Welcome to Irkutsk, a fascinating city on the Trans-Siberian Railway and the gateway to Lake Baikal.
Meet a guide at the airport, jump onto a coach for a picturesque drive (68 km) to Listvyanka village, located on the western shore of the Lake Baikal.
Along the way, you will visit the fascinating ethnography museum-complex of wooden architecture called "Taltsy".
Here you will experience walking through the Siberian streets of the 18th century.
Upon arrival at Listvyanka village, a cozy fishermen settlement, you will enjoy a lunch and try the Siberian cuisine.
After lunch, you will visit the Baikal Museum, where you’ll discover more
about the lake’s history and unique forms of flora and fauna. You will also visit the aquarium and meet the playful Baikal Seals that inhabit the lake.
This day will finish with a spectacular view of the southern part of Lake Baikal from the Cherskogo Rock lookout.
*The tour starts at 10 am, so please make sure you arrive in Irkutsk not later than 9:45 am. Pre-tour extensions, such as hotel accommodation and transfers can be secured by us upon booking, contact us for more info.
Today you will enjoy a cruise to the opposite shore of the Lake, located in Buryatia region.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to the pier. On a mini cruise to Tankhoy village, you will cross Lake Baikal and find yourself in the Baikal Nature
Here the high tundra is perfectly adjacent to the fir-cedar taiga. You will visit the tourist centre, where we will learn about the reserve, after, accompanied by the Huntsman, we make a short hike towards the river Osinovka, to see the picturesque waterfall.
Enjoy lunch with homemade delicacies at a hunters hut located next to the mountain river in a creek valley.
After resting in nature, we head back to Listvyanka. The rest of the day is free; you may take a walk along the embankment and go shopping at the local fish market.
Today, you will embark on a 5h drive to the very heart of Baikal - the island of Olkhon.
During the journey to the island, you will be amazed by incredibly picturesque landscapes, sacred places and natural beauty of the area.
Jump into 4wd cars (3-4 people in a car) and embark on a drive along the magnificent Tazheran Steppe, which once was home to the first indigenous Baikal peoples, whose petroglyphs are found at the tribal encampment sites.
The silence and tranquillity of these places will be replaced by music and laugh, as we taking a part in participation in the national dance called “Yokhor” with the locals.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional meal - grilled lamb - the main part of local Buryat people diet. Next, we head further to the ferry, which will take us to the island. After a short transfer to the hotel in Khuzir village, where you may take your time to relax or take a stroll to the most famous
place of Lake Baikal - Cape Burkhan to enjoy the sunset.
This morning, you will have the opportunity to spend time at your discretion: sunbathing on the beach, riding a quad bike or just walking, enjoying nature. Closer to noon, after lunch, you will embark on an excursion to the Northeast part of the island - Khoboy Cape.
This 4wd trip from south to north will take appx 5 hours and will allow you to discover the beauty of the island. First, the road will pass through a small forest, then you will observe the hills and steppes. Next, you will see unique "rock complexes", Sagan-Khushun ("Three Brothers"), and
finally, you will arrive at the very north of the island - Cape Khoboy (in translation from Buryat"fang"), a very special and sacred place.
Here you feel yourself both on the edge of the island and on the edge of the Earth, you will see endless water expanses of Baikal that will make you feel as a part of the universe. Cliffy rocks, absolute silence, the infinity of the sky and the watery surface - it seems as if Eternity settled here.
After picnic lunch at one of the most beautiful locations, we
head back to Khuzhir village.
After breakfast, we make a short walk to the Burhkan Cape, where you will be met by an assistant of a hereditary shaman and will be invited to the yurt. In the format of the lecture, you will learn about the origins and features of shamanism and will be able to ask any questions.
After lunch, you will embark on a boat excursion to one of the most spiritual places of Lake Baikal – Ogoy island, where Buddhists Mortar is located.
Mortar or the «stupa of enlightenment» symbolizes in the modern interpretation the goal of the Buddhist path. This goal is to understand one’s own mind. It is the place where love is expressed with remarkable power; where you can obtain harmony with the environment.
This harmony is experienced by being surrounded by the living power of the virgin nature that surrounds you.
Time to say goodbye to beautiful Lake Baikal as our journey comes to the end.
After breakfast, we board our transport and head back to Irkutsk, the route will take about 5 hours.
Upon arrival in Irkutsk, accommodation in the hotel. After lunch and a little rest, you will enjoy a comprehensive city tour. You will admire the churches and noble mansions, small wooden houses and narrow streets. You will visit the embankment of the Angara River, Kirov Square, the dam of the hydroelectric station and many other significant places.
The evening is yours for last-minute shopping, relaxed walk on the cozy city’s streets or a dinner in one of the endless cafes or restaurants.
After breakfast in the hotel, a transfer to the airport will be organised.
3* hotel accommodation in Irkutsk, guest houses in Listvyanka and Olkhon
Breakfast in the hotels, picnic lunches during day excursions, dinners in the hotels
Group arrival and departure airport transfers
All transportation according to the itinerary (coach, 4wd car, boat)
Local English-speaking tour leader
All activities and sights indicated in the itinerary (except optional)
Russian visa support documents
*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for a comprehensive visa service here.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips
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