Christmas on Lake Baikal

Christmas on Lake Baikal 2024 is an interesting, cozy and varied tour of Lake Baikal during the Christmas holidays. Celebrating holidays on a trip is guaranteed to be unforgettable, fun and unusual! 

You will see the first ice in the bays of Lake Baikal, learn the legends of the mysterious island of Olkhon, taste real Siberian dishes and celebrate the holidays in a warm company, admiring the Baikal winter sunsets.

Location

Irkutsk
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US$ 1 035
US$ 884
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 3 – 7 Jan, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 15 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
Irkutsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Taltsy Museum
We will visit a real fairy tale, with sleighs, swings and wooden huts
The mystical island of Olkhon
We will hear ancient legends and legends, and we will be able to see for ourselves the special energy of this place
Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment
Walk around the stupa three times, make a wish and it will come true. The secret is in the energy and sanctity of this place
Kilometers of Baikal ice
We will see the most beautiful ice and find out what methane bubbles are on Lake Baikal
Amazing Cape Hoboy
Let's admire the huge ice hummocks of a beautiful blue color

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Excursion to the Taltsy Museum. Meeting with Lake Baikal

    Welcome to Irkutsk! 

    We are glad to welcome you to the capital of Eastern Siberia!

    In the morning at 09:30 we meet at the airport or at the railway station of Irkutsk, get our luggage, get acquainted.

    After the gathering, our group takes a comfortable minibus on an excursion to the open-air architectural and ethnographic museum "Taltsy".

    Winter lives here! Taltsy is a real fairy tale, with sleighs, swings, wooden huts. 

    Lunch.

    After that, we move to the village of Listvyanka, "gates of Baikal".

    We get acquainted with Father Baikal, climb to the observation deck on the Chersky Stone, admire the awesome view of the source of the Angara. 

    After that, accommodation at the hotel. 

    It's time to rest, because there's even more interesting things ahead! 

    Meals included: lunch.

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  • Day 2 - Olkhon Island. The Golden Horde Ethnopark. Cape Burkhan
  • Day 3 - Cape Khoboy. Christmas Dinner
  • Day 4 - The Strait of the Small Sea. Ogoy Island
  • Day 5 - Transfer to Irkutsk. Departure
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour includes accommodation in hotels: 

  • Listvyanka (1 day) – Krestovaya Pad Hotel or comparable; 
  • Khuzhir (3 days) – Baikal Terra Hotel or Tengri Hotel.

The surcharge for single occupancy is 11,000 rubles.

There is a possibility of settling in.

"Krestovaya pad" 3* 1 night

The Krestovaya Pad Hotel is located just 50 meters from the shore of Lake Baikal and offers scenic views. It offers a sun terrace and a sauna. 

Each room is equipped with tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV.

The chalet-style rooms feature wooden paneling, a work desk, a minibar and a private bathroom. 

Free Wi-Fi is available in some rooms.

The colorful bar-restaurant serves European cuisine and a variety of Siberian dishes from the Baikal region. A rich menu is provided for breakfast.

Guests can rent bicycles at the hotel and explore the charming unspoilt countryside. You can visit the Museum of Lake Baikal. It is 1.5 km from the Krestovaya Pad Hotel.

There is a bus stop 50 metres from the hotel. Irkutsk International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

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"Baikal Terra" or "Tengri" 3 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 15 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Irkutsk

Included in price

  • meeting at 09:30 am (local time) at the airport and railway station in Irkutsk;
  • accommodation in a private hotel in Listvyanka (1 day);
  • accommodation in a hotel on Olkhon (3 nights);
  • transfers according to the tour program;
  • excursion to the Taltsy Museum;
  • excursion to the Chersky stone;
  • ethnocultural program in the Golden Horde;
  • meals according to the program: 1 day – lunch; 2 day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; 3 day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; 4 day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; 5 day – breakfast;
  • excursion to Cape Burkhan;
  • car tour to Cape Khoboy;
  • excursion on the "Khivus" in the waters of the Small Sea.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • transfer at the end of the tour to hotels, railway station, airport, etc.;
  • meals and excursions outside the program;
  • additional services not specified in the program or specified in the program for an additional fee.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Clothes: the main rule is to dress in layers, like a pie. This will delay the release of heat and prevent the cold from reaching your body.

  • a windproof hat, a hat with earflaps, or a combination of a hat + a hood;
  • buff or scarf (to protect the neck);
  • a warm down jacket that protects the lower back and will not be blown in the wind;
  • fleece jumper;
  • thermal underwear designed for low activity in -25;
  • warm ski / down pants or overalls;
  • wool socks + cotton (the principle of layers also works here);
  • windproof gloves + mittens.

Footwear:

  • boots with natural or artificial insulation, designed for -25 and below;
  • you can use: felt boots, boots, camuses, ugg boots, moonwalkers, dutiki.

Additionally:

  • chemical warmers / insoles for feet and hands;
  • ice slides / ice shoes for smooth movement on slippery ice and hummocks;
  • sunglasses;
  • sunscreen with a high degree of protection;
  • lipstick is hygienic;
  • powerbank (for a phone that is rapidly discharging in the cold).

Recommended:

  • thermos (for hot herbal tea with honey and lemon, to maintain immunity and warmth);
  • shoe dryers;
  • lantern;
  • knee pads (for those who like to photograph reflections, ice floes and cracks).
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 884
    3 – 7 Jan, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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