Travel period: July-September.
Tour type: Helicopter-auto-walking tour with high levels of comfort provided.
Tour Duration: 12 days/11 nights.
Tour group size: 8-16 peoples.
This Elite Kamchatka tour includes a helicopter flight around the Klyuchevskaya group of volcanoes as well as eruption area of Tolbachik volcano. A higher level of service is provided with hot meals on all our routes, VIP meals during out visit to the Geyser valley as well as Kuril lake, accommodation in only the best hotels that Kamchatka has to offer, VIP transport and an exclusive dinner with an entertainment program on the last day of the tour.
Day 1. Arrival
Arriving at the Elizovo airport. Our tour participants will be greeted by a translator-guide. Transfer to “Old Castle” restaurant. Lunch. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy city tour. Visiting the city view point, city center, monuments, fish market. Shopping for gear necessary for our Tolbachik volcano area trip (if required). Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2. Tolbachik volcano trip.
8AM Breakfast. Departing towards Esso settlement (500km) by all-terrain bus (10 hours). Lunch in Milkovo settlement. Arriving in Esso. Checking into the hotel with hot springs on site. Rest. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3. Flying around the Klyuchevskaya group of volcanoes.
8AM Breakfast. Driving to the helidrome. Loading onto the Mi-8 helicopter. Flying around Klyuchevskoi volcano, Tolbachik volcano as well as the area of its eruptions. Landing in the base camp located at the base of Tolbachik volcano. Exploring the eruption and lava flow areas on foot. Lunch and dinner at base camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4. Northern Rupture of 1974-1975 eruption.
8AM Breakfast. 6WD all-terrain bus transfer towards Northern Rupture and Star of Eruption cone (1974-1975). Exploring the cones of Northern rupture, lava caves, “Dead Forest”. Lunch. Return to the base camp. Dinner. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5. Transfer to Esso settlement.
8AM Breakfast. Transfer to Esso settlement. Visiting the “Menedak” cultural center. Getting to know about the life of Kamchatka indigenous population. Lunch. Checking into the hot springs hotel. Rest. Swimming pool and Russian sauna. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6. Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.
8AM Breakfast. Visiting the ethnographic museum of Esso settlement. Getting to know more about the culture and every-day life of the local population. Transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (500km, 10 hours). Lunch. Checking into the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7. Geyser Valley and Uzon Volcano Caldera Helicopter Tour.
8AM Breakfast. Transfer to the helidrome. Flying towards the Geyser valley and Uzon volcano caldera (200km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy). Geyser Valley and Uzon caldera walking tours. Lunch in Geyser valley – VIP meals. Helicopter transfer to the Nalychevskaya valley. Visiting the natural hot springs. Return flight to the helidrome. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8. Boat cruise, outing into the Pacific Ocean, visiting the sealery in the Russkaya bay.
7AM Breakfast. Transfer to the pier. We will cruise around Avacha bay, visit the “Three Brothers” rocks, “Babushkin Kamen’” rock, “Chasovoi” and other beautiful spots of the bay. Cruising out into Pacific ocean, and along the coast of Kamchatka, past the “Starichkov” island and into the “Russkaya” bay. Observing the sea lions. Fishing in one of the quiet spots of the bay. Lunch on the boat (fresh fish soup). Tasting of fresh crab and sea urchin caviar. Cruise duration is 9-10 hours. Return to port. Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9. Ascending the “Gorelyi” volcano.
8AM Breakfast. Transfer to the base of Gorelyi volcano (3 hours). Climbing the volcano (approximately 3 hours). Viewing of the major craters, crater lake, fumaroles. Enjoying the beautiful landscape with views towards Vilyuchinskiy, Mutnovskiy volcanoes, Mutnovskiy plato and Vilyuchinskiy pass. Hot lunch at the base of the volcano. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10. Kuril Lake Helicotper Tour, Bear-Watching.
8AM Breakfast. Transfer to the helidrome. Flying to the Kurilskoye lake, which is a well known spot for bear watching. The bears come here to fish during the red salmon spawning season. You can observe female bears with their bear cubs, and full grown bears consumed with fishing and not paying attention to any tourists that may be around. Our group is accompanied by an armed huntsman, and the observation takes place from an area surrounded by an electric fence. Walking along the lake accompanied by a huntsman. Motorboat cruise around bear fishing spots (1/2 hour). Lunch – VIP meal. Helicopter transfer to Khodutkinskie hot springs. Swimming/bathing. Return to the helidrome. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11. Spare day.
This day has been set aside to make up for non-flight weather days. If all the helicopter tours were not affected by bad weather, on this day you will have the opportunity to purchase an additional day tour. Day-tour brochure will be provided. Lunch is included in all day-tours. After the tour – dinner with an entertainment program. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12. Departure day.
8AM Breakfast. Transfer to the airport with a visit to the fish market and gift shop.
Tour price includes:
- Visa support;
- Twin-size accommodation with breakfast in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy and Esso settlement;
- Tent accommodation;
- Three daily hot meals;
- Transport services;
- Boat cruise;
- English speaking guide;
- Tour guide services and services of a diver during the boat cruise;
- Services of a cook;
- Usage of any group tourist equipment and inventory;
- Medical insurance.
Tour price DOES NOT include:
- Any additional tour’s and services;
- Services of the helicopter company (this is paid for separately).
Recommended personal gear:
- Trekking shoes;
- Hooded rain/wind jacket;
- Set of warm clothing (sweater or fleece jacket, pants, socks, hat, gloves);
Cap or hat (for sunny days);
- Personal hygiene accessories;
- Swimming clothes (togs/shorts/swimsuit);
- Mosquito repellent cream/spray;
- Sunburn treatment cream;
- Photo-video equipment.
The company provides a sleeping bag, tourist mat, head torch and trekking sticks for the Tolbachik volcano trip.
*For cave exploration, please bring clothes that are not valuable, as it may possibly be damaged.
**The tour program is subject to change depending on the weather conditions, overall group abilities and other external factors. Any decisions in regards to change are made by the tour guide.
WISHING YOU MANY NEW DISCOVERIES AND A PLEASANT HOLIDAY
WITH “RED RIVERS” TOUR COMPANY.