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
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
The tour’s program.
Participation in archeological excavations in Arkaim.
Practical lessons on course “Technology of ancient
handicrafts” (pottery, metallurgy, work up of the stones).
Acquaintance with the modern serial production of
engravings on steal and lessons on the basic technological stages of its
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 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:
living in two room flat - $ 880,
living in tourist centre “Ttubnik’ - $ 920,
living in hotel (single) - $ 1060.
The cost does not include: the air tickets Moscow
– Ekaterinburg – Moscow and medical insurance.