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Magadan and Kolyma

Kolyma Golden ring

8 days / 7 nights

Tour length: ~1300 km
Route: Magadan - Dneprovskiy mine - Orotukan village - Sinegorye village - Debin village - Yagodnoye village - Susuman - visit gold mine - Ust-Omchug village - Magadan.

"MAGADAN", "KOLYMA" - in people' s minds these words are associated first of all with GULAG building in Soviet Union, with terrible concentration camps system, with repressions, with thousands innocent victims and broken lifes.

Time of tour organisation: all year round.
The tour gives a clear idea of the history of region discovery, Kolyma gold mining districts. You will have a chance to see the passes up to 1200 m height, steep slopes, large inhabited territories and remarkable northern nature that is beautiful all year round, no matter when you choose the time for your travel. Extreme and adventure to Eastern Russia.

Fixed group departure in 2018: August, 02
Min. group size: 2 person, tour is available in other dates on individual basis.


Tour programme:

Day 1 Arrival to Magadan, transfer to hotel. Acclimatization.
Day 2

Magadan city-tour. Visiting monument " the Mask of Sorrow " dedicated to GULAG victims. Visiting museum of local lore, museum of local Nature.

Day 3 Starting tour to the former Dneprovsky mine. Route length is 320 km. Stops at the road cafes. Accommodation in tented camp.
Day 4

Dneprovsky mine is situated 320 km far from Magadan. It started in summer 1941 and functioned with short interruptions till 1955. Tin was mined there. The basic manpower was prisoners, convicted according to different Criminal Code titles of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and other republics of the USSR. Along with them there were illegally repressed people according to political titles who have already been vindicated or still being vindicated. They are the victims of mass repressions, Stalin totalitarian regime and bloody Gulag.

During the Dneprovsky operation the main tools were a pick axe, a shovel, a steel bar and a wheelbarrow. However the most part of hard production process was mechanized including American equipment "Denver" which was brought in from the USA during the Great World War II according to the Lend-lease program. Later the equipment was disassembled and sent to other industrial camps, that is why you will not see it in Dneprovsky site now. When the mine worked it was divided into fishing and camp zones where the prisoners worked and lived. They were located above the settlement of civilian employees and technologists.

The fragments of industrial and residential constructions remained up to the present moment, i.e. houses similar to the Russian hut in the settlement, a fragment of a crusher with dead ore piles, watchtowers, barbed wire and lanterns in the industrial and camp zones. On the top of the industrial zone (100 m altitude) there are some ditches for ore mining thus describing the hard labour of the prisoners.

Here you can also see watchtowers proving the presence of existed custodial guard all around Dneprovsky mine surrounded by barbed wire. Thus Dneprovsky mine is one of the most preserved industrial sites of Kolyma camps and Kolyma Gulag. It is the historical monument of Stalin despotism.

Drive to Sinegorje. Accommodation at local hotel.

Day 5 Visiting Kolyma Hydro Power Station — a unique energy centre of our territory. It is situated in one of the most beautiful settlements — Sinegorje, providing Kolyma citizens with electric power. Kolyma Hydro Power Station is famous for its rooms and generator hall located inside of a big rock.
It is very interesting to visit the museum devoted to the history of Kolymaenergo.
Trip to Yagodnoye settlement. Visitng the museum of Kolyma Memory devoted to the victims of Stalin repressions. The museum Kolyma Memory was founded by Ivan Panikarov — the head of Yagodnoye historical and educational society Search of illegally repressed. Now the museum has about 4000 photos of former prisoners, Kolyma veterans, camp remainings, settlements, etc. 300 displays presented by tools, objects of prisoners' every day life, their personal things, original of their cases, camp newspapers, drawings and pictures painted in camps, letters to relatives.
Continue trip to Susuman. Accommodation in the hotel. Route length is about 200 km.
Day 6 Susuman — Ust-Omchug autorace. Visit to operation gold mine. Route length is 340 km. Accommodation in the hotel. Stops at the road cafes or the food can be prepared by our guide in the open air.
Day 7 Ust-Omchug — Magadan autorace. Route length is 270 km. Visiting the seaside of Okhotsk sea called Nuklya. Return to Magadan.
Day 8 Transfer to airport, fly out.

Tour cost, per person: 185'000 roubles (about 2700 Euro)
Tour cost includes::
twin accommodation in the best available hotels (3* in Magadan, local hotels without categories in other places), 1 night in tented camp, 3 meals a day (in Magadan — breakfasts only); all transfers and excursions as per programme with english-speaking guide by private SUV vehicle; museum entrance fees as per programme.
Cost does not include:
Flights, alcoholic drinks. Visa to Russia.
Contact us (info@otkrytie.ru) for booking.