The Astrakhan reserve invites you to go on an amazing multi-day trip to various natural complexes of the Astrakhan region, visit reserves of the region, get to know their natural features and inhabitants. Do not miss your chance to learn more about the Astrakhan region!

WHAT WILL YOU SEE?

You will visit the place where the Volga meets the Caspian Sea, rise to the highest point of the Astrakhan region – the singing mountain Big Bogdo, which is also called like a “growing” mountain, watch miniature desert “dragons” – eared round-headed and peers of mammoths – sturgeons and saiga antelopes.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THE ASTRAKHAN RESERVE?

The Astrakhan region is an amazing land of contrasts, where the green oasis of the Volga delta is surrounded by real deserts, and the mosaic of fresh and brackish ilmeni lakes alternates with Baer hills – relief forms that have no analogues in other regions of the country! The guide of the Astrakhan reserve accompanies f group throughout the tour. He/she will help to make this trip truly informative and interesting!

WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?

The ecological tour program includes visits to several specially protected natural areas of the Astrakhan region, preserving unique natural landscapes: the Astrakhan Biosphere Reserve, tour to the of the western substeppe lakes, the reserve “Stepnoy” the reserve “Bogdinsko-Baskunchaksky”.

This ecological tour will introduce you to the most interesting natural and cultural sights of our region. We have chosen for you trips to truly unique places in the Astrakhan region, which will significantly save your time and guarantee positive from the tour!

Participants of the ecological tour in the Astrakhan region “The reserved worlds. Delta, steppes and sands” can be both travel lovers and bird watchers.

THE PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

Day 1-4 - Astrakhan reserve

The trip begins in the lower Volga delta – the participants of the tour live on the Central cordon of the Damchik site of the Astrakhan reserve for several days where they get to know the biological diversity of one of the largest deltas in the world. You can find more about accommodation here.

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING EXCURSIONS
Walking tour come through the cordon and the protected zone. The history of the reserve cordon has more than 80 years, here you can see the houses-whites, which sailed along the river. It is a cozy house where the famous naturalist Gerald Darrell lived during the filming of the “Durrellsin Russia” movie. Also, the participants will be able to admire the beauty of the Volga sunsets from the viewing tower and watch the troubles of the inhabitants of the stepped islands – pheasants, hoopoes, blue rodents, jackals and badgers. Learn more about the tour here.

A tour of the Found Delta ecological trail is a walking route linking four islands together, where you can walk under the canopy of gallery willow forests, get through reed supports, and observe the life of birds in the forest complex and other inhabitants of the islands. Learn more about the tour here.

Creative workshops on batik (painting on silk), landscape painting, etc. are organized during the stay in the Astrakhan reserve. The master classes are conducted by a qualified artist Irina Bukotkina. You will create YOUR picture of the delta’s beauties, which will remind you of this wonderful trip for many years.

A boat excursion is conducted in the kultuchny zone and the fore-delta. It is a shallow seaside, serving as a nesting, molting and resting place for many near-water and waterfowl. Everyone can see a lot of herons, terns, mute swans, watch fishing for large cormorants, curly pelicans and white-tailed eagles, and in the summer there are fields of the Caspian lotus – a Red List plant that has amazed people with the beauty of its flowers for many years. Learn more about the tour here.

Day 5 - Sturgeon farm

Leaving the lower reaches, the group sets off for the middle part of the delta. An excursion to one of the largest sturgeon farms in the Astrakhan region, where you can learn about the process of reproduction and cultivation of the oldest inhabitants of the Caspian Sea – sturgeon and beluga, with the regulation of the Volga runoff, which lost most places of natural spawning. A tour of the city of Astrakhan – the southern outpost of Russia, for centuries collecting many cultures and customs.

Day 6 - Sand dunes

Travel to the sand dunes and the ilmenno-tuberous region. The green expanses of the delta surround the desert, which at first sight seems lifeless, but the fauna of this area is also diverse. In addition to numerous insects, roundheads live in the sands: long-eared, takyr and tailed-headed tailed-heads, which are very interesting to observe the habits of. The lmen-tuberous areas adjoin the delta. There are lakes – steppe ilmeni are surrounded by low hills – the Baer knolls. The diversity of avifauna in this region is great because various types of landscapes are found in a small area – lakes with a large amount of aquatic vegetation, steppe areas overgrown with wormwood and cereals. It is especially picturesque in the spring, ephemeroid plants (poppies, irises, tulips) bloom and be in the form of rhizomes and bulbs underground for most of the year.

Day 7-8 - Reserve "Stepnoy" (for saiga protected)

A visit to the Stepnoy regional wildlife reserve – a unique natural complex of feather grass steppe, which is the habitat of rare birds and mammals listed in the Red List of the Russian Federation. Here you can see the steppe eagle, the Buzzard, the demoiselle crane, strepto and the steppe antelope – the saiga – listed in the Red List.

Day 9-10 - Reserve "Bogdinsko-Baskunchaksky"

Travel to the north of the Caspian lowland, where in the surroundings of the famous salt lake Baskunchak is the highest point of the Astrakhan region – Mount Big Bogdo. Important bird migration routes pass here, and some of the species, living in the reserve, are not found anywhere else in Russia, for example, the squeaky gecko lizard. Tourists continued their acquaintance with the rich history of the Astrakhan region at the Saray-Batu open-air museum. It represents the reconstruction of the capital of the Golden Horde Khanate. The guests get to know the traditions, cultural features of life and customs of the people who once lived in Saray-Batu.

PLEASE NOTE!

  • The number of participants in the ecological tour is 12-16 people.
  • The program includes boat trips (several hours a day) and motor transport. It can be adjusted at the request of the customer.
  • Some objects of the exhibition as part of an ecological tour are located in the border zone, therefore it is necessary to provide the passport data of participants for the reserve tourism department 30 calendar days before the start of the tour (for citizens of the Russian Federation) and 60 days for foreign citizens. Without a pass from the border governance you cannot visit the Astrakhan nature reserve and the Bogdinsko-Baskunchaksky nature reserve!!!
  • The reserve takes care of all organizational issues, including paperwork, accommodation, meals and transfers.