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The Imperial Caucasus and Elbrus Mountain

4 days

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Tour program

Sights: Pyatigorsk — Vicinity of Elbrus Mountain — Narzan Valey — Essentuki — Kislovodsk

Day 1

— Meeting the tour guide at the airport of Mineralnye Vody. Transfer to Pyatigorsk.

 Sightseeing tour in Pyatigorsk, the Emperor’s mineral water springs that got known throughout the whole of Russia thanks to the Emperor Peter I. the program includes: Proval lake, Aeolian Harp gazebo, Academic Gallery – an outstanding piece of architecture built on the spot where the first spring intended for drinking was opened, the Eagle sculpture — a symbol of the Caucasian Mineral Waters, Diana’s grotto, Flower Garden park, and Lermontov’s Gallery. However, first of all, Pyatigorsk is the town of Lermontov. He was here five times. For the first time, Lermontov came to Caucasus as a child of ten years only along with his grandmother E.A.Arsenyeva. She would often bring the weak and sickly boy for treatment “on the mineral waters”. Even back then, the beauty of the area, natives of Caucasus with their customs and traditions, the magnificence of the two-headed Elbrus struck Mikhail Lermontov’s imagination. It was the Caucasus where Lermontov wrote such of his works now known to the whole of the world as “A Hero of Our Time”, “The Lay Brother”, “The Demon”, “The Runaway”.

 Then, the guests will walk through Lermontov’s places: Lermontov public garden, the place of the duel of M.Yu.Lermontov and N.S.Martynov. The guests will have a tour in the museum “Lermontov’s House”. Here, the guests immerse themselves in the air of poetry and the old time of which many details, items of past ages, paintings remind, as well as Lermontov’s poems. Some of unique items were delivered to the museum from other places. For instance, the writing desk and the armchair were sent form Lermontov’s apartment in Saint-Petersburg.

During the tour, the guests will also taste three types of mineral water: alcalinous, acidulous, and sulphurous. The nature gifted this small town with a rare variety of mineral springs good for treatment. There are more than 40 mineral springs different in term of the chemical composition and water temperature.

The first spring was discovered by doctor Friedrich Haass in 1809 on the spot of the Academic Gallery. He noticed that Cossacks’ horses drank the water with pleasure, and the water “recovered the animals’ sheen and vivacity”. Previously, people only took baths at the resort. The first wooden bathing huts appeared in the late 18th century. In 1803, Emperor Alexander I issued an order on imposing the State-wide significance on the Caucasian Mineral Waters and the necessity of their development.  In Caucasus, the Russian elites were treated, as well as such outstanding personalities as Mikhail Lermontov, Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Glinka, Ilia Repin, Vissarion Bekinsky, Lev Tolstoy, Nikolay Pirogov, Sergei Esenin, Anna Akhmatova, Fyodor Shalyapin, Mikhail Bulgakov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and many others.

 Lunch in a café in the town.

 Tour to the temple complex of St. Peter and St. Paul (Essentuki).  Within 15 years, many sites were built in the grounds of the complex: St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Assumption Church, Bethlehem Cave, Trinity Chapel, Ascension Chapel, Arch Chapel.
The complex is crowned with a 22-meter sculptural Image of Christ the Resurrected. A young park gratifies with the green of maples, lindens, and an abundance of flowers.

 Arrival to the hotel, check-in. Leisure time.

Day 2

— Hand-in of the breakfast in lunchboxes. A trip to the vicinity of Elbrusto Cheget Mountain and Elbrus Mountain, to Narzan Valley.

During the exciting trip to the most high-mountain region of Caucasus, the guests will make three stops.

— First stop: at the foot of Cheget Mountain (Cheget glade). Here, an ascension is planned using cable ways: level 1 is a chair cable way to the height of 2750 meters above the sea level. On the slope of Cheget mountain, there is an observation platform and a cozy café (at the height of 2719 meters). The platform commands a magnificent overview: on one side, there is Terskol village, Baskan Clove, while on the other side, there are Kogutay, Nakru and Donguz-Orun, and “The Seven” glacier.

— Level 2 — a chair cable way lifts the guest to the height of 3100 meters, where one can see the tops of the “grey-haired giant” — ElbrusThe lifting time to the top of Cheget Mountain is only 20 to 30 minutes.

— Second stop: at the foot of ElbrusElbrus Mountain is the 7th wonder of Russia and the highest point in Russia and in Europe. Its height is 5642 meters.

On can come up to the slopes of Elbrus using cable ways: the 1st lift is to the height of 3000 meters, to “Overview” station; the second lift is to the height of 3500 meters – “Mir” station; the 3rd lift is to the height of 3800 meters, “Gara-Bashi” station. The ascension takes place using cable-railway (modern and safe cabins for 6 to 8 people). Having reached the top, the guests can take a lot of unique pictures and ride skidoos. The ascension time to Elbrus Mountain to the “Gara-Bashi” station is only 20 to 30 minutes.

The ascension to the mountain is for an extra fee, optionally: cable way to Cheget village (the height of 3000 meters above the sea level) is 700 Rubles, the cable way to Elbrus village (the height of 3000 meters above the sea level) is 1350 Rubles), to be paid in cash on the spot. Remember to wear warm clothes!

— After the dizzy climb, the guests can have a lunch on their own and to visit the Wool Market, where one can buy knitted shawls, mittens of the purest and the most pollution-free, snow-white wool at very reasonable prices.

— Third stop: Narzan Valley in the vicinity of Elbrus. It is an area surrounded with pine-tree and birch forests. It is famous for its springs of mineral water, where the unique natural healing water come out in great quantities. The mineral waters of the Narzan Valley are rich in microelements indispensable for human organisms: iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. This is why this glade in the vicinity of Elbrus is equipped for recreation. There is a restaurant and a souvenir shop. Here, the guests can drink the mineral water and to buy souvenirs.

— Return to the hotel. Leisure time.

Day 3

— Breakfast at the hotel.

— Sightseeing tour to the town of Essentuki dedicated to mineral water springs: N.A.Semashko Mud Baths, Resort park with the Rose ValleyUpper Mineral Baths, Zander Mechanical Therapy Institute, Pump Rooms with tasting of the mineral waters Essentuli-4, Essentuki-17.

— On the way to the town of Kislovodsk, the guests visit the canyon of Alikonovka River where the Castle of Treachery and Love is located. Over the river, there is a creation of nature – oddly shaped rocks that resemble a castle with towers and battlements from a distance.

Lunch is a café in the town.

— The guests will go for a sightseeing tour in Kislovodsk, during which they can visit Saint Nicolas Cathedral where a fraction of the holy hallows of Saint Nicolas the Wonderworker was deposited in 2008. The main cathedral of Kislovodsk is famous for its history, craftsmen that contributed in its creation, and great people that attended the holy place. A tour in the Resort Park with the Rose Valley is a gem of Kislovodsk. The park is a beautiful example of the landscape design; it occupies the first place in Europe in terms of the beauty and variety of vegetation, and the second position in terms of area. The Resort Park of Kislovodsk is therapeutic place thanks to a great amount of forest vegetation. During the walk in the park, the Narzan Gallery is visited, where the Narzan mineral water can be tasted, Lermontov’s plot, the Mirror Pond, Glass Stream pavilion, and the Lady’s Caprice bridge are attended.

The present-day looks of the downtown Kislovodsk primarily shaped up during the 19th – early 20th centuries. The older part of the town features a unique architectural image and is like an open-air museum. Many dozens of both local and metropolitan, eminent and unnamed Russian architects contributed to the creation of the outstanding ensemble of the resort town. The contribution of the Bernardazzi brothers from Italy in the architectural development of Kislovodsk is invaluable.  The Bernardazzi brothers took part in the construction of Saint Isaak Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg and the formation of the image of that city in general. They designed and built the Narzan Gallery in the Gothic style, and Saint Nicolas Cathedral. In the 20th century, due to an increased interest in Kislovodsk as a resort town, the Russian and Soviet elites began building their dachas, boarding houses, and hotels there. While walking in the town, the guests can come across the opera singer Fyodor Shalyapin’s dacha, ballerina Matylda Krzesińska’s dacha, architect Miron Merzhanov’s house, engineer Belyayevsky’s dacha, writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s dacha, houses of many merchants.

— Return to the hotel. Leisure time.

Day 4

— Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.

— Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport.

 

Tour cost per person is

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Hotel Beshtau

19 100 ₽

18 650 ₽

18 050 ₽

17 400 ₽

The price of the sightseeing tour includes:

— 10% agent fee

— Accommodation in hotel (DBL/TWIN)

— Tour guide services: English

— Transportation services during the program. Tour operator provides 19-seat Mersedes Sprinter minibus for groups till 16 people. If you need large comfortable bus for 43-seat with a luggage compartment for groups till 16 people, please clarify price additionally. Tour operator provides large comfortable bus for 43 places with a luggage compartment for groups from 16 people by default.

— Meals (set menu) according to the tour

— Admission tickets to the Museum House of Mikhail Lermontov

— Insurance

EXTRA FEE — cable way to Cheget village (the height of 3000 meters above the sea level) is 700 Rubles, the cable way to Elbrus village (the height of 3000 meters above the sea level) is 1350 Rubles), to be paid in cash on the spot.

*Prices are not valid 31.12.18-07.01.19, 07-10.03.19, 23-31.03.19, 26.04-05.05.19, 08-12.05.19, 09-12.06.19, 22-27.08.19, 26.10-06.11.2019 please apply to manager for the possibility and cost of guided tours in these dates.

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