Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. 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.
Celebrate the beauty of shiny stones and shining suns on this seven 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 practised there. Explore the city’s history in fascinating museums, one set in the glittering permafrost of a glacier cave. From ice to sun, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrive back in Yakutsk and, after check-in at the hotel, enjoy a sparkling morning at the diamond-cutting factory and jewelry salon for a little browsing. 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.
Early risers have the opportunity to return to Ust-Hatyn to witness the pagan ritual to mark the sunrise of the new year. Alternatively, join the celebrations later in the morning, to catch the entertaining sports competitions. Back in Yakutsk for lunch, relax for the afternoon before a final farewell dinner.