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The Kamchatka Skies: Where Ice Meets Fire

This ten-day tour shows you the very best of what Russia’s incredible Kamchatka region has to offer. Take to the skies over jaw-dropping volcanoes towering 6,000 feet above sea-level, tackle mountains in 4x4s, hike around bubbling craters, journey along the Avacha Bay in a boat and go rafting on the Bystraya River - all in what promises to be ten memorable days of touring. Using Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky as a base, you’ll firstly have the option to take a helicopter tour over either the ‘Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera’ or to the large Lake Kurilskoye. Trips to Avachinsky Volcano and Mount Vachkazhets follow this, as well as a day spent rafting and fishing on the river at Bystraya. Then, scale the final volcano at either Mutnovsky or Gorely before rounding off the journey with a boat along Avacha Bay to Starichkov Island. 

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  • Take to the skies over the stunning ’Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera’ or head to the large Kurilskoye lake in a helicopter
  • Tackle the mighty Avachinsky Volcano in an all terrain vehicle, one of the most active in the region
  • Trek around Mount Vachkazhets with a picnic at the top Visit Bystraya, famous for its river that boasts great rafting and fishing opportunities
  • Scale either Mutnovsky or Gorely, two giant volcanoes at the heart of Kamchatka’s southern volcanic group
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the administrative and cultural capital of the remote region of Russia. This is the second-largest city in the world that is unreachable by road, so luckily you’ll be flying in! Transfer to the hotel admiring the snowcapped mountains and volcanoes along the way. Have dinner and rest in the hotel, preparing to start the adventure the following day.

Day 2
Day-trip (three options)

This first full day of sightseeing presents three different and exciting options. The first two options involve a thrilling helicopter excursion to either the ‘Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera’ or to the large Lake Kurilskoye, which is surrounded by volcanoes. The third option involves staying on the ground, with a day excursion to see the Kainyran ethnic village. You’ll be back at the hotel in time for dinner and a well-earned rest.

Day 3
Avachinsky Volcano

An all-terrain vehicle will take you to Avachinsky Volcano in the morning, which is about two hours over tricky road and mountain terrain. You’ll start to climb the volcano after lunch - one of the most active in the region - featuring spectacular craters filled with hardened lava and oozing smoke. The trip up isn’t too difficult and suitable for beginners. After the climb, return to the hotel later and enjoy a hot thermal pool to relieve those aching muscles.

Day 4
Mount Vachkazhets

A trekking trip on this fourth day has been lined up, and you’ll get going once you’ve made the short trip to Mount Vachkazhets, about 50 miles from your hotel base. The route leads you around a lake and also stops off at a picturesque waterfall. Lunch will be in the form of a picnic, surrounded by the epic mountain landscape. Head back to the hotel later in the evening for dinner and another chance to enjoy those hot thermal waters.

Day 5
Bystraya River

After breakfast at the hotel, the tour takes you to the gorgeous Bystraya River, which is around three hours from the city. Before the afternoon activities get started, there’s chance for a local lunch in a tent camp. After, hit the river with some exciting rafting and “catch-and-release” fishing. Afterwards, transfer to the Malkinskiye hot thermal springs in the river valley – a great place for bathing and resting. Arrive back at the hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky early in the evening.

Day 6
Gorely Volcano OR Dachnie Hot Springs

Activities on this day depend on both the weather and the road conditions. If suitable, you’ll make your way to the spectacular Goreliy Volcano, which rises over 6,000 feet and has a depth of around 600 feet within its main crater. When conditions are poor, head to the impressive Dachnie Hot Springs instead; these bubbling pools of water are situated in the foothills of a volcano and offer the chance to do some bathing, as well as a scenic picnic lunch and a spot of trekking around the area.

Day 7
Ascending Mutnovsky or Gorely volcano

Both of these volcanoes are part of the region’s Southern Volcanic Group, situated around one hour’s drive from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. You’ll make it to the foothills before 10:00 and start the ascent on foot, passing craters, hot springs and majestic scenery on the way to the top. After you’ve reached the summit - as well as enjoyed an en-route picnic - start making your way back down to the car in the afternoon and arrive back at the hotel in the evening.

Day 8
Avacha Bay and Starichkov Island

Take to the waters around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for your first taste of the breathtaking Avacha Bay, with the route taking you through part of the Pacific Ocean to Starichkov Island. Enjoy the superb views from the boat and have lunch before you disembark on the island for a half-day’s sightseeing trip, which includes a visit to a local market and souvenir shop. Get back on the boat and make your way to the mainland for an evening arrival at your hotel.

Day 9
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky or Optional Tours

This ninth day has been set aside for free time in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, or those who still have energy can opt to go enjoy of the optional tours available. If you decide to stay in town, relax at the hotel and enjoy the swimming pool and hot thermal bath facilities, or explore the rest of the city at your own pace, preparing to depart the following day.

Day 10

On this final day of your trip, you’ll check out of your hotel in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky after an early morning buffet breakfast. Private transportation will take you on to the airport where you’ll catch your onward flight to your next destination of choice.


Suggested Accommodations

Avacha Hotel

Avacha Hotel

Avacha Hotel is located within the center of the Siberian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. The rooms here, while classic in decor, do come well kitted-out with plenty of facilities, and there is a flexible choice of standard doubles, twin and larger suite rooms to choose from. Elsewhere at Avacha, you’ll find an on-site sauna, restaurant, business center, a hairdressers, parking, and WiFi is available throughout. The real standout feature, however, is the stunning natural landscape that surrounds the hotel. This city is famous for its majestic mountains and collection of snowcapped volcanoes; all just a short trip from town. Plenty of amenities are walking distance too, such as shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. 

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