Welcome to Kamchatka


Visitors to Kamchatka have traditionally been an intriguing mix of outdoorsy types and package tourists, both with deep pockets. Yet against all odds, Kamchatka has recently become viable for independent, relatively budget-conscious travellers.

The capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, may be gritty, but it enjoys an incredible setting and has its share of easily accessible activities, including lift skiing into late May and some very doable volcano climbs. Kamchatka may not be a budget destination yet, but no longer is it strictly the domain of tycoons.


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$135 Private & Custom Tours

Kamchatka DayTour: Paratunka Hot Springs

During this amazing tour you will learn about the history of the development and development of this corner of nature, learn why Paratunka is called Paratunka, hear about traditions and beliefs, lifestyle of the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka. The trip will end with a dip in the pool with thermal water, and you will once again feel how beautiful the nature of Kamchatka is.  Paratunka is a small village in the Elizovo district of the Kamchatka Territory, which is of great importance for the resort and sanatorium zone of this region.The village is rather tiny, but it does not prevent it from being the most popular balneo-mud resort in Kamchatka. The point is that this place is located in the area of thermal springs, whose healing and health-improving properties can not be overestimated. The name Paratunka received much later than the date of its discovery and was named after the river of the same name: on its bank there was a village. Due to the geographical position of the object (it is surrounded by mountains on all sides) and the hot springs that come out of the bowels here, for its edges the microclimate In summer, the air temperature is + 15 ° C, and in winter the thermometer does not fall below -17 ° C. This helps a constant influx of holidaymakers at any time of the year, which, of course, has a beneficial effect on the development of this resort branch.

$647 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Kamchatka Helicopter Tour: ''Fly Around Volcanoes''

Incredible Helicopter excursions in Kamchatka provide an opportunity to visit unique remote corners of the peninsula, such as the Valley of Geysers, Kuril Lake, Uzon and Ksudach calderas. In addition, from a bird's eye view you can see many active volcanoes, lakes and rivers. You can look into the craters of active volcanoes from a bird's eye view. If the weather permits, the board will land on the edge of a volcano crater. Then you will be taken to the wild hot springs, where you can fully enjoy the healing properties of groundwater surrounded by the majestic Kamchatka Mountains.An experienced crew will ensure complete safety during the excursion, and a professional accompanying guide will acquaint you with the centuries-old history of the northern region. All helicopters are scheduled and daily pre-flight check, which is a guarantee of comfortable flight.

$611 Private & Custom Tours

Kamchatka Boat Trip - Marine Wildlife and Bird Watching

During this noticeable boat trip you will see the island "Starichkov". Heading to Avacha Bay, one of the largest and most beautiful bays in the world, and access to the ocean (6 hours). The purpose of the excursion is the island of "Starichkov", which is part of the Natural Park "Nalychevo" and is a specially protected natural area. Its name was due to the colonies of old birds listed in the Red Book. On the island and its coastal cliffs live and nest in a huge number of seabirds: hatchets, dead ends, murre, cormorants, moevki, gulls and others. Surrounded by numerous coastal reefs and rocks, exposed during low tides, this small island attracts thousands of tourists. In the sea near its coast are picturesque kekurs (a chain of small islands) Guard and Sentinel. On the coastal reefs around the island are the rookeries of the island seal of the anthrax and the larga, in the adjacent waters you can find killer whales and dolphins.The route passes by the symbols of Kamchatka and the nature monuments "Three Brothers", "Grandma's Stone", "Devil's Finger" and other spectacular sights of Avacha Bay. While moving and stopping, you can observe the habitats of marine animals: seals, seals, walruses, sea otters, and seals. You are also waiting for sea fishing and ear.

$205 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Kamchatka Sightseeing Tour by Car

Planning to meet at 8am. If weather is calm, drive up to a scenic outlook over Avacha Bay for an opportunity to take photographs of the city and port below. Then drive to the city's historic center, and stop to walk between monuments to Vitus Bering, Charles Clerk, Captain James Cook's First Mate. By 10am, drive to the Kamchatka Regional Museum followed by a short walk to the Artists' Gallery. After the gallery, drive through the city with a short stop at the public market. The amazing displays of Kamchatka's most precious natural resource -- smoked salmon, caviar, crab, shrimp, scallops all fresh from the waters around the Peninsula are sold here. Continue driving out of the city towards the Paratunka pools of thermal mineral waters (70km). During the drive enjoy majestic views of Koriyakskiy (3458 m), Avachinsky (2741 m), and Vilyuchinsky (2173 m) Volcanoes. Your driver will stop as you wish to let you take photographs. At Paratunka pools feel free to join locals for a short swim or bath. Closer to 1pm, we are ready for a lunch. Depending on your choice, we will take you to Mr. Sasha Yastripov's lunch with folk show , or local restaurant in the city. Closer to 4pm, the driver will take you back to either seaport/hotel/airport.

$107 Private & Custom Tours

Kamchatka Sightseeing Tour

During this wonderful tour you will see a lot of recreation both in the city itself and outside. Planning to meet at 8am. If weather is calm, drive up to a scenic outlook over Avacha Bay for an opportunity to take photographs of the city and port below. Then drive to the city's historic center, and stop to walk between monuments to Vitus Bering, Charles Clerk, Captain James Cook's First Mate. By 10am, drive to the Kamchatka Regional Museum followed by a short walk to the Artists' Gallery. After the gallery, drive through the city with a short stop at the public market. The amazing displays of Kamchatka's most precious natural resource -- smoked salmon, caviar, crab, shrimp, scallops all fresh from the waters around the Peninsula are sold here. Continue driving out of the city towards the Paratunka pools of thermal mineral waters (70km). During the drive enjoy majestic views of Koriyakskiy (3458 m), Avachinsky (2741 m), and Vilyuchinsky (2173 m) Volcanoes. Your driver will stop as you wish to let you take photographs. At Paratunka pools feel free to join locals for a short swim or bath. Closer to 1pm, we are ready for a lunch. Depending on your choice, we will take you to Mr. Sasha Yastripov's lunch with folk show (see supplement #1), or local restaurant in the city. Closer to 4pm, the driver will take you back to either seaport/hotel/airport.      SUPPLEMENT #1: lunch with Mr. Sasha Yastripov & his home. Sasha lives in his country house outside of the city. Upon arrival, he will greet you and escort you into the dwelling, heated by a cozy campfire in the center of the big tent. He will offer you herb tea that he has specially prepared from plants like fireweed, wild mint, and rosehips. Sasha offers a musical and culinary experience, serving you a selection of natural salads he and his wife have prepared from wild plants they gathered, locally grown potatoes, and salmon cooked by his own secret recipe. While you eat, he will serenade you with his special brand of Russian folk songs, many of them about Kamchatka, that he himself wrote. To top off your appetite, he offers a taste of his own liqueur, made from good quality Russian vodka in which he has steeped wild pine nuts and berries. This is a unique opportunity to have a quintessentially Kamchatka cultural experience.