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Day 1 Irkutsk – Baikalsk (lunch, dinner)
Transfer to Baikalsk. Tour of Baikalsk. Dinner on the shore of Lake Baikal.
Meeting at the airport of Irkutsk, the railway station of the city of Irkutsk or the railway station of the city of Baikalsk. Transfer to the hotel in Baikalsk. Accommodation. Upon arrival at the hotel you can have lunch, take a shower and relax off the road. At 18.00 local time, we will begin our bus tour of the city of Baikalsk, which is located on the shores of the famous lake-sea. We will introduce you to our cozy town, tell it a short, but at the same time difficult story, show where you can go in your free time from excursions. After that, our bus will take us to the shore of Lake Baikal, where our guides with a prepared dinner from traditional Baikal dishes, a bonfire and a guitar will be waiting for us. Dinner today will be held right on the shore of Lake Baikal with a view of the sunset.


Day 2 Baikalsk – Circum-Baikal Railway (breakfast, picnic, dinner)
Boat excursion to the Circum-Baikal Railway.
The excursion will begin at 11.00, the duration is about 6 hours.
An exciting boat trip awaits you. You will see with your own eyes a unique engineering monument of the early twentieth century, the Circum-Baikal Railway. Take a walk along its ancient tunnels and bridges and find out why this road is called the “gold buckle of the steel belt of Russia”. After the tour, you will find a delicious lunch where you can taste real fish soup from Baikal, prepared according to old Buryat recipes of Baikal fishermen. And after lunch, you can swim in Lake Baikal or sunbathe under the warm rays of the sun. Then you will return to the boat and return to the hotel. Dinner.
During the movement of the boat it will most likely be windy and cool, for this excursion you need to take a warm sweater or jacket. We advise you to dress comfortably and take bathing accessories with you.


Day 3 Baikalsk – Hamar-Daban (breakfast, picnic).
Jeep excursion to the Khamar-Daban ridge along the old Mongolian-caravan route (Mamai).
The tour starts at 10.00. Duration is about 6-7 hours. The tour involves a trip on specially prepared 4x4 jeeps, cross country, with overcoming streams, swamps, mud, ruts. Today you will need sportswear, good athletic shoes, and optional swimwear.
We will travel to the mountains of Hamar-Daban. Let's see the amazing forms of mountain landscapes "circus". We take a walk to the waterfall and see a mountain lake. Let's make a picnic in the fresh air. Upon returning from Mamaia, our cars will bring us to another amazing place, to the taiga lake. The lake is of glacial origin, and therefore not very deep. The water in the lake warms up quite well, and therefore you will have the opportunity to swim.


Day 4 Baikalsk – Hamar-Daban (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Campaign to the "Devil's Finger", the foothills of Hamar-Daban.
The tour starts at 11-00. Duration about 6 hours. The excursion involves hiking along the Solzan River to the Devil's Finger cliff, about 4 km long in one direction. Lunch will be on the route and is a kebab of meat cooked in your presence. We recommend that you wear sportswear: sweatpants, sneakers, a T-shirt. Bathing accessories at will.
You will pass through the Baikal taiga, along one of the tributaries of Baikal, the purest mountain river Solzan. Get acquainted with the variety of vegetation in Eastern Siberia, taste real tea from Baikal herbs. And for lunch you will find a barbecue made of fresh meat. The most courageous will conquer the summit of "Devil's Finger" and enjoy the stunning panoramas of the Khamar-Daban ridge. Here you will also have the opportunity to swim in a noisy mountain river, after which we will return to the hotel. Dinner.


Day 5 Baikalsk – Snezhnaya River (breakfast, picnic, dinner)
Excursion in aerial boats to the headwaters of the Snezhnaya mountain river.
The tour starts at 10.00, the duration is about 6-7 hours. You will need not only sportswear, but also easy-drying shoes, in the likeness of good slates.
Today we are waiting for a fascinating journey by airlift to the top of the mountain river Snezhnaya. The Snezhnaya River is the administrative border between the Irkutsk Region and the Republic of Buryatia. The Snezhnaya River cannot be called absolutely calm; there are rifts and rapids here. Our boat will take us to the so-called "arrow", the confluence of the two rivers Selenginka and Snezhnaya. We land on the right bank of the river, while our guides are preparing a picnic, we will walk to the very beautiful Grokhotun waterfall. Picnic by the river. Return to the federal highway, where our bus will wait for us. Arrival at the hotel. Dinner.


Day 6 Baikalsk – Tunkinsky National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Excursion to the Republic of Buryatia, Tunkinsky National Park, with a visit to mineral and hot springs.
Beginning at 9.00. Distance by bus, about 170 km. one way. You will need comfortable clothes and shoes, as well as bathing accessories.
We will visit the republic of Buryatia again, however, its other part already. We will get acquainted with the life and life of modern Buryats, try the national Buryat cuisine. The village of Arshan, located at the very foot of the Eastern Sayan Mountains, will introduce you to a Buddhist datsan, in which you will learn what Buddhism is among the Buryats, the history of its appearance in these places, and also maybe lucky to attend the ritual held by local lamas. The most beautiful rapids on the Kyngyrga River and one of the 12 waterfalls will not leave you indifferent. And our guides will be happy to tell you about the healing properties of mineral springs, which you can personally taste. After lunch, you will be given free time that you can spend on visiting the local market with Buryat-Mongolian souvenirs, various useful herbs growing on the East Sayan and on the slopes of the Khamar-Daban ridge. Further, our excursion will continue, and we will visit the Zhemchug village, where, in search of various minerals in 1988, two thermal springs of 38 and 56 degrees were discovered. Well, of course, you will have the opportunity to swim in them, or sunbathe on the banks of the Irkut River. Dinner upon return to the hotel.


Day 7 Baikalsk – Irkutsk (breakfast)
Transfer to the airport or railway station. Baikalsk is located 150 km from Irkutsk, the federal highway Moscow - Vladivostok, as well as the Trans-Siberian Railway pass through Baikalsk. And this means that if you are leaving us by train, it is more convenient for you to take tickets for the return trip directly from the Baikalsk station. If you fly by plane, then we will deliver you to the airport of Irkutsk.

Overview

Route tour: Irkutsk – Baikalsk – Circum-Baikal railway – Khamar-Daban ridge (Mamai) – Snezhnaya mountain river – Devil's Finger rock – Tunkinsky National Park – Irkutsk

Days: 7 days / 6 nights

Group: from 2 people (national teams, the number of tour participants does not exceed 15 people)

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

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

Escort: Experienced guides, guides

We will meet you at the airport of Irkutsk at 6:00.

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 of the city of Baikalsk is also carried out: at 8:00, then at 10:00, at 12:00 and 14:00, respectively.

If you plan to travel by train, it will be more expedient for you to consider purchasing a ticket directly to the Baikalsk station. Thus, you eliminate the extra transfer and find yourself in the hotel much faster.

Schedule

Dates of arrivals in 2020: 05.07, 12.07, 19.07, 26.07, 02.08, 09.08, 16.08, 23.08




Fees

The cost of the tour (without travel to Irkutsk and back) per person, in USD:

½DBL:

- 422 USD (when living in apartments, meals – only lunch)

- 525 USD (when staying in a hotel, 3 meals a day)

Children under 5 years old without a separate seat are accepted for free, up to 12 years old receive a 15% 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

Fees include

- accommodation (see below);

- meals (when placing in the apartment - only lunches; in the hotel - three meals a day);

- transfers specified in the program;

- excursions specified in the program with Russian speaking guide (English or German translator is 140 USD per day);

- escort of guide-guides and guide-guides.

Accommodation:

- Fully landscaped apartments in large-panel apartment buildings. With a good repair, all necessary appliances, furniture, utensils. With bath and toilet.

- Mini-hotel "Northern Slopes", it is a fully-equipped, timber houses for accommodation in Baikalsk. Each room has a separate bathroom. Autonomous heating, underfloor heating, parking for cars.

- hotel "Vershina".

Fees exclude

- air or train transfer from the place of residence to Irkutsk and back;

- English guide (140 USD/per day)

- food not specified in the program;

- personal expenses;

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

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

- not included in the program or indicated as additional excursions.

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 greets 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 of the city of Baikalsk is also carried out: at 8:00, then at 10:00, at 12:00 and 14:00, respectively.

If you plan to travel by train, it will be more expedient for you to consider purchasing a ticket directly to the Baikalsk station. Thus, you eliminate the extra transfer, and you will be in the hotel much faster.

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