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From Yakutsk to Lena Cheeks and Mirny town

Itinerary Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Olyokminsk – Ura River – Vitim – Lenskye Shyoki – Lensk  Mirniy
Dates September 09 - 17, 2019
Duration 9 Days, 8 Nights
Cruise ship «Demyan Bedny» passenger ship

Itinerary

  1. Day 1, September 09, 2019, Monday
    Yakutsk
    Arrival in Yakutsk. Transfer from the airport to the port.
    07:00 Boarding a ship
    Departure from Yakutsk at 12:30.
    Excursion to Druzhba (Friendship) architecture open-air museum located on the place the first Yakutsk fortress was founded by the Russian Cossacks. The Museum presents samples of ancient wooden architecture in traditional Russian and Yakut styles. Expositions of wooden home utensils, national Yakut clothes and monuments of a Russian Orthodoxy are of great interest. Wonderful landscapes and interesting historical excursions make the museum visit both informative and pleasant.

  2. Day 2, September 10, 2019,  Tuesday
    Lena Pillars

    Welcoming ritual at Lena Pillars. Trekking up to the top. Taking pictures and selfies. Rest on the riverside.
    The pillars are of 200 meters heigh and are stretched for 80 km along the river. One can distinguish colonnades, arches and battlements in their shapes. You will enjoy a wonderful rest in this fairyland. After having a welcome ceremony with ritual dance and Purifying with Fire Ceremony you are guided to rock massif. Up there one can experience unrenderable feelings. From the top of one of the towers you will get a grandiose view of the great river, endless taiga forest, rocks and sky of different color shades that makes a man feel himself a part of a virgin nature and the great Universe. 
  3. Day 3, September 11, 2019,  Wednesday
    Run. Program aboard. Lectures and films about Yakutia.
  4. Day 4, September 12, 2019,  Thursday
    Olyokminsk
    Arrival in Olyokminsk.
    Excursion on a bus (church, chapel, eunuchs’ houses and milk factory). Visiting the local history museum.
    The origin of Olyokma supposedly belongs to Olookhunai, the Evenk word, which means squirrel. Olyokminsk is an administrative center of Olyokminskiy Region. The distance from Yakutsk is 651 kilometers by land and 620 kilometers by water. Olyokminskiy Ostrog (Fortress) was founded by Yenisei Cossacks in 1635. Olyokminsk was the place of political exile and a shelter for gentiles of the Russian Orthodox Church. At the present time cattle breeding, the cultivation of a grain, potato, vegetables and feeding crops are determined the economic basis of the region. Forest, timber processing and food industry are well developed. Gypsum quarry is also working here. Main oil pipeline is passing along the territory of Olyokminsk region (317 km.). There are airport and river port in Olyokminsk. Its population is about 10,000 people. 
  5. Day 5September 13, 2019, Friday
    Ura River Estuary

    Green stop. Free time. Fishing at Ura River.
    The cliffs called Bell and Stone are shown beyond Chapaevo village where the Ura River makes its way from the gorge to the Lena River. River transport workers gave the river such a name because of its uncontrollable rage. There is a beautiful waterfall 10 kilometers far from this place. The waterfall’s height is 30 meters. The Ura River divides the Lena River into two equal parts from the headstream to the estuary. That’s why river transport workers called its estuary as Lenskiy Equator. They usually stop there to have a rest after a difficult northern campaign. Young sailors are initiated into river transport workers here.
    From the side of the ship you can see picturesque panorama of the Lena and the Ura Rivers in the multicolor magnificence of Yakutian taiga.
  6. Day 6September 14, 2019, Saturday
    Vitim village
    The ship goes up the Vitim river and returns on the Lena river.
    Excursion to the local school and its history museum.
    Vitim is an urban-type settlement in the Lenskiy Region. The population is about 4,500 people. Vitim is situated on the Lena River’ left bank against the Vitim River Estuary. It is 3 kilometers far from the border with the Irkutskiy Region. Settlement was based in 1621. In 1863, after the opening of gold fields on the Bodaybinka Mountain River, Vitim became a staging area for the mine supply. Vitim supplied it by everything necessary for the gold production and prospectors’ artels sustainment. Here is a small airport and sawmill in the village.

  7. Day 7, September 15, 2019, Sunday
    The Lena Cheeks
    Welcoming ritual at Lena Pillars. Trekking up to the top. Taking pictures and selfies. Rest on the riverside.
    The pillars are of 200 meters heigh and are stretched for 80 km along the river. One can distinguish colonnades, arches and battlements in their shapes. You will enjoy a wonderful rest in this fairyland. After having a welcome ceremony with ritual dance and Purifying with Fire Ceremony you are guided to rock massif. Up there one can experience unrenderable feelings. From the top of one of the towers you will get a grandiose view of the great river, endless taiga forest, rocks and sky of different color shades that makes a man feel himself a part of a virgin nature and the great Universe. 
  8. Day 8September 16, 2019, Monday
    Lensk
    Arrival in Lensk. City tour. Visiting St. Innokenty Orthodox Church 
    Lensk is the fifth-largest town of Yakutia, situated on middle Lena. Its population is about 24300 people. Its second birth was in 1956, when it became a staging area for diamond miners of Mirnyi. Lensk as a town was founded in 1963. Nowadays Lensk is the gates of a diamond region and it’ll become oil and gas extraction capital of the republic in the future. 
  9. Day 9, September 17, 2019, Tuesday
    Mirny
    Early breakfast.
    08:00 landing. Transfer to Mirny town.
    Check-in at Zarnitsa hotel (extra service, optional).
    Lunch. Excursion to Mirniy town, the Diamond Capital of Yakutia republic. We'll visit a famous Kimberlite Pipe called Mir and kimberlite museum.

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 3950 3500 3050 3400 3050 2300 2500 1850 3400  2400 4600
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