Day 1: Arrive to Vladivostok. After your arrival in Valdivostok, transfer to Hotel Versailles which is located in the middle of downtown Vladivostok. For those not too tired, take a walk around town and afterward enjoy a light dinner at the hotel's dining room. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Vladivostok. After an early breakfast, you will spend the day sightseeing. This will include a tour around Vladivostok with observation of the history of the city and some of the most beautiful renovated buildings that used to belong to international trading companies. Visit the Natural History museum which is not only interesting to learn about flora and fauna, but also about the shared history of the US and Russia and great exhibitions about the indigenous peoples of the Russian Far East. You will also visit the fort which was build for the Japanese war but never was used. Finally, you will have a chance to visit the Modern Art Museum and some famous art galleries in the city. Vladivostok has a very active artist community. Lunch will be in a small café where you can actually get a latte with wonderful pastries. Dinner will be at the hotel's restaurant. Hotel Versailles. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Vladivostok-Terney. Today depart for the 700 km drive to Terney, which will take approximately 10 hours. It is a beautiful drive during any season and the transportation mode will be as comfortable as possible. However, it needs to be noted that you will be driving on rural roads. Upon arrival in Terney, you will be housed with families with outdoor toilet facilities. Dinner will be with the host families. Home stays. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Terney. After breakfast participate in a walking tour of Terney. After lunch you depart for the Blagodatnoye area in the Sikhote-Alyn Reserve. There you will participate in an excursion and wildlife tracking near Blagodatnoye Lake with the Reserve biologist. It is a beautiful area with mountain tundra. Afterward you visit the Northern Cape, a coastal area where you can observe seals and beautiful maritime scenery. This will be about a 4-5 hour trek in hilly terrain. Afterward you will return to Terney and once again will have dinner with your host family. Home stays. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Sikhote-Alyn Reserve. After breakfast this morning, you will drive to the tiger habitat about 25 km away from Terney. You will drop your belongings in the Beekeeper's cabin in the wilderness and get ready for your experience of wilderness tracking with a wildlife biologist, while exploring the habitat of the Amur tiger. You will have lunch in the field and dinner and overnight at the cabin. Again there will be outside facilities. Reserve cabins. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Sikhote-Alyn Reserve. After breakfast this morning you will visit the scientists of the Russian-American Siberian Tiger project and learn about their activities and participate in radio tracking with the project participants. You will have lunch at the project center or in the field and return to Terney for dinner and overnight with your host families. Home stays. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Arkhipovka. After breakfast you will drive for about 380 km to Arkhipovka, a small village of Old Believers in the wilderness. You will have lunch in the café and spend the afternoon visiting with the Old Believers that inhabit the village. Dinner and overnight with be at the lodge. Country Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Arkhipovka-Spassk-Vladivostok. After breakfast at the Arkhipovka Country Lodge, you will drive 150 km to Gaiveron Village in Spassk country to visit a family of Amur tigers. The tigers live in a large enclosed woodland area that is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences biological research reserve. Doctor V. Yudin who manages the project will show you around. Afterward you will drive 250 km more to return to Vladivostok. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel Versailles. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Vladivostok. The morning is free for some shopping before you leave in the early afternoon for your departure to the airport and your flight to Seoul.
- All though services have improved in the last couple of years, we will encounter problems with delays, bureaucratic conditions, bad road conditions, uneven surfaces and steps and unavailability of public bathrooms.
- This program requires flexibility and good humor.
- Every effort will be made to follow the itinerary; however there is always the possibility of changes.
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