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Three Religions

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
10 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Tour with primary focus on the acquaintance with culture and spiritual life of the region
  • Double crossing of the lake in its central and south part
  • Possibility to see all types of the Baikal landscapes
  • Acquaintance with the Republic of Buryatia and Olkhon island
  • Participation in the shamanic ritual
  • Comfortable accommodation all tour long
  • Private boats and transports
  • Tasting of the local cuisine
Tour Overview

Lake Baikal is one of the most amazing Russian destinations. For travellers this great lake offers not only hundreds of natural sites. Also the Baikal region is considered as a confluence of different religions. The most spread of them are the Orthodoxy, the Buddhism and the Shamanism. Our itinerary is about them all. You will get acquaintance with the way they remain intact in the spirit of peaceful coexistence and how they are intimately entwined in the life of local people.

Besides the acquaintance with the culture, we have included the nature discovering of Lake Baikal. For realizing the true strength and immensity of the lake, it’s necessary to cross it in its deepest and largest central part. Moreover, we will cross the lake twice: for the second one in the South! The landscape changes: taiga-covered hills, desert steppes, sand dunes, mountain valleys and, of course, the sheet of the purest Baikal water lay going directly to the horizon.

We propose you to go for this tour in the best period of summer season when the water reaches the highest temperature, the sun is bright and the rains are rare. For getting acquaintance with the Baikal culture in all of its aspects, you will stroll about the old streets of the Irkutsk city, listen to the chime of the Orthodox Churches, visit the Buryat region and the Buddhist spiritual centre - Ivolginsky datsan, and participate in the true shamanic rite. You will visit Olkhon Island, this cradle of shamanism in Asia, where every sacral place keeps hundreds of legends and beliefs.

This tour is accessible for everybody:  you can go alone, in pairs or with your whole family independently of the age. All over the itinerary there will comfortable accommodations. In Ust-Barguzin we propose to spend a night in the local family for steeping in the real everyday life of the Baikal village. All services of the tour are private: we don’t use the scheduled bus or boats.

We want you to discover the lake in all its wide diversity – natural and cultural! If you visit Lake Baikal, you would definitely come back!

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Discovery of the Irkutsk city
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    Taltsy museum and first meeting with lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 3
    Baikal crossing in its southern part
    Listvyanka — Ulan-Ude
  • Day 4
    Centre of Buddhism in Russia and Old believers village
    Ulan-Ude
  • Day 5
    Journey to the Ust-Barguzin village
    Ulan-Ude — Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 6
    Barguzin valley
    Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 7
    Baikal crossing from the east to the west
    Ust-Barguzin — Olkhon island
  • Day 8
    Sacred site for shamans
    Olkhon island
  • Day 9
    Day at leisure on the island
    Olkhon island
  • Day 10
    Meeting with the shaman and return to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • 10:00
    Individual transfer from the airport to the hotel (private car)
    *The indicated time is approximate. It can be changed according to the time of your arrival. **Please, pay attention that the check-in is at 12:00. If you arrive earlier, contact us in advance for early check-in reservation.
  • 12:00
    Accommodation in the hotel
    Rest after the flight.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the hotel restaurant Not included
    Not included, to pay on site or to book in advance during the reservation of the tour.
  • 14:00
    Excursion in the city centre of Irkutsk
    Excursion with the guide in the city centre of Irkutsk. You will visit the most worth seeing places of Irkutsk: the Decembrists' museum, Orthodox churches, quay of the Angara river, wooden houses, central markets. You will feel the particular atmosphere of the city. You will have an opportunity to listen to the bells ringing in the Church of the Savior.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in a restaurant Not included
  • Overnight at the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Chambre twin confort
Note

0.5 h transfer  (6km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the Listvyanka village
    Meeting with your guide and driver and departure to the Listvyanka village situated on the board of Lake Baikal near the moth of the river Angara.
  • 11:00
    Excursion to Taltsy museum
    Visit to the open-air museum Taltsy, discover a typical Siberian village of XVIII-XIX century. The museum has become the place of the conservation of the monuments of the popular culture.
  • 13:30
    Arrival to Listvyanka
    Accommodation in the hotel. Rest.
  • 14:00
    Lunch in the hotel Not included
  • 15:00
    Walking in the village
    Walking with your guide, visit of fish and souvenir markets. Free time. Optionally you can go to the nerpenarium (seal park show) or take a boat excursion (extra charges). For those who wants it's possible to visit the The Church of St. Nicholas that was built in the beginning of the XIX century.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "BaikalCedar"
Twin room
Note

1 h transfer  (69km)

  • 08:50
    Breakfast at the hotel
  • 09:30
    Transfer to the berth
    Getting on bord.
  • 10:00
    Baikal crossing in its south part
    We will cross Lake Baikal from Listvyanka to Tankhoy village. The crossing takes about 1 hour. We will navigate 35 km to the eastern coast of the lake to the Republic of Buryatia .
  • 11:00
    Arrival to Tankhoy and walking along the shore
  • 11:40
    Journey to the Ulan-Ude city
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a Buryat cafe Not included
    Tasting the traditional cuisine: posy, chebureki, Buryat tea etc *Not included, payment on site in cash.
  • 15:00
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotel Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the hotel
  • 10:00
    Visit to Ivolginsky Datsan
    Ivolginsky Datsan is the Buddhist temples complex outside the city located in a picturesque steppe. Discovery of Buddhist culture. This Datsan serving the most important place of worship in Buryatia is the centre of Buddhism in Russia.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Lunch animated by a folk group with traditional Buryat cuisine!
  • 14:00
    Visit to the Old believers village
    The visit to the Old believers village is an excursion in the history. To this day the villagers keep the culture and traditions of the ancient orthodox Russia. They are known for their very specific singing style, unique architecture and costume and, of course, cuisine!
  • 17:00
    Return to Ulan-Ude
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Ulan-Ude
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Buryatia
Standard Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Ust-Barguzin
    Check-out and departure to Ust-Bargouzin. Ust-Bargouzin is a small village situated on the shore of the Barguzinsky golf, the deepest and the largest one of lake Baikal.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe of the Buryat cuisine Not included
    Not included, to pay on site in cash.
  • 14:00
    City tour by foot
    Excursion to the museum of Buryat history.
  • 15:00
    Arrival to Ust-Barguzin
    Accommodation in the homestay. Acquaintance, rest and time at leisure.
  • 17:00
    Russian banya
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Ulan-Ude — Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
Twin room in the homstay
Note

4 h transfer  (268km)

  • 08:00
    Homemade breakfast
  • 09:00
    Free day in Ust-Barguzin
    Visit suggestions (extra charges): - cruise to Ushkany Archipelago to observe freshwater seal; - ascent of the summit of Svyatoy Nos Peninsula ("Holy Nose"), 1877 m; - excursion to Barguzinskay Valley.
  • 14:00
    Free time
    This day is a good possibility to walk along the coast and to get to know to the authentic life of the Baikal village.
  • 17:00
    Russian banya
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • Night in a guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
Twin room in the homstay
  • 08:30
    Breakfast
  • 09:30
    Transfer to the port
  • 10:00
    Navigation to the Olkhon island
    Boarding on private comfortable boat. We will sail for several hours before reaching the Olkhon island.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    Delicious hot lunch on the board.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
    Crossing of Lake Baikal in its widest part. This great cruise will really allow us to sail in the geographical centre of the lake.
  • 16:00
    Arriving on the island
    Transfer to the resoer. Accommodation.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Twin room
  • 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 the 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 towards the cape.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 14:00
    Stroll and return trip
    Return to Khuzhir. Visit of the hamlet of Uzury on the east of the island. The road passes through steppes, beaches and taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Twin room
Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Excursion on the Ogoy Island Not included
    Departure by boat to the Ogoi Island et discovery of Buddhist Stupa raised at the highest spot of Ogoy. A Buddhist stupa is an object of worship and means “a support for gifts”. It is believed that if you go around the stupa three times expressing your respect to it and make a wish, it will come true.
  • 15:00
    Free time
    This day is a good possibility to walk along the coast and to get to know the authentic life of the Baikal village.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Night at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Departure to Ust-Odra village by minibus
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the café
  • 14:00
    Excursion to the Ust-Orda museum
    You will visit the ethnographic museum of Ust-Orda.
  • 15:00
    Meeting with the shaman
    You will get acquaintance with the shamanism culture. The local shaman will will show you a real rite.
  • 16:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
    Arrival to the city centre / airport. End of the rpogramme.
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Note

4 h transfer  (295km)

Detailed description
Departures
July, 17 2018
Start
-
July, 26 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,478 $
Basic price per person
August, 07 2018
Start
-
August, 16 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,478 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Banya
  • Boat trip
  • Letter of invitation
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • 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 2-10, lunch on Day 2, 4, 6-8, 10 and dinner on Day 5-9. Banya is included on Day 5-9. Single supplement – 14 800 RUB / pers.

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Carlo
From 6 August 2015 to 14 August 2015
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Un voyage très bien organisé de bout à bout et vraiment intéressant avec un très bon mix d’aspects culturels et naturels. Vivement conseillé (le voyage et Baikal Nature)
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Bernard
From 12 March 2017 to 20 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourTraversée du lac Baïkal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Superbe voyage très dépaysant. Le guide Igor était très professionnel.
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Michel
From 7 March 2017 to 17 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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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