Novosibirsk – the Ob sea (sanatorium park) — Barnaul — Polkovnikovo — Biysk — Srostki — Manzherok — Chemal – lake Teletskoye – the Karakol valley — Chibit – lake Manzherok — Sky-Blue Katun — Altai village — Belokurikha resort — Novosibirsk, 2850 km.
Meeting at the airport Tolmachevo (Novosibirsk city). Transfer Tolmachevo — the Ob sea (stop for a tea break in the park hotel, photostop) – “Gran Altai” (Russian buffet) — Barnaul city (260 km). Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Tour around Barnaul starting on the Demidov square through historical streets towards the sightseeing platform in Nagorny Park.
Breakfast. Transfer Barnaul — Polkovnikovo village (70 km) — the birthplace of cosmonaut No. 2 Herman Titov. Excursion to the Museum of Cosmonautics named after Titov. All exhibits of the museum are thematically divided and placed in four halls: «The Morning of the Space Age» — introduces the first steps of man into space, «Altai and Space» — this story tells how a man began to «live» in space, «School Years of Herman Titov» – here you can see what textbooks the cosmonaut studied, what grades he received at school, have a look in his notebooks, admire the children’s drawings and photographs. In the hall «From the Spring to the Stars» there are many paintings by Stepan Titov – the father of the cosmonaut, furniture that he made himself, mandoline, letters sent during the war and the military photographs.
Transfer Polkovnikovo — Biysk (100 km) — a city built by the decree of the emperor of Russia Peter the Great in the 18th century. Biysk now has the status of the City of science and it is the main gateway to the Altai Mountains. Excursion «Old streets of Biysk» starting at the monument of Peter the Great going to the main guns. Visit to the museum of Chuksky tract. Lunch.
Transfer Biysk — Srostki village (50 km) — the birthplace of the famous actor, writer, film director Vasily Shukshin. Photostop at the top of the Picket hill with the beautiful view over the village and the valley of the Katun river. Every year in July “Shukshin’s Readings” take place here. In the last years these readings have turned into all-Russian event, where a lot of famous actors and actresses, artists, musicians, professional and amateur groups, museum employees, Shukshin’s relatives and fellow villagers as well as thousands admirers come to celebrate his Birthday.
Transfer Srostki — Manzherok (90 km). Accommodation in the tourist hotel «Manzherok». Manzherok is the name of the village, the ski resort and also the lake with relict nut “chilim”. Dinner. Walk along the eco-path to the Mount Sinyukha and the Lake Manzherok.
Breakfast. Excursion to Chemal (70 km): the island Patmos is one of the most beautiful places in the Altai Mountains. The only way to the island of Patmos is a suspension bridge that connects the rocks of the island with the rocks on the bank of the Katun river. Another attraction of Chemal is the old Chemal hydroelectric 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». Walking along the «goat» trail. Lunch. After lunch the program may depend on the weather: one option is a trip to the mountain area Che-Chkysh — a rocky canyon with waterfalls in the valley of the Katun river, located in the Gorge of Mountain Spirits, from where a magnificent panorama of the Katun river opens (30 km). As a second option we offer an excursion to the museum-gallery of a famous Altaian artist Choros-Gurkin in Anos village, where you can see a house, a workroom and a yard of the artist and ethnographer, Shishkin’s learner, author of the famous paintings “Khan Altai”, “The Mountain Spirits’ Lake”, “The Crown of the Katun” as well as reproductions of other paintings. Transfer Chemal — Manzherok (70 km). Dinner.
Breakfast. Transfer Manzherok — Gorno-Altaisk city (40 km). Excursion to the National Museum of the Altai Republic named after A. Anokhin. The museum stores rich ethnographic collections of indigenous peoples of Altai, as well as a unique exhibit — the mummy of Princess Ukok. Lunch. Transfer Gorno-Altaisk city — the Lake Teletskoye (180 km). Accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast. A cruise around Lake Teletskoе — the largest lake in Altai and one of the largest lakes in Russia. The maximum depth of the lake is about 330 meters. The official name of the lake – Teletskoe – came from the name of Altai tribe – Telesy – 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. Visiting the Corbu waterfall, which is located at the foot of the Korbu ridge on the territory of the Altai State Nature Biosphere Reserve. The waterfall falls from a height of 12.5 meters. Lunch. Rafting down the Biya river. Dinner
Breakfast. Free time.
Breakfast. Transfer Teletskoe — Karakol valley (360 km). Lunch in Berendeyevka. Stop at the famous mountain pass Seminsky. Accommodation in the Karakol Nature Park «Uch-Enmek». Dinner includes degustation of national Altai food, accompanied by the folk traditional group (unique throat singing and playing on national musical instruments).
Breakfast. Excursion to the Karakol Nature Park «Uch-Enmek» (40 km) – specially protected natural area. It includes natural, historical and cultural, sacral complexes and objects, located on the total area of 60551 hectares. The natural park is famous for its burials and barrows, rock paintings and a complex of megaliths. Lunch. Transfer Karakol — Chibit (170 km). Excursion along the Chuysky tract. The history of the tract goes back through centuries, when this road was a pack road, a branch of the Great Silk Road, “Сhinese pathway”. On the way, we overcome one of the most beautiful and highest passes called Chike-Taman which in Altaian language means “Straight Foot”. This pass that looks like steep and meandering road with sightseeing platform on top has been known since X century. And since 1996 it has been declared a natural monument of the Altai Republic. Visit to the rock-park Kalbak-Tash, viewing the rock paintings – petroglyphs: about 500 compositions, over 5 thousand drawings. Petroglyphs had been made during the period from the Neolithic to the Turkic era. There is the confluence of the biggest rivers of Altai nearby – the Chuya river and the Katun river. This place is called Chui-Oozy. Accommodation/ Dinner.
Breakfast. A walk along the colored mountains near the Kyzyl-Chinstream. Exits of multi-colored clays on the surface evoke the sensation of another planet (110 km). Lunch-box. Dinner.
Breakfast. Transfer Chibit — Manzherok (320 km). Accommodation. Lunch. Excursion to the special tourist territory «Sky-Blue Katun» (35 + 25 km). It is the largest center of tourism with a warm artificial lake for swimming and fishing, restaurants, tourist complexes, ski slopes, an extreme entertainment park, an art gallery, caves, an apiary. Visit to the Tavdinsky caves. The Tavdinsky caves are an array of the large number of karst caves (about 30). The length of rock chain with caves is about 5 km. The entrances to the caves are in steep cliffs however they can be easily reached thanks to wooden steps and artificial lighting. Visit to the apiary, tasting of Altai honey. Dinner. Optional: visiting the casino “Siberian Coin» in the Altai Palace hotel (additional fee).
Breakfast. Ascent with a chair lift to the Mount Sinyukha. Excursion to the enclosure for marals “Kaimskoye” (30 + 30 km). 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. Lunch — tasting meat of maral. Walking along maral breeding farm, buying products made of pants’ extract. Dinner.
Breakfast. Transfer Manzherok — Altaiskoe (70 km). Excursion to the park of medicinal plants «Kholmogorye» and acquaintance with the collection of exotic herbs, deciduous and coniferous shrubs. Lunch. Transfer Altaiskoe – Belokurikha (50 km). The resort town of Belokurikha is located at the foot of Cherginsky mountain range that stands as a border between mountains and steppe. The resort is famous for its healing air and radon-containing springs. Hotel accommodation. Dinner.
Breakfast. Walking tour around Belokurikha and its landmarks. Lunch. Vitis to «Water world» — recreational compound with indoor swimming pools and saunas. Night caraoke-clubs (extra fee).
Breakfast. Transfer Belokurikha — Novotyryshkino village (40 km). A trip to Belokurikha-2 where the new resort has been just constructed. Transfer Novotyrshkino — Novosibirsk (450 km). Lunch in cafe “Oblepikha”. Departure from Tolmachevo airport at 22-00.
Extra charge for accommodation in singe-room: 410$
The package includes:
Transport services from Barnaul (Gorno-Altaysk, Novosibirsk) on a comfortable bus; accommodation — 2-3 persons per room in tourist complexes and hotels, standard rooms with shower and WC; in high mountains hotels — shower and WC are on a floor; food — full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner); excursions according to the program; entrance tickets; insurance; translations.
Extra food and drinks; additional excursions (from $10 per person); private expences.
Uch-Enmek (shared bathroom facilities) in Ongdaysky Distict.
Kochevnik (private bathroom facilities) in Ulagansky District.
Altyn-Kol (private bathroom facilities) in the area of Lake Teletskoye.
Manzherok (private bathroom facilities) in the area of Lower Katun.
Neo, Orion, Blagodat (private bathroom facilities) in Belokhurikha.
Our company reserves the right to change the program leaving unaltered the amount of services. The duration of program components may be changed the day before the tour begins and during the tour. Some program elements that depend on organizations and services (road services, police, local administrations etc) that are beyond our control as well as on the weather conditions may be excluded.
Attention! The tour organizers don’t take responsibility for conducting the tour in its entirety if tourists are late or don’t come to the agreed meeting point. The cost of such tour day is not refunded.
Attention! When visiting acting churches and monasteries women should have their heads covered and not wearing trouses.