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Crafts & Cultures: Woods and Ceramics

Crafts & Cultures: Woods and Ceramics

ALL INCLUSIVE

Available July 1 through September 30 = 5 days/ 5 nights

From $990

Pricing Structure

  • $1,235/person for 3-6 passengers
  • $1,110/person for 7-14 passengers (10% off)
  • $990/person for 15+ passengers (20% off)

Holiday Type

Sightseeing

Difficulty


Tour Itinerary

  • Arrival Day: Airport pick-up, Hotel check-in, Registration
  • Day 1: Explore Erpeli, Lake fishing, Kumyk cultural exchange
  • Day 2: Lunch at Untsukul mountain overlook, Handmade wood crafts demonstration, Avar cultural exchange (dinner)
  • Day 3: Explore Gunib Fortress and Gamsutl ruins, Lok cultural exchange
  • Day 4: Handmade ceramics demonstration, Explore Balkhar village, Kaspiysk hotel
  • Day 5: Caspian Sea beach, Makhachkala Souvenir shopping, Airport transfer

Description

Imperialism, globalization and even travel have helped cause the prominence of various peoples and their unique trades to fade into history. It seems that only with a time machine, could we step back and catch a glimpse of these bygone crafts and cultures. EE doesn’t have a time machine, but we have figured out how to step back in time! Take one of our tours to Dagestan and you may find yourself thinking that you have, in fact, travelled in time.

Due to EE’s crafts and culture tours, the concept of being “lost to time” has gone the way of the Dodo. Over a period of five days and nights you’ll visit a land–its peoples and its pastimes–as it appeared a century or more ago. Perhaps clothing and housing have modernized, but the traditions and handiworks have intentionally been passed down to preserve the time-honored beauty cast in its many different forms.

Master craftsmanship in woods and ceramics has been uniquely preserved by the Avar and Lok peoples, respectively. You’ll spend time in their homes and workshops, as well as explore their village homelands. Discover for yourself the value of hand-made crafts as calculated by quality, know-how, and the culture that treasures these arts. Eventually the time machine will return to the modern era, but you, at least, will be able to bring a piece of the past home with you.


Included in this tour

  • Planning consultation including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Recommended flight schedules
    • Airport information
    • Step-by-step visa application guide
    • Seasonal advice
    • Local expertise
  • Airport transfer within the North Caucasus
  • Transport to all included tour locations
  • Registration in Russia
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Three meals daily (excepting travel days to/from tour)
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • An EE selected and approved guide/translator
  • Cultural exchange/local talent cost (when applicable)

Not included in this tour

  • Airfare (approx. $1500)
  • Travel insurance (approx. $3/day per person, including travel days)
  • Visa to Russia (approx. $425/person, 3-year, multi-entry for US citizens)
  • Meals on travel days to/from tour
  • Tips for guides/translators (approx. $10/day for the group)
  • Tips for drivers/servers (according to service provided)