Tulip Kalmykia

Kalmykia is a unique area with many attractions. There are many attractions and unique places on its vast territory. If Buddhist culture is close to you, numerous Buddhist temples and sacred sites are waiting for you. The program also includes a visit to the Kalmyk reserve "Black Lands" and the famous Tulip Festival.

Location

Russia, Republic of Kalmykia, Elista
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 7 – 11 Apr, 2025
    • 14 – 18 Apr, 2025
    • 22 – 26 Apr, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
2 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Republic of Kalmykia, Elista
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Tulip Festival
Let's immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of a traditional Kalmyk holiday
A huge herd of camels
We will stroke and chat with camels and camels at the shepherd's camp of the Oirats
Wild Kalmyk tulips
We will photograph wild Kalmyk tulips, inhale the divine fragrance of the spring steppe and enjoy the beauty
The amazing "Bumba Country"
We will visit the only desert in Europe, a salty Pink lake and a burning spring
Unique Kalmyk cuisine
We will taste dishes of traditional Kalmyk cuisine – camel milk, Kalmyk milk vodka, Kalmyk tea, borzok, etc

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Elista. City tour

    Due to the temporary closure of Elista airport, it is necessary to take into account the additional costs of transfer from Volgograd (300 km) to Elista.

    Arrival in Volgograd before 09:45 (subject to the closed airport of Elista).

    10:00 Transfer to Elista by transport of the transport company – 300 km – 4.5 hours (self-paid).

    14:20 Arrival in Elista, check-in at the hotel.

    15:00 Lunch at the cafe in Elista (included in the price).

    Menu: Kalmyk cuisine, on request – European cuisine.

    The format is a tasting of traditional national cuisine.

    It offers a first introduction to the vibrant and rich cuisine of the region, which is famous for its fragrant and delicious dishes based on the freshest ingredients of local production. 

    Tasting also allows you to determine the taste preferences of a certain group of tourists, taking into account its results, a further menu is formed within the framework of the tour program

    16:00 Visit to the Central Hurul "Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha" – the largest Buddhist temple in the Republic of Kalmykia, and one of the largest in Europe. External and internal inspection of the temple with a guide.

    The hurula building is 63 meters high and houses the largest 9-meter Buddha statue in Russia and Europe. 

    Tour of khurul: Dugan, museum. 

    17:30 Excursion program “Walking in Elista". 

    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 Shakyamuni Buddha, Altn Bosch – Altn Bosch Golden Gate, made in the traditions of Buddhist architecture: airy structures, the presence of gold, red, white colors, curved roofs buildings. 

    The life story of the Kalmyk people stretches along the Altn Bosch, which the artist Nikolai Borisov put into 28 paintings.

    18:30 The memorial complex "Exodus and Return" is one of the most interesting monuments in Elista. 

    It was created by Ernst the Unknown. The monument is dedicated to the deportation and subsequent return of the Kalmyks. It's a difficult place, but we recommend visiting it.

    20:00 Dinner at a meat cafe / restaurant (self-payment on the spot according to the menu).

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  • Day 2 - Tulip fields
  • Day 3 - Pyatisotka Island. Tulip watching
  • Day 4 - The Oirat parking lot. The route "Bumba Country"
  • Day 5 - Departure
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour provides double accommodation in a hotel with all amenities in the city of Elista.

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

PlacementAsia 3*, Domino 2 hotels*Elista 3* hotels, Nomad (lodges/hotel)The White Lotus 3 Hotel*Marco Polo Hotel 4*
2-local44 60045 20047 50055 100
Extra charge for a single room1,000 rubles/day1,200 rubles/day1,500 rubles/day2,500 rubles/day

For a ready-made group of over 12 people, the cost is calculated individually upon request.

Hotel "Asia" 3* or Elista Hotel 3* or 4 nights
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.

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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.

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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The White Lotus Hotel 3*

The White Lotus Hotel is a family–run small hotel located close to attractions such as the Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God (2.6 km) and the City of Chess/ City Chess (2.7 km). 

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

The small hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. Guests can also use the sauna and lobby.

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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 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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The Nomad Hotel

The NOMAD Hotel 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.

The distance to the railway station is 1.8 km, to the airport — 7.4 km. Within walking distance of the Golden Abode of the Buddha, parks.

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Domino Hotel 2*

The two-star Domino Hotel is located in Elista. 

This two-star hotel has a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi, as well as room service. 

Those who wish can book family rooms. 

They are equipped with a private bathroom, a desk and a flat-screen TV. Towels and bed linen are provided. Some rooms offer views of the city. 

All rooms have a kettle. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a wardrobe. The hotel is 1.4 km from Magna Supermarket. 

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
2 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Republic of Kalmykia, Elista

Included in price

  • transfer along the route;
  • accommodation at the Elista hotel;
  • meals specified in the program:
    • Day 1: lunch;
    • Day 2: breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 3: breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 4: breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 5: breakfast.
  • tour service;
  • guide services;
  • group support;
  • entrance tickets;
  • drinking water on the route;
  • insurance.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Elista/ Volgograd and back;
  • transfer from Volgograd airport to Elista: 1,500 rubles/person one way (booked in advance); 
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • additional services;
  • personal expenses.

It's important to know

Are plane tickets included in the price of the tour?

Air and railway tickets are not included in the price of the tour. You can purchase them yourself or contact us for help.

Important information about conducting tours during the flowering period of tulips

Dates and Prices

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  • from US$ 507
    7 – 11 Apr, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • from US$ 507
    14 – 18 Apr, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • from US$ 507
    22 – 26 Apr, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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