Sunny Kalmykia

Interesting excursions around the city of Elista, acquaintance with the life and culture of the steppe region, the unique route “Bumba Country", the parking of oirats and national cuisine, as well as visits to famous Buddhist shrines are waiting for you.

Location

G. Elista
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 16 – 20 Jun
    • 14 – 18 Jul
    • 18 – 22 Aug
    • 15 – 19 Sep
    • 6 – 10 Oct
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 8 people
Minimum age
2 years old
Group meet at
G. Elista
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Oirat parking lot
We will be able to explore the life of shepherds and a huge herd of Bactrian camels
Unique Kalmyk cuisine
We will taste the dishes of traditional Kalmyk cuisine
The amazing "Bumba Country"
We will visit the only desert in Europe, a salty Pink lake and a burning spring

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Elista. "Lonely Poplar"

    Arrival in Elista. Transfer from the airport.

    13:00 Lunch at the cafe of national cuisine (included).

    14:00 Check-in at the hotel.

    15:00 Walking tour of the city center with a tour of the rotunda "Pagoda of Seven Days", where the largest prayer drum in Europe is installed — kurde, sculptural compositions, statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, Altn Bosch — the Golden Gate Altn Bosch.

    16:00 Hurul Syakyusn Syume.

    16:30 Departure to the Lonely Poplar (20 km, 40 min.).

    17:10 Natural monument "Lonely poplar".

    There is a legend that this poplar was planted in 1846 by the monk Purdash-bagshi, who brought it from a trip to the Dalai Lama in Tibet. 

    This poplar is considered a sacred tree by Kalmyks Buddhists, believers meditate, pray and perform rituals under the shade of its mighty crowns. 

    The age of the poplar is more than 100 years old, the height of the tree is 30-35 m, the powerful trunk at a height of 1 m from the ground in girth is about 4.5 m. 

    Healing springs flow next to the poplar tree.

    Water is considered holy and healing, wound healing. 

    A lone poplar with a cascade of springs was included in the system of specially protected areas by a Decree of the Council of Ministers of the Kalmyk ASSR dated October 8, 1981. 

    Lone Poplar is the winner of the "Russian Tree 2019" competition, 3rd place in the "European Tree 2019" competition.

    19:30 Tasting dinner at the restaurant "Gourmet"/"Legend" — "Khan's snack" (self-payment).

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  • Day 2 - The Black Lands Nature Reserve. The great salty Yashaltinskoye Lake
  • Day 3 - The N.N. Palmov Museum. "The Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha"
  • Day 4 - The Oirat parking lot. Bumba Country
  • Day 5 - Departure
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour provides accommodation in a hotel with all amenities (Elista, double occupancy).

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB. (group tour for a group of 6-8 people):

 Hotel “Asia" 3*Elista Hotel 3*Marco Polo Hotel 4*Nomad and EcoPark glampings
Double occupancy46 70049 10058 70069 200
Additional payment for 1-bed accommodation, per day 1 2002 500 
Elista Hotel 3* or Marco Polo Hotel 4* or 4 nights
Elista Hotel 3*

Elista Hotel is located in Elista, 600 m from the center of Elista. It offers a bar, private parking and a terrace. The hotel has a restaurant and a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available. Room service is available. Guests can enjoy drinks at the snack bar.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a desk, a refrigerator, a kettle, as well as a shower and free toiletries. Some rooms have a safety deposit box. Each room has a private bathroom and a wardrobe. All rooms at the Elista Hotel are equipped with towels and bed linen. There is no hairdryer in the rooms, but it can be requested at the reception.

A continental breakfast is served daily.

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Marco Polo Hotel 4*

Marco Polo Hotel is located in Elista, 4.3 km from the center of Elista. It offers a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. The hotel is 6.3 km from Shargadyk Farm and Magna Village, and 10 km from Gashun-Bulg Village. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, airport shuttle service, room service and free Wi-Fi.

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning. They are equipped with a flat—screen TV with satellite channels, a wardrobe, a refrigerator, a kettle, a shower and bathrobes. Towels and bed linen are provided in all rooms.

The Marco Polo Hotel serves a buffet breakfast or a hearty English/Irish breakfast.

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Hotel "Asia" 3*

Located in the central part of the city of Elista, the Asia Hotel is considered one of the most comfortable in the region. Each of his guests receives conditions as close to home as possible.

All rooms are non-smoking. The design has a classic style, but each of them has its own design personality. For convenience, there is a large bed, a plasma TV, and a separate bathroom.

The price includes breakfast, which is served in the central restaurant. Throughout the day, the chefs prepare dishes of Russian cuisine, using only fresh and high-quality products. The bar serves both hot and cold drinks.

Upon prior request, the hotel prepares set meals for groups of more than 10 people. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the territory. Laundry services are available.

The Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha is a 7-minute walk away. A little further away is the city of Chess, the Stupa of Enlightenment and the monument to Alexander Pushkin. 

The distance from the railway station is 6 kilometers.

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Glamping "Nomad"

Glamping "Nomad" is located in the center of Elista. It offers a reception, free parking and Wi-Fi, and territory security.

The hotel provides 31 rooms with different categories. Each room has a bed, wardrobe, electric kettle, LCD TV, air conditioning.

The hotel has its own kitchen with various appliances for use. Grocery stores are located nearby.

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Glamping "EcoPark"

EcoPark is a modern rural village located to the south-east of Elista. 3 minutes from the Marco Polo Hotel and 10 minutes from the city center.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 8 tourists
Minimum age
2 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
G. Elista

Included in price

  • accommodation specified in the program;
  • transfer from and to Elista airport;
  • meals specified in the program;
  • tour service;
  • transfer according to the program;
  • group support;
  • guide services;
  • insurance;
  • 1.5 liters of water for 1 person. per day.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Elista/ Volgograd and back;
  • transfer from/to Volgograd – from 1,100 rubles/person.;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • personal expenses.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

The winds are always blowing in the steppes, so be sure to bring windproof clothes with you.

Do not forget to take sunscreen, the minimum protection is SPF 20-30, and possibly SPF 50, it all depends on your phototype.

You won't need anything to spend the night in the steppe, the caravans have already been improved by light.

In order to prevent a tick bite when traveling to the steppe, shoes should be closed and trousers tucked into socks.

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Dates and Prices

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    16 – 20 Jun 5 days 4 nights
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    14 – 18 Jul 5 days 4 nights
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    18 – 22 Aug 5 days 4 nights
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    15 – 19 Sep 5 days 4 nights
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