Journey to the Center of Asia – EXPRESS

What will you see?
– The geographic center of Asia – city Kyzyl.
– Famous “Gold of the Scythians”
– National colors of Khakassia and Tuvinian yurt; Siberian village the way it existed for centuries.
– Petroglyphs and megaliths of more than 2000 years old
– Shamans rituals

What will you hear?
– History of three regions, interwoven with legends.
– Sounds of wildlife, amazing for big city dwellers.

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Journey to the Center of Asia – EXPRESS

Tour “Journey to the Center of Asia” is a unique opportunity to see three regions of Russia: Krasnoyarsk region, Khakassia republic and the Tuvan republic. You will learn the life of steppe tribes, walk in the shoes (or rather boots) of nomads, re-connect with mother-nature, experience what it’s like to be a shaman, learn about the culture of old-believers and immerse yourself in the old Russian way of life.

Day 1. 07.00 Start from Krasnoyarsk.

We will pass by the natural reserve Ergaki, will see “Sleeping Sayan” rock on our way. Stop at the place of excavation in the Valley of King, where the Gold of Scythians was found.
Lunch - picnic. Arrival in Kyzyl in the evening.
Home-made dinner in Tuvinian family.
Accommodation in the hotel (twin basis, inbuilt bathroom) in Kyzyl.

Day 2. Kyzyl, capital of Tuva republic.

National Museum featuring the famous “Gold of Scythians”, the discovery of which, in 2001, has changed the theory about the history of Scythians. Gold decorations made more than 10 centuries ago still fascinates with the intricacy of the patterns and accuracy of work. Walk to the obelisk “Geographic center of Asia” at the point of merger of Big Yenisei and Small Yenisei rivers. Sculpture group “Tsar hunting” which won the prestigious award in Italy in 2013.
Throat singing concert and workshop (5 types of throat signing and national instruments) in the Center of Tuvinian culture. Visit to the central market and tasting traditional milk delicacies of Tuva, such as unsalted cheese “byshtak”, dry cottage cheese “kurut” and even milk vodka “araka”.
In the evening transfer to the ethnographic complex Aldyn-Boolak.
Shamanic ritual “White road” (for the road without obstacles) by the real shaman (on the hill, under endless stars, very emotional experience).
Accommodation in traditional style Tuvinian yurts finished with modern touches (well-heated).

Day 3 Excursion around Aldyn-Boolak.

We will go through Heaven’s Gate of Shamballa, will learn why the Khans chose that place for their camp and will see the cult symbol “Ovaa Khoomeya”, golden arrow aiming to the sky. Start for Abakan. On the way to Abakan the short excursion to Shushenskoye.
It is well preserved Siberian village of 19th century, also famous for being the place of exile of Lenin for 3 years.
19.00 Overnight train Abakan- Krasnoyarsk. (See Alternate)

Day 4
Arrival in Krasnoyarsk at 6 am, transfer to the airport if morning flight or the hotel if evening flight (not included).
Alternative. Overnight in Abakan, the hotel.
Direct flight Abakan – Moscow. 9.55 am. ( Flight not included)

Price includes:
• Accommodation (on Twin Sharing)
• All meals
• Shamanic ritual for the group
• Throat singing concert and workshop.
• Tour is EX Krasnoyarsk
• Visa invitation and Visa assistance

Price doesn’t include:
• Snacks, Alcohol and other beverages not part of the standard meals
• Souvenirs
• Warm outfit ( we can help to purchase in advance in Krasnoyarsk through a reliable supplier)
• Rental of snowboard/ skiing equipment in Ergaki.

StartLengthPrice
Upon request4 days/3 nights800 Euro per person on Twin Sharing

Note:
We reserve the right of changes of the tours due to change of weather conditions or other unpredictable circumstances. We can offer individual tours based on your requirements.


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