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Excursion-ethnographical tour "The Great Sayan Ring"

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  • The tour takes place in these regions:Krasnoyarsk region, Khakassia
  • You'll visit the following locations: Abakan, Krasnoyarsk, Minusinsk, Shushenskoye, Kyzyl, Abaza, Divnogorsk
  • Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights
  • Months: May - September
  • Bus traveling: 2400 km
  • People in a group: min - 10, max - 22
  • Age limit: over 7
  • The tour doesn't require any special physical training.
Price includes:
  • transportation (bus);
  • including group transfers airport-hotel-airport;
  • double suit accommodation in hotels;
  • camp "Snow Leopard" (with WC);
  • yurt complex (without WC);
  • meals (including mineral water, juices, coffee, tea, local drinks);
  • excursions;
  • folklore programs;
  • porter services;
  • tickets to the museums and parks;
  • guide service;
  • visa;
  • accident insurance;
  • tick-borne encephalitis insurance;

Price does not include:
  • tickets to Krasnoyarsk;
  • extra service;
  • alcohol drinks Group (not individual);
  • transfers: airport-hotel transfer bus is available from 05.40 to 08.00 a.m.;
  • hotel-airport transfer bus is available to the flights from 08.00 to 12.00 a.m.;
  • Please book flights according to this schedule;
  • Extra fee for individual transfer airport - hotel - airport is 57 Euro.
  • Accommodation in Gladenkaya "Sport hotel"**** (1 night): DBL -30 Euro, SGL - 40 Euro.

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For the most of people Siberia remains a mysterious and inaccessible land. The main reason is a lack of information. We offer you a unique tour to Siberia, so you will see most interesting lands on one tour. Travel on the Great Sayan Ring will raise the veil of the mystery, and everything you see will remain in your memory for a long time. You will learn how Siberians lived in past centuries as well as present day. You will feel the hospitality of local people and realize the richness of this nation's cultural traditions. Moreover you will touch the origins of religions - from the Orthodox Church to Shamanism. And without doubt expanses of Siberia will not leave you indifferent! The Great Sayan Ring is a unique opportunity to touch the nature and culture of three very different regions: the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Tuva and Khakassia Republics.

NB! The tour "Great Sayan ring" has been awarded with National tourism Senkevich award as the best interregional tour product.


Day 1

After the tourists' arrival to Krasnoyarsk Territory they are transferred to the hotel. Breakfast, rest, lunch. This day there is a sightseeing including a visit to the symbol of Krasnoyarsk - the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapel situated on the Karaulnaya mountain and shown in the 10-ruble banknote. In the 17th century the Cossacks who founded the city built a watch tower on this mountain. One can enjoy a picturesque view of the city, of theriver Yenisei, of the surrounding mountains and the national nature reserve "Stolby"

You will pass the historical town part with its monuments of XVIII-XIX centuries, the former mansions of Siberian merchants and patrons, you will see the monument to Krasnoyarsk founder Andrey Dubensky, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Theatre Square and much more. Tourists will also make an excursion to the Surikov's house-museum (Usadba) - a wooden house of the beginning of the century, keeping all the features of that period (furniture, design, utensils, service buildings). At the end of 19th century a young boy Vasia Surikov left this house to win world-wide glory of one of the most prolific painter of that period. Free time for walking in the city, visiting souvenir shops.

In the evening the tour agency "Sayan Ring" will host the welcoming dinner in one of the most homelike Krasnoyarsk restaurants, during the dinner you will be able to get acquainted with the other tour participants.

*Accommodation in hotel***. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast the group is going to meet the guide in the hotel hall and to visit the Regional Museum being considered to be among the best historical and ethnographical museums in Siberia. The museum was opened in 2001. It will provide an excellent prelude to your travel and your first impression of the Great Sayan Ring tour.

After lunch in a restaurant the group goes to The national nature reserve "Stolby". You will have a pleasant walk in the central group of rocks with an experienced guide. The shape of each rock is so unique, that almost all rocks have their own names - Grandfather, First Pole, Pillars, Takmak, Slonic, Pervenets, Predplechye, Lion's Gate, Kapella, Manskaya Baba, Grify, Krepost etc. The tourist-excursion area of Stolby is almost 1,5 thousand hectares. With the help of an experienced guide - rock climbers you will have a walk on a tourist zone, and those who seek for adventures can try to climb up the rock. Rest in a stolbist's hut with tea. Coming back to the city (7 km), dinner in a restaurant, return to the hotel.

*Accommodation in hotel***. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

** If the national park Stolby is closed because of the tick hazard, tour-operator will offer an alternative program (May - June).

Day 3

Today the tourists will have a chance to see a man made sea, to cross two nature zones and to reach the Sayan mountains. The group will travel to the South through the city of Divnogorsk. They will cross the river Yenisei twice. The road goes along one of the biggest dams in the world - the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric power station. It was built in 1972, forming a water basin 400 km long.

Lunch is organized on the border between Krasnoyarsk Territory and Khakassiya. After lunch those who wish to enjoy the stunning view of the Krasnoyarsk Sea may climb the nearest hill and walk among the ancient monuments of Scythian culture of VIII-VII century BC.

Accommodation, rest. Free time for walking around and visiting to the Spa-complex (extra charge). Dinner.

*Accommodation is in the "Zharki"** tourist complex on Gladenkaya Ski Resort. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accommodation in Gladenkaya "Sport hotel"*** The complex is made in the style of a wooden chalet. It has 4 floors built in the shape of a shamrock. Choosing this hotel you get an opportunity to enjoy comfortable rest. The hotel has a swimming pool, a sauna, a restaurant, children playgrounds and other facilities. (extra pay)

Day 4

The day begins with departure to Shushenskoye village (430 km is the total mileage of the day) that will serve as a pass from civilization to ancient times. The excursion to the Historical and Ethnographic State Museum-Reserve "Shushenskoye" will bring you to the real Siberian village of XIX-XX centuries. The history of the museum is inextricably linked with the name of Vladimir Lenin, who lived in Shushenskoye in exile 1897-1900. This corner of antiquity is situated on a bank of the river Shush, near its confluence with the Yenisei. There are numerous monuments of architecture on the 7 hectares: farmhouses, commercial shop, jail, tavern, about 200 wooden buildings. A lot of people go here attracted by ancient Siberian traditions, which are fully preserved in this place. A visit to a real tavern will bring everybody another surprise, you can see handicrafts and go to the shop of a merchant. Here you will be served a cup of tea and traditional dishes in real Siberian izba. The famous festival of ethnic music called "The Sayan ring" is held near the village annually.

During this day the group will also get acquainted with another Siberian village.The name of the place is Tanzybei. The group will visit a local family; taste home cooked cookies and beverages, fruit and vegetables from the garden. Here you can see chickens and rabbits, have a natural milk, see the Siberian garden. Lunch at the farmhouse will surprise you with its variety of dishes.

After a lunch in a local family in Tanzybei the group continues its way towards Tuva (430 km) across the West Sayan mountains. You will see the host of this territory - Sleeping Sayan warrior if you look attentively at the contours of the mountain. The legend says that one day the khakassian warrior Sayan fell asleep here. He can be seen now lying on the back with folded arms.

In June now here, now there you can see globeflowers, flowers of a bright orange colour, which are so fond of Siberians.

Closer to the evening group comes to Tuva. It's amazing but as soon as the bus crosses the border between Krasnoyarsk edge and comes to Tuva even the scenery changes. It seems like you are coming to another planet and another age. There are almost no signs of civilization on the most part of Tuva territory, steppes and sharp mountains are over the hundreds kilometers.

The first place to visit in Tuva is a place of archaeological dig of the famous burial mound "Arjaan II". A lot of splendid golden jewelery was found here under layers of ground.

The group makes a stop 22 km from the city Kizil, on the bank of the Biy-Khem river (in Tuvan - Big Yenisey), in the yurts' complex*. Accommodation in the real thick felt yurts built by tuvians specially for the tourists.

After dinner - the performance with the traditional throat singing - "khoomei". The throat singing - a fantastical capability of the Tuva people (and some other Siberian nationalities) to emit simultaneously two or three sounds of different tone and to sustain the same sound for 25-30 seconds without taking a breath. If you close your eyes it is hard to believe that the sounds are emitted by a person and not by a musical instrument.

Who of us has not dreamed of the open spaces of the sky? At the end of the day you can enjoy Tuvinian starry sky in all its glory with the help of a telescope installed in the yurt complex. You can see many constellations, an experienced guide will help you in this, even if you have not been strong in astronomy. From time to time the soul of each urban resident asks for something special, for what we have never enough time in everyday. And then we look at the stars.

* Accommodation is in the yurts' complex "Biy-Khem". Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Living in the rush of big cities, limited by the daily routine, the majority of us don't have an opportunity to stay alone with our thoughts and with our real "self". People have forgotten what the real silence is, how the grass rustles at dawn, how sunset looks like, how the water flows. Do you believe that stones, trees, wind and clouds are alive and you can even talk to them? We don't feel being a part of nature. We even think that we don't need it. Greatness of the tuvinian steppes, silence of the Sayan mountains, sky and cedar taiga smell will certainly remind that you are a part of this all too.

Day 5

The Europeans are still interested in the eastern traditions. The route that covers the Sayan ring lets you visit the heart of Asia. The place of this day is Kyzyl, the capital of Tuva. This city is situated in the place whereHotel -The yurt complex "Bij-Khem"(the Big Yenisei) and Ka-Khem (the Small Yenisei) unite their waters and give a life to the great river Yenisei. The first sightseeing to visit here is the Geographical Centre of Asia. Built in 1964, the monument represents a big globe on which the contours of continents are marked, Tuva and Kyzyl are specially indicated.

The next place of visiting is the Buddhist temple where you will have a chance to hear a sermon of the lama. Buddhism in Tuva exists in harmony with shaman beliefs. So after the Buddhist temple we will go to the Shaman clinic. There the shamans will tell you about their traditions, rituals and abilities. After that you will get an opportunity to ask them about your future, your health and experience the ritual of purification.

Dinner is organized in a local restaurant. After eating the group will visit the Regional Museum of Tuva (exhibition "Scythian gold") and see unique archaeological finds of different epochs**.

Free time in the city.

If you have luck, the group will visit a nomads' yurt. Understanding the way of traditional Tuvan family makes a strong impression

A supper with traditional dishes of Tuvan cuisine including meat and dairy products will be cooked specially for the guests on returning back to the yurt complex. In the evening you will see a bewitching show: shamans' kamlaniye. Kamlanie is a magical communication between shamans and spirits. During this ritual the shamans dance around fire, sing and beat a drum. Kamlanie will leave a long lasting impression, nobody remains indifferent after this ritual.

* Accommodation in the yurts' complex "Biy-Khem". Breakfast, lunch, dinner

** Extra charge

Day 6

Nowadays the tourists can follow exactly the same path that ancient nomads followed. On the 5th day of the journey following this path you will have to cross Tuva from the east to the west and reach Khakassia. The route will go through the mountain pass. Here you can meet places which are considered to be energetically powerful. Before dinner there is a stop near a breathtaking mountain Khairykan - one of the most respected places in Tuva. In 1992 it was chosen by Dalai Lama XIV to be an energetically powerful place. Once a year local shamans come here to get energy, strengthen and purify their spirits.

Many of the tuvinian people are still nomads. The group will meet a family of real nomads. The nomads' way of life today has little difference with their life a hundred years ago. Traditionally a yurt, where they live is divided into two halves - a man's half and a woman's half. Guests are received in a special place.

Picnic is organized right on the grass, under the "Seven Sisters" - ancient larch trees, growing from one root. And around the larches a lot of edelweiss's are growing, which became a symbol of the mountains for many people.

On the way tourists will see the center of Buddhist culture, a ruined temple Ustuu-Khuree. The temple was the crowning of Buddhist construction in Tuva. And it was unique not only in Tuva, but also in like the former Soviet Union. In 1930, after the adoption of a special resolution Ustuu-Khuree was closed, and in 1937 - destroyed. In 1999, the Russian government, recognizing the historic and architectural value of the unique temple Ustuu-Khuree, decided to restore it.

Khakasia begins after the Sayan pass, at a height of 2206 meters. The mountains here are covered with fabulous cedar taiga. The tourists will spend the next two days in the taiga camp "Snow Leopard" built on the bank of the river Stoktysh.

You can enjoy walking on colourful moss here, breathe pure mountain air, taste traditional taiga cuisine.

* Accommodation in the camp "Snow Leopard". Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

The first day in taiga will amaze you by silence, not usual in big cities. In the morning the group will go to the mountain "Mayak", to the bridge of love or to the house of a hunter. The pendant bridge is over mount river, which flows across taiga forest overcoming many rapids. There is a local tradition according to which a lover if he wants to prove his love has to carry in one's arms his beloved lady over this bridge. Lunch. In July and August you can gather gifts of the forest - berries and mushrooms which you don't even need to look for - they are just under your feet. You will also have a chance to eat cedar nuts. A Siberian cedar is a unique tree. Those cedars which you will be surrounded by are the witnesses of several centuries, fed hundreds of generations who lived in taiga.

Taiga air makes you healthier, but the real cure for all illnesses is a Russian banya. A steaming Russian banya with brooms made of coniferous twigs, birch and oak twigs. Those who are courageous enough can jump into the cold river right after steaming. But if you are not ready for such an extreme procedure, there is also phytosauna** built on the territory of the camp. Time after the lunch is spent at the fireplace. Cedar taiga, fire, star-spangled sky and silence will make you forget about rush of the cities. All this will make you feel a part of wild nature.

After dinner evening at the fireplace. Cedar Taiga*, starry sky and the silence that we forget about in the city surround you and only the crackle of the blazing fire…

* Accommodation in the camp Snow Leopard. Breakfast, lunch, dinner


The ancient earth of Khakassiya takes the lead over Siberia and even Russia for the abundance of its archaeological relics. Here right by the road you can see the rock drawings, every twenty metres - a burial mound or a stone figure, which is still serving as a cult place for the local people. Feel the energy and power of the Khakassian land. This unearthly peace of mind and inner cleanliness, ease and lucidity will accompany you. Suddenly you will recognize yourself and no. This world is full of mysteries. And you are a part of these mysteries, you should only let yourself become free. Khakassia is a centre of the favorable emotions, diluted by amazement before the fantastical proximity of eternity.

Day 8

After breakfast - bid farewell to "Snow Leopard" (242 km) and taiga.

On the route the group makes a stop at a khakassian village where there is a monument Khurtuyakh tas, where native women bring there gifts if they wish to have a baby.

By afternoon the group arrives to the Kyug valley (in Khakassian "kyug" means "delight") 137 km far from Abakan. Two great mountains chains stand near each other here. The Khakassian people call this valley "delight", archaeologists find a lot of monuments of different cultures. There is a yurt complex "Kyug" situated not far from the nature reserve "Kazanovka". Free time for walking around and horse racing**. Accommodation again in yurts, this time it will be wooden khakassian yurts also built specially for tourists. After dinner - a performance of the khakassian national folklore group. Khakassian speech sounds here, khakassian food is not exotic, all rituals are natural without striving for theatricality.

In the silence of the Khakassian valley you can really calm and relax and the scent of the beautiful irises will give you new energy.

* Accommodation in the yurt complex "Kug"*. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

** Extra charge

Day 9

The history of Khakassiya is very reach and has plenty of memorable dates.

The excursion to the National museum of Khakassia "Kazanovka" will let you know more about the inheritance of ancient civilizations. This museum is situated under the open sky and includes mountains, canyons, caves, mixed forest, rare plants. There are more than 2000 archaeological monuments on the territory of the nature reserve. Every year archaeologists open 30-40 new monuments. The main purpose of this museum is to preserve natural and historical landscapes, reconstruction and development of local people's life, gathering, searching, forming and protection of the funds. In "Kazanovka" the tourists will have a chance to see rock paintings which are 3000-5000 years old. Archaeologists make copies of these paintings on paper for further studying and you can take these copies with you as souvenirs.

After dinner those who wish can visit banya**.

* Accommodation in the yurt complex "Kug". Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

** Extra charge

Day 10

The capital of Khakassia is Abakan. The group will travel to this city from "Kyug" valley. You will be able to see the exposition of stone monuments in the Regional museum of Khakassia. Among them there are fantastic animals, sun like gods, figures with animal's heads. Local people believe that some of these stones still have great power.

After that the group will visit the Valley of Kings. There are 30 burial hills in this valley that date back to III-IV century B.C. The largest hill is named The Big Salbyk hill. The hill's circumference is 500 m, its height is more than 11 meters. The total weight of vertical stones is approximately 60 tons. Many think that this is a place where shamans enrich their power.


The group will have lunch in the open air. After that - a return to Krasnoyarsk.


Don't try to understand everything that you have seen during this journey. Understanding will come to you later. The most important thing is a powerful emotional impulse that you will get. It will last for a long time, until you visit Siberia again.

*Accommodation in the Hotel****. Breakfast, lunch, dinner (in the hotel).

Day 11

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport / railway station.

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