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Heading towards happiness

Special tours to Russian protected areas

Machaon International offers sevaral customised trips "Heading Towards Happiness" for European conservation specialists and nature lovers to Russia.

Why Russia?

Russia boasts the world's largest system of strictly protected nature reserves (so called zapovedniks) listed as category la by IUCN. They preserve not only large tracts of endless taiga forests and rolling steppes, but also pristine river systems and peat bogs, crystal blue lakes, spectacular mountains and old growth forests teeming with biodiversity.

The establishment of a comprehensive network of nature reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries (zakazniks) and natural monuments is a long standing and effective form of biodiversity conservation and justly the pride of Russia. Today protected areas cover 11.4% or 206.7 million hectares of the country, more than the size of Mexico. 2017 passed the 100th anniversary since the first strict nature reserve near the lake Baikal was created.

Why Machaon International?

We started this programme, because we love nature and love enjoying it together with people who protect and feel nature. Machaon International has supported protected areas in Russia for the last ten years and has organized over 30 study-tours for Russian specialists to various European protected areas. The idea to organize special tours for European conservation specialists and nature lovers to Russia formalized in 2017 when we had our first wilderness expedition to Kamchatka with colleagues from the Gesause National Park (Austria).

Together with our partners and friends in Russian protected areas, we are honoured to invite you - specialists from other European protected areas and true nature lovers to discover some of the Russia’s natural treasures. By joining one of our tours, you will not only explore, learn but for sure you are on the right way towards your happiness.

In 2019 we propose following tours:

datesprotected areas to be visitedhighlightscost
01.06 - 08.06 Polistovsky zapovednik and and Sankt-Petersburg
one of Europe’s largest pristine raised bog systems, old growth forests, possibility to observe large mammals, brown bear rehabilitation programme 680 €
07.07 - 17.07 Kenozero National Park
old-Russian cultural landscape with picturesque lakes, patches of old-growth forests and a plethora of valuable wooden architecture 790 €
17.07 - 28.07 Alania National Park
northern Caucasus from its foothills with grassy meadows and forests and with many historic monuments up to the pristine alpine environment with jagged peaks, glaciers, mountain lakes and waterfalls 790 €

We offer special discount for protected areas when 2 or more persons participate from the same area (5% - 10%).

Important information

Group size range: 7 people minimum - 11 people maximum

The stated prices include all activities with English speaking guides, local transfers in Russia, full board (3 meals a day), accommodation (guest houses or tents), local taxes and site entrance fees mentioned in the detailed itinerary and complete tour assistance.

The stated prices exclude expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, medical bills, laundry, alcoholic drinks, etc. as well as personal travel insurance, travel to Russia (airfare) and visa, any other services not mentioned in the detailed itinerary or extras not specified.

Alongside the above-mentioned tours, we can always help you organizing your visit to many other unique nature reserves and national parks of Russia.

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