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New Year's Eve 2019 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 BaikalNature 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 await 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 on Baikal shore, spend the second 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 and comfortable resort on Baikal shore, a night in the wooden house of a hospitable family and the best hotel of Listvyanka in its centre.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with the lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Bolshoye Goloustnoye
  • Day 2
    Happy New Year!
    Bolshoye Goloustnoye
  • Day 3
    Belaya mountain
    Listvyanka
  • Day 4
    On the board
    Bolshoye Goloustnoye — Bolshiye Koty
  • Day 5
    Along the western coast of the lake Baikal
    Bolshiye Koty — Listvyanka
  • Day 6
    Road to Irkutsk
    Listvyanka — Irkutsk
  • Day 7
    End of the programme
    Irkutsk
  • 11:00
    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).
  • 11:30
    Meeting with your driver and guide
    Departure to the Bolshoye Goloustnoye village, situated in 120 km form Irkutsk on the board of the lake Baikal (about 2,5 hour of the route).
  • 12:30
    Dog-sledding
    We will stop over in Maloye Goloustnoye village. The owner will make for you an excursion through the kennel, acquaint you with dogs - Alaskan Malamutes and her little farm. After a hot tea with taiga berries jam, dog-sledding on the snowy country road (about 2 km).
  • 13:40
    Lunch
    Home-made lunch of farmer's prods.
  • 15:00
    Arrival to Bolshoye Goloustnoye
    Accommodation in the cosy wooden resort on Baikal shore. Rest. 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.
  • 15:00
    Time at leisure
    You can have a rest after the long flight or to go for a walk through the village or along the shore.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Maloye Goloustnoye, Malamutes
Route
Irkutsk — Bolshoye Goloustnoye
Accommodation
Accommodation "U Mikhalicha", Bolshoye Goloustnoye
Twin comfortable room
Landmarks
Note

1 h dog sledding  (2km)

3 h transfer  (120km)

  • 09:30
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 10:00
    Excurison to the Dry lake
    3 km away from the village there is a Dry lake. It's water level is changeable: it can be absolutely dried and then become deep. This lake is subscribed in the list of the special geological sites of the region.
  • 13:30
    Lunch in the cafe
  • 16:00
    Russian banya
    The Russian banya (sauna) is a good way of relaxing ! According to Russian tradition, the banya can help to clear all negative emotions accumulated during the year.
  • 17:00
    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
Bolshoye Goloustnoye
Accommodation
Accommodation "U Mikhalicha", Bolshoye Goloustnoye
Twin comfortable room
Note

3 h   (4km)

  • 10:00
    Late breakfast
  • 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
  • 14:00
    Ascent the Belaya mountain
    The Belaya (White) mountain, rising above the village, is a sacred place aslo called Mountain of Wisdom. From it's top there is a panoramic view on lake Baikal, the village and ranges surrounding it.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at your resort
Photo of the day
Bolshoye Goloustnoye Village
Route
Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation "U Mikhalicha", Bolshoye Goloustnoye
Twin standard room
Note

3 h trekking  (4km)

  • 10:00
    Breakfast
    After breakfast, we say good buy to the hospitable hosts and going further by boat.
  • 11:00
    Departure to the village
    We start our unique "cruise" to the south till the Bolshiye Koty 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. 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 village
    Accommodation in the homestay. 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.
  • 18:00
    Russian banya
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Bolshoye Goloustnoye — Bolshiye Koty
Accommodation
Accommodation the guest house Solnechniy
Bed in the twin room
Landmarks
Note

4 h cruise / navigation  (30km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Departure by boat to the village Listvyanka
    On board you will start the navigation along the most beautiful western coast of the lake Baikal to the village Listvyanka. Going through the shroud of the steaming lake, you will admire the ice-covered capes and the picturesque landscapes of the snow-covered taiga.
  • 12:00
    Arrival to the village
    Accommodation in the hotel situated in some metres of the Baikal lake shore. Rest.
  • 14:00
    Lunch in the restaurant
  • 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.
  • 16:00
    Chersky Rock
    Ascension to Chersky Rock with chair lift to discover a beautiful view of the lake and Angara river.
  • 17:00
    Excursion to the Baikal Museum
    Guided excursion in Baikal Museum where you will learn about its flora and fauna and see nerpa (Baikal seal).
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Listvyanka Village
Route
Bolshiye Koty — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Mayak, Listvyanka
Twin room
Note

2 h cruise / navigation  (20km)

  • 10:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
  • 10:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:40
    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 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
Listvyanka — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Chambre twin confort
Note

1 h transfer  (70km)

  • 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 2018
Start
-
January, 05 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,048 $
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
  • Banya
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure from 5 participants. If there are The price includes breakfast on Day 2-7; lunch on Day 1-4, 5; dinner on Day 1-4. Single supplement 4 800 RUB (only for nights 5 and 6).

Reviews
4.50
4.50
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Delphine
From 29 December 2017 to 4 January 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Très chouette voyage qui donne envie de revenir et découvrir plus
No reviews anymore or no reviews at all for this tour. Below reviews for destination:
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4.33
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4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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BaikalNature's reply
Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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4.67
4.67
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5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
YONGCHANG
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
VERY NICE~
4.00
4.00
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
3.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jorg
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Very nice tour, however there is possibility to improve; making the groups not troo big (mine was 14 guests which is too much for in tent dining p ex), also the trek on the lake could have been longer for me - now there was a part of the lake trek done by 4x4. A small remark to the guide too; maybe better to inform the evening at dinner what timing/activity there will be the next day and what to wear.
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BaikalNature's reply
Thank you for your comment! We have already planned the improvements for our ice camp for making it me comfortable. As for the trekking distance, we just wanted to balance between very sportif tourists and those who have no any experience. Hoping to see among our future clients!
3.50
3.50
Total score
3.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
3.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
2.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Sandeep
From 3 March 2018 to 10 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Better coordination between the Guide and Back Office suggested.
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