red Square`` are replaced by views of stone pencils weighing 40 tons and deep-water fjords. The bizarre rocks in which you hear the sound of organ music, true millennial monuments ... After all, they were the first pieces of land that emerged from the depths of the ocean and survived almost intact to our era. Lunch (lunch box). Departure on the ecological path and mud therapeutic thermal springs ``Stolbovskie``. Ecological path. The flora of the island is rich and has absorbed species distributed from subtropics to northern latitudes. White and stone birch, gray trunks of velvet tree, rowan, Sakhalin fir with whitish steam stand along the forest path with a thick fence. On the slope upward the blue fir-tree Aayan glows. The look stops at the trunk with a red stripe held by the caring hand of a man. This is a warning: caution - Magnolia! High to the sunlight, she raised branches with large leaves; at the time of flowering, the aroma of her large white flowers fill all around (tour duration 7-8 hours). Dinner.

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. At 13:30 - departure from Yuzhno-Kurilsk. At 15:10 - Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time.

Breakfast. Excursion: Bird Cape and Giant (excursion time 10:00 - 19:00). Cape ``Giant`` - a monument of nature, one of the most beautiful and amazing sea coasts of Sakhalin. Freakish cliffs, in the outlines of which someone sees a lion coming out of the sea, someone has a mysterious castle, and someone has the head of a giant who was dozing off the edge of the water, towering along the entire coast from Cape Bird to Cape Giant. Stone arches created by the greatest architect - Nature - amaze with their grandeur. On the tops of the rocks and arches screaming seagulls bustle around, cormorants sit proudly and swifts sweep about. Spruce-fir forests stretch along a narrow strip of a sandy beach on a sea terrace, where Christmas trees carefully hide from the cold sea wind, ``turning`` back to the Sea of Okhotsk. And here you can observe one of the most amazing phenomena of nature - the spawning move of Pacific salmon, namely pink salmon, if your trip falls for the period from July to August. Lunch on the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk (Sakhalin-style cuisine). Transfer to the city.

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

What's included

  • Accommodation

    Hotels according to the itinerary

  • Meals

    Meals at the hotel and en route according to the program

  • Transport

    Transport services according to the program

  • Excursions

    Interesting sightseeing tours with English-speaking guides

  • Visa

    Visa support service (invitation)

  • Support

    Emergency line support during the trip

  • Other

    All taxes and fees

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight

    International flight
    Flight Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Kurilsk / Yuzhno Kurilsk - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk USD 200

  • Meals

    Other meals what not include in the program

  • Drinks

    All beverages not included in the program

  • Insurance

    Insurance (every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the tour)

  • Transport

    Additional transport what not include in the program

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional tours and services

  • Other

    Tips and personal expenses

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    price: € 2015
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    price: € 2015

ATTENTION! The program in the Kuril Islands could change depending on weather conditions!

PRICE START FROM

EURO 2455 for accommodation SNGL

EURO 1913 for accommodation CHL (0-12)

Note:

It is necessary to have with you: a camera, warm and waterproof clothing, a jacket, flip flops, boots or waterproof shoes, a bathing suit, mosquito repellent, sun protection cream, hats.

For registration permits to the Kuril Islands documents are required:

- copy of the passport and a copy of the visa in the Russian Federation

Deadlines for submission of documents for registration permits:

- for foreign citizens no later than 30 days prior to arrival

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