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Great 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
12 Days
August
Highlights
  • Meeting with locals and tasting of traditional food
  • Circle tour of Lake Baikal
  • Water transport is largely used during the tour
  • Perfect combination of the price and the tour scale
  • Bathing in the hot springs
Tour Overview

You wish to discover Lake Baikal from south to north, west to east? You would like to have an idea about the diversity and uniqueness of its area? Join the adventure! This tour includes the visit of the key Baikal places.

During 12 days you will alternate transfers by car and by boat. In this outstanding journey around the whole lake, you will discover stunning sceneries:  steppes, river delta, sand dunes, cliffs, taiga - preserved fauna and flora and the rough but generous soul of Siberians.

Though there are a lot of excursions during the tour you will be able to relax and enjoy peace of Baikal beauties.

This tour is available for everyone. You can join it individually, with your  friends or family. No particular physical condition is required. 

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with the lake Baikal
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    The biggest island of the lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Olkhon island
  • Day 3
    North part of the Olkhon island
    Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    Olkhone steppes
    Olkhon island
  • Day 5
    Crossing of lake in its widest part
    Olkhon island — Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 6
    Dancing divinity - Yanjima
    Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 7
    Free day in the Baikal village
    Khakussy
  • Day 8
    Along the eastern shore of the lake Baikal
    Ust-Barguzine — Khakussy
  • Day 9
    Hot springs of the lake Baikal
    Khakussy
  • Day 10
    The northern part of the lake
    Khakussy — Severobaikalsk
  • Day 11
    Free day
    Severobaikalsk
  • Day 12
    End of the programme
    Severobaikalsk
  • 10:30
    Arrival in Irkutsk
    Meeting with your driver at the airport at 10:30 am.
  • 11:00
    Departure to the Listvyanka village
    Transfer to Listvyanka located at a distance of 70 km from Irkutsk (44 mi) on the shore of Lake Baikal. On the way you will make a visit to the open-air museum Taltsy, discover a typical Siberian village of XVIII-XIX century.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local restaurant
    You can taste the dishes of the Baikal cuisine.
  • 14:00
    Excursion in the Listvyanka village
    This day you can spend by exploring the surroundings of the village, visit fish market.
  • 17:30
    Return to Irkutsk
    Check-in in the hotel. Free time.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel.
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Imperia
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure to the Olkhon island
    Leave for the island by the private car (293 km/182 mi, 5-6 hours of journey). We will stop to blandish the local spirits, to ask their benevolence during the trip. At noon: arrival on Olkhon.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe en route
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Khujir
  • 17:10
    Check-in in the resort
    Free time. Discovery of Burkhan rock. Walking around the village, visiting port.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the resort
  • Night in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Olkhon island
Accommodation
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Olkhon island excursion
    After breakfast excursion by 4X4 (UAZ) to Khoboy Cape, the northernmost point of Olkhon, sacred place of shamans. The trip will allow you to discover the beauty of the Maloye More (Small Sea) and its islets, also places of worship of shamans. Stroll to the cape.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 14:00
    Walking around and come back
    Return to Khuzhir. Visit of the hamlet of Uzury on the east of the island. The pathway passes through steppes, beaches and taiga.
  • 18:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight on the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast on the resort
  • 10:00
    Excursion by 4X4 to the Khorgoy Cape
    Excursion by 4X4 (UAZ) to the southern shore of the island. We will visit the Khorgoy Cape.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the excursion
    We will visit Cape Kobilya Golova (Head of the Horse) named in Bouryat "Khorine-Irgui", reminds from away the head of the horse.
  • 16:00
    Return to Khujir
  • 18:00
    Dinner on the resort
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast on the resort
  • 09:30
    Transfer to the port
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Ust-Barguzin
    After breakfast boarding on private comfortable boat. Crossing of Lake Baikal in its widest part. This great cruise will really allow us to sail in the geographical centre of the lake.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    You will taste a delicious lunch of fresh fish on board.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
    We will sail for several hours before reaching Ust-Barguzin, the village of fishermen located in Barguzinsky Gulf.
  • 15:00
    Arriving to Ust-Barguzin and transfert to homestead
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to the Datsan of Barguzin
    The 2nd May of 2005, the image of the Saint Yanjima was appeared on the big bowlder near the Datsan of Barguzin in the siberian tayga. Now, this place became the pilgrimage destination of the faithful and tourists.
  • 13:00
    Lunch-box
  • 14:00
    Excursion to the Datsan of Barguzin
    The Saint Yanjiam is the patroness of the arts, sciences, handicrafts, wisdom and well-being. She is associated with the purity and innocence and all creations. For the Buryat, this Saint is one of the most respected, that is the Divinity of the maternity and fertility.
  • 16:00
    Return to Ust-Barguzin
    Free time.
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
    Visit suggestions : cruise to Ushkany Archipelago to observe freshwater seal or ascent of the summit of Svyatoy Nos Peninsula ("Holy Nose"), 1877 m (at extra cost) or excursion to Barguzinskay Valley (extra charges).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Walking around the village
    This day is a good possibility to walk along the coast and to get to know to the authentic life of the Baikal village.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Khakussy
Accommodation
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the Monahovo village
  • 12:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 13:00
    Departure to the resort Khakussy by private boat
  • 18:00
    Arrival to Khakussy
    Accommodation at the resort and rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzine — Khakussy
Accommodation
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Note

transfer  (50km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Free time at the resort
    You can enjoy the Thermal springs complex "Khakussy" located in the coniferous forest. You could enjoy taking bathes in hot water (+42…+46 °С) either in open air swimming pools (lidos) or in the building. Those who will still have forces to walk, our guide will accompany you to the Ayaya bay.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Khakussy
Accommodation
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Severobaikalsk
    After the breakfast, departure by the speed boat to the northern part of the lake, to the town Severobaikalsk.
  • 12:30
    Arrival to Nijneangarsk
    Transfer to Severobaikalsk. Arrival, check-in in the hotel. Rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Khakussy — Severobaikalsk
Accommodation
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free day in Severobaikalsk
    Possibility to organize the excursion to the Yarki island, the northernmost point of the lake. This little sandy island where the human being did not leave his trace is one of the most beautiful places of the lake.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Severobaikalsk
Accommodation
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 12:00
    Check-in and end of the rpogramme
Photo of the day
Route
Severobaikalsk
Note

  (240km)

Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Medical insurance
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
  • Guide during free days
Price does not include
  • Administrative registration
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price includes breakfast on Day 2-12; lunch on Day 1-10; dinner on Day 1-9,11. Banya is included on Day 4,5,6,7. Single supplement 13 050 RUB. Private boat during crossing the lake Baikal. We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure. The departure from Severobaikalsk is possible by plane to Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude or by train.

Reviews
4.00
4.00
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5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
3.00
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
Anthony
From 8 August 2016 to 20 August 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Circuit Grand Baikal été 2016. J'ai passé un trés bon séjour, le circuit proposé par Baikalnature est assez complet, paysages magnifiques. Seul point négatif, le Nord de l'île d'Olkhon, victime de son succés, cet endroit est trés touristique. Quant au reste , de la réservation au retour à l'aéroport, le service est très sérieux, l'hygiène des hébergements proposés est assez correct, douches dispos
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4.17
4.17
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4.00
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4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
3.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Isabelle
From 25 July 2016 to 6 August 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Très beau circuit qui permet d'avoir une vision générale du Lac Baîkal et se rendre compte de son immensité lors des traversées en bateau. Suggestion:Peut on réduire de quelques heures les traversées( Une de 12h et une de 5/6h )et de reporter ce temps soit pour découvrir d'autres villages ou flâner dans Irkoust. Tout à fonctionné à merveille pour ce voyage découverte au rythme apaisant du Baîkal et
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3.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
3.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Daniel
From 10 July 2016 to 3 August 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal, Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Nous avons apprecié le circuit du Grand Baïkal avec ses beaux paysages et son côté nature immense et presque intacte notamment dans la partie nord du lac et ce malgré le temps un peu trop long passé dans les transports mais nous comprenons que la dimension des lieux et l'éloignement géographique justifient ces dépacements un peu pénibles. Nous remercions notre guide Natalia qui fût parfaite en
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BaikalNature's reply
Nous vous remercions pour les remarques que vous portez à notre attention. Pour les inconvénients que vous avez eu lors des longs déplacements dans la région de l'Altaï, je voudrais vous expliquer que vue que les distances entre les destinations proposées par ce voyage sont assez grandes, alors pour découvrir toutes ces endroits dans un seul voyage il est nécessaire de parcourir plusieurs kilomètres par jour. Cependant, nous sommes étonnés de recevoir un avis négatif sur votre séjour en Altaï, parce que les guides locales nous ont répondu de n'avoir eu aucun problème durant l'intégralité de votre séjour. Nous prenons en compte tous vos commentaires qui nous aident à travailler à l'évolution de nos programmes et à améliorer l'organisation de nos séjours. En espérant vous voir dans notre pays à nouveau, avec nos meilleurs salutations,
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4.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Annie
From 10 July 2016 to 23 July 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Notre guide a été formidable tant au niveau professionnel qu'au niveau humain. La Sibérie est un endroit magique,les points faibles furent les transports ,le premier jour d'excursion sur l'île d'Olkhon où trop de touristes étaient présents (il eut mieux valu une rando dans la nature magnifique ) Merci encore à tous ceux qui nous ont permis ce fabuleux sejours ,notamment Natacha
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Marie Thérèse
From 16 July 2016 to 23 July 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Nous avons pu profiter du lac Baïkal sans penser aux questions matérielles, tout était parfaitement organisé par BaïkalNature. Notre guide, très sympathique, a été très attentive à nous faire connaître et aimer la région.
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