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MEETING WITH BAIKAL 9 DAYS

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MEETING WITH BAIKAL 9 DAYS

 
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Day 1. Irkutsk – Baltiysk (lunch, dinner)
Meeting. Transfer to Baikalsk. Excursion around Baikalsk. Evening on the shore of Lake Baikal with a fire and tasting of Baikal dishes.
Meeting at the airport of Irkutsk, railway station in Irkutsk or railway station in Baikalsk. Transfer to the hotel in Baikalsk. Accommodation. Relaxation. Acquaintance with the guide and participants of the tour.
Citytour of the Baikalsk city with a visit to the ski resort and city center. We will start the tour of the Baikalsk city at 18.00 local time. After exploring the city, our bus will take us to the shore of Lake Baikal, where we will have dinner on the shore, tea brewed on a campfire from the herbs of the Eastern Sayan, and songs with a guitar around the fire.
Return to the hotel.


Day 2. Baikalsk (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Excursion to "Warm Lakes" to the foot of the Khamar-Daban ridge.
The excursion starts at 11.00; duration – 6 hours;
On this excursion you will need comfortable clothes and shoes, as well as swimming accessories.
Lakes of glacial origin will amaze you with their purity and amazing beauty of the virgin Siberian nature! Mini-hike to the lakes: Emerald, Dead and Fairy Tale. Picnic (here you will taste hot smoked Baikal fish cooked in your presence). Free time (swimming, catamarans). Return to Baikalsk.


Day 3. Baikalsk (breakfast, picnic, dinner)
Excursion by boat, on Circum-Baikal Railway
The excursion will start at 11.00, duration is about 6 hours.
The excursion means a trip by boat along Lake Baikal from the southeastern coast to the southwestern one. Here you will need sportswear: sneakers or boots, comfortable pants, a T-shirt, a wind jacket. a cool wind may blow while the boat is in motion, we recommend bringing a warm sweater with you. Those wishing to swim in Lake Baikal can take their bathing accessories with them.
A boat trip along Lake Baikal to Circum-Baikal Railway road , built in 1900-1904, and is currently an architectural monument, because on a stretch of only 100 km. there are 139 architectural structures, including 39 tunnels. Disembarkation in one of the most beautiful places Circum-Baikal Railway . Here you will find out why this section of the road is called the " golden buckle of the steel belt of Russia. '' And also why in the 50s of the 20th century the road became a dead end and why this place attracts a huge number of tourists. Excursion. Picnic. Visiting the tunnels. Arrival to Baikalsk.


Day 4. Baikalsk – Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Baikalsk (breakfast, lunch)
Excursion to the city of Irkutsk and village Listvyanka with a visit to the Limnological Museum, the source of the Angara River, the Museum of Wooden Architecture « Taltsy ».
Departure at 7.30. Today we have a very busy day, because we have to get to know the city of Irkutsk, where we will visit such places as: the historical center, the eternal flame, the monument to the pioneers, the Moscow gate (the lower embankment of the Angara river), the Znamensky monastery, the monument to Admiral Kolchak, st. Karl Marx, Monument to Alexander III (upper embankment of the Angara River), block 130, the dam of the Irkutsk hydroelectric power station, the Angara icebreaker.
Next, the bus will take us to the village Listvyanka , here we will visit the Baikal Limnological Museum, where you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of Lake Baikal, see the live Baikal seal and other inhabitants of the sacred lake. And also find out why the water in Lake Baikal, in spite of everything, remains as clean as it was hundreds of years ago. Here you can make a virtual dive to the bottom of Lake Baikal and hear the legends of the peoples of the Baikal region. Let's stand at the source of the Angara River, learn the legend about the Shaman Stone and the beautiful Angara.
Next, we will go to the Taltsy ethnographic museum, a unique open-air museum that has absorbed the entire history of the Baikal region and vividly tells about the life of indigenous peoples Siberia. Lunch in Taltsy. Return to Baikalsk.


Day 5. Baikalsk (breakfast, lunch)
Excursion to the Baikal Biosphere Reserve a preacher.
Departure for an excursion to the village of Tankhoy at 11.00. Today we will visit the Baikal Biosphere Reserve. We will walk along an ecological trail passing through a section of the Siberian taiga and swamps. We will get acquainted with different types of forest and marsh vegetation, watch birds and breathe in the clean taiga air. The trail is very well equipped, lined with boards along its entire route, there are information stands and benches. Further, while our guides are preparing lunch for us on the shore of Lake Baikal, we will visit the information and visitor center with interactive expositions, watch live sables, study the arrangement of 19th century railway cars, and, standing at the ancient pier, we will learn how the connection between the western and eastern railways when there was no Circum-Baikal railway that we already knew. Lunch on the shore of Lake Baikal. Return.


Day 6. Baikalsk (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Excursion to Tunkinsky national park (Republic of Buryatia ) with a visit to mineral and thermal springs.
distance – 150 km., Duration – 12 hours, you will need comfortable clothes and shoes, as well as swimming accessories.
At 9.00. departure to the Tunkinskaya valley, located at the foot of the Eastern Sayan. The uniqueness of the Tunkinskaya valley lies in the fact that it is a continuation of the Baikal depression, stretching for almost 200 km. Here you will find out what is the connection between the Siberian Lake Baikal and Lake Khubsugul, which harmoniously fit into the landscapes of Mongolia. You will have the opportunity to swim in thermal springs with water temperature (t 42 ° C and 52 ° C). Lunch at one of the cafes in Buryatia. Visiting the village of Arshan, which is a famous hydropathic establishment, here you will have the opportunity to taste the mineral waters of the Tunkinskaya valley, which, in their chemical composition, are analogous to the Kislovodsk narzan. And also to get acquainted with the culture and life of the Buryat people inhabiting the Tunkinskaya valley. Visit to the Buryat datsan. Hike along the mountain river 'Kyngyrga' to the waterfall. Return to Baikalsk.


Day 7. Baikalsk – Khamar-Daban (breakfast, lunch)
Mini-hike to the foothills of the Khamar-Daban ridge to the Devil's Finger rock.
The length of the route – 4 km one way. The trail is not difficult, without a sharp climb. The excursion is designed for 5-6 hours.
Departure for the excursion at 11.00. We are waiting for a short hike through the Siberian forest, to the foothills of the Khamar-Daban ridge, to the Devil's Finger cliff. Walking along the trail, we will get acquainted with different Siberian vegetation: cedars, bergamo, dwarf fir, etc. Let's see how red and black currants grow in the wild. We will learn about the treachery of the Khamar-Daban mountain rivers, and admire such an extraordinary phenomenon in the mountain landscape as " outliers ''. We will learn the nature of their origin, and the most daring can even climb to the top of the " Devil's finger '' and admire the panorama of the Khamar-Daban ridge. Today for lunch we will have a kebab with vegetables prepared in your presence and tea made from herbs collected here on the slopes of the mountains.


Day 8. Baikalsk – Slyudyanka (breakfast, lunch)
Excursion to the city of Slyudyanka to the private museum of minerals named after Zhigalov.
Bus excursion, calculated for 4 hours. Departure at 10.00.
We will visit the town of Slyudyanka, where not so long ago such minerals as mica and lapis lazuli were mined. And now marble is mined in white, pink and blue. In Slyudyanka we will visit the private museum of minerals named after Zhigalov. Let's take a look at the collection of Baikal gems that enthusiast Valery Alekseevich Zhigalov has been collecting for over fifty years! We will stop by the only railway station in the world, entirely built of white and pink unpolished marble. Lunch upon returning to the hotel.
In the afternoon, you can devote to gathering, buying souvenirs, and an independent walk to the shore of Lake Baikal.


Day 9. Baikalsk – Irkutsk (breakfast)
Transfer to the airport or railway station.
Baikalsk is located 150 km from Irkutsk, the federal highway Moscow – passes through Baikalsk; Vladivostok, as well as the Trans-Siberian Railway. This means that if you are leaving us by train, then it is more convenient for you to take tickets for the return journey directly from the Baikalsk station. If you are leaving by plane, then we will take you to the airport of Irkutsk.

Overview

Itinerary: Irkutsk – Baikalsk – Warm lakes – Circum-Baikal railway – Listvyanka – Taltsy – Tunkinsky nat. park (Buryatia) – Tankhoi (Baikal Biosphere Reserve) – Khamar-Daban ridge – Slyudyanka – Irkutsk

Days: 9 days / 8 nights

Group: от. 1 pax, max. 15 pax

Accommodation: 3 or apartment

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)

Transport: tourist buses 16-18 seats. (Fiat, Mercedes, Ford, Peugeot)

Accommodation: comfortable hotel in the Baikalsk city (shower, toilet, TV in the room)

Accompaniment: Experienced guides, guides

We begin to meet you at the airport of Irkutsk from 6.00 local time.

The meeting takes place as follows: the first car meets guests arriving from 6.00 to 8.00, the second from 8.00 to 10.00, the third from 10.00 to 12.00 and the fourth from 12.00 until 14.00.

The transfer to the hotel in the Baikalsk city is also carried out: at 8.00, then at 10.00, at 12.00 and 14.00, respectively.

If you are planning to travel by rail, it would be more expedient for you to consider purchasing a ticket directly to the Baikalsk station. Thus, you will exclude unnecessary transfers and will be at the hotel much faster.




Schedule


Available departure dates in 2022: Jul 16 – Jul 24, Jul 23 – Jul 31, Jul 30 – Aug 07, Aug 06 – Aug 14, Aug 13 – Aug 21, Aug 20 – Aug 28, Aug 27 – Sep 04, Sep 03 – Sep 11, Sep 10 – Sep 18, Sep 17 – Sep 25 


Fees

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

Double accommodation ( ½DBL )
in an apartment **, AO (bed & lunch) 450
at the hotel, FB (full board) 570

Triple accommodation ( ⅓TPL )
in an apartment **, AO (bed & lunch) 450
at the hotel, FB (full board) 570

Single accommodation ( SNGL )
in an apartment **, AO (bed & lunch) 630
at the hotel, FB (full board) 750

Children under 5 years old without a separate seat are admitted free of charge, up to 12 years old receive a 15% discount.

* These are fully furnished apartments in large-panel apartment buildings. With a good repair, all the necessary equipment, furniture, dishes. With bathroom and toilet. Walking from apartments to the lake about 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. The houses are 2 or 3-storey, no elevator. No one lives in the apartments we offer, they are kept as commercial real estate. The apartment is fully rented, without strangers moving into it. If you arrive as a couple, you will accordingly be provided with a one-room apartment with two sleeping places.

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

- accommodation in the selected location in the Baikalsk city:
in the hotel (standard, toilet and shower in the room):
mini-hotel «Severny sklony», these are fully landscaped logs cottages, autonomous heating, warm floors
hotel «SVershiny»
hotel «Cosmos»
in apartment :
fully furnished apartments in large-panel apartment buildings, with good repair, all the necessary equipment, furniture , dishes, with a bath and toilet

- meals (when accommodated in an apartment – lunches only; in a hotel – three times a day)

- transfers specified in the program

- excursions specified in the program

- escorting tour guides and guides

- necessary permits to visit specially protected natural areas

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

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

Fees exclude

- airfare to Irkutsk city and return

- meals not specified in the program

- personal spending

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

- visit to thermal baths

- accommodation in Irkutsk hotels before and after the end of the program

- not included in the program or indicated as additional excursions

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

Travel tips

We begin to meet you at the airport of Irkutsk from 6.00 local time.

The meeting takes place as follows: the first car meets guests arriving from 6.00 to 8.00, the second from 8.00 to 10.00, the third from 10.00 to 12.00 and the fourth from 12.00 to 14.00.

The transfer to the hotel in the Baikalsk city is also carried out: at 8.00, then at 10.00, at 12.00 and 14.00, respectively.

If you are planning to travel by rail, it would be more expedient for you to consider purchasing a ticket directly to the Baikalsk station. Thus, you will eliminate unnecessary transfers, and you will find yourself in the hotel much faster.

Map

Irkutsk city

Listvyanka village

Baikalsk city