A trip to the Kamchatka peninsula in the Russian Far East is a great opportunity to take in some of the most enthralling and breathtaking landscapes the world has to offer. Kamchatka is sparsely populated – it has a surface area the size of Germany and a population equal to that of a medium-sized city.
Annexed to Russia in 1697, Kamchatka is often associated with the Danish-Russian explorer and Navy officer Vitus Bering.
Under Soviet rule, Kamchatka was declared a military zone and remained closed off to visitors until 1990. Its remote location and virtual isolation undoubtedly played a large part in preserving the peninsula’s raw and primal beauty. Now that Kamchatka has been accessible to visitors for over 25 years, the region is experiencing a surge in tourism, attracting visitors with its scenic wilderness, active volcanoes and rugged landscapes.
When: From July to September
Price: from 1900 EUR
Groupe Size: From individual travelers to groups with up to 15 persons
For whom is this trip: for nature-loving adventurers in search of untouched nature spots. No limitations.
Booking deadline: 4 weeks before the trip starts
Duration of the trip : 8 days (excluding flights)
Time zone: UTC +12 (+10 hours’ difference to German time )
Included: Accommodation, breakfast, all transfers,Visa support
Not included: Dinners, Tips, Drinks, Flight tickets
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Day 1. Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Every tour across Kamchatka begins in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the region’s largest city and an important naval base. Petropavlovsk is the world’s second largest city that isn’t accessible by car. Framed by snow-capped mountains and located on Avacha Bay, the city is overlooked by two giant volcanoes.
The city played an important role in the Crimean War when it was put under siege by the Anglo-French forces but never fell, leading to the enemy’s withdrawal. The Maksutov war memorial on the city’s centrally located Nikolskaya hill is a reminder of the bravery exhibited by the people of Petropavlovsk. Today it serves as a popular viewing spot across Avacha Bay.
10am: Arrival at Yelizovo aiport and transfer to Hotel Avacha.
11am: Enjoy brunch in the city.
6pm: Get ready for a sightseeing tour around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky where you will visit Avacha Bay, Nikolskaya hill, Theatre Square and Mishennaya hill, the city’s highest point. The tour will be followed by dinner in the city.
10pm: End of sightseeing tour.
Day 2: Valley of Geysers
(Please be aware that this leg of your travel program is entirely dependent on favourable weather conditions. Our flying permit is issued on the same day, therefore no definitive predictions can be made. Alternatively, you will visit Spokoyny, one of Kamchatka’s most beloved waterfalls.)
The Valley of Geysers is one of Kamchatka’s most famous attractions. A lunar landscape of approximately 90 geysers and numerous hot springs, the geyser field is the second largest on earth and is only accessible by helicopter. The geysers were discovered in 1941 by a local scientist and are part of the Kronotsky nature reserve.
Gurgling eruptions, spewing volcanoes and the canyons’ rich colours make for some breathtaking sights.
Despite the geyser field’s remote location and limited access, a visit to this awe-inspiring natural wonder is guaranteed to leave you feeling exhilarated. As the saying goes – you haven’t been to Kamchatka unless you’ve visited the Valley of Geysers!
8am: Breakfast and departure to Nikolayevka airfield
10am: Helicopter flight to the Valley of Geysers. You’ll have a stunning bird’s eye view of the entire geyser field during your trip.
11.30am: Arrival in the Valley of Geysers. Guided tour across the valley including a visit to the Uzon volcanic caldera and a hike through the eastern geothermal field.
5pm: Helicopter transfer to Nalychevskaya valley where you will enjoy an evening of frolicking in the hot springs.
9pm: Head back to Nikolayevka and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
10pm: Dinner in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Day 3: Mutnovsky Volcano
Located 80 kilometers south of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Mutnovsky volcano is one of the region’s most active volcanoes and can only be reached by driving through rugged
terrain for four hours and then hiking through volcanic rock for an additional two hours.
Even in summer, the volcano is shrouded in dense fog and the ground is covered in snow. Despite the arduous voyage, Mutnovsky is well worth a visit: the exquisite cave formations and jagged landscapes will leave you gaping in awe!
Regardless of its complex structure, Mutnovsky volcano is great for hikers of all abilities.
6am: Leave for Mutnovsky volcano
9.30: Arrival at the volcano, short tea break. Ascent to the top of the volcano.
4pm: Lunch atop Mutnovsky volcano
8pm: Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
11pm: Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Day 4: Rafting on the Bystraya River
Bystraya river – ‘fast’ in Russian – is Kamchatka’s second largest river and a popular tourist spot. Spurred on by the thawing snow, the river’s currents reach their top speed in June. In September, when the waters are calmer, the river is a great spot for fishing and birdwatching – with a bit of luck you can also spot a Kamchatka brown bear, the peninsula’s true ruler! End the day in style by taking a dip in the hot springs at Malka.
7am: Breakfast, leave for Bystraya river
9am: Rafting tour on Bystraya river
4pm: End of rafting tour, travel to the hot springs at Malka. Lunch.
9pm: Return to Petropavlovsk and dinner
Day 5: Avachinsky Volcano
Avachinsky volcano is Kamchatka’s most visited volcano and one of its most active. Located a mere 27 kilometres north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the volcano has a height of 2,741 metres. Completely scaling the volcano takes approximately 5-6 hours and doesn’t require any special preparations. On a clear day, the view from atop the volcano extends across Nalychev river valley, Koryaksky volcano, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the Pacific Ocean.
6.30am: Breakfast and leave for Avachinsky volcano
8am: Tea break with snacks, begin ascent to the top of the volcano
4pm: Rest atop the Avachinsky volcano. Lunch.
7.30pm: Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
9pm: Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, dinner
Day 6: Starichkov Island
Breakfast and departure to Khalaktyrsky beach. Experience a boat trip to Starichkov island in Avacha Bay. Visit Tikhaya (‘quiet’) bay, Grandmother’s Stone island, Cape Stanitsky, the Tri Brata (‘three brothers’) rock formation, Zavoyko bay and Cape Mayachny.
Cape Mayachny could easily be mistaken for the landscapes of Iceland with its lush green scenery and rugged cliffs.
11am: Boat trip
2pm: Lunch onboard the boat
7pm: Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
8pm: Dinner and free time in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Day 7: The Hot Springs at Paratunka
The village of Paratunka is located approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Petropavlovsk. Thanks to its numerous thermal springs the village has grown into a popular spa resort. Even in the midst of winter, the water of the hot springs can reach temperatures of up to 38 C.
8am: Travel to Paratunka
2pm: Lunch in Paratunka
9pm: Return to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and dinner
Day 8: Departure
9am: Check out from your hotel and head to Yelizovo airport.
Why you’ll love Kamchatka
With its wild nature and breathtaking views, Kamchatka is a one-of-a-kind holiday destination. Marvel at the snow-capped volcanoes, enjoy the hot springs and explore the many attractions the region has to offer.
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