Excursion tour «Four pearls of the North Caucasus»

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During this tour you'll have opportunity to visit 4 different Caucasus republics: Kabardino-Balkaria – North Ossetia – Ingushetia – Chechnya.

They are real pearls – one-of-a-kind.

NB! Some areas require border pass that takes up to 45 days to be prepared. 

Please note: tour can be organized individually in dates convinient for you.

* Tour price depends on the size of the group.



TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

4 different regions in one tour

Pyatigorsk – the oldest city of the Caucasian Mineral Waters region

famous cave Lake Proval

fascinating views from the observation points

Narzan Valley

famous Kurtatin gorge

Dargavs – «Dead city»

pearl of Ingushetia is Dzheirakh gorge

castle complex Erzi

Christian temple Tkhaba-Erdy

monument Vovnushki

Kadyrov Memorial complex in Chechnya

Lake Kezenoy-Am

sightseeing excursions in the capitals of the regions

comfrotable accommodation in the hotels

Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 1 to 15 pax
Participation with children: from 10 years old
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotel — 6 nights

Tour dates:

from 24 July to 30 July 2024

from 07 August to 13 August 2024

from 14 August to 20 August 2024

from 21 August to 27 August 2024

94 000 RUB / person

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival to Mineralnye Vody. Pyatigorsk, transfer to Terskol

Arrival at Mineralnye Vody airport by morning flight.

Excursion around Pyatigorsk – the oldest city of the Caucasian Mineral Waters region. You will stroll down the magnificent park Tsvetnik, enjoy the views from Aeolus’s Harp Pavilion and see the famous cave Proval Lake.

Pyatigorsk saw many historical events and famous people like Lev Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, but the most important without doubt is Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov, who lived here, wrote about this region and died on the duel not far from Mt Mashuk.

Lunch in a café independent.

Transfer to Elbrus region (about 4 hours).

Accommodation at the hotel.

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Good mobile signal

Shower available

Day 2. Elbrus

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the Azau glade, where you will start your ascent on the slopes of the great dormant volcano by the cable cars. You will go up to the Gara Bashi station (3 800 m). The views opening here are really fascinating. If the weather is good, you will see the snowy mountains, stretching for 300 miles.

You can go up to Priyut 11 (4 100 m) by snowmobile or ratrak, which will take you to the desired height (extra charge).

Lunch in a cafe independent. Local cafes attract tourists, they are absolutely not like the shining European restaurants, each of them is original and unique.

Descent to the Azau glade. Free time at the resort.

You can visit the Narzan Valley, where a lot of carbon dioxide hydrogen-chloride sodium-calcium narzans come to the surface.

We also recommend you to visit the large souvenir market on the Cheget glade and buy some homemade jam, sheep skins, hats, crafts, honey, sweets or other souvenirs of the trip to Elbrus. Horse riding is also available (extra charge).

Return to the hotel.

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 3. Vladikavkaz

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out.

Departure to Vladikavkaz (240 km, about 4 hours).

You’ll have a sightseeing auto-walking tour around the city.

Lunch independent.

You will get acquainted with the historical centre of the city, walk along the embankment of the Terek River. You’ll also visit the Sunni mosque, Armenian and Ossetian (the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) churches.

Then you’ll see the Central Park of K. Khetagurov, Mira Avenue, the Square of Freedom, the Shtyba Square and a great number of interesting monuments of the city.

Arrival at the hotel.

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 4. Kurtat gorge + Dargavs

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today you are going to the famous Kurtat gorge, magnificent with its mountain passes. The tour begins with the visit to Dzivgiss rock fortress, built in the XIII–XVI centuries. The fortress almost merges with the rock, and in summer you can’t even see it behind the trees.

Lunch on the way in the cafe (independent).

The program also includes the visit of the village of Verkhniy Fiagdon, Svyato-Uspensky monastery.

Then you’ll continue your way to Dargavs – the «Dead city», the biggest necropolis in the Caucasus. Excavations show that Alans were the first to settle down in the Dargavs gorge in the VIII century. There are a lot of beautiful legends about these places. Dargavs is a complex of 99 semi-underground and land stone charnel houses serving as family tombs.

Return to Vladikavkaz.

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 5. Mountain Ingushetia

Please note! The territory of the mountain Ingushetia lies in a border zone, only citizens of the Russian Federation are allowed to pass there with no restrictions. For foreign citizens, including the CIS countries it is necessary to get the border pass – it takes about 45 days to prepare the documents.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out.

Transfer to Ingushetia. The real pearl of Ingushetia is Dzheirakh gorge. It is basically an open-air museum. There are 92 landmarks, including famous Ingush guard towers in this area. Some structures date back to the 2nd century B.C.

First, you’ll see the castle complex Erzi. In translation from the Ingush «erzi» means «eagle». Erzi is a beautifully preserved nine towers on the slope of the mountain above the Armhi River. The towers and walls of the complex are built with the help of river boulders and stand without foundation, directly on the rocks. The height of the battle towers reaches 25–30 meters, the width of the walls is 6 meters. Historians date the construction of the complex to the 17th century.

Lunch independent.

You’ll also get acquainted with the most ancient Christian temple Tkhaba-Erdy, which is close to the border with Georgia. The date of its construction varies within the 700 years, from VIII to XIV centuries. It is certainly one of the oldest Christian temples in Russia.

The program will continue with the visit of the most exciting and exotic tower complexes among the ancient defensive structures of Ingushetia. Monument Vovnushki consists of three main towers, two of them are at the top of one rock and one on the opposite side.

Return to Vladikavkaz.

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 6. Grozny

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out.

Transfer to Grozny city (100 km, about 1,5 hours). On the way you will stop at the Memorial of Memory and Glory in the capital of Ingushetia.

Then you’ll have the city tour to get acquainted with the capital of Chechnya. «The new Grozny» city tour will show you that the city has changed a lot since the end of the second Chechen War – now it is absolutely safe and calm.

You will visit the center of modern art, see the mosque «Heart of Chechnya» (the largest mosque in Russia and Europe), walk along the quay and learn about the history of Grozny and visit the Kadyrov Memorial complex (including Museum).

Lunch independent.

You will also enjoy the panoramic view of Grozny from the 33rd floor of Grozny City hotel.

Check-in at the hotel.

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 7. The final day of the tour. Kezenoy-Am. Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today you will have a trip to the high-mountain Lake Kezenoy-Am. On the way you will make a stop in the village of Vedeno, where you will see the walls of the fortress, which are more than 200 years old. Then you’ll follow to the beautiful Harami pass, located at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level.

Spread out among the mountain steppes and rocks, the lake located at an altitude of 1869 meters above sea level is striking in its beauty. The total coastal length of the lake is about 10 km, the depth is up to 76 meters, the total area of the water surface is more than 4 square km. The size of the lake is amazing, it is located on the territory of two republics at once. The water in the lake is cold, in summer the surface temperature does not rise above 17–18 degrees Celsius.

Lunch independent.

At the end of the day, you will have a short tour of the ruins of the ancient village of Hoi.

Return to Grozny.

Transfer to the airport of Grozny, departure.

Good mobile signal

+ What is included in the price

  • English speaking guide service (or Russian guide + English-speaking interpreter)
  • all transfers according to the program including transfers from / to airport
  • twin accomodation (3* hotel)
  • meals according to the program (breakfasts at the hotel)
  • ticket to the cableway on Elbrus; Dargavs, Kadyrov Museum
  • eco-fees
  • water 2L per person per day
  • visa support
  • local registration for foreigners according to the Russian law

- What is not included

  • single accommodation
  • meals (lunches, dinners)
  • extra services not included in the tour price
  • souvenirs
  • porter services
  • alcohol drinks
  • tips

Price clarification

Tour price depends on the size of the group:

94 000 RUB per person – group of 6 persons
122 000 RUB per person – group of 4 persons 
165 000 RUB per person – group of 2 persons 
289 000 RUB per person  – individually for 1 person (single accommodation)

Supplement for single accommodation – 17 000 RUB

Tour can be organized individually in dates convinient for you.

Tour map

How to get there

The tour starts in Mineralnye Vody, it's 2 hours by flight from Moscow.
Aeroflot and S7 airlines operate direct flights from Moscow.
You can get to Mineralnye Vody by train also (1–1,5 days from Moscow). 

The group will be met at the airport of Mineralnye Vody from 12:00 till 14:00.
Departure from the airport of Grozny.


Meals

Tour price includes breakfasts at the hotel. 
Lunches and dinners are paid on spot independent. Guide will advice you the best places.

Essential equipment list

Must-have
Recommended

F.A.Q.

Answers to popular questions
Are flight tickets included in the tour?
Flight tickets to Mineralnye Vody and from Grozny are not included in the tour price. You can book them individually, or we can help you with it.

TOUR DATES

from 24 July to 30 July 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 07 August to 13 August 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 14 August to 20 August 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 21 August to 27 August 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 28 August to 03 September 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 04 September to 10 September 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 11 September to 17 September 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 18 September to 24 September 2024

94 000 RUR /person

from 25 September to 01 October 2024

94 000 RUR /person

Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 1 to 15 pax
Participation with children: from 10 years old
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotel — 6 nights

Tour dates:

from 24 July to 30 July 2024

from 07 August to 13 August 2024

from 14 August to 20 August 2024

from 21 August to 27 August 2024

94 000 RUB / person