Pearls of the southern steppes. Sightseeing tour to Kalmykia, Astrakhan and Volgograd regions

In this tour we will visit 3 regions of the south of Russia: Kalmykia, Astrakhan and Volgograd regions. We will get acquainted with the nomadic culture and Buddhist shrines, as well as with the unique flora and fauna of the reserves "Black Lands" and Bogdinsky-Baskunchaksky. 

We will ride camels, watch birds on Lake Manych-Gudilo, attend traditional workshops and taste the national cuisine.

Location

G. Elista
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Duration
6 Days
5 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 10 – 15 Sep
    • 8 – 13 Oct
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Camp Site
    1 night
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 15 people
Minimum age
6 years old
Group meet at
G. Elista
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Exciting master classes
Learn how to make real Kalmyk tea, shoot arrows and ride a real camel
Bird watching
You will observe the migration of wild birds that rest on the lakes during the flight
Central Khurul of Kalmykia
Visit the legendary Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Seven Days Pagoda
Monument "Lonely Poplar"
Listen to a beautiful legend about this place and find out why it became a Buddhist shrine
Pink lakes
Take a walk along the shores of the amazing salty Mekleti lakes
The famous memorial complex
You will visit Mamayev Kurgan, see the main sculpture of the ensemble "Motherland calls!" and the changing of the guard in the Hall of military Glory

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Kalmykia

    Meeting at the airport of Elista. 

    You can take a morning flight to Volgograd (arrival at 08.40), and take a transfer to Elista (transfer is paid for yourself).

    Lunch at the cafe.

    We check into the hotel, after which we will have a city tour. 

    Elista is one of the largest centers of Buddhism in Russia. 

    We are waiting for a visit to the Central Khurul of Kalmykia — the Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Pagoda of Seven Days, where the largest prayer drum in Europe is installed — "kurde" with 75 million mantras. 

    We will see the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Golden Gate. 

    After that, we go to the steppe, to the border of two geomorphological zones: the Kumo-Manych depression and the Ergeninsky hills. 

    Here we will visit the natural monument "Lonely Poplar" with a cascade of healing springs. 

    You will be told the legend of this place and you will find out why it became a Buddhist shrine. 

    Back in the city, we will have dinner at the restaurant and relax at the hotel.

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  • Day 2 - Lake Manych-Gudilo
  • Day 3 - Pink Lake and the Black Lands Nature Reserve
  • Day 4 - Astrakhan Kremlin, Sarai Batu
  • Day 5 - Bolshoe Bogdo Mountain and Baskunchak Lake
  • Day 6 - Volgograd
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Camp Site
    1 night
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour includes accommodation in hotels and at a tourist base.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

Double occupancySingle occupancy
59 00074 000

Discount for children under 10 years old — 3000 rubles.

Hotel in Elista 2 nights

The first two nights of the trip are a hotel in Elista. It offers free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a 24-hour front desk. Your room will have one double or two single beds, a refrigerator, a kettle, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and toiletries. 

Hotel in Astrakhan 1 night
Hotel in Akhtubinsk 1 night
Park hotel in the village of Kolkhoznaya Akhtuba 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 15 tourists
Minimum age
6 years old
Duration
6 days 5 nights
Group meets at
G. Elista

Included in price

  • accommodation in standard double rooms;
  • meals specified in the program (except dinner on the 4th day);
  • all excursions according to the program;
  • guide support;
  • all transfers by car or minibus;
  • camel riding;
  • entrance fees, offerings, environmental fees;
  • master classes and guided tours according to the program;
  • the ethnic program in the village of Adyk.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Elista/ Volgograd and back from Volgograd;
  • transfer from Volgograd to Elista;
  • meals not included in the program (dinner on day 4);
  • single accommodation according to the program (surcharge — 15,000 rubles/person).

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • wind- and moisture-proof trousers;
  • a T-shirt with long sleeves;
  • light boots or sneakers;
  • a wind- and moisture-proof jacket with a hood;
  • a personal first aid kit;
  • insect repellent cream;
  • personal hygiene products;
  • headdress;
  • Binoculars (preferably for bird and saiga watching).
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 663
    10 – 15 Sep 6 days 5 nights
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  • US$ 663
    8 – 13 Oct 6 days 5 nights
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