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‘Heritage of Siberia’ Winter Tour

Overview

Discover the unique and elusive culture of Siberia with this spectacular 6-day winter tour. Learn more about the local Siberian customs from its ancient beginnings to the present day by spending time with its people and immersing yourself amongst timeless traditions. If you are looking to explore something new this winter and enjoy learning about local culture and traditions, then this Siberian tour is the one for you. This 6-day experience includes several days in a campsite in the Siberian taiga near Krasnoyarsk, an excursion to a Cossack farmstead, a visit to Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric power station, and tours around some of Siberia’s most historic settlements.

  • Camping in winter taiga forest

  • Excursion to a Cossack farmstead

  • Shushenskoye Ethnographic Museum Reserve

  • Festive entertainment

  • Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Station

  • Visiting the ancient churches of Yeniseysk

  • Krasnoyarsk city tour

  • Excursion to Krestovozdvizhenskiy Cathedral

Itinerary

Krasnoyarsk

Situated on the Yensei River, Krasnoyarsk is the third largest city in Siberia and an important junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The city has been hailed by Anton Chekov among others, as one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia and even the entirety of Russia. It is best known for the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, an idyllic national park set within rolling hills and rocky outcrops, found just 10km south of the city.

Day 1

Arrival in Krasnoyarsk with city tour

After arriving in Krasnoyarsk, you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Karaulnaya Hill

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel

  • Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

Journey to Lesosibirsk

Today, you will head north into region along Yenissey tract to the town Lesosibirsk.

Yeniseisk city tour

In the afternoon, you will make a stop at Kazachenskoye village for a quick lunch before continuing your journey to Yeniseisk, one of the most ancient Siberian towns where you will embark on a unique city tour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Krestovozdvizhenskiy Cathedral

  • Church of Iver women monastery

  • the Saviour Cathedral

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • authentic Cossack farmstead

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Masterclass

  • Men monastery of the Holy Transfiguration

Travel to

Yeniseysk

Situated on the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Yeniseysk is a small town founded in the early 17th century. The town was the first to be founded on the Yenisei River from which it derives its name and was vital in the Russian colonisation of East Siberia in the 17th–18th centuries. Although the town later dwindled in importance due to the strategic railroad being due south, the Yeniseysk Old Town has been considered a heritage site by the Russian government.

Day 3

Free time in the Siberian taiga

After a camp breakfast, you will have the rest of the morning free to experience camp life. Take walks along the banks of the Yenisei River and traverse the beautiful winter landscapes of the Siberian taiga.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Camping experience

  • Exploring the Taiga

  • Yenisey River

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

  • Night on the Train

Travel to

Shushenskoye Village

A popular village situated at the confluence of the Yenisei and Big Shush rivers, Shushenskoye is best known as the site of Vladimir Lenin’s exile between 1897 and 1900. In 1970 a museum dedicated to Lenin’s time in Shushenskoye was opened and remains a popular destination for tourists along with its beautiful nature reserves. It has since become the site of the Music and Crafts of Siberia festival which takes place every July.

Day 4

Minusinsk city tour

You will arrive in Abakan early in the morning where you will stop for breakfast at a local café before departing for Minusinsk.

Excursion to “Shushenskoe” Ethnographical Museum

After arriving in Shuskenskoye village, you will stop for lunch at a local café and check into your guest house where you will be able to have a short rest. Next, you will enjoy a thrilling excursion to the ethnographical museum “Shushenskoe” where you will get to learn more about the local culture of the people that call the region home through artefacts and architecture.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transfer

  • Minusinsk city tour

  • Decembrist Museum

  • Sayan Mountains

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Shushenskoye Ethnographical Museum

Travel to

Abakan

Abakan is the capital city of the Republic of Khakassia, Russia, founded in the 17th century at the confluence of the Yenisei and Abakan Rivers. The city is home to several important landmarks including the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral, “Good Angel of Peace” sculpture, the Park of Topiary Art, and the Khakas National History Museum. Abakan marks an important junction and terminal station on the Abakan-Tayshet Railway.

Day 5

Abakan city tour

Today you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the guesthouse before having some free time to spend as you see fit.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam

  • Yenisey River

  • Prominent Landscape

  • City Tour

  • National Museum of Khakassia

  • Khakassian culture

  • Free Time

Day 6

Departure from Abakan

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver for the departure transfer to the airport where this tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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