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THE CHARM OF BAIKAL

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THE CHARM OF BAIKAL

 
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Tour Itinerary

Baikal is so many-sided that it is impossible to go everywhere and see everything in one trip, but you can get the most vivid impressions in just 10 days. You will get acquainted with the architectural ensembles of the ancient Siberian city of Irkutsk, visit the museum of wooden architecture, where you can feel like a resident of the Baikal region of the 17th century, touch the stones, covered with legends, in one of the longest tunnels of the Circum-Baikal railway and visit the beautiful places of the Small Sea and the island Olkhon. Join us and you will discover the wonderful world of Lake Baikal!


Day 1. Irkutsk (dinner)
11.00 – Departure from the hotel for a sightseeing tour of Irkutsk, the ancient city of the Decembrists; A trip to Lake Baikal, to the tourist village Listvyanka on the shore of the lake; Sightseeing tour, walk along the shore of Lake Baikal; Souvenir market; Fish market.
Excursion to the Taltsy Museum – a unique open-air storage of historical and cultural monuments of the peoples of Eastern Siberia. This is an old Siberian village, where four historical and cultural zones have been recreated – Russian, Buryat, Evenk and Tofalar.
Return to Irkutsk. Accommodation in a hotel in the city center, next to the tourist quarter. The 130th quarter was restored for the 350th anniversary of the city, a rare example for Russia of reconstruction and reconstruction of historical buildings. Reminds of the Moscow Arbat: cafes, restaurants, street artists, souvenir shops.


Day 2. Irkutsk – Circum-Baikal Railway (breakfast, dinner)
Transfer to the place of departure on a tour. Traveling on Circum-Baikal Railway . (motor ship)
An amazingly beautiful monument of engineering art of the early XX century, where 424 engineering structures were manually built, including 39 tunnels, with a total length of 8994 m. In terms of the number of works per 1 km of track, the Circum-Baikal road surpassed all those built railways in the world and is considered the most beautiful among the railways. It is called the Golden Buckle of the Steel Belt of Russia. Interesting is the shore of Lake Baikal and the taiga approaching the lake, rock structures resembling medieval castles, in which tunnels have been made. Among the vaults of numerous tunnels, there is no one with the same architecture. There is a guide on the ship, during the trip there is a stop, time for a walk, the opportunity to take a picture against the backdrop of Lake Baikal. Overnight at the hotel in Irkutsk.


Day 3. Irkutsk – Olkhon
(breakfast, dinner)
8:00 Departure from the hotel by bus to island Olkhon – the largest island on Baikal, which concentrated on its territory all the variety of natural landscapes of the Baikal shores. Even in its shape, it resembles the outlines of Lake Baikal.
The island stretches along the shore of Lake Baikal for 73 km, its width reaches 15 km.
Olkhon is located on the territory of a national park and is deservedly considered one of the most beautiful places in Lake Baikal.
Acquaintance with traditions: tying cloth ribbons – hadak zalaa on tree branches or serge pillar (hitching post), " splash '' alcohol, tea, milk for treating and coaxing local spirits.
The journey takes 5-6 hours.
Ferry crossing to island Olkhon , travel to the capital of the island – settlement Khuzhir .
stay at the recreation center, free time.

Day 4.  Olkhon Khuzhir (breakfast, dinner)
Sightseeing tour of Khuzhir .
Excursion to the sacred Cape Burkhan '' (Shamanka rock), this is one of the nine shrines of Asia. There is a through cave in the rock. According to legend, the spirit of the island's owner lives in this cave. It was believed that this is one of his three palaces – earthly, and from here there are exits to the heavenly and underground palaces. For many centuries, shamanistic rituals with sacrifices were held near the rock.
Having visited this place, you will be charged with the energy of Lake Baikal for a long time.
Visit to an art and souvenir shop. Paintings, handmade souvenirs of local craftsmen will be presented to your choice , teas and herbs of the generous shores of Lake Baikal, jewelry made of precious Baikal stones. Free time.
Those who wish can go sunbathing on the 5-kilometer Saraysky beach with white sand .


Day 5.  Olkhon – Cape Khoboy (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Travel by UAZ car to the northernmost point of the island – Cape Khoboy.
A place of extraordinary energy and beauty. A beautiful high rock on Cape Khoboy, outwardly similar to a sharp canine, bears a resemblance to the profile of a woman's head with a bust.
During the excursion, you will be able to see the stunning natural difference between the rocky eastern coast and the more gentle western one. In good weather, Cape Khoboy overlooks the widest part of Lake Baikal (80 km).
At the capes of Sagan-Khushun and Shunte-Left you will see Baikal from a bird's eye view. You will see an indescribable view of the open, or as the locals call it, Big Baikal. Lunch: picnic.
Upon returning to the recreation center – free time.


Day 6.  Olkhon (breakfast, dinner)
Free day.
You will be offered excursions (optional, for an additional fee ) :
- excursions by boat:
to the island of Ogoy, to the Buddhist Stupa;
on the islands of the Small Sea;
- excursion to the local history museum;
- excursion to Lake Shara-Nur;
- excursion to the Buryat village;
- horseback riding;
- fishing;
- visiting a mobile bath on the shore of Lake Baikal;
- ATV rental.

Day 7. Small Sea of ​​Lake Baikal – beach vacation (breakfast, dinner)
Departure from the hotel to the Small Sea of ​​Lake Baikal (by bus, travel time is about 2 hours).
Small Sea – a shallow strait, separated from the big Baikal by the island Olkhon .
There is an excellent beach vacation here: the water in numerous sandy coves warms up to a comfortable temperature, and the small sea tan lasts up to several months.
Due to its advantages, rest on the Small Sea can be recommended for families with children.
Arrival at the recreation center " Da-Shi '' on the shore of Baikal. Free time. Rest on the beach.
Optional – sauna (extra charge).


Days 8 – 9. Small Sea of ​​Lake Baikal – beach vacation (breakfast, dinner)
Free days.
Rest on the beach.
You will be offered excursions (optional, additional payment):
- car excursions to the Sarma Gorge, Kurminskie grottoes, Caves of the Tazheran steppes, the Valley of Stone Spirits, Aya Bay;
- boat excursions along the islets of the Maloye More.
Interesting stone statues – weathered rocks, centuries-old multi-colored lichens – a paradise for photography lovers!
Bird colonies: nesting places for herons, gulls, and black cormorants, which after disappearing, after several decades, returned to Lake Baikal.
A visit to Ogoy Island, on the top of which the Buddhist Stupa is installed, from the top of the island opens wonderful view of the lake.


Day 10. Small Sea – Irkutsk (breakfast)
Departure to Irkutsk by bus, travel time 4 hours.
Arrival in Irkutsk before 20:00.

Overview

Itinerary: Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Taltsy – Circum-Baikal railway – Olkhon island – Khuzhir – Burkhan cape – Khoboy cape – Sagan-Khushun cape – Maloe More (beach) – Irkutsk

Days: 10 days / 9 nights

Group: от. 1 pax, max. 12 pax

Accommodation: 2, 3 or 4

Visa: citizens of 58 states that hold all types of passports are eligible for visa-free entrance to Russia for a period up to 14 days (you can see the list on the official website), citizens of the 52 countries will be able to obtain a single e-visa of up to 16 days (you can see the list on the official website)




Schedule


Available departure dates in 2022: Jul 15 – Jul 24, Jul 22 – Jul 31, Jul 29 – Aug 07, Aug 05 – Aug 14 


Fees

The price of the tour per pax (without airfare), USD:
 

1 Hotels
½DBL (double) 590
⅓TRPL (triple) 590
SNGL (single) 760
CHLD (child under 10 years old) 540

 

2 Hotels
½DBL (double) 660
⅓TRPL (triple) 650
SNGL (single) 840
CHLD (child under 10 years old) 540

 

3 Hotels
½DBL (double) 880
⅓TRPL (triple) 880
SNGL (single) 1,300
CHLD (child under 10 years old) 860

 

4 Hotels
½DBL (double) 1,200
⅓TRPL (triple) 1'100
SNGL (single) 1,500
CHLD (child under 10 years old) 990

Payment schedule: 5% – at booking, 95% – 15 or 30 days prior to arrival.

Payment methods:
- bank transfer in USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, AED, ILS, CNY, DKK etc.
- credit/debit card online on our website

Fees include

- group transfers according to the tour program

- accommodation in a hotel of the selected category in Irkutsk,  2 nights:  
    hotel « Marriott » 4 
    hotel « Sayen » 4 
    hotel « Marusya » 3 
    hotel « Soviet » 3 
    hotel « Empire » 3 
    hotel « Europe » 3
    hotel « Hangar » 3 
    hotel « Sports »  2

- accommodation in a hotel of the selected category on the island Olkhon, 4 nights

- accommodation in a hotel of the selected category on the Small Sea of ​​Lake Baikal, 3 nights:
    recreation center Da-Shi 3   

- meals: breakfasts and dinners (when staying at the Sport Hotel Irkutsk, breakfasts are not included on the 2nd and 3rd days of the tour)

- necessary permits to visit specially protected natural areas

- the language of excursions is Russian but the guides speak English.

- excursions:
Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk and Listvyanka (bus)
Baikal Museum, Taltsy Museum
Trip by motor ship along the Circum-Baikal Railway
Sightseeing tour of Khuzhir , to the sacred Cape Burkhan (Shamanka rock)
Travel to Cape Khoboy by car UAZ (with lunch)

Category of accommodation for unclassified hotels:
1 - standard, toilet and shower on the floor or on the territory
2 - standard, toilet and shower on the floor or for two rooms
3 - standard, toilet and shower in the room
4 - increased comfort, toilet and shower in the room.

The place of residence is determined by the Travel Company, taking into account the wishes of the tourist, subject to availability of places in the indicated accommodation or in similar ones.

Fees exclude

- air or railway transfer to Irkutsk and back

- meals not specified in the program

- personal spending

- early check-in or late check-out in hotels

- not included in the program or indicated as additional excursions

- personal English/Spanish guide: 100 USD per required day.

Optionally:
You can book an individual transfer Maloe More – Irkutsk on the 10th day of the tour, 270 km, additional payment of 8,000 rubles. (for a car, up to 4 people).
It's more comfortable and convenient.

 

Travel tips

We recommend that you come to Irkutsk a day before the start of the tour, because due to the long flight and the time difference (the difference with Moscow is +5 hours), according to many years of observations, it is difficult to endure the first excursion day without rest.
Additional days must be booked when booking the tour.

Map

Irkutsk city

Listvyanka village

Baikalsk city

Olkhon island