GROUP CRUISE «THE BIG JOURNEY»

Duration:
12 days/11 nights
Route:
Listvyanka – Circum-Baikal Railway (CBRW) – Peschanaya Bay (Sandy Bay) – Maloe More (Small Sea) - Olkhon Island - Pokoyny Cape - Chivirkuysky Gulf - Maloe More- Peschanaya Bay - Circum-Baikal Railway (CBRW) - Listvyanka
Cruise dates:
03.07.16 — 14.07.16
16.07.16 — 27.07.16
29.07.16 — 09.08.16
11.08.16 — 22.08.16

Day 1: «Golden Buckle»
12:00 - Boarding the ship in Listvyanka. The village is situated only 60km away from Irkutsk.
Moving on to Circum-Baikal Railway (running time about 2 hours).
Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique complex of the monuments of engineering, architecture and nature.
Lunch on board.
After lunch your guide will take you for a walk and show you tunnels and galleries of the beginning of the 20th century. Enjoy the beautiful picturesque landscapes and views of this place.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on board in one of the CBRW bays. In case of bad weather, the ship will move on to the Bolshie Koty village for the night (40 km from the CBRW).

Day 2: «Peschanaya Bay – Pearl of Lake Baikal»
At 6:00 you will move on to Peschanaya Bay. The bay is known for its beautiful views on the lake and its great sandy beach.
Breakfast and lunch on board.
If desired, you can hike to the Sennaya Bay on a picturesque trail. On the way you’ll visit the Babushka Bay – one of the most beautiful bays of the lake.
Enjoy Russian sauna on the lake shore (paid on spot).
Dinner and overnight on board.
Distance 100 km, running time 6 hours.

Day 3: «Petroglyphs of the Sagan-Zaba rock»
At 06:00 you will depart to Olkhon Island (running time 8-10 hours). It’s the biggest island on Lake Baikal and is one of the most sacred places for Buryats.
Lake Baikal is considered to be the blue heart of Siberia and Olkhon Island is a heart of Lake Baikal.
Breakfast and lunch on board.
If the weather allows, the ship will make a stop near white marble rock Sagan-Zaba and you will have an opportunity to see the petroglyphs of the 3rd – 5th centuries.
Passing Small Olkhon Gate (tight sea gate between Olkhon Island and the continent).
Dinner on board.
Overnight on board in one of the Olkhon bays.
Distance 120 km, running time 8 hours.

Day 4: «Islands of Maloe More»
Breakfast on board.
Short cruise around the islands of Maloe More.
Lunch on board.
Moving on to the northern part of Olkhon Island. If weather allows, you will visit the Ogoy Island. On the island you will see a Buddhists temple that was built there in 2004.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on board in one of the bays in Maloe More.
Distance 70 km, running time 5 hours.

Day 5: «Glorious Lake Baikal»
At 06:00 the ship will move on from Maloe More to Pokoyny Cape along the western lake shore.
Breakfast on board.
If the weather gets worse, you will make a stop near the mysterious Rytyi Cape. The cape is located in the central part of Lake Baikal opposite to its deepest point. There are no settlements, no roads and even no trails in the area.
The natives avoid visiting this place as they believe it to be cursed.
Lunch on board.
Arriving at Pokoyny Cape in the late afternoon.
The cape is located on the western lake shore. Archeologists had found the remains of ancient people there – the Russians, Evenks, Tungus, and Buryats. The cape is famous for the big number of sunny days.
If desired, you can take part in a guided tour to interesting places of this area.
Dinner on board.
Distance 80-90 km, running time 5-6 hours.

Day 6: «Wild nature of Chivirkuysky Gulf»
Breakfast on board.
If desired, you can go for a morning walk on the lake shore. You will have an opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the scenery.
Moving on to Chivirkuysky Gulf.
Lunch on board.
In the evening you will arrive in Chivirkuysky Gulf – one of the most attractive and unique places on Lake Baikal.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on board in Zmeinay Bay.
Distance 50-60 km, running time 5-6 hours.

Day 7: «Welcoming Chivirkuysky Gulf»
Breakfast on board.
Walking along the bays of Chivirkuysky Gulf. If desired, fishing will be arranged for you. If you are not too keen on fishing, enjoy your free time sunbathing and swimming in the lake.
Lunch on board.
Moving on to the Bolshoy Baklany island. There are seven islands in Chivirkuysky Gulf and Boshoy Baklany is the biggest one. It’s considered to be national natural monument.
Enjoy walking along the island and swimming in warm water of Chivisrkuysky Gulf.
Dinner on board.
Overnight in one of the bays of Chivirkuysky Gulf.
Distance 20-30 km, running time 1-2 hours.

Day 8: «Ushkany Islands»
At 06:00 the ship will depart from Chivirkuysky Gulf and move on to Maloe More.
Breakfast on board.
On the way you’ll visit the famous Ushakany Islands.
Ushkany islands is a highly restricted zone. This area is a natural rookery of the Baikal seals.
If you are lucky, you will be able to see the Baikal seals and take pictures of them.
At the moment disembarking on the islands is forbidden. It’s only allowed to observe the islands from the water over a settled distance. But if the embargo is cancelled and the weather allows, you will be able to disembark on the island for extra pay (2500-3000 RUR)
Lunch on board.
In the evening you will return to Maloe More.
Stop near the Saraysky beach and visit to the Burkhan Cape (Shamanka-Rock). This cape is considered to be one of the nine Asian sacred places.
Tour of the Khuzhir village (the main village on Olkhon Island).
Dinner on board.
Overnight in one of the bays in Maloe More.
Distance 120 km, running time 8-10 hours.

Day 9: «Gulfs of Olkhon Island»
Breakfast on board.
Moving on to one of the bays in Maloe More.
Lunch and dinner on board.
Overnight on board.
Distance 40 km, running time 2-3 hours.

Day 10: «Lake Baikal»
Breakfast and lunch on board.
Passing the sea gate you will move on to Lake Baikal along very picturesque western lake shore southwards.
If the weather allows, the ship will make a stop near white marble rock Sagan-Zaba and you will have an opportunity to see the petroglyphs of the 3rd – 5th centuries.
In the evening you will arrive in the Sennaya Bay. If desired, you can enjoy Russian sauna right on the lake shore (paid on spot).
Dinner and overnight on board.
Distance 120 km, running time 8-10 hours.

Day 11: «Pearls of Lake Baikal»
Breakfast on board.
If desired, you can hike from the Sennaya Bay to Peschanaya Bay (6 km) on the picturesque trail on the lake shore. Peschanaya Bay is known for its beautiful views on the lake and its great sandy beach.
Lunch on board.
Moving on to Circum-Baikal Railway.
Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique complex of the monuments of engineering, architecture and nature.
Your guide will take you for a walk and show you tunnels and galleries of the beginning of the 20th century. Enjoy the beautiful picturesque landscapes and views of this place.
Dinner on board.
Overnight on board in one of the CBRW bays.
Distance 100 km, running time 8 hours.

Day 12: «End of the cruise»
Breakfast on board.
After lunch the ship moves on to Listvyanka village (2 hours).
12:00 - disembarking on the main pier.
Distance 20-30 km, running time 1-2 hours.

Boarding and debarkation time can change, please double-check it when you book the cruise.

When you book the cruise you can also book accommodation in hotels at Irkutsk or Listvyanka and transfers.

Price

 Single cabin
(RUR/person)
 Double cabin
(RUR/person)
 Double cabin
(RUR/person)
 Family cabin
(RUR/person)
 Family cabin
(RUR/person)
 1 pax 2 pax 1 pax 3 pax 4 pax
 132500 132500 160000 105000 97500

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The price includes:

  • accommodation on board
  • full board
  • Russian speaking guide services
  • tours and trips as per program
  • spinning reel
  • sauna on board
  • insurance