West To East
Group size: 5-7 pax
Duration: 9 days
Day 1 Irkutsk
Meet at the railway station accompanied by our English-speaking guide. Check-in to the hotel. Shower/rest. Enjoy a 2-hour city tour by car. It starts at the historical part of the city: Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone-structure Church of our Saviour and the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, Polish Roman Catholic Church. The tour leads you through the Kirov Square and circus. You’ll have a ride along the main street of Irkutsk, the Karl Marks Street, to get to the Angara river embankment, where you’ll see the monument to Alexander III. Complete the tour with the visit to the district of historic wooden buildings. Free time. Overnight.
Day 2 Listvyanka (B)
Breakfast. Car transfer to the village situated only 60km away from Irkutsk - Listvyanka. On the way visit an open-air wooden architecture museum “Taltsy”. In the museum you’ll see the settlements of indigenous Siberian people of 17th-20th centuries. Some of the buildings presented in the museum were brought there from the villages that were flooded after building a dam in Irkutsk. A bus tour around Listvyanka on arrival. Tour to a local biological museum that has a set of aquariums. There is one with the only mammal representative, the Baikal Seal, in it. Walk up to a nearby view point. There you’ll get a chance to take panoramic pictures of Baikal from above. Enjoy your visit to a local 19th century wooden St.Nicolas church and a local fish market where you’ll see a great variety of fish. Check-in to a guesthouse. Free time. Overnight.
Day 3 Olkhon Island (B)
Breakfast. Transfer to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island by car. After you get to Maloe More - the bay near the Olkhon Island (it takes about 3-4 hours), you will take a ferryboat to get to the Olkhon Island. On the opposite shore there will be Russian military 4X4 vehicles, which will take you to the mini-hotel in Khuzhir (it will take about 1 hour). Khuzhir is the main village of the Island with the population of 1500 people. Check-in to a hotel in the afternoon. Shower/rest. Enjoy the sunset on the Shaman cape near the Khuzhir village. Overnight.
Day 4 Olkhon Island (B, L)
Breakfast. A day long private trip to the northern part of the Olkhon Island by car. Visit to the highlights of the island, such as Peschanaya Bay, Sagaan Khushun cape and the mysterious Khoboi cape. You’ll be taken to the best view points of Olkhon Island where the guide will introduce you to the legends that this place holds. Enjoy lunch cooked by your guide on a camp fire. Return to the village. Overnight.
Day 5 Ust-Barguzin (B, L, D)
Breakfast. Explore Khuzhir by going to the museum of Olkhon Island and walking around the village. Take a
swim in the warm waters of Baikal. Free time. A private boat transfer to the village situated on the eastern shore of
Baikal – Ust Barguzin. You will cross Lake Baikal in its deepest and widest place! Check-in to the resort
in Ust-Barguzin in the evening. Overnight.
Day 6 Barguzin Valley (B, L, D)
Breakfast. Enjoy a tour to the Barguzin Valley. This place is considered to be sacred for Buryats and
as legends say that's where Genghis Khan’s mother was born. In the evening you’ll have a traditional Buryat dinner. Overnight.
Day 7 Ulan-Ude (B)
Breakfast. Transfer to Ulan-Ude. Check-in to the hotel in the late afternoon. Rest. Overnight.
Day 8 Ulan-Ude (B, D)
Breakfast. Move on to the next part of the tour by exploring the Buddhism culture in the famous Ivolginsky datsan.
The tour takes you to the beauty of Ivolginsk valley. We walk for almost an hour and a half around the monastery, entering temples and listening to the prayers.
Enjoy your visit to the Old Believers village where you’ll listen to the folk songs of the community and find out many interesting details about their culture. Dinner in old Russian way.
Day 9 Ulan-Ude (B)
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel. End of the program.
Please note that if you arrive at night (9pm-7am), extra charge will occur.
The price might change depending on your dates and due to the accommodation availability.
The price above applies for the group of minimum 5 people.
The group departure is guaranteed if there are at least 4 people in a group, however the following surcharge is applied:
4 people in a group -
14100 RUR or $267 or €248 / per person
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