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Winter Tour to Lagonaki Plateau

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Winter tour to Lagonaki plateau will take you to the land of snowy mountains. Fascinating views over the Caucasus ridges, fresh mountain air, winter activities that is what you are going to experience on this tour. You will have fun walking in snowshoes and test yourself driving snowmobiles through snowy fields of  Caucasian reserve. 


ITINERARY

Day 1


Arrival to Krasnodar or Sochi Airport.

Departure to сossack village (“stanitsa”) Dahovskaya.
Stanitsa “Dahovskaya” is located on the right bank of the Belaya river, at the confluence of a small right tributary called  Dah and at an altitude of 480m above sea level. According to a popular legend the name “Dahovskaya” comes from the word "Dahe”, which in the Adyghe language means "beautiful", but according to history the name comes from the family name of an aristocrat “Daho”, whoowned this territory. Stone walls of well -preserved huts, covered with beech - chipped plates, like tiles, create a perfect atmosphere of cultural life in the Cossack village. 

Check in at the hotel complex "Dahovskaya sloboda". 

Lunch.
The hotel complex " Dahovskaya sloboda" is considered to be the best tourist resort  in Adyghea. It  is specially designed for a holiday in the mountains. 

Visit to Khadzhokhskaya Gorge.

Khadzhokhskya gorge is a nature reserve famous for its unique beauty. It looks like a winding crevice 6-7m wide (in some places it becomes narrower up to 2m), about 40m deep and 400m long. The canyon looks particularly impressive if you look at it from a bridge connecting  its banks. This local sightseeing is not only popular among the inhabitants of Adygea, but also far beyond its borders. 

Dinner. 

Day 2


Breakfast.


Visit to Rufabgo Waterfalls.
Rufabgo is a small left tributary of the Belaya river. It is situated almost on the southern outskirts of the Kamennomostsky settlement and is famous for its well-known cascade of waterfalls. You'll see such waterfalls as "Three brothers", "Noise", "Cascade Waterfall", "Heart of Rufabgo" and "Maiden's Plait", above there are other waterfalls like "Rockfall", "Girlish Plaits", "Bowl of Love" and "Lelkin". 

Stop at Cossack’s Stone.

Many centuries ago, under the influence of various environmental factors like winds and rains, frosts, earthquakes, a boulder broke off from the stone wall of the Una- Koz mountain ridge. Then it rolled down to the valley of the Belaya River. Since then it has been blocking the way to travelers. There is a great deal of tales, legends and even humorous stories connected with the Cossack’s stone. According to one funny story this very stone was taken to exhibition in Paris and represented as the biggest in Europe. 

Dinner.


Russian banya (steam bath) with herbal tea (optional).

Day 3


Breakfast.

Ascent to Azish-Tau ridge. Visit to sightseeing platforms on the way.

Visit to Bolshaya Azishskaya cave.
The cave is located in beech and fir tree forest in the southern part of Azish-Tau ridge. The entrance into the hole corresponds to a vertical well. This hole resulted from the collapse of the roof of the upper hall. Entrance hall is a top floor of the cavity. One can clearly distinguish two more levels. There is a stroke at the bottom of the lowest cavity, which falls from a waterfall bench, and then disappears in a few  meters in narrow crevices. 

Lunch in Azish-Tau restaurant.

Winter activities.
Snowmobiling, snowboarding , skiing ,snowtubing, sledging. Walk to the observation platform overlooking the plateau Lagonaki. Photographing. Herbal tea with home-made blinchiki (pancakes). 

Return to “Dahovskaya sloboda”. 

Dinner

Day 4


Breakfast.


Visit to St. Michael`s Monastery.

At the end of the XIX century, St. Michael's Monastery was the     largest one in the northern Caucasus. The Monastery was founded by people coming from the Holy Mount Athos and is considered to be the highest monastery in Russia. It was returned to the Russian  Orthodox Church in 2001 in disrepair. Nowadays the monastery is gradually being renovated.In the territory of the monastery, you will also visit some man-made caves. There are several points of view regarding their origin. Only some parts of cells, one of the halls and corridors with a total length of about 300 meters remained in the caves to this day. 

Lunch at the territory of the monastery. (perhaps you’ll be offered food which the monks eat).


Visit to the Grotto of the ancient man.
The Grotto of the ancient man has been recently opened as an archaeological site. Excavations were carried out here since the 60's of the 20th century and archaeologists have recently made the discovery in a cave near the Mishoko river: there is a perfectly preserved ancient human site. Scientists suppose that a small community lived in this grotto which is 4.5 meters high and 17 meters deep. Some things like a preserved hearth, some household items, utensil and animal bones are evidences of man’s being here. There was practically no forest  here at that time. There were vast meadows, so the fire was kept up with the help of animal bones, which were killed during the hunt. 

Dinner.

Day 5


Breakfast.


Departure to Guam Gorge.
The gorge is about 5 km long and about 400m deep, in some places it narrows up to 2 meters. The gorge as well as a narrow gauge railway, the remnants of the Apsheronsk narrow-gauge railway originate from Guamka village. The gorge is situated between Guam and Lagonaki ridges. It is narrow - no more than two meters wide in some places, but also long – it stretches for three kilometers. In fact, it is a huge crevice among rocks on the bottom of which runs a small, but rough river called Kurdzhips. This very river broke the bed and created the whole relief. 

Visit to Guam Gorge. A guided tour.


Lunch.

Visit to thermal springs
The open air swimming pool with natural thermal water that flows directly out of the ground is located in an amazingly beautiful place. Water temperature here does not fall below 37 ° C even in winter. It is known for its magical healing power -natural  "cocktail" of trace elements, minerals and vitamins. 

Departure to "Dahovskaya Sloboda".


Dinner. 

Day 6


Breakfast.
 

Snowshoes walking to plateau Lagonaki.   

A day walk in snowshoes along the plateau Lagonaki will give you unforgettable impressions. You will have an opportunity to breathe fresh mountain air, walk on deep snow without sinking in it, and see picturesque landscapes of the mountains Oshten and Fischt. It is a perfect chance to admire the beauty of nature and feel the power of mountains.

Return back to the hotel.

Dinner

Russian Banya

Day 7


Breakfast.  

Departure to Krasnodar or Sochi.   

Transfer to the airport.

What’s included 
Transport and transfers.
3 Star hotel accommodation
Meals Full-Board
Services of a bilingual tour guide
 All tickets and entrance fees to the attractions
Visa invitation letter

Not included
International flight tickets
Russian Visa Fee

Pricing
Start Dates 2015/2016Private tours
(1-4Pax)

Small Groups
(8-15Pax)

Large Groups
(30+ Pax)

November 301 700 €730 €540 €
December 07, 14, 21  1 700 €730 €540 €
January 11, 18, 251 700 €730 €540 €
February 01, 08, 15, 22 1 700 €730 €540 €
March 011 700 €730 €540 €

*Prices are per person in double/twin room
*Single supplement  add. 95 €


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Prices are per person and subject to change depending on the currency exchange rate. Southern Comfort reserves the right to change the order of the tour without undermining the quality of the planned program.