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29 August 2019

By car, yacht, and helicopter

By car



NOTE :
the listed travel times are one way, excluding traffic jams and any potential weather problems. The meeting point is Tsentralnaya Ploshchad.

RENTAL OF A TOYOTA LAND CRUISER WITH A DRIVER :
RUB 40,000 for 12 hours, RUB 3,400 per hour.

RENTAL OF A TOYOTA CAMRY WITH A DRIVER :
RUB 36,000 for 12 hours, RUB 3,000 per hour.

RENTAL OF A SELF-DRIVE NISSAN X-TRAIL :
from RUB 7,100 per day.



1. RUSSKY ISLAND

The island is known for hosting the APEC summit in 2012 and its description in Evgeny Grishkovets’s play ‘How I Ate a Dog.’ On Russky Island you can take a walk along the coastal battery of the Vladivostok Fortress, and visit the aquarium, the FEFU campus, and the university embankment. If you continue on through the forest, you can visit some of the island’s lovely beaches, and you may even meet some wild foxes on the way.

Journey time: 30 min
Duration of trip: 4 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 17 km



2. SHAMORA (LAZURNAYA BAY)

This 3-kilometre wide sandy beach is the number one choice for the residents of Vladivostok. The beach rose to fame in Russia more than 20 years ago, when the rock band Mumiy Troll released its album titled Shamora. In the 1970s, during the campaign to eliminate Chinese names from the area, the bay was named Lazurnaya. Still, the residents of Vladivostok continue to call it by its old name.

Journey time: 40 min
Duration of trip: 2.5 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 30 km

3. PRIMRING SPORTS AND RACING COMPLEX

It was inevitable that such a complex would be built near a city that is Russia’s leader in terms of the number of cars per capita. Extreme drift (including the annual Russia/ Japan drift battle), a motocross track, quad bike, buggy and go-kart rentals — if the roar of engines, the rush of adrenaline and unabated excitement of the race are your thing, then this will make the perfect day out for you.

Journey time: 30–40 min
Duration of trip: 3–4 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 40 km


4. MILLIONKA

This is a central district of Vladivostok, located between the streets of Pogranichnaya, Semyonovskaya, Admiral Fokin and Aleutskaya. At the end of the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries it was home to Chinatown, with its opium dens and Chinese theater. Now it has a wide range of cafes and shops and is a popular area for tourists.

Journey time: 5 min
Duration of trip: 40 minutes
Distance from Vladivostok: 0 km

5. STEKLYANNAYA BAY

Instead of pebbles or sand, the beach is made up of bits of glass and ceramic. Previously a bottle and ceramic dump was located close to the beach, and over time the sea wore down the glass and ceramic shards and they were washed back on the shore. The bay is popular with Asian tourists who take pieces of glass home with them as souvenirs.

Journey time: 35 min
Duration of trip: 2 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 21 km



6. TOKAREVSKY LIGHTHOUSE

Built in 1910, the lighthouse is working to this day, guiding ships into the port from the Eastern Bosphorus. This is the best- known and most photographed landmark in Vladivostok. A man-made stony spit leads to the lighthouse.

Journey time: 20 min
Duration of trip: 1 hour
Distance from Vladivostok: 8 km



7. EMERALD VALLEY LANDSCAPE AND HISTORICAL PARK

To get to this park you need to head north on the Khabarovsk highway. Immerse yourself in the Oriental Garden, Labyrinth of Love, and Dragon Park, which is just a small share of the adventures you can and need to live through. Visit the Cossack dungeon and Asiatic pagoda, the dwellings of the longtime inhabitants of Primorye, the Bohai and Jurchens. Emerald Valley brings you this fantastic architectural and historical mix, fused together on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Journey time: 1.5 hours
Duration of trip: 5–6 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 110 km


8. PRIMORYE SAFARI PARK

This park is home to 70 animal species from Primorye Territory. Unlike your ordinary zoo there are no bars or barriers and the animals live in their natural environment. Visitors can observe the Amur tiger from special surveillance platforms. The safari park is also known for the friendship between the goat Timur and the tiger Amur, who lived for several months in the same enclosure.

Journey time: 1.5–2 hours
Duration of trip: 5–6 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 82 km

Yacht trip



NOTE :
the journey time is one way as the crow flies, excluding any potential weather problems. The meeting point is Ulysses Bay in Vladivostok.

RENTAL OF A FERRETTI 550 YACHT :
RUB 90,000 per day, RUB 12,000 per hour.

RENTAL OF A LAGOON 500 MOTOR-SAILING CATAMARAN :
RUB 80,000 per day,
RUB 13,000 per hour.


SIGHTSEEING WALK

This is the classic route around Russky Island, giving you the opportunity to see the grottoes, coves and headlands that are difficult to reach on foot. During the walk you will also be able to admire the working lighthouses of Skryplev and Basargin from afar, for which you need a special permit to visit.

Journey time: 15 minutes to the starting point
Duration of trip: 3 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 2 km


1. ASKOLD ISLAND

In the 19th century, the island was home to gold miners and deer breeders. Nowadays, it is uninhabited, but the deer still roam freely. From the sea you can see steep banks, vertical cliffs and bird colonies. You can get out and climb up the rocky paths to the old lighthouse, where you can see abandoned artillery batteries and deserted beaches. This place is all about its history: Askold is still waiting for its own Jack London, who can describe the wild passions and mores that reigned here a century and a half ago.

Journey time: 1.5 hours
Duration of trip: 5 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 50 km


2. RIKORD ISLAND

Rikord is uninhabited, almost completely covered with forest. On its western shore you can visit the ‘marine garden’, with one of the top scallop fisheries.

Journey time: from 1 hour
Duration of trip: 4 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 40 km


3. REYNEKE ISLAND

The island’s bays are wonderfully varied: while the beach at Shtukino has grey sand and pebbles, on the opposite side of the island you can find red boulders worn down by the waves. On the headland you can visit the wreck of a steamboat, which for many years served as a practice target for the Pacific Fleet.

Journey time: 40 min
Duration of trip: 4 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 30 km


4. PUTYATIN ISLAND

The island stands out for its wonderful landscapes, clear waters, rocky shores, and rich history. At the end of the 19th century, Putyatin was home to the estate of the merchant Alexey Startsev, son of the Decembrist Nikolay Bestuzhev. He bred deer and ran a tobacco and mulberry farm,orchards, a vineyard, an equestrian farm and a porcelain factory.

Journey time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Duration of trip: 6 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 58 km


5. POPOV ISLAND

A long-inhabited island with a sandy beach, whose fine sand has lent it the name Frantsuzsky (French). It boasts steep headlands, secluded coves and hills covered with wildflowers. The island is part of Russia’s first Far East Marine Reserve, with its famous bird colonies.

Journey time: 40 min
Duration of trip: 6 hours
Distance from Vladivostok: 25 km

Helicopter and plane trip



NOTE :
the journey time is one way, excluding any potential weather problems.

RENTAL OF A EUROCOPTER EC-130 HELICOPTER :
RUB 230,000 per hour.

RENTAL OF ROBINSON R-44 HELICOPTER :
RUB 89,000 per hour.


1. LAND OF THE LEOPARD NATIONAL PARK

Researchers refer to the Land of the Leopard National Park as «the most feline place in Russia.» It is home to tigers, forest cats, lynxes and Far Eastern leopards — the rarest large cats in the world, with only 90 or so adults in the wild. It is unlikely that you will come across any predators in the national park, but you may well stumble on paw prints or the scratches they leave when sharpening their claws. You can also see the photos and videos taken by hundreds of camera traps installed around the park.

Journey time: 1 hour
Duration of trip: 3 hours
Distance from airport: 60 km


2. LIVADIYSKY RIDGE

The ridge is part of the Sikhote-Alin mountain range, with the most visited peaks of Primorye Territory, which the locals call by its old Chinese names Pidan (Mount Livadiyskaya on the map) and Falaza (Litovka). You can fly over one of the highest peaks of Primorye Territory — Mount Tumannaya.

Journey time: 1 hour
Duration of trip: 2.5 hours
Distance from airport: 60 km


3. LAKE KHANKA

Khanka is the largest freshwater reservoir in the Far East and the largest lake in Primorye Territory. It is famous for its abundance of fish and coastal birds. The sturgeon fish kaluga inhabits the lake, which weighs up to 600 kg. Also you can see red-crowned cranes at the lake.

Journey time: 1.5 hours
Duration of trip: 4 hours
Distance from airport: 170 km


4. UDEGE LEGEND NATIONAL PARK

You can take a flight to the taiga village of Roshchino at the entrance to the park. This is the Bolshaya Ussurka basin, the central Sikhote-Alin taiga, home to tigers, brown and Himalayan bears and even red wolves, where grayling and lenok play in the shallows of mountain rivers, and relic trout guard their prey in the creeks. Here, if you’re lucky, you can hear the beat of the shaman tambourine and visit the sacred site of the Udege people, the Orochonsky Bog natural landmark.

Journey time: 1.5 hours (by plane)
Duration of trip: 5–6 hours
Distance from airport: 400 km


5. ZOV TIGRA NATIONAL PARK

The park located in the Chuguevka District of Primorye has 56 peaks over 1,000 m high. The highest point in the region is Oblachnaya Mountain (1,854 m above sea level). Located in the heart of Primorye, it is steeped in legend and mystery. They say that somewhere near here Vladimir Arsenyev met (and even described in his diary!) a flying man. You don’t need to be a mountaineer to climb to the summit as there are convenient well- equipped mountain refuges and well- marked trails.

Journey time: 1 hour
Duration of trip: 4–5 hours
Distance from airport: 326 km


6. TERNEY DISTRICT

Terney District covers more than 27,730 square kilometers, which makes it bigger than Northern Macedonia. Flying over it, you can see its ridges and rivers, the Far Eastern taiga, the lake plateau and beautiful coastline.

Journey time: 2 hours
Duration of trip: 4.5 hours
Distance from airport: 400 km


7. SIKHOTE-ALIN NATURE RESERVE

The reserve begins in the northeast of Primorye in the village of Terney, located on the shores of the bay of the same name (Lapérouse gave it this name at the beginning of the 19th century). The amazing Sikhote- Alin Nature Reserve, with an area of more than 400 thousand hectares, begins right on the edge of the village. The first people to document this area more than a century ago was the tireless explorer Vladimir Arsenyev accompanied by the legendary Dersu Uzala. Due to its extraordinary biodiversity, with animals and plants from northern to subtropical climatic zones coexisting here in harmony, in 2006 the reserve was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Journey time: 1.5 hours (plane)
Duration of trip: 6–7 hours
Distance from airport: 660 km
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