Tour of Baikal with exciting excursions. Irkutsk will introduce the history of the Siberian region, where now wooden houses are adjacent to fashionable hotels. Taltsy will be remembered for a walk through the ancient village of the 17th century, Listvyanka will impress you with its acquaintance with the Baikal seal, and the majestic island of Olkhon will amaze with its beauty, energy and unique landscapes! Join us and you will discover the wonderful world of Baikal!
Day 1 Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Taltsy (dinner)
Meeting at the airport with a guide.
Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk, the ancient city of the Decembrists.
A trip to Lake Baikal, in the tourist village of Listvyanka on the lake.
Sightseeing tour, a walk along the shore of Lake Baikal. Souvenir market. Fish market.
Excursion to the Baikal Museum. Giant omuli, whitefish, young sturgeons and Baikal seals live in the aquariums of the museum! Water enters the aquariums through a pipeline directly from Lake Baikal, so we can say that the aquariums of the museum are part of Lake Baikal itself. In the museum you can observe Baikal organisms invisible to the eye through a microscope. This is the only way to see microscopic crustaceans, which, according to scientists, purify Baikal water.
Excursion to the Taltsy Museum – a unique repository of historical and cultural monuments of the peoples of Eastern Siberia under the open sky. This is an old Siberian village, where four historical and cultural zones have been recreated: Russian, Buryat, Evenk and Tofalar;
Return to Irkutsk.
Accommodation at the Maroussia boutique hotel, located in the 130th quarter – the tourist quarter, restored to the 350th anniversary of the city, a rare example for Russia in the reconstruction and reconstruction of historical buildings: cafes, restaurants, street artists, souvenir shops.
Day 2 Irkutsk – Olkhon (breakfast, dinner)
08.30 departure from the hotel to Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island (by bus, travel time 5-6 hours).
Olkhon Island concentrated on its territory the whole variety of natural landscapes of the Baikal shores. Even in its form, it resembles the outlines of Lake Baikal. The island is extended along the coast of Lake Baikal for 73 km, and its width reaches 15 km. Olkhon is located in the national park and is considered one of the most beautiful places in Lake Baikal.
Ferry crossing to Olkhon island, travel to the island's capital – Khuzhir village.
Accommodation at the recreation center, free time.
Day 3 Olkhon – Cape Burhan (breakfast, dinner)
Sightseeing tour of Khuzhir.
Excursion to the sacred "Cape Burhan" (Shaman 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 owner of the island lives in this cave. It was believed that this is one of its 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 Baikal energy for a long time.
A visit to the island’s largest art and souvenir shop. Your choice will feature paintings, handmade souvenirs from local craftsmen, teas and herbs from the generous shores of Lake Baikal, jewelry made from precious Baikal stones.
Day 4 Olkhon – Cape Khoboy (breakfast, picnic, dinner)
Travel by UAZ to the northernmost point of the island – Cape Khoboy.
A place of extraordinary energy and beauty. A beautiful high rock at Cape Khoboy, looks like a sharp fang, resembles the profile of a female head with a bust. During the tour, you can see the stunning natural difference between the rocky eastern shore and the flatter west. In fine weather, from Cape Khoboy a view of the widest place of Lake Baikal (80 km) opens.
At Cape Sagan-Khushun and Shunte Levy, you will see Lake Baikal from a bird's eye view. You will have an indescribable view of the open, or as it is also called by the local, Big Baikal. Lunch is a picnic. Upon returning to the recreation center – free time.
Day 5 Olkhon (breakfast, dinner)
You will be offered excursions (optional, for an additional fee):
- excursions on the ice of Lake Baikal at Khivus (hovercraft) or UAZ: to the island of Ogoy, to the Buddhist Stupa; on the islands of the Small Sea;
- excursion to the museum of local lore;
- excursion to the Buryat village;
- horse rides;
- ice fishing;
- snowmobile rental.
Day 6 Olkhon – Irkutsk (breakfast)
Departure by bus to Irkutsk. 16.00-20.00 arrival in Irkutsk.
Rout: Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Olkhon island – Irkutsk
Number of days: 6 days / 5 nights
Group: min. 2 people.
Tour dates 2020-2021: from October to May – everyday
The cost of the tour (without travel to Irkutsk and back) per person, in USD*:
|Irkutsk – boutique hotel Maroussia 3 ★, standard room
Olkhon – hotel complex "Baikalov Ostrog", standard room, bathroom and shower in the room
|Irkutsk – hostel, bathroom and shower on the floor
Olkhon – hotel complex "Baikalov Ostrog", section room, bathroom and shower in the section for three rooms
Children up to 10 years receive a 10% discount.
Payment schedule: 30% – for booking, 70% – 30 days befor to arrival.
You can pay:
- by bank transfer in dollars or euros
- by credit/debit card on-line on our website
- Transfers according to the tour program;
- Accommodation in a hotel of the selected category in Irkutsk, 1 day;
- Accommodation in a hotel of the selected category on the island of Olkhon, 4 days;
- Meals: breakfast and dinner (when staying in the hostel of Irkutsk breakfast on the 2nd day of the tour is not included).
- Excursions specified in the program with Russian speaking guide (English or German translator is 140 USD per day);
- A sightseeing tour of Irkutsk and Listvyanka (bus);
- Baikal Museum, Taltsy Museum;
- A sightseeing tour of Khuzhir, to the sacred "Cape Burhan" (Shamanka rock);
- A trip to Cape "Khoboy" on the UAZ vehicle (with lunch).
- air or railway transfer from the place of residence to Irkutsk and back;
- English guide (140 USD/per day);
- food not indicated in the program;
- personal expenses;
- early check-in or late check-out in hotels;
- accommodation in hotels in Irkutsk before and after the end of the program;
- not included in the program or listed as optional excursions.
The best time to visit Lake Baikal in winter is from February 10 to March 8. In January, the ice finally hardens, gains strength, becomes transparent, and in early February (usually in the 2nd week) open the official ice crossing to the island of Olkhon. Before these dates, ice is not guaranteed strength, and later snowstorms start, it gets warmer, and the ice grows dull.
The period of freeze-up is on average from January 9 to May 4. Lake Baikal freezes as a whole, except for a small, 15–20 km-long, section located at the source of the Angara. The shipping period for passenger and cargo ships is usually from June to September; research vessels begin navigation after opening the lake from ice and end it with freezing of Lake Baikal, that is, from May to January. By the end of winter, the thickness of ice on Lake Baikal reaches 1 m, and in the bays - 1.5–2 m. Frost frosts, locally known as “dead slots”, break the ice into separate fields.
The length of such cracks is 10–30 km and the width is 2–3 m. Breaks occur annually in approximately the same areas of the lake. They are accompanied by a loud bang, resembling peals of thunder or gunfire. To a man standing on ice, it seems that the ice cover is breaking just under his feet and he will now fall into the abyss. Thanks to cracks in the ice, the fish on the lake do not die from a lack of oxygen. The Baikal ice, in addition, is very transparent, and sun rays penetrate through it, so planktonic algae that produce oxygen rapidly develop in the water. On the shores of Lake Baikal, you can observe ice grottoes in winter.
- individual transfer Irkutsk - Khuzhir at 2-nd day - surcharge of 190 USD. (per car, up to 4 people).
The price includes: transfer by car Irkutsk - ferry (250 km), after ferry crossing to the island - transfer by UAZ car to the village. Khuzhir 40 km.
- individual transfer Khuzhir - Irkutsk at 6-th day - surcharge of 190 rubles. (per car, up to 4 people).
The price includes: transfer to UAZ vehicles from the village. Khuzhir to the ferry 40 km, after the ferry to the mainland - transfer by car to Irkutsk 250 km.