The charm of the Small Sea. Winter trip to Lake Baikal

In just 5 days you will see legendary splashes, transparent ice with methane bubbles, visit interesting historical places in Irkutsk and Listvyanka, take a lot of memorable pictures, and also bring delicious fish delicacies with you.

Location

Irkutsk
from
US$ 557
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 16 – 20 Feb, 2025
    • 18 – 22 Feb, 2025
    • 21 – 25 Feb, 2025
    • 23 – 27 Feb, 2025
    • 25 Feb – 1 Mar, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • or
    Camp Site, Hotel
    2 nights
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 20 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

Marble Quarry
We will see a huge marble deposit 2 billion years old, it is older than Lake Baikal itself!
Buddhist Shrine
Let's purify ourselves and recharge with the spiritual energy of the Sacred Stupa of Enlightenment on the island of Ogoy
Irkutsk Baroque
Let's get acquainted with the interesting architecture of the ancient city, which has largely preserved the historical buildings
About Lake Baikal "at first hand"
We will visit the unique museum of Lake Baikal, where unique facts about the lake will be shared with us

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - The road to the Small Sea. Buguldeika

    Upon arrival in Irkutsk, the journey to Lake Baikal begins, or rather to the Small Sea. 

    You will leave Irkutsk approximately at 10 a.m.  

    The path will run through an area with picturesque views. 

    The road will partially pass through the Tazheran steppes, decorated here and there with rocky remnants.   

    Guests often refer to this segment of the journey as the "Martian" one.   

    Landscapes really transport you to some kind of alien reality! 

    On the way to the Small Sea, we will stop at the famous marble quarry in Buguldike!

    Buguldeika is a small Baikal village with a population of about 1,000 people. 

    It stands at the mouth of the Buguldeika River flowing down from the Primorsky Ridge in the Olkhonsky district of the Irkutsk region. 

    The territory of the village is included in the Baikal National Park and is specially protected. 

    The name of the village in the Evenk language means “deer place”, according to another version it is the name of a local prince.  

    Buguldeika is also called a powerful north-westerly wind blowing in the surrounding mountains. 

    Buguldeika attracts primarily with its beautiful landscapes — mountains, caves, forest paths, a river and the Baikal coast.

    This is an excellent place for eco-tourism with equipped hiking, horseback riding and automobile routes. 

    If you leave Buguldeika towards the village of Elansi, you will see a huge deposit of marble. 

    White stone blocks are visible from afar, marble reserves in Buguldike occupy about 10 million cubic meters. 

    The age of the deposit is 2 billion years old, it is older than Lake Baikal itself.  

    The local marble is characterized by high density, uniformity and whiteness, it is ideal for sculptures and decoration. 

    Buguldean marble belongs to the highest grade, with a small thickness, pieces of rock are translucent in the sun. 

    Marble mining was carried out in the 1970s, but today it has been suspended due to the special protected status of the territory. 

    Therefore, tourists can safely walk around the quarry and take pictures. 

    The field offers magnificent views of Lake Baikal and the Buguldeika River.

    After that, we will drive to the Small Sea, where, after checking in, you will have free time that you can devote to rest or walking. 

    Included in the price: group transfer, accommodation, lunch on the way to the Small Sea.

    You will find: the Tazheran steppes, the marble quarry, Buguldeika, Lake Baikal, the Small Sea.

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  • Day 2 - Tour of the south of Olkhon Island and the islands of the Small Sea
  • Day 3 - Return to Irkutsk
  • Day 4 - Sightseeing tour of the city of Irkutsk
  • Day 5 - Sightseeing tour of Listvyanka. The road to Irkutsk. Completion of the tour
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • or
    Camp Site, Hotel
    2 nights
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour provides accommodation at a recreation center and in a hotel.

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

Double roomExtra charge for a single room
49 00018 000

Accommodation is based on availability, please specify the details when booking. The possible options are presented below.

Recreation center "Wind of wanderings" or Naratei Recreation Center or 2 nights
Recreation center "Wind of wanderings"

The recreation center "Wind of Wanderings" is a great place to relax. All the buildings of the base are built of wood, an environmentally friendly material. It offers a base, a great beach on the shore of Lake Baikal, excellent views from the windows of all rooms, playgrounds are equipped for children. Cozy rooms of various classes from economy to luxury. Excellent chefs work at the base, who will gladly feed everyone. The cuisine is delicious, homely. The friendly staff will do everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

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Another option
Naratei Recreation Center

The Naratei recreation center is waiting for its guests in the village of Sakhyurt. Parking, billiards, children's playground, sauna, shuttle service and more are at your disposal.

Wonderful cozy rooms have been created for you here so that you can get a quality rest and recharge with a lot of pleasant emotions from living in this place.

There is a restaurant on site where you can have a delicious meal and have a great time.

Shops and cafes are within walking distance. There are ample opportunities for tourism. Everyone here stays in solitude with the incredible nature of Lake Baikal.

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Another option
Recreation center "Baikal rainbow"

On the picturesque shore between the Bays of joy there is a recreation center “Baikal rainbow”, 3 km from the village of Sakhyurt, Irkutsk region. This place is ideal for relaxing with both the whole family and a group of friends. Free high-speed Internet is available far from urban civilization. For convenience, the reception is open 24 hours a day. The number of rooms is represented by hotel rooms of various capacities. There is functional furniture everywhere. There is a bar and a cafe on site with views of Lake Baikal. Where delicious dishes of Russian cuisine are served. It is possible to hold a small celebration.

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Matryoshka Hotel or similar 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 20 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Irkutsk

Included in price

  • transfers throughout the tour; 
  • meals according to the tour program;
  • excursions specified in the program;
  • habitation;
  • entrance to The National Park.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • drinks and dishes not included in the main menu according to the program;
  • additional services;
  • additional excursions and transfers not included in the program;
  • equipment rental.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Warm outerwear (for example, a ski suit);
  • Comfortable shoes (non-slip boots);
  • Headdress (warm hat);
  • Warm clothes (thermal underwear, fleece, hoodies, scarf/buff);
  • Warm mittens or gloves;
  • Sunscreen (protection factor of at least 20);
  • Sunglasses (with at least 2 UV protection);
  • Bathing accessories: swimsuit, towel and slippers (for visiting the sauna/hot springs, if provided by the program);
  • Personal first aid kit (if you need specific medicines);
  • Photo/video equipment (spare flash cards);
  • Portable charger (power bank);
  • Toiletries;
  • Small backpack (for excursions and walks);
  • The seat (tourist hob);
  • Thermos (optional);
  • Binoculars (optional);
  • Required: Passport, MHI policy.
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Dates and Prices

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  • US$ 557
    16 – 20 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 557
    18 – 22 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 557
    21 – 25 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 557
    23 – 27 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 557
    25 Feb – 1 Mar, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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