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New Year's Eve 2018 on lake Baikal

Destination: Lake Baikal
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
7 Days
December - January
Highlights
  • Celebrate Russian New Year on Lake Baikal
  • Discover the warm and generous Siberian soul
  • Cross the snow-covered taiga on dog-sledding
  • Watch a rare phenomenon when water is steaming
  • Go by boat along the most beautiful Baikal shore
  • Visit the places inaccessible from the land
  • Make the circular itinerary about 250 km
Tour Overview

What’s the best time to experience something new and exciting? It’s New Year’s Eve, of course! It’s a magical time when everyone believes in miracles and wishes the best for the year to come. Spend your holidays with BailkalNature on the most beautiful Lake Baikal shores. Your Lake Baikal NYE, will sound like a genuine Siberian fairy tale on the most sacred and purest waters.

Whether you travel with children, with friends or alone, you want to experience active vacations or just spend a great time discovering new landscapes, this trip will really be exciting.

A large number of activities awaits you! Visit the Taltsy Ethnographic Museum, taste Baikal cuisine, see the Baikal Museum and meet nerpa, the Baikal seal, hike up to Chersky Rock, dog-sled in the Siberian winter forest and celebrate New Year’s Eve! Take also some time to rest in a Russian banya and enjoy lakefront bed and breakfast Siberian welcoming atmosphere.

After a loud NYE party, spend the first day of the year aboard a ship sailing along one of the Lake Baikal most beautiful shores. Visit the former gold seeker settlement, Bolshie Koty Village and the 17th century Bolshoye Goloustnoye Village. Gaze at stunning and unique landscapes: at this time of the year, rocks and capes are already covered in ice as a thin layer of ice already forms along the shores. Crossing the misty waters of the lake, you’ll find yourself on sites you can only reach by boat.

You’ll spend overnights at a cosy resort – a chalet in a one of the most picturesque sites in Litsvyanka –, a bed and breakfast and at lakefront Baikal resorts.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with the lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 2
    Happy New Year!
    Listvyanka
  • Day 3
    Dog-sledding
    Listvyanka
  • Day 4
    Along the western coast of the lake Baikal
    Listvyanka — Bolshiye Koty
  • Day 5
    On the board
    Bolshiye Koty — Bolshoye Goloustnoye
  • Day 6
    Road to Irkutsk
    Bolshoye Goloustnoye — Irkutsk
  • Day 7
    End of the programme
    Irkutsk
  • 10:30
    Arrival to the airport of the Irkutsk city
    If you arrive earlier, you can have a breakfast in one of the cafés of the airport, to buy the souvenirs or to take cash (During the New Year’s holidays in Russia the banks are closed and the ATM could be closed. Please, take care of it in advance).
  • 11:00
    Meeting with your driver and guide
    Departure to the Listvyanka village, situated in 68 km form Irkutsk on the board of the lake Baikal (about 1 hour of the route).
  • 12:00
    Excursion to the museum Taltsy
    Taltsy is an open-air ethnographic museum with monuments of the wooden architecture. You will get acquaintance with not only material, but also moral of the local people. You can visit the work-shops, slide and of course meet with Ded Moroz (Russian Santa Clause), Snegurochka (his granddaughter) and Baba Yaga (the Russian fairy tale’s character).
  • 13:00
    Arrival to Listvyanka
    Accommodation in the cozy wooden resort. Rest.
  • 14:00
    Lunch
    You will taste the local cuisine and its main dainty – omul fish.
  • 15:00
    Time at leisure
    You can have a rest after the long flight or to make a ride on the snowmobile (not included).
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Baikalskiye terema
Twin standard room
Note

1 h transfer  (68km)

  • 09:30
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 11:00
    Visit of the Listvyanka village
    Meeting with the guide near the reception of the hotel. Today you will get acquaintance with the Listvyanka village. The first record about this villagу is adted by the XVII century. The village is situated near the source of the Angara river and goes along the Baikal shore for 6 km.
  • 11:10
    Excursion to the Church of St. Nicholas
    The Church of St. Nicholas was built by Russian merchant, Ksenofont Serebryakov. A legend says that he had nearly drowned during a heavy storm on Lake Baikal and decided to build a church in honour of St. Nicholas, the patron and defender of sailors and fishermen. The construction of the church started in 1846 in Nikola village on the bank of the Angara and was finished after Serebryakov’s death by his wife Natalya. The church was taken from one place to another twice: at first to the lakeside of the Baikal – to the village of Listvyanka, and then, in 1957, to Krestovaya Valley, 500 m (1600 ft) from the shore. It was moved away from the shore because of the construction of the dam in Irkutsk that resulted in a 1m raise in the water level of the lake.
  • 12:15
    Excursion to the Baikal Museum
    Guided excursion in Baikal Museum where you will learn about its flora and fauna and see nerpa (Baikal seal).
  • 13:30
    Lunch in the restaurant
  • 15:00
    Chersky Rock
    Ascension to Chersky Rock with chair lift to discover a beautiful view of the lake and Angara river.
  • 16:00
    Return to the resort
    Free time for preparing to the festive dinner.
  • 20:00
    Festive dinner
    In the evening there will be a special festive dinner for you: tasty cuisine, entertainment program, champagne and, of course, fireworks !
  • Overnight at your resort
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Baikalskiye terema
Twin standard room
  • 10:00
    Late breakfast at your resort
  • 11:00
    Time at leisure
    After a big party, it's time to have a good rest ! In the wooden house you will sleep like a baby.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 14:00
    Meeting with your guide and transfer to the kennel
  • 15:00
    Dog sled
    Meeting with dogs, instruction of driving a dog sled. The road passes through snow-covered taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight at your resort
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Baikalskiye terema
Twin standard room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 10:00
    Meeting with your quide and driver
    After check-out, meeting with your guide. Transfer to the berth. Embarkation on the board.
  • 11:00
    Departure by boat to the village Bolshiye Koty
    On board you will start the navigation along the most beautiful western coast of the lake Baikal to the village Bolshiye Koty. Going through the shroud of the steaming lake, you will admire the ice-covered capes and the picturesque landscapes of the snow-covered taiga.
  • 13:00
    Arrival to the Bolshiye Koty village
    Accommodation in the guest house situated in some metres of the Baikal lake shore. Rest.
  • 14:00
    Lunch in teh homestay
  • 15:00
    Visit of the village Bolshiye Koty
    The history of the village is closely related to the history of the lake Baikal. Firstly it was the village of the gold diggers searching for the gold-bearing sands. There was a glasswork. The village saves its charm because there is an access only from the water or by the taiga trail. You will climb the hill for observing the breath-taking landscapes. If the weather is good, you will see the opposite board of the lake.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — Bolshiye Koty
Accommodation
Accommodation the guest house Solnechniy
Bed in the twin room
Note

2 h cruise / navigation  (20km)

  • 10:00
    Breakfast
    After the breakfast, we say good bay to the hospitable hosts and going further by boat.
  • 11:00
    Departure to the village Bolshoye Goloustnoye
    We continue our unique "cruise" to the north till the Bolshoye Goloustnoye village. On our way will make two stops: near the Skriper mountain and Kadilniy cape. The Skriper mountian is a massif near the Sennaya bay. If you climb the mountain, there will be the picturesque view on the coats and Baikal waters. The Kadilniy cape is a part of the Baikal Natural Reserve. In the pas it was the place where the local people burn the lime. In the caves near the cape there were the sites of the late Stone age.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Picnic with hot tea on boat.
  • 15:00
    Arrival to the Bolshoye Goloustnoye village
  • 16:00
    Time at leisure
    Bolshoye Goloustnoye village was founded 3 centuries ago. Its foundation was connected to the trade route between Russia and China. For making the lake Baikal crossing possible, there was a special port, then the hole village was built there.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at your resort
  • Overnight at your resort
Photo of the day
Route
Bolshiye Koty — Bolshoye Goloustnoye
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Aliye Parusa
Maison pour deux personnes
Landmarks
Note

4 h cruise / navigation  (30km)

  • 10:00
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 11:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
  • 13:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    Accommodation in the hotel in the city-centre. Rest.
  • 14:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 16:00
    Leisure time in Irkutsk
    You can walk in the city centre. Just in front of your hotel there is a big New Year's tree and ice sculptures. You can visit the 130 quarter where you can buy the Russian Christmas souvenirs and musicians in the street make the atmosphere very festive.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Bolshoye Goloustnoye — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Chambre twin confort
Landmarks
Note

2 h transfer  (120km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the rpogramme
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
December, 30 2017
Start
-
January, 05 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,038 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Dog sled rental
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Celebratory dinner with alcoholic beverages
  • Ropeway to Chersky Rock
  • Letter of invitation
  • Administrative registration
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Banya
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure from 4 participants. The price includes breakfast on Day 2-7, lunch on Day 1-2 and 4-5, dinner on Day 2, 4-5. Single supplement 12 650 RUB. We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure.

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Michel
From 7 March 2017 to 17 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Tout était parfait, les transferts impeccables, Irina, Andrej, Janna et Anna furent des guides de qualité. Vous aviez parfaitement choisi les lieux de séjour et de repas La base Lada à Olkhone nous convenait parfaitement, nous avons eu l’occasion d’y rencontrer un charmant groupe féminin qui était aussi en villégiature pour quelques jours et qui comprenait une ancienne professeure de français…
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Catherine
From 2 March 2017 to 8 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Un séjour grandiose et inoubliable à tout point de vue. Dans la description, il faudrait peut-être quand même préciser que pour faire les 2 jours de marche sur le lac, il vaut mieux être entrainé à marcher vite en cas de mauvaise météo. Ceci a été le cas pour nous le dimanche, avant d'arriver au campement. Heureusement notre guide Andreï a été parfait et notre groupe était homogène pour avoir une
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Frédéric
From 5 March 2017 to 11 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Très belle découverte que ce voyage. Qualité des prestations : en préparation (merci Anna); à Oulan Oudé, excellente guide (Natacha) Une simple recommandation : le guide principal devrait faire un débriefing chaque jour pour le lendemain afin que chacun puisse s'organiser; cela semblait par moment improvisé au dernier moment. Enfin, nous avons fait le circuit à l'envers et le début est un peu
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Thierry
From 26 February 2017 to 9 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Excellent séjour. Qualité de l'hébergement spartiate mais correcte. On ne s'inscrit pas à une randonnée si on veut du logement 5*. Accueil sympathique sans flagornerie de l'équipe de mushers. gastronomie simple et énergétique. Logement sympathiquement primitif et frais le matin (on ne traîne pas au lit). Encore une fois, on est pas sur du balnéaire. Bonne qualité du programme sur la traversée.
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Hélène
From 3 March 2017 to 12 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Voyage très bien organisé et original (logement et repas chez l'habitant très bien). Confort un peu rudimentaire, mais c'est normal dans cette région et il faut l'accepter. Par contre à Khakoussy il était noté sur le programme toilette et douche à l'étage. De douche il n'y en avait pas, et les toilettes, c'était dehors. D'ailleurs, nous n'étions pas dans l'hébergement prévu. Les repas étaient
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BaikalNature's reply
Bonjour Hélène, merci pour vos précieux commentaires. En ce qui concerne votre logement à Khakoussy, nous avons dû remplacer votre hébergement car les chambres de l'hôtel initialement prévu au programme sont actuellement en réparation. Toutefois, nous vous prions de bien vouloir nous excuser pour ce désagrément qui est indépendant de notre volonté. Nous vous remercions pour vos appréciations du travail de votre guide et de l'organisation du voyage. Et, cela nous fait plaisir d'apprendre que malgré les blessures vous gardez un bon souvenir de ce voyage.
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