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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is not exactly the most accessible city in the world; situated on Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula and enclosed by mountains in the north and the ocean in the south, this is the second-largest city in the world that isn't reachable by road. Those that do make it this way, however, are treated to some particularly beautiful scenery in the form of huge snowcapped volcanoes overlooking the city, as well as the Avacha Bay's rugged and diverse terrain stretching into the north Pacific Ocean.
Although the scenery is easy on the eye, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky's Soviet history means that the main urban districts are awash with grey and often intimidating Soviet architecture. That said, day-trippers using the city as a hub to explore this area of Siberia can find enough attractions, activities, restaurants and bars to fill-up their itineraries for a few days, with a number of museums, galleries and markets found around the city center. We can offer a range of excursions taking advantage of the natural beauty of the surrounding area, such as hiking, cross-country skiing, boat trips and ice skating.
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Set slightly away from the city center, Nikolskaya Hill stands as a popular place for first-time visitors wanting to get a new perspective of the city and surrounding Avacha Bay. At the top there’s also an impressive monument honoring the defense of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky during the Crimean War in 1854.
Avachinsky, Koryakskaya Sopka and Kozelsky Volcano
The Soviet-style city set against the backdrop of the towering volcanoes is an iconic image; Avachinsky, Koryakskaya Sopka and Kozelsky volcanoes are all just a short drive away, with the highest reaching over 11,000 feet. Popular activities on the volcanoes include hiking, mountain climbing and downhill biking for thrill-seekers.
Both locals and tourists like to take advantage of the snow in winter months (November – May) and head to the hills to take part in some extreme sports. The most popular place near to the city is at Krasnaya Sopka, where downhill skiing is the preferred choice and a range of equipment is available for hire.
Like most Soviet-built cities in Russia, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is home to its own Lenin Square, situated in the middle of town. A monument honors the ex-leader, and there’s also a statue of Jean Francois de la Perouse - the leader of an around-the-world expedition that sank en-route to Japan in 1787.
Ten memorable days of exploring Russia’s Kamchatka region will see you fly over volcanoes in a helicopter, scale summits at over 6,000 feet, dip in hot springs and venture on a breathtaking trip along the Avacha Bay to Starichkov Island - all while using your hotel in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky as a base.
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.