Altai Winter Tour 2020-20217 Days | Barnaul, Srostki, Manzherok, Chemal, Gorno-Altaisk, Artybash, Sky Blue Katun, Altaiskoe, Belokurikha

Altai Winter Tour 2020-2021

Group size: min. 2 persons. No age restriction. Children under 18 should be accompanied by adults.
The beginning of our winter tours coincides with the opening of the winter season in Altai and the Altai winter festival. You will become part of the big festival of the beginning of winter in Altai by joining the tour group at the beginning of December.
A special highlight of our winter tours is the visit to non-freezing lakes, where white swans and many other waterfowl fly to winter. Hundreds of snow-white swans are reflected in the clear water of the lakes against the backdrop of the majestic Altai mountains.
During our winter tours, we will not only meet winter in Altai, but also see it off. At the beginning of March, a grand and Altai-style wide festival "Siberian Maslenitsa" is held. Endless snowy expanses, Russian folk dances and rituals, pancakes for every taste and color, many performances - all this awaits the participants of the March group of winter tours to Altai.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, We: Barnaul – Srostki – Manzherok
 
Meeting in Barnaul. Transfer to Srostki village (210 km) a birthplace of Vasily Shukshin, the famous writer, actor and film director (15 km). Visit to the Shukshin Memorial Museum - Reserve. The museum consists of 3 buildings: the house-museum of Shukshin’s mother, the building of the former school where he studied and the house where the writer spent his childhood. Visit to the mountain Picket, where the annual festival "Shukshin's Readings" is held. Transfer Srostki - Manzherok (100 km). Manzherok is the name of a village, a lake with relict nuts chilim and a ski complex. Accommodation. Ascent by a chair-lift to the Mount Sinyukha (optional at extra cost). Dinner.
Day 2, Th: Manzherok – Chemal – Elekmonar – Nijnyaya Katun
 
Breakfast. Travel to Chemal (90 km), Chemal Hydro-Electric Power Station and Patmos Island – one of the most beautiful places in the Altai Mountains. The only way to the island is through the suspension bridge that connects rocks of the island with the rocks on the bank of the Katun river. There are a restored church commemorating St. John the Evangelist and the monastic cell of St. Makary Altaisky behind which you can see the rock with the indented image of Holy Mother. Another place of interest in Chemal is the Chemal Hydro-Electric Power Station. Walking there you can also see the sources of "live" and "dead" water nearby.
Transfer to “Blue lakes”. The lakes are located on the left shore of Katun river. The lakes appear in the end of August when the water is low. The lakes can be seen only in winter and autumn. The color of the lakes are blue, the do not freeze and they have “rejuvenation” effect. If the weather is bad we will visit Museum-Estate of Choros-Gurkin in Anos. The Museum Estate of Choros-Gurkin is a house and a workshop of the artist and ethnographer, the learner of Shishkin, the author of the famous paintings - "Khan Altai", "Lake of Mountain Spirits", "Crown of the Katun". The reproductions of these and other paintings can be found in the museum.
Transfer to the museum of Natural history of Altai ( entrance ticket). Large collection of fossil findings during archeological expedition to Altai is exhebited in the museum. Sceleton of mammoth, remains of great Trilobita, footprint of gigantic pangolin and many unique stones and minerals can be seen in the museum. Transfer to Elekmonar (70 km).
Day 3, Fr: Nijnyaya Katun – Gorno-Altaisk – Teletskoe Lake
 
Breakfast. Transfer to Gorno-Altaisk (40 km). . Visit to the National Museum of the Altai Republic named after Anokhin (entrance ticket). The Museum has large ethnographic collections of Altaian indigenous people and also displays the unique artifact – the mummy of Princess of Ukok. Transfer to Teletskoe lake (170 km),the biggest lake in Altai and one of the biggest lakes in Russia. The maximal depth of the lake is 330 meters. The official name of the lake – Teletskoe – came from the name of Altai tribe – Teleuts – who lived here years ago. However local people called the lake Altyn-Kol, which means “Golden lake”. Many rivers and streams flow into the lake, but only one river – Biya - flows out. Ascent by a chair-lift to the Mount Kokuya (optional at extra cost). Dinner.
Day 4, Sa: Teletskoye Lake
 
Breakfast. Excursion to a visit center of Altai Nature Biosphere Reserve in Yaylyu village- “Yaylyu terrace” or heritage of old pasture.
Visit to one of the warmest places on Lake Teletskoye, where the water does not freeze even in winter. Ice surf, unique panoramas of snowy ridges, a walk through the famous apple orchards, a weather station, a photo session at Poklonnaya pine, the history of the Reserve, acquaintance with the Altai ail and much more will be told by a hereditary guide. Snack with aromatic tea, return journey through the famous pass "Teschin's language". Dinner.
Day 5, Su: Artybash – Nijnyaya Katun – Belokurikha
 
Breakfast. Transfer to Nijnyaya Katun region (170 km). Visit to the center of Altai crafts. Here you will see an exhibition of felt products, become a participant in the learning Altai tea drinking and hear traditional throat singing and playing on national instruments.
Transfer to Altaiskoe village (80 km). En-route stop the higher point of Biryukinskiy pass. Visit to the unique arboretum “Altaiskoe kholmogorye” and gastro-botanic dinner “New Altai cuisine. Transfer to Belokurikha (50 km). Overnight.
Day 6, Mo: Belokurikha
 
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour including a trip to Belokurikha-2 (30 km, serpentine road). Taking a chair lift to the top of Tserkovka Mountain, where you can observe a beautiful panorama of the town (optional at extra cost). Free time, souvenir shopping. Dinner. Visit to the Water World wellness center with a swimming pool with water attractions (hydromassage, aeromassage plateau, cascade showers, geysers, countercurrents, fast and slow river areas), children's area, aqua aerobics, SPA, hammam, Roman thermae, Finnish and Russian saunas (optional at extra cost - from 1000 rub/person).
Day 7, Tu: Belokurikha – Swan Lake – Barnaul
 
Breakfast. Excursion to the Swan Wildlife Refuge (90 km). Swan Lake (entrance ticket) is a small reservoir of about 1 km long, located in the Kokshi river basin. The average depth of the lake is about 1 m, the water is clean and transparent. Numerous springs sheds on the shores of the lake and from the bottom, you can clearly see them through transparent water. Thanks to the springs, the lake does not freeze in winter. The lake is unique in that it is the only body of water in Russia where the wild swans pass the winter. Transfer Swan Lake - Barnaul (220 km). Accommodation. Dinner. Walking tour around Barnaul "Old Town" with a visit to the observation deck in Nagorny Park. End of the program at 20:00 p.m.

Notes:
The Agency reserves the right to change the schedule with no changes in the volume of service provided. The duration of individual elements of tour program may change on the eve of departure and during the course of the tour. In case of the bad weather and climate conditions and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizer (road, local administration services, etc.), the elements of the tour program can be excluded, based on the actual situation on the route.
Attention! In case the tourist is being late or does not appear at a scheduled time and a place for the group gathering, the Agency is not responsible for the full implementation of the schedule and no costs of this tour day are refunded. Attention! When visiting active monasteries and temples, women should avoid wearing trousers and shorts. A headdress is required.
Recommended clothing: A set of outfits for leisure and travel, a windproof and waterproof jacket, a warm sweater, two pairs of comfortable shoes, lightweight slippers for hotels, sun protection (cream, glasses, headdress), personal hygiene items.

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Nijnyaa Katun (Lower Katun)

Hotel «Solnechnaya», «Park hotel Aya», «Manzherok»

Teletskoe Lake

Tourist complex «Istok», «Gornoye ozero», hotel «Artybash»

Belokurikha

«Neo», «Orion», «Blagodat»

  • Transport services from Barnaul during the whole tour on a comfortable bus;
  • Accommodation in DBL/TRPL room: standard room with private facilities (shower, WC), in the highlands – rooms with shared facilities on each floor;
  • HB;
  • Excursions according to the program;
  • Insurance;
  • Guide;
  • Translations.
  • Belokurikha fee 50 rub./person per night;
  • Entrance fees to the museums (150-400 rub./person);
  • Recreational fee (100 rub. person);
  • Chair lifts (450-500 rub./person);
  • Visit to aqua center (1000 rub./person);
  • Visit to russian sauna (starting 500 rub./hour);
  • Additional food (lunch);
  • Additional excursions (from 10$/person);
  • Private expenses.

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