Duration:

8 days / 7 nights

Itinerary:

Barnaul – Biysk – Polevodka – Srostki – Manzherok – Sky-Blue Katun – Chemal – Lake Teletskoye – Lower Katun — Kaimskoye – Belokhurikha – Biysk — Barnaul, 1500 km.

Tour schedule:

Day 1

Welcome meeting of tourist agents in Barnaul. Transfer Barnaul — Polevodka (220 km). Excursion to ethnopark «Altai. History of Russia», where you will see the White Shaman, the Main Tambourine of Altai and the Golden Baba, a symbol of the well-being of the local indigenous people. Lunch. Transfer Polevodka — Srostki, a birthplace of Vasily Shukshin, the famous writer, actor and film director (15 km). Visit to the Shukshin Memorial Museum — Reserve. The museum consists of 3 buildings: the house-museum of Shukshin’s mother, the building of the former school where he studied and the house where the writer spent his childhood. Visit to the mountain Picket, where the annual festival «Shukshin’s Readings» is held. Transfer Srostki — Manzherok (100 km). Manzherok — the name of a village, a lake with relict nuts chilim and a ski complex. Accommodation. Dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast. Visit to the mountain ski complex «Manzherok». Ascent to the montain Sinyuhka by chairlift. Lunch. Excursion to the Sky-Blue Katun (20 km) — the largest tourist center, with an artificial lake for swimming and fishing, restaurants, hotels, ski slopes, an extreme entertainment park, an art gallery, caves and an apiary. Visit to the Tavdinsky Caves. The Tavdinsky Caves are a mountain ridge, consisting of a large number of caves (about 30) of karst origin. The length of rocks with caves is about 5 km. The entrances to the caves are in steep cliffs, most of which are easily accessible thanks to wooden steps and lightning. Excursion to an apiary, tasting of Altaian honey, sleeping on bee hives. Optional: rafting/motor rafting down the Katun river (at extra cost) with a visit to the Kamyshlinsky waterfall — the left inflow of the Katun river. The waterfall consists of two cascades with the height of 12 m. Dinner.

Day 3

Breakfast. Visit to toursit coplexes «Altika», «Orlinoye gnezdo», «Skazka Altaia». Excursion to Chemal (90 km), Chemal Hydro-Electric Power Station and Patmos Island – one of the most beautiful places in the Altai Mountains. The only way to the island is through the suspension bridge that connects rocks of the island with the rocks on the bank of the Katun river. There are a restored church commemorating St. John the Evangelist and the monastic cell of St. Makary Altaisky behind which you can see the rock with the indented image of Holy Mother. Another place of interest in Chemal is the Chemal Hydro-Electric Power Station. Walking there you can also see  the sources of «live» and «dead» water nearby. In the summer time thrill-seekers are attracted by the «bungee jump». Lunch. Excursion to the Museum-Estate of Choros-Gurkin in Anos. The Museum Estate of Choros-Gurkin is a house and a workshop of the artist and ethnographer, the learner of Shishkin, the author of the famous paintings — «Khan Altai», «Lake of Mountain Spirits», «Crown of the Katun». The reproductions of these and other paintings can be found in the museum. Visit to the Village of masters in Askat, acquaintance with the works of local artists and artisans. Transfer Chemal — Manzherok (105 km). Dinner — picnic at tourist complex «Skazka Altaia».

Day 4

Breakfast. Transfer Manzherok — Lake Teletskoye (200 km), the biggest lake in Altai and one of the biggest lakes in Russia. The maximal depth of the lake is 330 meters. The official name of the lake – Teletskoe – came from the name of Altai tribe – Teleuts – who lived here years ago. However local people called the lake Altyn-Kol, which means “Golden lake”. Many rivers and streams flow into the lake, but only one river – Biya — flows out. Visit to tourist complex «Altai resort». Lunch. Transfer Urlu-Aspak — Artybash (180 km). Accommodation in a tourist complex. Dinner.

Day 5

Breakfast. Tour around the lake with a stop at Korbu Waterfall, which is situated at the foothill of the Korbu Range on the territory of the Altai Nature Reserve. Waterfall is 12,5 m high (visitor’s tax). Seeing Kishte Waterfall. Visit to tourist complexes «Artybash», «Altyn-Kol», «Gornoye Ozero». Lunch. Visit to the mountain ski complex at Kokuya mountain. Dinner.

Day 6

Breakfast. Transfer Teletskoye — Gorno-Altaisk (180 km). Visit to the National Museum of the Altai Republic named after Anokhin (entrance ticket). The Museum has large ethnographic collections of Altaian indigenous people and also displays the unique artifact – the mummy of Princess of Ukok. Transfer Gorno-Altaisk — Lower Katun (40 km). Visit to tourist complexes «Pechki-Lavochki», «Solnechnaya». Transfer Lower Katun — enclosure for marals Kaimskoye (40 km). Getting acquainted with marals breeding. Marals are known for the miraculous properties of their horns (also called pants – nonossified antlers). A bath made with the water extracts of boiled antlers is a health-improving procedure. Pants are a complex of substances created by nature that has huge biostimulating power. Taking such bath and consuming other products made of pants’ extract raises body’s energy, improves blood circulation, supports anagenesis and accelerates the recovery of muscular tissue after physical exertion as well as slows down the aging process. Positive effect comes after 4-6 baths. Transfer Kaimskoye — tourist complex «Altai Palace». Transfer «Altai Palace» — Belokhurikha (120 km). The resort is famous for its healing air and radon-enriched springs. Accommodation in a hotel. Dinner.

Day 7

Breakfast. Visit to mountain ski complex «Blagodat», therapeutic facilities «Edem», «Avrora». Taking a chair-lift to the top of Tserkovka Mountain, where you can observe a beautiful panorama of the town. Lunch. Sightseeing tour around the resort. Free time, souvenir shopping. Transfer Belokurikha — Barnaul (250 km). Dinner. Walking tour «Old Barnaul» including visit to Nagorny Park, where you can see a panoramic view of the city. Accommodation in hotel «Barnaul».

Day 8

Departure.

Tour price:

950 euros /person

Single room accommodation: extra  100 euros /person

The package includes:

Transport services from Barnaul during the whole tour on the comfortable bus, accommodation in DBL/TRPL room: standard room with private facilities (shower, WC), HB, excursions according to the program, insurance, guide.

Additional expenses:

Private expenses.

Note:

The Agency reserves the right to change the schedule with no changes in the volume of service provided. The duration of its individual elements may change on the eve of departure and in the course of the tour. In case on the weather and climate conditions and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizer (road, local administration services, etc.), the elements of the schedule can be excluded, based on the actual situation on the route.

 

Attention! In case the tourist is being late or does not appear at a scheduled time and a place for the group gathering, the Agency is not responsible for the full implementation of the schedule and no costs of this tour day are refunded. Attention! When visiting active monasteries and temples, women should avoid wearing trousers and shorts. A headdress is also required.

Recommended clothing: A set of outfits for leisure and travel, a windproof and waterproof jacket, a warm sweater, two pairs of comfortable shoes, lightweight slippers for hotels, sun protection (cream, glasses, headdress), personal hygiene items, a dress code for photo shoot — clothes or accessories of purple color.

Important information:

Attention!   There may be ticks and snakes in those areas where the tour will be carried out. So we strongly recommend to observe safety measures and to ensure anti-tick protection. We recommend you to have tickicide repellents (creams, sprays), however there were no incidents of tourists catch tick-borne encephalitis in the last years in our company.