Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Russia's Putorana Plateau: Siberia's Empty Quarter (8 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Novosibirsk, Russia To Novosibirsk, Russia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Novosibirsk, Russia
None Dinner

Upon arrival into Novosibirsk Airport, you will be met by your guide who will then take you to a lavish five-star hotel within the city, where you will spend your first evening enveloped in luxurious comfort. Take some time to rest after your travels and explore the local surroundings before meeting the translator and instructor who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Day 2
Norilsk, Russia
Novosibirsk, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with an early morning breakfast within the beautiful surrounds of the hotel before being transferred to the international airport to catch a 6:30am plane. After a flight of two hours and 45 minutes, you will land in Norilsk, the northernmost city of the world. A transfer will take you past the colorful buildings of this polar city to reach your modern hotel and check in. The afternoon is reserved for a tour of the nearby seaport of Dudinka, a town rarely seen by outsiders, before you return to your hotel to spend the night.

Day 3
Kutramakan, Russia
Norilsk, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A helicopter charter will be your mode of transport this morning, from where you can observe the dramatic terrain of the plateau, to reach the beautifully secluded and serene lake Kutramakan, one of an amazing 25,000 lakes within this region. Shortly after arriving, embark on a trek to the stunning waterfall on the river Irkingda. There will be time to admire the scenery and photograph this incredibly rare sight. Opt for an afternoon of fishing or hiking to observe the diversity of rare plant species and vibrant wildlife here before returning to lake Kutramakan, where you will enjoy an evening of tranquility in a tent just off its shores.

Day 4
Hibarba , Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Putorana Plateau is thought to have been formed 10-12 million years ago as the result of a strong earthquake and you can catch a glimpse of this historic landscape out of a helicopter on your trip to Hibarba canyon. This unique rock formation carves through the rocky terrain and makes a beautiful backdrop for photo and video opportunities. Upon arrival back to your tent, enjoy an evening to yourself within picturesque scenery and exceptionally serene surroundings.

Day 5
Kureika, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is reserved for exploring the very best that the seemingly boundaryless Putorana Plateau has to offer. Strictly off the beaten track, this otherworldly region showcases scenery like no where else on the planet. You will visit three iconic rivers, sparsely populated and offering timeless views over this unique Russian territory. The river Kureika has a waterfall that flows over a vertiginous slope and is an impressive sight not to be missed. Take advantage of rare photo opportunities before heading back for a final night in your tent.

Day 6
Norilsk, Russia
Kutramakan, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ensure you take in the unspoilt views of this region, thought to be 10 - 12 million years old, from the height of your helicopter as you head back to the city of Norilsk. Spectacular views of unique meneses, deep blue lakes and immense canyons will accompany you on your journey for a truly memorable flight. Once back in the city, you will have some time to take a look around this historic factory town and recuperate in a city hotel.

Day 7
Novosibirsk, Russia
Norilsk, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your penultimate day in this surreal region commences with a traditional breakfast in your hotel followed by a transfer to the city airport. At 12:40pm, you will catch a plane to Novosibirsk and just under three hours later, you will touch down and then be transferred to your modern hotel where you’ll check in. Take a rest at the hotel before embarking on afternoon of exploration with a four-hour sightseeing tour around the bustling Novosibirsk.

Day 8
Novosibirsk, Russia
None Breakfast

Following your final breakfast of the tour in the hotel, take a tour of Akademgorodok. This unique destination was built during the Soviet era and the sightseeing tour covers all the main attractions within the city. After the tour, you will then be transferred to the airport to depart to your onward destination but not forgetting this unbelievable region.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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It is nearly impossible to describe the incredible beauty of this expansive area located in the transpolar region of Russia. Completely untouched by human activity, the plateau is characterized by miles of flat-topped mountains that melt into the horizon, deep-cutting canyons and seemingly never-ending rivers. This incredible eight-day tour will bring you to a site where man has barely scratched the surface. You will encounter areas of spectacular natural beauty that remain to be been filmed or photographed by professional equipment and have the chance to connect with the extraordinary ecosystems that thrive here by camping on the surreal, mirror-like shores of lake Kutramakan. Panoramic views like none other can be witnessed in awe with helicopter charters and you can observe the extreme contrasts between the rural landscapes of the plateau and the bustling city of Novosibirsk. NB please note this trip is a private expedition and requires a minimum of 6 people.


  •     Enjoy panoramic views over compelling landscapes in helicopter flights across the plateau

  •     Get in touch with abundant natural beauty and effervescent wildlife with nights in tents in the most picture-perfect spots

  •     Explore the vibrant city of Novosibirsk, the third most populous city in Russia

  •     Venture to the remarkable Hibarba canyon, where rare and unforgettable scenery will stay with you for a lifetime

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

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Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

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Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

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By: Anon

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

Excellent. Guides at each location were friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Want to share a special thank you to Nadia Thakul (Bangkok) & Mr. Buntheun (Siem Reap). After missing my connecting flight from Shanghai to Siem Reap, I called Mr. Buntheun to let him know I was not able tomake it to Siem Reap as planned and for him to notify the hotel. I was flying instead to Phnom Phen and would notify him later of my flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Phnom Phen as I was filling out my visa on arrival form, a Remote Land guide greeted me and told me that Mr. Buntheun had notified the Bangkok office of my predicament and sent him to greet me. As you can imagine being in a foreign land in an unplanned location he was a sight for sore eyes. He got me in contact with Nadia who then took care of the rest of the accommodations (hotel, transportation to/from airport and flight from Phnom Phen to Siem Reap the next day). Assistance provided by Remote Lands got us to Siem Reap on time.
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Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

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