Crossing of Lake Baikal. Winter journey from West to East

Are you ready to drive kilometers across the Baikal ice, experience a real Siberian winter and feel the powerful energy of the great lake? Then this is the journey for you! 

On this trip, you will cross Lake Baikal at the deepest points from Olkhon to Barguzin Bay, get acquainted with the culture of Buryatia and visit the main center of Buddhism in Russia – Ivolginsky Datsan.

Explore the ice caves and grottoes of the Small Sea, skate on the icy expanses of the lake and swim in the hot spring in the Chivyrkuy Bay.

Location

Irkutsk
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US$ 1 297
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Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 7 – 14 Feb, 2025
    • 22 Feb – 1 Mar, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Guest House
    2 nights
  • Train
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 15 people
Minimum age
10 years old
Group meet at
Irkutsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The mystical island of Olkhon
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
Delicious Buryat cuisine
Let's taste the dishes of the Buryat national cuisine
Taltsy Museum
Let's get acquainted with the life of the indigenous peoples of the Baikal region
Ivolginsky datsan
We are waiting for a curious trip to the center of Buddhism in Russia

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk

    Arrival in Irkutsk, the capital of Eastern Siberia. 

    Meeting and acquaintance with the participants of the tour. 

    Today we have a sightseeing tour of the city. 

    We will walk through the snow-covered streets, see the majestic Hangar and learn about the history of the city. 

    We will visit the historical quarter and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the city. 

    After lunch, check in at the hotel. 

    You will have free time to relax and adjust to local time. 

    Meals included: lunch.

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  • Day 2 - Transfer to Olkhon Island. Walking tour to Cape Burkhan
  • Day 3 - Visit to Cape Ogoy. Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment
  • Day 4 - Visit to Cape Khoboy. Ice caves and grottoes. The beginning of the Baikal crossing
  • Day 5 - Excursion to Chivyrkuysky Bay. Swimming in the thermal spring in the Serpentine Bay
  • Day 6 - Excursion to the Ivolginsky Datsan
  • Day 7 - Excursions to the Taltsy Museum. Visit to the Chersky stone
  • Day 8 - Departure
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Guest House
    2 nights
  • Train
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour includes accommodation in hotels and a guest house.

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

Hotel Irkutsk 2-bed room (shower and toilet in the room)

115 500

 

Olkhon Island Hotel
Guest House,
Ust-Barguzin
Train 1 nightcompartment
The surcharge for single occupancy is 15,000

Find out more information about the conditions of your stay when booking a tour.

Ibis Hotel 2 nights

The Ibis Irkutsk Center Hotel is located in Irkutsk, 2 km from Irkutsk Train Station. Free Wi-Fi is available on site. Guests can visit the ibis Kitchen restaurant. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. 

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Mini-hotel Baikal 2 nights
Guest house "Legends of Baikal" (Maksimikha village) 2 nights
Overnight train transfer to Irkutsk 1 night

Tour conditions

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

Included in price

  • meeting at 09:30 am (local time) at the airport or at the railway station in Irkutsk;
  • accommodation in Irkutsk: 2-bed comfortable room (2 nights);
  • sightseeing tour of Irkutsk;
  • Irkutsk – Olkhon transfer;
  • accommodation on Olkhon: 2-bed comfortable room (2 nights);
  • excursion to Cape Burkhan;
  • Ogoy Island and Cape Horgoi tour;
  • excursion to Cape Khoboy;
  • Olkhon Island – Ust-Barguzin transfer;
  • meals according to the program: 1 day – lunch; 2 day – breakfast, dinner; 3, 4, 5 day – breakfast, lunch-picnic, dinner; 6 day – breakfast, lunch, dinner; 7 day – breakfast, lunch; 8 day – breakfast;
  • accommodation in Ust-Barguzin: 2-bed comfortable room (2 nights);
  • sightseeing tour of Chivyrkuy Bay;
  • transfer Ust-Barguzin – Ulan-Ude;
  • excursion to the Ivolginsky Datsan;
  • railway tickets Ulan-Ude – Irkutsk (compartment);
  • Excursion to Listvyanka village;
  • tickets to the Taltsy Museum;
  • tickets for the Chersky Stone cable Car;
  • transfer to the airport;
  • guide support;
  • insurance.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Irkutsk and back:
  • meals not specified in 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
  • boots or boots designed for severe frost;
  • a hat with the ability to cover the ears;
  • warm, windproof gloves;
  • ice floats (rubber, worn on any shoes), or crampons on shoes from slipping;
  • a warm jacket;
  • a warm sweater or fleece jacket;
  • pants (ski pants are available);
  • socks (thermal socks and woolen ones);
  • thermal underwear;
  • sunglasses;
  • lantern;
  • the lipstick is hygienic.
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 1 297
    7 – 14 Feb, 2025 8 days 7 nights
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  • US$ 1 297
    22 Feb – 1 Mar, 2025 8 days 7 nights
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