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Stop At: Avachinsky Bay, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Russia
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.
Avacha Bay is the main transport gate of Kamchatka, the second largest bay in the world: it is second only to Guanabara Bay, on the bank of which stands Rio de Janeiro. Today Avacha Bay is able to accommodate the entire world fleet. The area of the Avachinskaya Bay exceeds 200 square kilometers, it cuts into the inland land by 24 kilometers. The Russians opened the Avachinskaya Bay in 1703, several months before the founding of St. Petersburg.
Gateway to the bay - two capes, Bezymyanny and Mayachny. During a storm in the ocean, the bay serves as a haven for ships that come here from all over the Avacha Bay to wait out bad weather.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Monument Vytusu Bering, Sovetskaya street, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Russia
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.
The monument to Vitus Bering, famous Russian navigator and explorer, was installed in 1826. By order of Peter I, he led the First and Second Kamchatka expeditions, which resulted in the opening of the Bering Strait between North-East Asia and North America, the Aleutian and the Commander Islands.
Captain Charles Clark was a member of the First and Second Round-the-World voyages of James Cook, an assistant to the famous English traveler D. Cook in his Third Round-the-World voyage By the last will of C. Clark, the place of burial was determined - in Kamchatka in the village of Paratunka, which he visited in April 1779.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Kamchatka Regional Museum of Local Lore, Leninskaya ul., d. 20, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky 683000 Russia
By 10am, drive to the Kamchatka Regional Museum.
The history of the museum has more than a hundred years. In 1911, on the initiative of the governor of the Kamchatka Region, V.V. Perfilyev, and the local intelligentsia, a regional scientific and industrial museum began. The museum was placed in the office building of the governor of the Kamchatka Region. The first exhibits were objects transferred by travelers and scientists who explored Kamchatka in the early twentieth century. Later, after several relocations, in 1980 the Kamchatka Regional Museum of Local History returned to the building of the former governor’s office, where it is located at present. The museum collection contains items on archeology, ethnography of indigenous peoples of Kamchatka, unique books of the XVII-XXI centuries, paintings and graphic works of Kamchatka artists, memorial collections and archival funds. KGBU "Kamchatka Regional United Museum" studies the nature, history of Kamchatka and the culture of the peoples living in its territory.
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.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Paratunskiye Hot Spring, Paratunka Russia
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.
SUPPLEMENT #2: bilingual guide (will speak your language). Book a guide with your Basic tour. The experience and knowledge of local guides is a great supplement to your Kamchatka experience. Please note that if you choose your lunch at the local restaurant in the city and want your guide to stay with you thru the dinner, you will need to pay for the guides lunch as well. Or you can ask the guide to assist you with the menu and meet again in an hour.
Duration: 5 hours