In May, the Baikal starts to free itself from its ice cover presenting an affecting spectacle. On the shores of the lake the nature wakes up and the land is covered with a green carpet of fresh grass. First snowdrops, globe-flowers of bright orange colour, violet bellflowers, and white anemones can be seen everywhere. Wild animals enjoy the arrival of spring and appear on the shores to regale themselves with insects and plants. At the same time ice slabs float in the water creating a polar atmosphere on the Lake Baikal. It is not rare to see a freshwater seal would watch us from afar having stretched itself on a floating ice slab.
We invite you to go on an amazing journey to contemplate breathtaking scenery, walk off the beaten path in national parks and nature reserves.
This cruise has the character of an expedition where the itinerary is given for illustration purposes to mark the main lines of the journey and the sites you are going to visit. However, it is important to realize that our tour will proceed depending on weather conditions and ice state. It may occur that it won't be possible to get to some locations marked on the route map because at night it may freeze so much that the access to our destination is blocked with the ice the boat is not able to break. In this case that point of sightseeing program will surely be replaced with other not less exciting discoveries. Do not forget that the only judge aboard a vessel is the captain whose task of prime importance is to provide our safety.
|Day||Arrival to Irkutsk||Irkutsk|
|Day||Meeting with Baikal||Irkutsk — Olkhon island|
|Day||Northernmost point of Olkhon||Olkhon island|
|Day||Start of cruise||Olkhon island — Pokoiniki cape|
|Day||Crossing of Baikal||Pokoiniki cape — Chivyrkuiskiy Bay|
|Day||Ushkany Islands and Baikal seals||Chivyrkuiskiy Bay — Ushkany Islands|
|Day||Return to Irkutsk||Ushkany Islands — Irkutsk|
|Day||End of the program||Irkutsk|