snowflake  Charms of Lake Baikal

Departure dates:

14 February 2017 - 19 February 2017

Group size: 4-7 pax

Duration: 6 days

Day 1 Listvyanka
Meet at the railway station accompanied by our English-speaking guide. On the way to Listvyanka 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. Transfer to the village situated only 60km away from Irkutsk - Listvyanka. Check-in to a hotel. 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 and different ways of cooking it. Free time. Overnight.

Day 2 Listvyanka (B)
Breakfast. Guided walk to a local Baikal 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, where you’ll get a chance to take beautiful panoramic pictures of Lake Baikal and the Angara River from above.
Enjoy a 1-hour ride on the Lake Baikal ice by hovercraft. You’ll ride along the shore of Lake Baikal, one of the most mysterious and beautiful places in the world and see the beautiful landscapes and surroundings covered with ice and snow. Start your trip from the main pier of Listvyanka and go to the source of the Angara River where ice of Lake Baikal meets with the outflowing water. Overnight.

Day 3 Listvyanka (B)
Free day to sleep in and be lazy or try some truly Siberian entertainment like dog-sledding and snowmobiling. You’ll see many beautiful sculptures made of transparently clear ice of Lake Baikal. Overnight.

Day 4 Ust-Orda (B, L)
Breakfast. A car trip to the Ust-Orda village to meet the Buryat Shaman. The Buryats are the native Siberians who have a Mongolian type of look; religionwise, the Buryats are divided into shamanists and Buddhists. The Shaman will show you the rituals and for a moment will let you become a part of it. Visit to the museum of the Buryat nation. After that have lunch with the traditional Buryat cuisine. Return to Irkutsk. Overnight.

Day 5 Irkutsk (B)
Breakfast. 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. You’ll have a ride along the main street of Irkutsk, the Karl Marks Street, to get to the embankment. Right there, where the monument to Alexander III is, all young people gather, so you’ll have a chance to see “the youth culture” of Irkutsk. Transfer back to the hotel. Free time. Overnight.

Day 6 Irkutsk (B)
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel. End of the programme.

Please note that if you arrive at night (10pm-7am), extra charge will occur.

Attention:
The price above applies for the group of minimum 4 people.
The group departure is guaranteed if there are at least 3 people in a group, however the following surcharge is applied:

3 people in a group -   5050 RUR or $96 or €89 / per person

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Price per person:

 35000 RUR or $661 or €615

Single supplement for the tour is 4850 RUR/person

The price includes:
  • 3 night twin accommodation at the Mayak hotel 3* in Listvaynka
  • 2 night twin accommodation at the Angara hotel 3* in Irkutsk
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • Full guided service for the whole trip
  • Tours and trips as listed in the itinerary
  • Museum tickets
  • National park entrance fee
  • Visa support documents