Expedition to the White Rocks and the bubbling volcanoes of Iturup and to the Aniva lighthouse on Sakhalin

SAKHALIN + SOUTHERN KURIL ISLANDS

18 – 25 September, 2022
Tour Sakhalin Island and Iturup Island

Sakhalin Island, Kurils, Kuril Islands, South Kurils, Far East, Vulcano Baransky, Sea of Okhotsk, Sea of Japan, Sakhalin tour, Cape Giant, Cape Aniva, Iturup, Kasatka Bay, Mirror Beach

Sakhalin is Russia's largest island, washed by the Sea of Okhotsk and Japan. It is the pearl of the Far East, and it combines a variety of bright colors and unrivalled natural splendor! Here is a wonderful natural monument - Cape Velikan, bizarre rocks, framed with spruce and fir forests. This trip includes a sea adventure to the mysterious Aniva lighthouse, which is one of the most inaccessible lighthouses in Russia.
Our expedition will also visit the island of White Rocks - Iturup, where the active Volcano Baransky breathes with its hot springs and blue lakes. The beautiful island where you can step on the lava plateau and enjoy the Mirror Beach of the picturesque Kasatka Bay.

Mesopotamia - mainly modern-day Iraq is a trove of treasures of the ancient culture of the Arab world, like a mysterious child of early civilizations.
Nobody can be indifferent to these beautiful cities, majestic mountains and various archaeological sites which are absolutely considered to be the masterpieces of the ancient world.
Visiting the glorious Baghdad city, the Sassanian Ctesiphon, the ruins of Babylon, authentic markets, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, mosques and ziggurats - is incredible exiting expedition where you are able touch the cultural heritage and the great religions of humanity.
We meet Marsh Arabs with their fascinating stories about the Great Silk Road, discover traditional cuisine and take lots of amazing pictures during the boat and road trips.

SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: 18 – 25 September 2022

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 12


Price per person:
  • 159 900 rubles with 12 participants,
  • 165 900 rubles with 10 - 11 participants,
  • 177,900 rubles for 7-9 participants.



All inclusive except:
- air flight to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back,
- medical insurance,
- Russian visas (if required),
- dinners in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Estimated cost of air travel Moscow - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Moscow with luggage: 18,000 - 20,000 rubles. Usually purchased independently.


Supplement for single accommodation: 34,000 rubles (single accommodation is provided throughout the route).

TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO SAKHALIN and SOUTHERN KURIL ISLANDS


Day 0. September 17, 2022 (Saturday). FLIGHT TO YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK
Evening flight from Moscow to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk by direct flight (or another flight from another city).

* Recommended flight:
- direct from Moscow to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk by Aeroflot on September 17 at 20:20 with arrival at 12:35 on September 18,
- either direct from Moscow to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk by Aeroflot on September 17 at 17:05 with arrival at 9:15 on September 18,
- either direct from Novosibirsk to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk by S7 airline on September 17 at 23:00 with arrival at 8:35 am on September 18,
- either direct from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk by Aurora airline on September 18 at 14:05 with arrival at 16:20 on September 18,
- or any other flight from Moscow or another city with arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk no later than 13:00 on September 18.

Meals Included: No
Accommodation included: no


Day 1. September 18, 2022 (Sunday). Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Morning arrival at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, no later than 13:00.
Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time. Check-in at the hotel from 14:00 (early check-in is possible on request, with a surcharge). At 16:00 excursion around the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Transfer to the restaurant. Welcome dinner, discussion of the program.Transfer to the hotel. Night at 4* hotel

Meals included: dinner
Accommodation included: Santa Resort Hotel 4* or Mega Palace hotel 4*


Day 2. September 19, 2022 (Monday). SAKHALIN - KURILSK (ITURUP ISLAND) - BARANSKY VOLCANO
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Airport transfer.
Check-in for a flight and a direct flight to Kurilsk, to Iturup Island (departure time will be announced later).
Arrival at Yasny airport, Kurilsk. Transfer to the hotel Iturup, accommodation, basic conditions.
Departure to the Baransky volcano. Acquaintance with manifestations of volcanic activity.
Baransky Volcano is an active volcano on the island of Iturup. The slopes of the volcano abound with mud, mineral springs, and other thermal vents.
At the foot of the Baransky volcano is the "Starozavodskoye" fumarole field. A geothermal station Okeanskaya was built next to it. Now there is a normal road, which begins at the Kuril fish-breeding plant. From GeoTPP there is a little over a kilometer to the one of the main attractions of these places - the Boiling River. Famous springs of the Boiling River stream are Kotel and Blue Lake. Bathing in thermal baths.
Return to Kurilsk. Dinner at the cafe. Arrival at the hotel, rest.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation included: hotel "Iturup"


Day 3. September 20, 2022 (Tuesday). ORCA BAY (ITURUP ISLAND)
Breakfast and departure to Kasatka bay. Some stops at the picturesque places on the way.
Mirror beach of Kasatka Bay. Inspection of the former Japanese tunnels.
Kasatka Bay is located on the Pacific coast of the largest island of the Kuril chain - Iturup.
On November 26, 1941, it was in the harbor on the Pacific coast of the island (Hitokappu Bay, now Kasatka Bay) that the Japanese aircraft carrier squadron and escort ships rendezvoused to attack Pearl Harbor. Here, the crews of the ships first learned about the purpose of the campaign, that delighted them, and they spontaneously began uncontrolled shooting at the island.
There was a naval base with an airfield where Japanese troops were based on the seashore.
This place is also interesting for the Devil's rock, in which the Japanese dug a tunnel for passing through it. The tunnels have been preserved to this day, during the visit we will be able to visit them and go through the rock.
Lunch - picnic (depending on weather conditions, lunch can be moved to a cafe).
Return to Kurilsk.
Optional visit to the thermal baths (visiting the thermal springs is paid on the spot - 1000 rubles per person).
Dinner at the cafe. Return to the hotel, rest.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: hotel "Iturup"


Day 4. September 21, 2022 (Wednesday). WHITE ROCKS (ITURUP ISLAND)
Breakfast. Departure to the White Rocks along the coast of Okhotsk.
Inspection of the White Rocks, investigation of the "Grand Canyon of the White Rocks".
White rocks are an amazing creation of the elements in nature. Stretched for 28 kilometers along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk on the island of Iturup, the mountains, consisting of soft pumice formed after a volcanic eruption, amaze with their beauty. The emerald greenery, which broke off the resulting composition, gives a special charm to this place. The pumice has undergone severe erosion under the influence of storms in the Sea of Okhotsk, rains and numerous small rivers and streams, which eventually formed bizarre and amazing shapes of rocks. The sand of the coastal strip is mixed: white quartz and black titanium-magnetite. Probably, from their combination its unusual dark gray color is formed.
Picnic lunch (depending on weather conditions, lunch can be moved to a cafe).
Return to Kurilsk.
Optional visit to the thermal baths (visiting the thermal springs is paid on the spot - 1000 rubles per person).
Dinner at the cafe.
Arrival at the hotel, rest.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: hotel "Iturup"


Day 5. September 22, 2022 (Thursday). YANKITO PLATEAU (ITURUP ISLAND) – SAKHALIN ISLAND
Breakfast. Check out from the hotel. Departure to the Yankito lava field.
The Yanquito Lava Plateau is a solidified volcanic lava formed on the seashore as a result of a volcanic eruption. The bizarre shapes of the formed rocks give a special charm to this place.
Snack before transfer to the airport.
Departure to the airport, check-in for the flight. Direct flight to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (departure time will be announced later).
Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin Island. Transfer to 4* hotel.
Free time. Dinner of your choice.

Meals included: breakfast, light lunch
Accommodation included: Santa Resort Hotel 4* or Mega Palace hotel 4*


Day 6. September 23, 2022 (Friday). LIGHTHOUSE ANIVA (SAKHALIN ISLAND)
Breakfast and departure to the very south of Sakhalin Island, to the Aniva lighthouse. At 7 am departure to Novikovo. On the way, a comfortable stop in the village. Ozersky.
On arrival in Novikovo village, snack, briefing, boarding boats* and departure to Aniva lighthouse. A sea excursion to the Aniva lighthouse is carried out on inflatable rubber boats.
Arrival at the Aniva lighthouse, exploring the lighthouse. Travel time and stay at the lighthouse may depend on the weather. The estimated time at the lighthouse is an hour and a half.
The Aniva lighthouse was established by the Japanese in 1939 on a small Sivuchya rock, near the rocky Aniva Cape, which is difficult to access. This area is replete with currents, frequent fogs, underwater stony shoals. The Japanese named the lighthouse Nakashiretoko, after the name of the cape. Later, both the cape and the lighthouse were renamed "Aniva". The lighthouse has been abandoned since 1990.
At about noon, departure to Cape Marble, sightseeing, snack.
Arrival back at Novikovo around 15:00, departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Arrival at the hotel around 16:30 - 17 hours. Relaxation. Dinner of your choice.

Meals included: breakfast, light lunch

Accommodation included: Santa Resort Hotel 4* or Mega Palace hotel 4*


Day 7. September 24, 2022 (Saturday). CAPE GIANT AND CAPE BIRD (SAKHALIN ISLAND)
Breakfast at the hotel. At 9 am departure to the south-east of Sakhalin, to Cape Bird and Cape Velikan.
We drive along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk and further along the forest road. At noon, arrival at the parking lot.
Cape Velikan is a natural monument, one of the most picturesque places on Sakhalin, located on the eastern coast of the Tonino-Aniva Peninsula. The huge arch leading into the sea resembles a statue of a giant. There are also numerous bizarre rocks and kekurs, framed by a spruce-fir forest. There are seal haulouts and bird colonies on the protruding rocks.
Hiking along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, visiting Cape Bird.
Lunch - picnic and departure to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Around 18:30 arrival at the 4* hotel. Dinner of your choice.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation included: Santa Resort Hotel 4* or Mega Palace hotel 4*


Day 8. September 25, 2022 (Sunday). YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK - BACK FLIGHT
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Visiting the fish market.
Transfer to the airport. Check-in for a flight and flight to Moscow or another city.

* Recommended flight:

- direct from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Moscow by Aeroflot airline on September 25 at 15:00 with arrival at 15:45 on September 25,
- either direct from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Moscow by Aeroflot on September 25 at 18:00 with arrival at 19:05 on September 25,
- either direct from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Novosibirsk by S7 airline on September 25 at 9:45 am with arrival at 11:55 am on September 25,
- either direct from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by Aurora airline on September 25 at 8:40 am with arrival at 13:05 am on September 25,
- or any other flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Moscow or another city departing from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk at any time on September 25th.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation included: no


* Depending on the weather conditions, the tour operator has the right to change the order of excursions and visits during the trip without changing their composition.

** The program may be forced to change due to delays or cancellations of flights by the air carrier.
Cost includes:

• Flight Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Kurilsk - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
• double accommodation in a 4* hotel in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in the Santa Resort Hotel 4* or Mega Palace hotel 4* (TWIN room - two single beds)
• double accommodation in Kurilsk in the Iturup Hotel (basic accommodation, TWIN - two single beds)
• three meals a day along the route (excluding dinners from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk)
• transfers to and from the airport
• transport in accordance with the program: on about. Sakhalin - buses or minibus Mitsubishi Delica D5, on about. Iturup - high passable jeeps of different models, with experienced drivers
• all boats according to the program
• excursion service, all visits and activities according to the program, including visits to the thermal springs of the Baransky volcano
• all permits to visit natural parks and protected areas
• experienced local Russian speaking guide
• Russian and English speaking team leader
• accident insurance for 1,000,000 rubles.




Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

• flight from your city to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back (from Moscow - about 20,000 rubles in both directions)
• Russian visa (if required)
• medical insurance
• dinners in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, drinks
• additional points of the program, in particular visits to thermal springs ("Baths" - 1000 rubles per person, "Hot Waters" - 1000 rubles per person)
• personal expenses
• tips for guides
• single occupancy




To take with:

• sets of clothing suitable for weather conditions, including sets of light clothing (shorts, T-shirts) and warm clothes (fleece, trousers, windproof warm jacket for sea trips), as well as long-sleeved shirts
• thermal underwear
• hats for different weather conditions: a baseball cap/hat/panama hat and a hat with a windstopper for sea trips
• gloves
• buff
• bathing suits / swimming trunks
• raincoat
• trekking closed shoes and comfortable light shoes (sneakers) for walking
• means of personal hygiene
• personal first-aid kit (analgesics, antiseptics, antibiotics, antivirals, multivitamins, rehydron, intestinal medications that are necessary for you personally)
• means of protection from the sun and wind (cream), sunglasses
• repellents: sprays, creams
• backpack/bag big for things (you can have a small suitcase)
• a small backpack for radial exits (25 - 30 l)
• head torch
• photo and video equipment, spare batteries
• thermos (optional)

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