All the best, health and good luck with all your plans for you and your loved ones in the new year!
Winter has now arrived in Dagestan, and we want to review a little bit the last year.
In the beginning, travel restrictions were still making a visit difficult. Fortunately, the second half of the year turned out great once Russia finally opened up to tourists again. We were delighted to show our beautiful Dagestan to over 40 international visitors.
We are already looking forward to our guests and many exciting trips and encounters between the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains for the coming year.
Some info you might already know from the previous newsletter:
After two years without any changes, we plan to increase the prices of our adventure tours by around 10% on Jan. 9th 2022.
Of course, nothing will change for guests who have booked already, we are looking forward to your visit!
All the best and greetings from Dagestan,
Andreas and Svetlana
Best of 2021 Video
We had some truly gifted filmmakers as guests. As a little review of the year, we have create a short video out of their best clips. You find the video and all films made by our guests in full length here on YouTube.
First tourism school opened the North Caucasus
It was our pleasure to contribute a little video message to the opening of the School of Tourism and Guides in the town of Pyatigorsk. Some of the courses are even held in English there! More info here (in Russian)
Hurray, our fourth 4x4 Camper arrived
Right as a Christmas present we received our new car for 2022
Our booking calendar has been expanded to include this fourth vehicle. Therefore, at least one car is now available again for months that were previously booked out (e.g. June, August & September).
Photo competition "The most beautiful country"
Andrey Smolnikov was stationed as a soldier in Dagestan over 20 years ago. Now he has returned as a photographer to record the people of the Botlikh border region and has promptly won a renowned photo competition.
Here are his award-winning pictures.
Travel restrictions and visa
We flew back to Russia from Austria a few days ago ourselves – that went very smoothly.
The only recent change is that the PCR test for entry may now only be a maximum of 48 hours old (was previously 72 hours)
Russia is open to tourists from around 60 countries!
See the full list and all information here: www.tourism.gov.ru
Last but not least, here a summary of all newsletters and articles from 2021
As already mentioned, tourism in Dagestan is only just emerging. We are therefore especially happy to see two tourism events taking place in November in our hometown Kaspiysk. Great opportunities to meet old friends and connect with new people. Tuesday, December...
We took advantage of the beautiful autumn weather in October to check out some new routes and locations and (to the great delight of our children) came across our first snow high up in the mountains. On another road trip, Sveta drove with our neighbor and her children...
September kicked off a beautiful autumn, with lots of guests enjoying the ideal travel temperatures.Also the last full moon, captured impressively by gifted photographers, was spectacular. Thursday 14.10.2021 19:00 (UK time) will be our next virtual journey in...
August granted us a couple of wonderful impressions from Dagestan. Thanks very much to our guests for contributing their amazing pictures. In this issue of our newsletter, we want to share some special moments from the journeys of our guests We wish you good...
The time had finally come. In July, the long-awaited Dagestan visit by our family from Austria took place. Together we met old and new friends, visited the best places and took plenty of pictures. If you want to explore Dagestan yourself in 2021, best do so at the...
Great News: Austria plus a few more European countries are finally allowed to visit Russia as tourists again. To our delight, we promptly received a few booking as soon as the visa ban was lifted. Summer is now in full swing, the sea and the wild coast are just...
May brought more visitors from Moscow and finally also guests are arriving again from Europe to explore Dagestan. Perfect spring weather is showing off with wonderful snowy Caucasus panoramas, while the lower regions are covered in rich green grass and carpets of...
Spring has come to Dagestan and was celebrated traditionally with a local holiday called "ploughing of the first field". April passed very quickly. We had (and at the moment have) wonderful guests exploring Dagestan on our self-drive tours. The border with Germany...
Warm spring weather is rapidly melting away the last snowy patches in the mountains and nature is waking up again. Our 2021 self-drive season started with a visit from Luc Jones, YouTube traveller and author of the book "Why Russians don't smile". Together with his...
The weather is already sunny and warm, the last snow in the mountains melting quickly. We are busy preparing for the new travel season, currently performing our detailed annual technical checkup to ensure all cars perform smoothly when driven by our guests. It's time...
Russian new year was welcomed with a week of holidays and celebrations, seeing old friends and family. We visited Sveta's parents who live close to the Ural mountains and enjoyed the snow and ice in this part of Russia. Our Dagestan Online Experiences are a big...