THE SOVIET SWITZERLAND YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF
Kemerovo – Sheregesh – Shoriya National Park
This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
DAY 1 - Kemerovo
Our tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of Kemerovo International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).
Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Siberia.
Kemerovo sightseeing: traditional wooden houses, Soviet monuments and the usual mix of concrete Socialist shapes and post-Soviet kitsch.
Transfer to the Soviet mining town of Novokuznetsk, an urban utopia lost in the wilderness of the Taiga.
Dinner and overnight in Novokuznetsk.
DAY 2 to DAY 5 - Shoriya
We'll leave Novokuznetsk in the morning and head to Sheregesh, the main settlement in Mountainous Shoriya.
We'll then spend four full days in the Mountainous Shoriya, also known as the Soviet Switzerland, a wild and wide semi-autonomous territory east of the Altai Mountains, mainly inhabited by the indigenous Shors, an obscure Turkic ethnicity, also called Kuznetskie Tatars, adhering to an odd mixture of animistic beliefs, shamanistic traditions and Christian Orthodox faith.
We'll make our base in a comfortable hotel in Shergesh and engage ourselves in several cultural and outdoor activities across the region, which also boasts one of the most popular ski resort in the former USSR.
Highlights will include: ethno-tours to traditional Shor settlements, mountain trekking and taiga hiking, Soviet tours to semi-abandoned mining towns, traditional cooking and handicraft workshops, and (only in winter) cross-country skiing excursions through the woods and free ski-pass for downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Dinner and overnight in Sheregesh.
DAY 6 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations
After enjoying a last Shor-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.
For those flying out: transfer to Kemerovo International Airport for your flight back home.
For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: transfer to the local train/bus station.
End of the tour.
4 to 8 participants: 1500 € per person
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 20 euro/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, sport activities, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.
The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.