Half of Lake Baikal in 10 days

An incredibly interesting tour with a visit to the western and eastern shores of Lake Baikal! 

You will explore the Baikal Museum in Listvyanka, drive along the grand Circum-Baikal Railway and find yourself at the station, completely made of marble. From there you will go to the foot of the Sayan Mountains to the cozy village of Arshan, where you will taste mineral water, walk to waterfalls, get acquainted with Buddhism and relax in thermal baths. 

You will also find a road to Transbaikalia, the hospitable Chivyrkuy Bay with sandy coves, a boat trip and swimming in thermal springs in Zmeinaya Bay with lunch at the campfire.

The highlight of the trip will be crossing Lake Baikal by ship, and anchor off the mystical island of Olkhon. Here you will meet the legendary sunset overlooking Shamanka, visit the "edge of the earth", hear fascinating legends, get acquainted with the traditions and customs of local residents.

Location

Russia, Irkutsk
from
US$ 1 592
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Duration
11 Days
10 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 29 Jun – 9 Jul
    • 14 – 24 Jul
    • 28 Jul – 7 Aug
    • 11 – 21 Aug
    • 25 Aug – 4 Sep
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    6 nights
  • or
    Guest House, Hotel
    1 night
  • Guest House
    3 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 15 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Irkutsk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Circum-Baikal Railway
We will see more than 200 tunnels, bridges, galleries from the time of tsarist Russia
The magic of Olkhon
We will see the famous Shamanka rock and visit the "edge of the earth"
Healing springs of Arshan
Let's go to taste the mineral waters of Arshan
Ivolginsky datsan
We will visit the center of Russian Buddhism, where you can learn everything about the teachings of the Buddha
Barguzin Valley
We are waiting for an off-road adventure along the picturesque mountain valley of the Barguzin River far from civilization
Hospitality of Buryatia
Let's go to Ulan-Ude to visit the Old Believers — people who have preserved the customs and way of life in their villages three hundred years ago

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Listvyanka is the business card of Lake Baikal

    Our guide will meet you at the Irkutsk airport. 

    It is best to arrive in Irkutsk from 09:00 to 10:00 (local time).

    At the airport, you get into a comfortable minibus and go with a guide to the village of Listvyanka, located on the shore of Lake Baikal (67 km from Irkutsk).

    On the way, we will make a stop and visit the ethnographic museum of Taltsy.

    A unique open-air park-museum, where architectural exhibits are collected, which are subject to flooding during the construction of numerous hydroelectric power plants on the Hangar.

    You will have the opportunity to have a snack in a real "Tavern".

    Upon arrival — accommodation in comfortable double rooms. 

    Visit to the only museum in Russia about Lake Baikal.

    The Limnological museum provides very accessible and understandable information about the great lake. 

    The expositions are devoted to the history of the lake's origin, the peculiarities of natural landscapes, the seismic situation, the fauna of Lake Baikal, and the history of studying the lake. 

    Everyone's favorite exposition is aquariums, in which Baikal fish, crustaceans and even cute and modest seals are eagerly awaiting tourist guests. 

    At the end of the tour, you will have a virtual dive into the purest Baikal waters. You will be able to feel like real researchers!

    We return to the hotel. Supper.

    In the evening, you can walk on your own to the Chersky Stone observation deck, which offers a picturesque panorama: a view of the entire Larch Bay, the famous source of the Angara and the legendary Shaman stone.

    Accommodation: hotel "Legend of Baikal"/"Demidov Manor", standard room, double occupancy.

    Meals: dinner.

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  • Day 2 - Circum-Baikal Railway
  • Day 3 - Irkutsk. The road to Olkhon
  • Day 4 - Olkhon Island
  • Day 5 - Crossing of Lake Baikal
  • Day 6 - Barguzin Valley
  • Day 7 - Chivyrkuysky Bay
  • Day 8 - Ivolginsky datsan. Ulan-Ude
  • Day 9 - The south of Lake Baikal. Tunka Valley
  • Day 10 - Arshan — healing springs
  • Day 11 - Departure
Difficulty
For any person
Tour organizer's comments

We need to be ready to change hotels frequently and move up to 300 km per day

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    6 nights
  • or
    Guest House, Hotel
    1 night
  • Guest House
    3 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour includes hotel accommodation.

Standard + economy accommodation. Double accommodation in standard rooms — 7 nights, visiting locals — 3 nights. 

The surcharge for single occupancy is from 2,000 to 2,500 rubles / day (since the places of residence are of different levels, specify the exact calculation when booking).

The Angara Hotel 1 night

The three-star hotel is located in Irkutsk, next to the City Hall building on Kirov Square. It offers a beauty salon and 3 international restaurants. Free Wi-Fi is available. All rooms are decorated in bright colors.

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Nikita Bencarov's Manor Hotel 2 nights
Irkut Hotel 1 night
Guest house "Demidov Manor" or The Legend of Baikal Hotel 1 night
The Angara Hotel or The Air Harbor Hotel 1 night
Buryatia Hotel 1 night
Guest house of Ust-Barguzin village 3 nights

Tour conditions

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

Included in price

  • accommodation in hotels, tourist complexes, estates — double (according to the program);
  • excursions announced in the program;
  • meals specified in the program: 
    • breakfast in hotels;
    • dinners in hotels; 
    • lunch on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th day;
  • all types of transfers according to the program: minivan/minibus on the highway, UAZ off-road;
  • guide services;
  • payment for a permit to visit the Baikal National Park.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • accommodation in Irkutsk before the start of the trip;
  • additional drinks and food (except as indicated in the program);
  • bathhouse.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Clothing and shoes:

  1. Shoes: comfortable shoes for the season. 
  2. Removable shoes — slippers.
  3. Socks — 2 pairs.
  4. Change of underwear.
  5. Swimsuit (for visiting thermal springs and baths, if they are in the program).
  6. Warm jacket/ windbreaker — with hood.
  7. Sweater/jacket.
  8. Comfortable clothes for staying indoors.
  9. T—shirts/turtlenecks - the quantity is at your discretion.

Personal items:

  1. Suitcase /bag / backpack + small backpack for active excursions.
  2. Individual first aid kit: medicines for you personally, Band-Aid, elastic bandage, cream....
  3. Documents: passport, MHI insurance policy — packed in an airtight package.
  4. Flashlight (with a spare set of batteries).
  5. Photo camera.
  6. Toiletries.
  7. Towel (for visiting thermal springs).
  8. Raincoat or umbrella. 
  9. Sunglasses.
  10. Sunscreen.
  11. A water bottle.
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 1 592
    29 Jun – 9 Jul 11 days 10 nights
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  • US$ 1 592
    14 – 24 Jul 11 days 10 nights
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  • US$ 1 592
    28 Jul – 7 Aug 11 days 10 nights
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  • US$ 1 592
    11 – 21 Aug 11 days 10 nights
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  • US$ 1 592
    25 Aug – 4 Sep 11 days 10 nights
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