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Great Sayan Ring. Excursion-ethnographical bus tour in Siberia

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For the most of people Siberia remains a mysterious and inaccessible land. The main reason is a lack of information. Travel on the Great Sayan Ring will raise the veil of the mystery, and everything you see will remain in your memory for a long time. You will learn how Siberians lived in past centuries as well as present day. You will feel the hospitality of local people and realize the richness of this nation's cultural traditions. Moreover you will touch the origins of religions - from the Orthodox Church to Shamanism. And without doubt expanses of Siberia will not leave you indifferent!

The Great Sayan Ring is a unique opportunity to touch the nature and culture of three very different regions: the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Tuva and Khakassia Republics. 

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Duration
10 days
9 nights
Dates
  • Any dates on individual request
  • group dates
    • 10 Jun – 19 Jun
    • 24 Jun – 3 Jul
    • 15 Jul – 24 Jul
    • 29 Jul – 7 Aug
    • 2 Aug – 11 Aug
    • 12 Aug – 21 Aug
    • 2 Sep – 11 Sep
Complexity
The load for beginners
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Guest House
    6 nights
Comfort
Improved
Group
Up to 20 people
Group meet at
Krasnoyarsk
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  • Day 1 — Meeting Siberia

    After the tourists' arrival (05:30-07:30) to Krasnoyarsk airport they are transferred to the center located hotel Krasnoyarsk (check-in possible between 00:00-10:00). Meeting at the railway station is also possible (6-8 am). Short rest.

    NB! We highly recommend you to arrive to Krasnoyarsk the day before, to have chance to take rest after long flights and to start excursions relaxed. The hotel will be provided on your request. Additional excursion is available for tourists who arrive one day prior: 4-hours walking excursion in the city center (extra charge)

    10:30 meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. This day there is Krasnoyarsk city tour to the symbols of Krasnoyarsk - the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapel situated on the Karaulnaya mountain and shown in the 10-ruble banknote. In the 17th century the Cossacks who founded the city built a watch tower on this mountain. One can enjoy a picturesque view of the city, of the river Yenisei, of the surrounding mountains and the nature reserve Stolby. You will pass the historical town part with its monuments of the 18th-19th centuries, the former mansions of Siberian merchants and patrons, you will see the monument to Krasnoyarsk founder Andrey Dubensky, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Theatre Square, etc.

    We are going to visit the Ethnographical Museum which is considered to be among the best historical and ethnographical museums in Siberia. It will provide an excellent prelude to your journey and your first impression of the Great Sayan Ring tour.

    Lunch in a city restaurant.

    If you have ever been to Krasnoyarsk, but haven’t visited the nature reserve “Stolby”, you haven’t seen the heart of the city, its lungs, it’s soul. For those, who like spending the holiday in a calm or active way, who like to open new spaces and observe panoramic views, who looks for harmony with nature we offer the excursion to the National park “Stolby”. This is the place to get unforgettable impressions while visiting our city! Unlike regular tour to “Stolby” our tourist will not have to go up 7 km to reach the “First Stolb”. Our driver will get you straight to the top and our guides will make this tour unforgettable by telling you a lot of interesting stories about the nature park.

    Dinner in a restaurant.

    • Accommodation in the Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*
    • Breakfast in the hotel, lunch and dinner in a restaurant
    • 80 km by bus
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  • Day 2 — Discovery day

    After early breakfast departure to the Siberian south. Today the tourists will have a chance to see a man made sea, to cross two nature zones and to reach the Sayan mountains. The group will travel to the South through the city of Divnogorsk. They will cross the river Yenisei twice. The road goes along one of the biggest dams in the world - the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric power station. It was built in 1972, forming a water basin 400 km long.  

    Arrival to Abakan, capital city of Khakassia republic, lunch.

    Then the group goes to Shushenskoye village, located near the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station. The dam was built in 1987, height 245 meters, the length of the ridge 1,070 meters, the width at the base of 110 meters, the width of the crest 25 meters. Hydroelectric dam forms the Sayan-Shushenskoye reservoir, volume of 31.34 km ³ and an area of 621 km ². In the area of the reservoir there is the Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve.

    You will overnight in the guesthouses of the museum Shushenskoye, it still keeps the customs and traditions of the Siberian village of the late 19th century, with its streets and houses, it will help you to feel the atmosphere of country life. Guesthouses were reconstituted with preservation of cultural styles of Angara river area and south of Krasnoyarsk Territory. The realities of peasant life are combined with modern comfort living. Stopping for a rest in the new village, becoming masters of estates, enjoying traditional peasant cuisine, learning the basics of craft, taking part in the games and entertainments, ceremonies and celebrations, guests can feel like the real Siberian farmers.

    Before dinner a visit to Russian banya is highly recommended!

    • Accommodation in guesthouses of Shushenskoye village
    • Breakfast in the hotel, lunch in a restaurant in Abakan city, dinner in guesthouses
    • 620 km by bus
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  • Day 3 — Mountains and Steppes Mysteries

    The day begins with excursion in the ethnographical museum Shushenskoye that will bring you to the real Siberian village of the 19th-20th centuries. The history of the museum is inextricably linked with the name of Vladimir Lenin, who lived in Shushenskoye in exile 1897-1900. This corner of antiquity is situated on a bank of the river Shush, near its confluence with the Yenisei. There are numerous monuments of architecture on the 7 hectares: farmhouses, commercial shop, jail, tavern, about 200 wooden buildings. A lot of people go here attracted by ancient Siberian traditions, which are fully preserved in this place. A visit to a real tavern will bring everybody another surprise, you can see handicrafts and go to the shop of a merchant.

    After a lunch the group continues its way towards Tuva across the West Sayan mountains. You will see the host of this territory - Sleeping Sayan warrior if you look attentively at the contours of the mountain. The legend says that one day the Khakassian warrior Sayan fell asleep here. He can be seen now lying on the back with folded arms.

    In June now here, now there you can see globeflowers, flowers of a bright orange colour, which are so fond of Siberians.

    Closer to the evening the group comes to Tuva. It’s amazing but as soon as the bus crosses the border between Krasnoyarsk region and comes to Tuva even the scenery changes. It seems like you are coming to another planet and another age. There are almost no signs of civilization on the most part of Tuva territory; steppes and sharp mountains are over the hundreds kilometers.

    The group makes a stop 22 km from Kyzyl city, on the bank of the Biy-Khem river (in Tuvan – the Big Yenisei), in the yurt camp. Accommodation in the real thick felt yurts built by Tuvans specially for the tourists.

    To make the guests’ life as clear as the milk, to let spirits of heaven and earth help to the successful resolution of all deals, to make the travel trouble free, we invite you to a Tuvan tea ceremony. During the ceremony you will hear a story about cooking national Tuvan tea with milk and salt, you will learn about the history of tea in Tuva, about tea legends and parables. You’ll feel the taste of the rich culture, feel the wonderful land of steppes and open spaces of Tuva.

    • Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem
    • Breakfast in guesthouses, lunch picnic, dinner at the yurt camp
    • 350 km by bus
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  • Day 4 — Between 2 cultures

    The Europeans are still interested in the Eastern traditions. The route that covers the Sayan Ring lets you visit the heart of Asia. The place of this day is Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva. This city is situated in the place where the Biy-Khem (the Big Yenisei) and the Kaa-Khem (the Small Yenisei) unite their waters and give a life to the great river Yenisei. The first sight to visit here is the Geographical Centre of Asia.

    The next place of visiting is the Buddhist temple and Drum of Wishes.

    The group will visit the National Museum of Tuva (exhibition Scythian gold) and see unique archaeological finds of different epochs.

    Buddhism in Tuva exists in harmony with shaman beliefs. So after the Buddhist temple we will go to a Shaman community where you can pay and ask about your health and future, get information about shamanism secrets*.

    Visit local handicraftsmen.

    Free time in Kyzyl, visit a local market. Departure to a healing mineral spring.

    Dinner with traditional dishes of Tuvan cuisine including meat and dairy products will be cooked specially for the guests on returning back to the yurt camp.

    After dinner – the performance with the traditional throat singing – khoomei. The throat singing is a fantastical capability of the Tuva people (and some other Siberian nationalities) to emit simultaneously two or three sounds of different tone and to sustain the same sound for 25-30 seconds without taking a breath. If you close your eyes it is hard to believe that the sounds are emitted by a person and not by a musical instrument.

    In the evening you will see a bewitching show: shamans' kamlaniye (for extra fee). Kamlaniye is a magical communication between shamans and spirits. During this ritual the shamans dance around fire, sing and beat a drum. Kamlaniye will leave a long lasting impression, nobody remains indifferent after this ritual. There the shamans will tell you about their traditions, rituals and abilities. After that you will get an opportunity to ask them about your future, your health and experience the ritual of purification*.

    • Accommodation at the yurt camp Biy-Khem
    • Breakfast at the yurt camp, lunch in a restaurant, dinner at the yurt camp
    • 70 km by bus
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  • Day 5 — Following nomads’ paths

    Nowadays the tourists can follow exactly the same path that ancient nomads followed crossing Tuva from the east to the west and reach Khakassia. The route will go through the mountain pass. Here you can meet places which are considered to be energetically powerful. Before lunch there is a stop near a breathtaking mountain Khairykan - one of the most respected places in Tuva. In 1992 it was chosen by the 14th Dalai Lama to be an energetically powerful place. Once a year local shamans come here to get energy, strengthen and purify their spirits.

    Picnic is organized right on the grass.

    On the way tourists will see the center of Buddhist culture, a ruined temple Ustuu-Khuree. The temple was the crowning of Buddhist construction in Tuva. And it was unique not only in Tuva, but also in the former Soviet Union. In 1930, after the adoption of a special resolution Ustuu-Khuree was closed, and in 1937 - destroyed. In 1999, the Russian government, recognizing the historic and architectural value of the unique temple Ustuu-Khuree, decided to restore it. In June 2012 the new temple was officially opened.

    Khakassia begins after the Sayan pass, at a height of 2214 meters. The mountains here are covered with fabulous cedar taiga. The tourists will spend the next two days in the taiga camp Snow Leopard built on the bank of the river Stoktysh.

    You can enjoy walking on colourful moss here and breathe pure mountain air.

    • Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard
    • Breakfast at the yurt camp, lunch picnic, dinner at the camp
    • 440 km by bus
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  • Day 6 — Day in taiga

    The first day in taiga will amaze you by silence, not usual in big cities. In the morning the group will go to the bridge of love.

    The pendant bridge is over a mount river, which flows across taiga forest overcoming many rapids. There is a local tradition according to which a lover if he wants to prove his love has to carry in one's arms his beloved lady over this bridge.

    In July and August you can gather gifts of the forest - berries and mushrooms which you don't even need to look for - they are just under your feet. You will also have a chance to eat cedar nuts. A Siberian cedar is a unique tree. Those cedars which you will be surrounded by are the witnesses of several centuries, fed hundreds of generations who lived in taiga.

    Taiga air makes you healthier, but the real cure for all illnesses is a Russian banya. A steaming Russian banya with brooms made of coniferous twigs, birch and oak twigs. Those who are courageous enough can jump into the cold river right after steaming. 

    • Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp
    • 4 km on foot
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  • Day 7 — Way to Delight

    After breakfast - bid farewell to Snow Leopard and taiga.

    On the route the group makes a stop at a Khakassian village where there is a monument Khurtuyakh tas, where native women bring there gifts if they wish to have a baby.

    The ancient land of Khakassia takes the lead over Siberia and even Russia for the abundance of its archeological relics. Here right by the road you can see the rock paintings, every twenty meters - a burial mound or a stone figure, which is still serving as a cult place for the local people.

    By afternoon the group arrives to the Kyug valley (in Khakassian "kyug" means "delight"). Two great mountains chains stand near each other here. The Khakassian people call this valley "delight", archaeologists find a lot of monuments of different cultures. There is the yurt camp Kyug. Accommodation again in yurts, this time it will be wooden Khakassian yurts also built specially for tourists.

    The excursion to the nature reserve Kazanovka will let you know more about the inheritance of ancient civilizations. In Kazanovka the tourists will have a chance to see rock paintings which are 3000-5000 years old. Archaeologists make copies of these paintings on paper for further studying and you can take these copies with you as souvenirs.

    After dinner with traditional dishes - a performance of the Khakassian national folklore group.

    Khakassian speech sounds here, Khakassian food is not exotic, all rituals are natural without striving for theatricality. In the silence of the Khakassian valley you can really calm and relax and the scent of the beautiful irises will give you new energy. Feel the energy and power of the Khakassian land. This unearthly peace of mind and inner cleanliness, ease and lucidity will accompany you. Suddenly you will recognize and don’t recognize yourself. This world is full of mysteries. And you are a part of these mysteries, you should only let yourself become free. Khakassia is a centre of the favorable emotions, diluted by amazement before the fantastical proximity of eternity.

    • Accommodation at the yurt camp Kyug
    • Breakfast at the taiga camp, lunch and dinner at the yurt camp
    • 242 km by bus
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  • Day 8 — Ancient heritage

    The history of Khakassia is very reach and has plenty of memorable dates.

    The excursion to the National museum of Khakassia Kazanovka will let you know more about the inheritance of ancient civilizations. This museum is situated under the open sky and includes mountains, canyons, caves, mixed forest, rare plants. There are more than 2000 archaeological monuments on the territory of the nature reserve. Every year archaeologists open 30-40 new monuments. The main purpose of this museum is to preserve natural and historical landscapes, reconstruction and development of local people's life, gathering, searching, forming and protection of the funds.

    You will see the sacred signs of ancient shamans and a cult stele Akh-tas (White Stone), which has a strong healing energetic field. You will be told of the mysterious purpose of vertical stones, sticking out from the ground all over Khakassia. You will visit real archeological excavations.

    After lunch group departs to Abakan.

    Upon arrival short Abakan city tour and then you will be able to see the exposition of stone monuments in the National museum of Khakassia. Among them there are fantastic animals, sun like gods, figures with animal's heads. Local people believe that some of these stones still have great power.

    Check-in to hotel Asia.

    Dinner.

    • Accommodation at the hotel Asia
    • Breakfast, lunch at the cam and dinner at the hotel
    • 160 km by bus
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  • Day 9 — Valley of Kings

    After breakfast the group will visit the Valley of Kings. There are 30 burial hills in this valley that date back to 3d-4th century B.C. The largest hill is named the Great Salbyk burial mound. The hill's circumference is 500 m, its height is more than 11 meters. The total weight of vertical stones is approximately 60 tons. Many think that this is a place where shamans enrich their power.

    The group will have picnic in the open air. After that – a long way back to Krasnoyarsk.

    Don't try to understand everything that you have seen during this journey. Understanding will come to you later. The most important thing is a powerful emotional impulse that you will get. It will last for a long time, until you visit Siberia again.

    • Accommodation in the Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*
    • Breakfast at the yurt camp, lunch picnic, dinner in a restaurant
    • 450 km by bus
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  • Day 10 — Departure

    The tour ends in Krasnoyarsk. Group transfer to the airport at 03:00 / to the railway station at 10:00.

    • Breakfast buffet in the hotel or packed to the airport
    • till 50 km by bus

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Guest House
    6 nights
Comfort
Improved

You are provided with twin/double accommodation in hotels, guesthouse Shushenskoye, camp Snow Leopard (with WC), yurt camps (without WC).

Extra fee for single accommodation is 290€ per person.

There are some details below:

Beds

Private facilities

Shared facilities

Heating

Electrical outlets

WiFi, mobile connection

Krasnoyarsk hotel

Private rooms, twin or double

Shower, WC, bathrobe, slippers, hair dryer, cosmetic set, towels

 

+ Centralized

+

 

Guest houses in Shushenskoye

Wooden houses with private rooms, twin

Shower, WC, bathrobe, slippers, hair dryer, cosmetic set, towels

 

+ Electrical

+

 

Biy-Khem yurt camp

Every yurt for 1-2 people, twin

Towels

Shower and WC

+ Electrical

Only mobile connection, no WiFi

 

Snow Leopard camp

Wooden houses for 1-2 people, 2 separate beds, 1 double bed or bunkbed

Biotoilet, wash basin and towels

Outdoor shower, banya (once per stay free)

+ Stove

-

 

Kyug yurt camp

Every yurt for 1-2 people, twin

Towels

Shower and WC

+ Electrical

Only mobile connection, no WiFi

 

Asia hotel

Private rooms, twin or double

Shower, WC,  slippers, hair dryer, cosmetic set, towels

 

+ Centralized

+

 

Krasnoyarsk hotel 3*

Comfortable location – in the very city centre, on the bank of Yenisei river, on the Theater Square, 15 min from the railway station, 50 min from the airport. Accommodation in double or twin rooms – for extra charge single rooms. In every room: WiFi, TV, phone, air-conditioning system, mini-bars, fridge, hair-driers, bathrobe, towels, cosmetic kit, slippers, electric kettle, electronic locks, shower, WC. Additional services: in the hotel building there are many restaurants, cafés, bars, sauna, billiards, hair salon, beauty salon (tanning salon, massage), gift shop, business centre (PC, copy machine etc), conference halls, personal safes, luggage room. Breakfast (buffet) is included.

Shushenskoye guesthouses

The village Shushenskoe offers you to stay for a night in their wooden guesthouses biult in the Ethnographical museum, they are so Siberian typical as the museum itself. Since summer 2013 the ethnographical museum Shushenskoe offers their wooden guesthouses built specially for foreign tourists. Guesthouses were reconstituted with preservation of cultural styles of Angara river area and south of Krasnoyarsk Territory. The realities of peasant life are combined with modern comfort living (full board with Siberian dishes will be served).
On the territory of museum there are 5 houses, every of them consists of 2-4 rooms, has unique design, its legends, in every house there is a fridge, kettle, tea set. Every room has 2 single beds and private shower, toilet, air-conditioning, as well as free Wi-Fi, cosmetic kit, towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided.
Extra services: banya, photographing in national costumes.

Biy-Khem yurt camp

The yurt camp is located 22 km from Kyzyl, on the bank of Yenisei river, and is specially designed for tourists’ accommodation. These are yurts with low door facing the East. They are furnished for 1 or 2 people. There are 2 beds, a cupboard, bedside tables in yurts. At the door you can find a washstand. Electrical heating, electrical outlets. Toilet and shower are in a special big yurt. Also canteen and bar are situated in a separate yurt.
Extra service: banya, shamans' kamlaniye ritual.

Snow Leopard camp

Camp is situated in the taiga in highland district of Khakassia,1250 m above the sea level. Speciality of the camp are Russian bathes on the bank of mountain river. During the tour the Great Sayan Ring tourists will be accommodated in wooden houses for 1-2 people with with a bio-toilet and washstand. There are single, double or bunk beds, a table, a chair, a cupboard and a bedside table. Furnace heating. Please note that the camp is located deep in the taiga, electricity from the generator, so the houses are no outlets for personal use (to avoid overloading the network and fires).
There is also the main hall, upholstered furniture, fireplace, bar, billiards, a café, sports ground for playing volleyball. There is an outdoor shower as well as Russian banya (one visit free of charge for 2 nights stay).

Kyug yurt camp

The yurt camp Kyug is situated near Kuznetsky Alatau on the bank of the river Askiz, on the territory of an ethnographic nature reserve Kazanovka. Abakan city is situated 140 km far from the camp. It consists of 15 wooden yurts, a canteen. There are also shower cabins and bio toilets on the territory of the complex. Yurts are furnished for 1 or 2 people. There are 2 beds, a cupboard, bedside tables in yurts. At the door you can find a washstand. Electrical heating, electrical outlets.Russian traditional cuisine includes local cuisine dishes. 

Asia hotel

Business-hotel Asia provides variety of services featuring hospitality and all-around consideration for the present-day travellers’ needs. Those include comfortable and cozy rooms in a brand-new building in the centre of Abakan. The rooms are equipped according to modern standards and trends in the sphere of hotel industry. Room stock of the hotel is situated on 9 floors and consists of 116 rooms which vary from Standard Single Rooms to Presidential Suite including several rooms for people with disabilities. Underground parking and laundry service will make nice additions to your staying far away from home.
 

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Great Sayan Ring. Excursion-ethnographical bus tour in Siberia

Duration
10 days
9 nights
Group
Up to 20 people
Complexity
The load for beginners
Group meet at
Krasnoyarsk

Included in price

  1. transport service (minibus, bus), including group transfers airport-hotel-airport

  2. twin/double accommodation in hotels, guesthouse Shushenskoye, camp Snow Leopard (with WC), yurt camps (without WC)

  3. meals (including mineral water, coffee, tea, local drinks)

  4. English or German speaking guide service

  5. excursions

  6. folk programs

  7. entrance tickets to the museums and parks

  8. visa support

  9. medical and anti-mite insurance

Paid extra

  1. tickets to/from Krasnoyarsk

  2. porter services

  3. alcohol drinks

  4. shamans kamlaniye

  5. tips

1 031 €
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Duration
10 days
9 nights
Dates
  • Any dates on individual request
  • group dates
    • 10 Jun – 19 Jun
    • 24 Jun – 3 Jul
    • 15 Jul – 24 Jul
    • 29 Jul – 7 Aug
    • 2 Aug – 11 Aug
    • 12 Aug – 21 Aug
    • 2 Sep – 11 Sep
Complexity
The load for beginners
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Guest House
    6 nights
Comfort
Improved
Group
Up to 20 people
Group meet at
Krasnoyarsk
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