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Gemstones & Glaciers: The Treasures of Yakutsk

Duration
5 days / 4 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,700
Interests
Off The Grid, National Parks
Destinations
Siberia
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Celebrate the beauty of shiny stones and shining suns on this five-day adventure in the magic and mystic land of Russia’s Yakutsk. Get acquainted with one of the world’s largest producers of diamonds and, if precious stones aren’t enough, set sail for the Lena Pillars National Park. Climb the mysterious rock formations and experience the power of the shamanic rituals practiced there. Explore the city’s history in fascinating museums, one set in the glittering permafrost of a glacier cave. If you're traveling in June, welcome in the Yakutian New Year with celebrations at a pagan settlement. Eat, drink, dance, play and watch the sunrise with the locals for an unforgettable experience as the old is forgotten and the future is welcomed. 

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Highlights

• Jewels: Browse the collection of sparkling Yakutsk diamonds at the Treasury of Yakutia, then learn how they're shaped at a diamond-cutting factory.

• Nature: Lena Pillars National Park is known for its photogenic rock pillars, which stand up to 300 meters tall.

• Spirituality: Witnessing a shamanic ceremony out in nature is a moving and spiritual experience you'll never forget.

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Yakutsk

Meet your driver at Yakutsk airport and head straight to the hotel. After a relaxing morning and lunch, discover the sparkling stones at the Treasury of Yakutia exhibition. Later, enjoy a tour of the charming old town and dine on traditional Yakutian cuisine with a modern twist.

Day 2 Lena Pillars National Park

After breakfast, enjoy a fascinating morning exploring the Mammoth Museum, and later a traditional Yakutian homestead. After a lunch of local cuisine and a relaxing afternoon, head to the pier and set sail for the Lena Pillars national park. Enjoy dinner with onboard entertainment.

Day 3 Lena Pillars National Park

After breakfast and an orientating film, disembark at Lena Pillars National Park to explore the stunning rock formations. Witness a shamanic ritual and climb the peak for amazing views. After lunch, enjoy watersports and swimming around a sandy island before heading back on board for the evening.

Day 4 Yakutsk

Arrive back in Yakutsk and, after check-in at the hotel, enjoy a sparkling morning at the diamond-cutting factory or visit of a mammoth bone souvenir workshop. In the afternoon, delve into the Kingdom of Permafrost, a gallery within a glacier, followed by the Cossack fort. After a long day, relax back at the hotel.

Yakutsk

Day 5 Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before checking out and heading for the airport. Bid farewell to Yakutsk and journey onward to your next destination with a head full of memories.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, and full board according to the program. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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