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Gumboldt To the Ural following Humboldt itinerary: creation of own collection of Ural minerals

        We invite you to make a wonderful trip along the Ural mountains, visit to Berezovskii’s deposit of gold, Bajenovskii’s deposit of chrysolite, survey of the Urals’s emerald, beryl, jasper and molybdenum deposits.

We suggest to follow the itinerary of the famous German naturalist Alexander Humboldt, who in 1829 was invited by the Tsar Nikolai I to visit the Russia, and the Ural in particular.

Humboldt described the natural environment of the Ural and its resources in his well-known work “Central Asia”. He remained about four weeks in the North and Middle Ural and visited several metallurgical works (Verh-Isetsky, Neviansky, Verh and Nizhni Tagilsky, Kushvansky, Bogoslovsky ones), Beriozovsky gold mine, Shabrovsky fields, Gumeshevsky and Turyinsky mines. The expedition headed by him also went to Altai mountains and then came back to the South Ural where he visited the town of Miass and Ilmen mountains and ascended the Big Taganai mountain.

Humboldt saw his sixtieth anniversary in Zlatoust where local metallurgists presented him with a saber made from Zlatoust Damascus steel, as a token of respect. Humboldt also visited the jasper field near Orsk as well as Solt-Iletsk salt-fields.

The problems of rational uses of the Ural rich resources are nowadays a very urgent aim of research of several Institutes of the Ural branch of the Academy of Sciences.

The Institute of Geology and Geochemistry, Institute of Geophysics, Institute of Mining of the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences could offer to the visitors to take part in the scientific expeditions conducting by the Russian scholars and to participate in their researches. Tourists with the help of a tray can be convinced of available gold of the Ural rivers. They could visit Museum of jeweller’s art of the Ural, Kungur ice cavern, Nevian school of icon art, Malyshevo’s emerald copies, Tagil school of varnish painting. Collection of samples for training and study is guaranteed.

Every future participant has to take preparatory course of training through Internet-Forum for acquainting himself with scientific problems of the expedition and discussing in real-time environment the questions, which interest him. Besides, on the site of the tour one can get to know detailed information about conditions of work and life and look through a set of scientific materials and surveys prepared by the scientific body of the expedition.


The tour’s program.

  1. Participation in archeological excavations in Arkaim.

  2. Practical lessons on course “Technology of ancient handicrafts” (pottery, metallurgy, work up of the stones).

  3. Acquaintance with the modern serial production of engravings on steal and lessons on the basic technological stages of its creation.

  4. Participation in geological-mineralogical researches.


Duration of the basic tour: 21 days.

Term: from May to September.

Transportation: by a comfortable bus.

Food: two meals a day in restaurants.

Medical aid: rendered in case of need.

Escort: English or German speaking guide for a group.

Group size: no less than 15 people.

Equipment: no special equipment is required.

Weather conditions: day temperature 18 – 30 ° C, could be rain.

Cost: depend from lodging in Ekaterinburg:

  1. living in two room flat - $ 880,

  2. living in tourist centre “Ttubnik’ - $ 920,

  3. living in hotel (single) - $ 1060.

The cost does not include: the air tickets Moscow – Ekaterinburg – Moscow and medical insurance.

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