In the footsteps of Robinson Crusoe. Sightseeing tour to Sakhalin, Shikotan and Iturup

The Kuril Islands are the most inaccessible places in Russia, lost in the Pacific Ocean and included in the TOP 10 "Most beautiful islands on the planet".

You will travel to three islands at once: Sakhalin, Shikotan and Iturup. Get ready for a seafood tasting! Everything is really fresh, prepared according to local recipes.

You will see Snezhkov Bay, Cape World's Edge, turquoise lakes, the Yankito lava plateau and the Aniva Lighthouse. Relax in the hot thermal springs, boil eggs right in the volcanic water and learn how to open oysters.

Every day of your vacation will be filled with bright events!   

Location

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    5 nights
  • Cabin on the boat
    2 nights
  • Guest House
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
8 years old
Group meet at
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Magical nature
We will see truly fantastic landscapes: volcanoes, hot springs, amazing islands
Gastronomic delight
We will try fresh scallops, red caviar, fish, wild oysters and much more
Hot baths
Let's enjoy our vacation in the thermal springs
Aniva Lighthouse
We will take motorboats to the picturesque lighthouse
Yankito Lava Plateau
Let's have an amazing photo shoot among the frozen lava flows
Kasatka Bay
We'll find a stranded fishing vessel

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival to Sakhalin. Sightseeing tour of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Welcome dinner

    Arrival in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. 

    Check-in at the hotel from 14:00 (early check-in is possible with an additional 50% / room / day). 

    Sightseeing tour of the city (2 hours). 

    During the tour, you will learn how the city grew and developed during the period of Japanese rule (at that time it was called Toyohara), you will see preserved Japanese buildings built in the same distant times, including one of the oldest buildings built in 1908 and the most striking buildings built in 1937.

    Get acquainted with the most beautiful places of the modern, cozy city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the main attractions of the island capital: the observation deck of the STK "Mountain Air", which offers a magnificent view of the whole city (access to the middle area is carried out by motor transport).

    We will visit three squares — Lenin, Victory and Glory, as well as Chekhov Center Square.

    Welcome dinner in Sakhalin style.

    We will begin our journey with an introduction to Sakhalin cuisine. At our dinner you will taste the famous hemultan soup, salads from Sakhalin wild plants.

    Over dinner, we will discuss the details of the trip and give you the necessary attribute for a trip to Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. 

    The weather on Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands is changing very quickly, and to make your trip comfortable, we have prepared a raincoat for you. Your clothes will always stay dry, even in the most inclement weather.

    Transfer to the hotel after dinner. Rest.

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  • Day 2 - Departure by ship from the port of Korsakov
  • Day 3 - Arrival at Shikotan Island (Malokurilskoye). Snezhkov Bay
  • Day 4 - Mount Shikotan. The Shikotan Fault
  • Day 5 - Cape World's End, Nameless Bay. Departure by sea from Malokurilsk
  • Day 6 - Arrival on the island Iturup. Jeep tour along the coast to the White Cliffs. Sailing Bay. Hot Water thermal springs
  • Day 7 - Jeep tour to Kasatka Bay. A mirrored beach. The Devil's Rock. Jeep tour to the foot of the Baransky volcano
  • Day 8 - Jeep tour to the Yankito lava plateau. Departure from Kurilsk to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Day 9 - Aniva Lighthouse and lunch with oysters at Busse Lagoon
  • Day 10 - The end of the program. Departure from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Tour organizer's comments

No special physical training is required for traveling, but you need to be ready for hiking up to 16 km per day, steep ascents and descents

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    5 nights
  • Cabin on the boat
    2 nights
  • Guest House
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour includes accommodation in hotels on the island. Iturup and O. Shikotan.

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

For double occupancyAdditional payment for single accommodation on the island Iturup and O. ShikotanChild under 12 years old in double or triple occupancy
157 099 8 000 154 099

Additional payment for a guaranteed room with amenities in the guest house "Kasatka" on O. Iturup — 3,000 rubles/room.

An additional fee is paid for the hotel in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (cost for 1 person for 3 nights), RUB.:

 Double occupancySingle occupancyExtra nights
double/single room
Youth 3*8 70014 7002 900 / 4 900
Squirrel 3*9 60016 3503 200 / 5 450
Jubilee 3*9 90016 0203 300 / 5 650
Gagarin 3*10 80017 4003 600 / 5 800
Mega Palace Hotel 4*11 70019 9503 900 / 6 650
Santa Risot Hotel 4*
(two 1.5-double beds)
15 00025 8005 000 / 8 600
Santa Risot Hotel 4*
(one large bed)
15 75027 2105 250 / 9 070
Paradise Risot Hotel 4*18 00033 0006 000 / 11 000

When booking accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on your own, please take into account:

  • transfer to arrival / departure (meeting /departure) is available for an additional fee: 600 rubles per person one way, within the city limits, without arrival at the market;
  • the tourist must independently arrive at the gathering place of the group for transfer to the airport upon departure to the Kuril Islands, the place and time for collection is confirmed the day before or independently arrive at the airport;
  • upon the group's return from the Kuril Islands, the transfer takes tourists only to the base hotels;
  • the tourist must independently arrive at the starting point of the group excursions according to the program, the place and time for collection is confirmed the day before, at the end of the tour, tourists are delivered only to the base hotels.
The Yubileynaya Hotel or The Santa Risot Hotel or 3 nights
The Yubileynaya Hotel

The Yubileynaya Hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a 10-minute walk from the Gorny Vozdukh Ski Center. It offers rooms with a microwave, a sauna and free private parking.

The rooms at the Yubileynaya Hotel are decorated in a classic style and feature a work desk and a bathroom with a hairdryer.

The Time Cafe serves European and Oriental cuisine, and there are several restaurants within a 10-minute walk of the hotel.

Guests can relax in the sauna. Gagarin Park, where entertainment programs are held, is a 3-minute walk from the Yubileynaya Hotel.

Yubileynaya Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Khomutovo Airport. An airport shuttle service is available upon request.

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The Santa Risot Hotel

Santa Risot Resort Hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, next to the picturesque Gagarin Park at the foot of Parkovaya Mountain, a 10-minute drive from the business district of the city. It offers a sauna, a hot tub, a restaurant and a tennis court.

The Rubin Restaurant serves Russian, European, Pan-Asian and Japanese cuisine. At the Kristall Bar, guests can order exotic cocktails, which can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace with panoramic views.

Rooms at the Santa Risot Resort feature a balcony and free Wi-Fi. They are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The private bathrooms are equipped with toiletries, bathrobes and a hairdryer.

The Santa Risot Resort features a spa complex with a sauna with a swimming pool, as well as a well-equipped gym. In winter, guests can take skiing lessons and rent ski equipment.

The resort is just 3 km from the center of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the train station. Free private parking is available on site.

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Mega Palace Hotel

This hotel is located on the Far Eastern Sakhalin Island of Russia, at the foot of the Susunai Mountains. It offers an international restaurant, a spa and a nightclub. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk city centre is a 15-minute drive away.

Mega Palace Hotel is a multi-storey building with modern rooms and apartments furnished with antique furniture. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, a safe and a minibar.

It offers a fitness center, a hot tub and a sauna. In the evenings, guests can visit the karaoke bar or a nightclub with a DJ.

A buffet breakfast is served every morning. The Marquis Restaurant serves Russian, European and Japanese cuisine. Serbian cuisine can be enjoyed at the Grill in the Sky restaurant. Asian cuisine restaurant "Asia" and Japanese restaurant Bambu are also available on site. Guests can relax at the Duke Karaoke Bar.

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport is a 30-minute drive away. Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Central Station can be reached in 20 minutes by car.

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Gagarin Hotel

Gagarin Hotel it is located in a quiet location in the park area of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a 15-minute drive from Khomutovo Airport. The Gagarin Hotel offers a sauna with a mini-pool.

The rooms of the Gagarin Hotel in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are decorated using elements of Japanese and European styles. They are equipped with a work desk and a TV with over 100 satellite channels. Featuring a bath, the private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.

A full buffet breakfast is served every morning at the hotel. The Gagarin restaurant specializes in European cuisine.

Guests can relax in the karaoke bar. A park named after him is located next to the hotel. Gagarina with a beautiful rock garden.

Free parking is available on site at the Gagarin Hotel. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can arrange a shuttle service for guests.

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Belka Hotel

The first hotel in the Far East, made according to Finnish technology in a wooden style made of milled timber.

The three—storey building with a basement was built according to an individual project developed by Japanese architects, with maximum preservation of all the unique properties of wood - a healthy microclimate, special deep warmth, comfort, creating a favorable atmosphere and giving a sense of security and peace. Within the walls of the hotel there is an atmosphere of warm, taiga wood in its pristine beauty.

Hotel It was opened in 2003.

Renovated in 2019.

In all rooms: TV, Internet Wi-Fi, safe, air conditioning, refrigerator, mini-bar, bathrobe, slippers, personal hygiene products, hair dryer.

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Paradise Risot Hotel

A new hotel has opened in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in the immediate vicinity of the Mountain Air ski resort.

Paradise Resort Hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 4.3 km from Victory Square. It offers a restaurant and a bar. The resort offers family rooms.

Rooms at the resort are equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Rooms at Paradise Resort have a private bathroom with a bidet and a hairdryer. The windows offer views of the city. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator.

A buffet breakfast is served daily at the hotel.

The hotel staff speaks English and Russian and will be happy to provide guests with information about the region at the reception.

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Yunost Hotel

Yunost Hotel is located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, 300 metres from Victory Square. It offers a restaurant, a shared lounge and free private parking. The hotel is 4.1 km from the center of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and 4.4 km from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Train Station. Those who wish can book family rooms.

Rooms at Yunost Hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Bed linen and slippers are provided.

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The ship "Pavel Leonov" or The ship "Admiral Nevelskoy" 2 nights
Ostrovnoy Motel 2 nights
"Killer Whale" 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
8 years old
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Group meets at
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Included in price

  • guided tours according to the program;
  • transfers according to the program;
  • accommodation on the island Iturup standard rooms at the Kasatka Guest House;
  • accommodation on Shikotan Island in the Ostrovnoy motel, standard rooms with amenities;
  • meals specified in the program:
    • Day 1: Dinner;
    • Day 2: Breakfast;
    • Day 3: breakfast, lunch (lunch box), dinner;
    • Day 4: breakfast, lunch (lunch box), dinner;
    • Day 5: breakfast, lunch (lunch box);
    • Day 6: Breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 7: Breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 8: Breakfast;
    • Day 9: breakfast (lunch box), lunch;
    • Day 10: Breakfast;
  • transportation services on the routes;
  • excursion service on Sakhalin Island;
  • escort by guides to Shikotan Island, Iturup Island;
  • entrance tickets to the springs;
  • registration of permits for staying in the border zone on the island Iturup, Shikotan Island;
  • accident insurance, insurance coverage up to 100,000 rubles.;
  • raincoat.

Paid extra

  • flights to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and back;
  • hotel in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk — from 8,700 rubles/person. for 3 nights;
  • additional payment for single accommodation on the island Iturup. and O. Shikotan — 8,000 rubles.;
  • when booking accommodation in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on your own, please take into account:
    • a transfer to arrival / departure (meeting /departure) is provided for an additional fee — 600 rubles per person one way, within the city limits, without arrival at the market;
  • ticket for the ship Pavel Leonov or Admiral Nevelskoy on the route Sakhalin Island (Korsakov port) — Shikotan Island (Malokurilskoye) (travel time ~21 hours, a place in a cabin III class 4-seater with amenities):
    • adult — 5,080 rubles/person.;
    • child from 2 to 12 years old — 3,690 rubles/person;
  • ticket for the ship "Pavel Leonov" or "Admiral Nevelskoy" along the route: Shikotan Island (Malokurilskoye) — O. Iturup (Kurilsk) (travel time ~ 13 hours, a place in a cabin III class 4-bed with amenities):
    • adult — 2,650 rubles/person.;
    • a child from 2 to 12 years old — 1,930 rubles/person.;
  • additional payment for a guaranteed room with amenities in the guest house "Kasatka" on O. Iturup — 3,000 rubles/room.
  • air ticket on the route Kurilsk — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk:
    • adult — 7,900 rubles/person.;
    • a child from 2 to 12 years old — 4,450 rubles/person.;
  • meals on the ship, drinking water;
  • dinners on the island Iturup, indicated in the program marked "independently";
  • surcharge for early check—in at the hotel - 50%/room/day;
  • the surcharge for late check—out from the hotel is 50%/room/day.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • photo camera;
  • warm and waterproof clothes;
  • jacket;
  • slates;
  • boots or waterproof shoes;
  • bathing suit;
  • mosquito repellents;
  • sun protection cream;
  • a headdress.
What documents are required to obtain a pass to the Kuril Islands?
Can the program change?

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