Baikal Christmas trip and hot springs

In this winter tour you will visit all the most interesting and energetically strong places. Get to know the local religion, traditions and customs. You will visit the Republic of Buryatia and the northernmost part of the Dauro-Mongolian steppes. 

You will see the crystal ice of Lake Baikal, ice hummocks and snow-capped loaches of the Sayan Mountains. And also, you will experience the pleasure of walking through the Tagheran steppes, pine forest and swimming in hot springs in the open air.

Location

Russia, Irkutsk
from
US$ 715
+ tickets to the starting point of the tour
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 1 – 7 Jan, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 15 people
Minimum age
10 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Irkutsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Baikal fish
If desired, we will taste omul, grayling, whitefish, cold and hot smoked
Buryat buzas
Let's try the national dishes of Buryat cuisine
Hot springs of the Tunka Valley
Take a dip in the healing hot springs and mud baths
Baikal tea from a samovar
Let's drink tea from a real samovar on Baikal water with local herbs
Siberian Bathhouse
Let's take a steam bath in a real bathhouse with brooms and tea on Siberian herbs
Panoramas of the Great Baikal
We will admire the Siberian expanses – steppes, cozy coves and interesting terrain

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Irkutsk. Talci. The shaman is a stone. The Baikal Museum. Listvyanka City Tour

    Arrival in Irkutsk. 

    Gathering a group:

    • from 8:00-8:30 at the airport at the exit to the city;
    • from 9:00-9:30 at the railway station at the exit to the city. 

    A guide with a sign “Baikal Christmas trip".

    If you are late to the gathering place of the group, the tourist gets to the group along the route on his own, at his own expense. 

    After gathering the group, we go to breakfast. 

    Our journey begins with a sightseeing tour of Irkutsk.

    We will introduce you to the history of our city. 

    After exploring the Siberian city, the group goes to Listvyanka village.

    On the way we will visit the museum of wooden architecture “Taltsy”, then the village of Listvyanka, where you will stop at the Shaman stone.

    Visit to the Baikal Museum

    Then a tour of Listvyanka. 

    A visit to the souvenir market, fish market is a good opportunity to purchase souvenirs from Siberian craftsmen made of stone, wood, birch bark and glass, as well as taste Baikal fish – omul, grayling, whitefish, cold and hot smoked.

    We are tasting Baikal fish with homemade tincture. 

    Return to Irkutsk, accommodation in a hotel (good.rooms, tour class).

    Lunch during the tour, dinner on your own. 

    Meals: breakfast, lunch.

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  • Day 2 - Tunka Valley. Waterfalls on the Kyngarga river. Datsan
  • Day 3 - Hot springs and mud baths. Irkutsk
  • Day 4 - The Small Sea. Zmeinka Bay. Big Baikal
  • Day 5 - Free day. Excursions are available for an additional fee. Siberian bathhouse
  • Day 6 - Return to Irkutsk
  • Day 7 - Departure
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour provides accommodation in hotels and recreation centers along the route.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

 Double roomSingle room
The usual cost62 89082 515
Matryoshka Hotel or similar 3 nights

Matryoshka Hotel is located in the center of Irkutsk, a 5-minute walk from the Central Market. There is a shared lounge at the property. Decembrist Square is 1 km away. All rooms at the hotel are decorated in bright colors and feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Free toiletries are provided in the bathroom. 

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Recreation center "Baikal World" or Recreation center "Wind of Wanderings" 2 nights
Irkut Hotel or similar 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 15 tourists
Minimum age
10 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Irkutsk

Included in price

  • meeting airport / railway station;
  • accommodation (2-3–bed accommodation) fully equipped;
  • meals according to the program:
    • Day 1-3 – breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 4-5 – breakfast, lunch, dinner;
    • Day 6 – breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 7 – breakfast;
  • transportation and excursion services according to the program:
    • sightseeing tour of the city of Irkutsk;
    • Ethnographic museum "Taltsy";
    • Baikal Museum with aquariums; a walk along Listvyanka;
    • Arshan, an excursion to the waterfalls;
    • visit to the Buddhist datsan "Bodhidharma";
    • Zhemchug hot springs;
    • walking on the ice of Lake Baikal;
    • car tour Panoramas of the Great Baikal and Zmeinka Bay;
  • guided tours according to the program;
  • entrance tickets;
  • bathhouse.

Paid extra

  • air or railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • additional services of the hotel and recreation center
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • placement of another level;
  • individual service;
  • additional excursions;
  • transfer to the airport or railway station – the cost is 1,200 rubles / passenger car.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Necessary clothes and shoes:
    • warm and stable shoes;
    • a warm windproof jacket (preferably with a hood);
    • trousers - with the same qualities as the jacket;
    • the hat is better synthetic, with a non-blown membrane;
    • warm two-layer scarf;
    • non-blown gloves and mittens (gloves can be made of fleece, mittens must be with protective material) it is better to take both;
    • thermal underwear;
    • fleece;
    • sweater, T-shirt;
    • trekking winter socks (moisture-absorbing) + wool socks. (and light cotton ones);
  • Camping equipment
    • sunscreen;
    • sunglasses (you can also take a ski mask);
    • thermos (at your discretion);
    • first aid kit (personal);
    • also, for the convenience of moving with personal belongings, you can take a backpack up to 40 liters or a small bag (in addition to a suitcase / bag that will be located at the hotel).
  • Documents
    • passport;
    • MHI policy;
    • for children, a birth certificate.
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  • US$ 715
    1 – 7 Jan, 2025 7 days 6 nights
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