The Siberian Tour will take place in July 2019. The tour guests will be co-organisers Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman ...

Andrew Collins is a science and history writer as well as the author of over 15 books that challenge the way we see the past including From the Ashes of Angels (1996), Gods of Eden (1998) and Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods (2014). His website is

Andrew's new book The Cygnus Key: The Denisovan Legacy, Gobekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt (2018) shows how the origins of human civilization, cosmology and technology came from the Denisovans of southern Siberia. See below for more details of the book's revolutionary new theories regarding the Altai-Baikal region of Siberia, which he will lecture on during this unique tour.

Hugh Newman is the proprietor of Megalithomania conferences and tours. He is a world traveler and explorer of ancient and forgotten civilizations. Hugh is also the author of several books including Earth Grids (2008), and The Little Book of Stone Circles (2017). His website is

Hugh's book Giants on Record (2016, co-authored with Jim Vieira) provides a good account of the discovery in North America of giant skeletons and remains, which could have links to the Denisovans of southern Siberia. They too are thought to have been of enormous size and might well have migrated at an early date in the Americas.


See the Devisova cave, the 17,000-year-old astronomical observatory of Sunduki, the gateway of the gods at Ergaki, the pyramid-mound complex of Salbyk, the megalithic monuments of Khakassia, and the sacred sites of Lake Baikal. Experience shamanism in the land of its origin with Megalithomania in association with the Siberian tour operator

The tour will be in two parts -

A main tour lasting fourteen days, which will include Lake Baikal, the Denisova Cave, St Petersburg, Sunduki, Salbyk and many more sites.

There is also an optional five-day excursion to the gateway of the gods in the Western Sayan Mountains. This will take place before the start of the main tour.



Day 1 - Meeting at Moscow airport for participants in the three-day excursion to Ergaki. Catch flight from Moscow to Abakan in the Republic of Khakassia in southern Siberia.


Day 2 - Arrival in Abakan, capital city of Khakassia republic. Meeting in the airport, then pick-up from the railway station. City tour visiting the Siberian landscaping park Garden of the Dream. After lunch the group will go to the old Russian town of Minussinsk. See Saviour Cathedral and other local attractions including a local market and the museum of Russian Decembrists. See also the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station, the biggest one in Russia, and the Sayano-Shushensky Biosphere Reserve. Arrival to Shushenskoye village and overnight accomodation in a guesthouse of the museum Shushenskoye.

*Accommodation in guesthouses of Shushenskoye village, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distances of the day - 250 km by bus

Day 3 - After the excursion around Shushenskoye reserve, transfer to Ergaki National Park, the gateway of the gods, which has been seen as celestial observatory for thousands of years. After early lunch, arrival at the starting point. With only your backpack and the most necessary things enjoy three days of hiking, staying in a two or four person tent sleeping on mats inside a sleeping bag.

The journey involves hiking along a path in mountainous taiga (Siberian forest), 8 km uphill to the beautiful Lake Svetloe, the shape of which resembles a church dome. Arrive at the camping accommodation, dinner. Night fire. The camp is located in a cedar forest on the shores of the lake.

* Overnight in tents, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Distance of the day - 250 km by bus, 8 km on foot

Svetloe Lake, Ergaki National Park

Day 4 - After breakfast continue exploration of Ergaki National Park. The guide will choose and fix the route depending on the weather, the group's physical preparation and other factors. Climb toward the stupendous twin towers known as the Brothers or Parabola. These are composed of two granite horns 250 and 150 metres in height and positioned side by side. They marked the setting of the sun, moon and stars for thousands of years. Here the gods would gather from afar to celebrate the seasons, and watch the Milky Way and stars of Cygnus set between the Parabola's twin horns. See also Star Peak, which anciently linked the earth to the North Star, the whole elevated platform being oriented toward the stars of the northern night sky. See as well Bird Peak, named after the shamanic eagle, the symbol of shamanic initiations here since the beginning of time. Visit also the Lake of Mountain Spirits, which at night is said to emit a strange luminescence. Camp out overnight in the vicinity of the Svetloe Lake. Dinner over the campfire.

* Overnight in tents, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Distance of the day depends on chosen route - about 10-20 km on foot

Day 5 - After early breakfast the group leaves the camp site, returning to the start point (8 km, 2-3 hours). Depart Ergaki. Lunch on the way back to Abakan. Check-in to hotel, dinner, rest.

* Overnight at hotel 3*, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Distance of the day - 250 km by bus, 8 km on foot


Day 6 - The rest of the group are met at Moscow airport and transferred to Kazanovka.

Ergaki excursion participants travel from Abakan to Kazanovka. All tour guests will then meet at Kazanovka airport. Transfer to the hotel, check-in, breakfast, rest. Full day tour of Kazanovka and Khurtuyakh Tas. Visit the museum-reserve of Kazanovka, which is a shrine to the ancient civilizations of Khakassia. It is situated in the open air and includes mountains, canyons, caves, mixed forest, and rare plants. There are more than 2000 archaeological monuments within the reserve. The main purpose of this museum is to preserve natural and historical landscapes, which include rock art that is at least 3000-5000 years old. Traditional Khakassian food is served for lunch.

Khakassian women in traditional Khakass dress at Kazanovka (pic: Avax News)

Ulug Khurtuyakh Tas (pic: Sayan Ring)

Visit Khakassian ethnographical village and aquaint yourself with the traditional lifestyle of Khakassian people. On the way visit the megalithic setting of Ulug Khurtuyakh tas, which means "big stone of the old woman." It is a wellknown place of pilgrimage and is considered to be one of the most important stone structures of the region. Local women who wish to have a baby come here to offer up gifts to the monument. It is situated at the centre of the Askiz burial mound, which is 4,500 years old. Return afterwards to Abakan for dinner.

* Accommodation at hotel 3*, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 250 km by bus

Day 7 - Travel south through the city of Divnogorsk past one of the biggest dams in the world - the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric power station. It was built in 1972, forming a water basin 400 km long. Arrive at Sunduki, a celestial observatory for at least 17,000 years. Sunduki is a series a wedge shaped mountain-ridges set within a former inland salt sea. From each of the hills different stars were observed to rise and set, the theory of Russian archaeologist Professor Vitaly Larichev. Strange petroglyphs of a proposed cosmological nature adorn rock surfaces, and strange legends are attached to the hilltops. Lunch is in the open air.

In the afternoon visit the Great Salbyk Mound, a megalithic complex situated in Tsar Valley, Khakassia's own Valley of the Kings. The site contains more than 10 "king" mounds and more than 100 ordinary mounds. The Great Salbyk Mound was constructed in the fourth century BC and forms the tomb of legendary leader Dinlin Tsar and his family. The monument itself was original a pyramid-mound over 11.5 metres in height with a perimeter of 500 metres. Many standing stones, some up to 60 tonnes, remain in situ. Even today local shamans visit Great Salby to gain their power and strength. Visit also the twin monoliths known as the Big Gates, which are 3 metres in height and are thought to be older than the Great Salbyk Mound. In the evening arrive in Krasnoyarsk. Overnight at hotel.

* Accommodation hotel 3*, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 350 km by bus, 8 km on foot

The Great Salbyk Mound Complex

Day 8 - After breakfast tour Krasnoyarsk city visiting the regional museum and funpark Bobrovy log. Later depart by train.

* Accommodation on train board, breakfast, lunch, dinner (boxed)
Distance of the day - 10 km by bus

Day 9 - Arrival in Irkutsk. Meet with guide, transfer to hotel, lunch. After lunch depart for Mal'ta, the site of a very important Palaeolithic site over 20,000 years old. Here a prehistoric settlement produced beautful mammoth bone artefacts of swans, mother figures, batons, and mnenomic teaching devices.
Overnight in hotel in Irkutsk.

* Accommodation on hotel 3*, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 200 km by bus

Excavations at Mal'ta during the 1930s

Bone objects found at Mal'ta

Day 10 - In the morning depart for Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest inland sea in Russia. Not only is it one of the cradles of advanced human thought, but the lake is renowned for its geomagnetic anomalies and mysterious lights that haunt its waters. Some even suggest these lights are caused by a large meteorite that formed the lake following an impact event. Visit Buryat villages where shamans and locals still practice the old ways to this day. Stay in the vicinity of Lake Baikal, where the arrival of nine swan maidens gave way to the birth of the Buryat peoples sometime during the Palaeolithic age.

* Accommodation at touristic camp, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 300 km by bus

Map showing Lake Baikal in southern Siberia

Day 11 - Continue the exploration of Lake Baikal including Shaman Rock, Olkhon Island, one of the most sacred places in the region. It is the legendary birth place of the great Mongol warrior lord Ghengis Khan, and perhaps even his burial place. Local Buryat shamans believe the island to be the site of the oikony noyod, the "thirteen lords of Olkhon." Transfer to Irkutsk. Accommodation at hotel upon arrival.

* Accommodation at hotel 3*, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 300 km by bus

Day 12 - Check-out of Irkutsk. Transfer to the airport. Onward journey to Novosibirsk with S7 Airlines. Transfer to hotel, short rest. After lunch Novosibirsk city tour with visit to the Museum of History and Culture of Siberia and Far East peoples. This is home of many of the artefacts found in the Denisova Cave including the incredible stone bracelet made by Denisovans around 60,000-70,000 years ago. This shows evidence of sawing, polishing and high speed drilling so advanced that these same techniques were not rediscovered until the Neolithic age, tens of thousands of years later. Please note that some artefacts usually housed in the museum might be on loan at the time.

* Accommodation hotel 3*, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 50 km by bus

Day 13 - Breakfast, transfer to Soloneshnoye settlement via Biisk. Visit Soloneshny Lore museum. Transfer to Denisova cave. Accommodation at touristic camp of archeologists. Dinner. Take in the atmosphere of the area, where once the Denisovans lived.

* Accommodation archaeologist touristic camp, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 520 km by bus

Day 14 - After breakfast excursion to Denisova cave, home of the Denisovans and Neanderthals from 300,000 through to 40,000 years ago. Examine its shafts and talk to archaeologists and volunteers helping to uncover the site's lost heritage. After the excursion visit the Soloneshnoyski Regional Museum with has artefacts from the Denisova Cave. Lunch. Transfer to Gorno-Altaisk, dinner. Accommodation at hotel 2*.

* Accommodation hotel 2*, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Distance of the day - 250 km by bus.

Day 15, Breakfast at hotel. Visit the museum of A. Anokhin and see the artefacts and remains of Siberia famous ice maiden. She was an Altaian Iron Age warrior princess who body was found in a kurgan (tumuli mound). Her symbols would have appear to have been the swan and deer. Transfer to Novosibirsk. Check-in to hotel.
Farewell dinner (Siberia part).

* Accommodation at hotel 3*, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance of the day - 450 km by bus

2,500-year-old Siberian ice princess, showing also her tattooed body

Day 16 - Breakfast boxed. Transfer to the airport. Departure to Saint-Petersburg. Arrival in Saint-Petersburg. Meet with a guide, transfer to hotel. Check-in, rest. Afternoon city tour.

* Accommodation hotel 3*, breakfast,
Distance of the day - 30 km by bus

Day 17, Saint Petersburg
Breakfast at hotel. City tour and visit Saint Petersburg's famous World Hermitage Museum. See artefacts found at the Upper Palaeolithic site of Mal'ta, close to Lake Baikal, including swan pendants and some of the most extraordinary mother goddess statues in the world.

* Accommodation hotel 3*, breakfast.
Distance of the day - 30 km by bus

Saint Petersburg's famous World Hermitage Museum

Day 18, Saint-Petersburg
Breakfast at hotel. Free time in Saint-Petersburg.

* Accommodation hotel 3*, breakfast, -, -
Distance of the day - 30 km by bus

Day 19, Flight back home
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport. Flight back home.

* Accommodation hotel 3*, breakfast, -, -
Distance of the day - 30 km by bus

Members of national folklore and ethnographic groups and employees of a museum-preserve participate in the reconstruction of daily life and traditional holidays celebrated by indigenous population of the Republic of Khakassia during a demonstration for visitors outside a traditional wooden yurt near Kazanovka village, southwest of the city of Abakan, Russia, July 24, 2015. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)




July 2019

(meet Moscow Airport)

Cost per person based on double occupancy


Single occupancy supplement: £xxx



July 2019

Cost per person based on double occupancy


Single occupancy supplement: £xxx


The above price includes:

- Domestic flights (airfare subject to change)
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation (14 nights)
- Ground transport
- Meals: full board unless stated
- Sightseeing and entry fees to sites
- Escorted guide


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The cover of Andrew Collins's new book The Cygnus Key: Göbekli Tepe and the Birth of Egypt.
Cover artwork by Russell Hossain

In the 2000s human fossil remains were unearthed in the Denisova Cave within the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. DNA testing showed that the bones - two molars and a pinky bone - belonged to a previously unknown human population today known as the Denisovans. They are now thought to have inhabited Eastern Eurasia from around 400,000 years down to around 40,000 years ago. During their final years the Denisovans achieved an advanced level of human behaviour, including the creation of sophisticated symbolic or non-functional objects including an arm bracelet in bottle-green chloritolite with a bored hole that can only have been made using a high-speed drill; a bone needle with an eye for thread, suggesting the manufacture of tailored clothing, as well as finely finished, pierced ostrich eggshell beads no more than a centimetre in diameter. In addition to this, fragments of horse bones found inside the Denisova Cave have suggested that Denisovans domesticated, herded and maybe even rode horses long before it was thought humanly possible. So who exactly were the Denisovans? What do we really know about them, and how are they linked to Neanderthals and our own ancestors?

The Cygnus Key presents compelling evidence showing that the earliest origins of human culture, religion, and technology derive from the Denisovans, the true creators of the lost civilization long known to exist but never before proved.

Denisovan bracelet made of chlorite that is around 70,000 years old (credit: The Siberian Times).

The author explains how the stars of Cygnus coincided with the turning point of the heavens at the moment the Denisovan legacy was handed to the first human societies in southern Siberia some 45,000 years ago, catalyzing beliefs in swan ancestry and an understanding of Cygnus as the source of cosmic creation. It also led to powerful ideas involving the Milky Way’s Dark Rift, viewed as the Path of Souls and the sky-road shamans travel to reach the sky-world. He explores how their sound technology and ancient cosmologies were carried into the West, flowering first at Gobekli Tepe and later in Egypt’s Nile Valley. Collins shows how the ancient belief in Cygnus as the source of creation can also be found in many other cultures around the world, further confirming the role played by the Denisovan legacy in the genesis of human civilization.

Built at the end of the last ice age around 9600 BCE, Gobekli Tepe in southeast Turkey was designed to align with the constellation of Cygnus, the celestial swan, a fact confirmed by the discovery at the site of a tiny bone plaque carved with the three key stars of Cygnus. Remarkably, the three main pyramids at Giza in Egypt, including the Great Pyramid, align with the same three stars. But where did this ancient veneration of Cygnus come from?

Showing that Cygnus was once seen as a portal to the sky-world, Andrew Collins reveals how, at both sites, the attention toward this star group is linked with sound acoustics and the use of musical intervals “discovered” thousands of years later by the Greek mathematician Pythagoras. Collins traces these ideas as well as early advances in human technology and cosmology back to the Altai-Sayan region of Russian Siberia, where the Denisovans gifted humanity with the rudiments of civilization as much as 45,000 years ago.

Publication Month: May 2018
Bear & Company. ISBN 978-1-59143-299-9 $24.00
Paper. Also available as an ebook
Size: 464 pages, 6 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
Includes 16-page color insert and 75 black-and-white illustrations

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