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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
9 Days
Highlights
  • Dicover of orthodox, shaman and buddhist cultures
  • Cruise and crossing of Lake Baikal in its widest part
  • Discovery of the Republic of Buryatia
  • Discovery of local cuisines
  • Various and accessible activities to everyone
Tour Overview

Siberia is a multiethnic land where on almost 10,000,000 km² (6,200,000 mi²) territory more than 100 nationalities peacefully coexist representing different religions and confessions. This itinerary is named like this as during one tour we will discover the cohabitation of three religions best presented in the region - Buddhism, Orthodoxy and Shamanism.

We will take you to meet Siberians, Buryats to let you discover their unique culture and the way of life. We will start with Irkutsk and its Orthodox churches, then we will visit Olkhon Island, this cradle of shamanism in Asia, where the discovery of landscapes will harmonize with acquaintance with shamanic customs. Boat cruise across the Great Lake will bring us to Buryatia, to the village of Ust-Barguzin where you can discover the beauty of Chivyrkuysky Gulf and the Barguzin valley. In Ulan-Ude we will visit the Ivolginsky Datsan, centre of Buddhism in Russia.

Our journey will end in Irkutsk after a journey on Trans-Siberian train.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Discovery of the Irkutsk city
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    Shaman's culture
    Irkutsk — Olkhon island
  • Day 3
    Sacred site for shamans
    Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    Buddhist Stupa
    Olkhon island
  • Day 5
    Baikal crossing from the west to the east
    Olkhon island — Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 6
    Barguzin valley
    Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 7
    Capital of the Buryat Republic
    Ust-Barguzin — Ulan-Ude
  • Day 8
    Centre of Buddhism in Russia
    Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
  • Day 9
    Departure to Irkutsk
    Irkutsk
  • 09:00
    Individual transfer to the hotel (private car) Not included
  • 10:30
    Arrival in Irkutsk
    Meeting with your guide at the airport at 10:30 am.
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the hotel
    Check-in, rest after flight.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a local restaurant
  • 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 and to ring the bell yourself as well.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in a restaurant Not included
  • Overnight at the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Imperia
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  • 08:30
    Breakfast at the hotel
  • 09:30
    Departure for the Olkhon island
  • 10:30
    Excursion to the National Buryat museum of Ust-Orda
    Meeting with a shaman, discovery of shamanic practices.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a Buryat cafe
    Tasting the traditional cuisine: posy, chebureki, Buryat tea etc
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the journey to Olkhon island
    After lunch continuation of the journey. Several times we will stop over at picturesque sites to make offerings to the spirits of the places. Arrival to the strait of Olkhonskiye Vorota ("Olkhon Gates"). Crossing of the strait by ferry. Drive towards the village of Khuzhir, the capital of the island.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
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Note

5 h transfer  (292km)

  • 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 Lada
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Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Excursion on the Ogoy Island
    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.
  • 13:00
    Lunch ont he open air
  • 14:00
    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 Lada
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  • 08:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 09:30
    Transfer to the port
  • 10:00
    Transfert 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 road
    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 transfer to homestead
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight in homestead
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Ust-Barguzin
  • 08:00
    Homemade breakfast
  • 09:00
    Free day in Ust-Barguzin
    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).
  • 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.
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • 20:00
    Homemade dinner
  • Night in a guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin
  • 08:00
    Homemade breakfast
  • 09:00
    Transfer to Ulan-Ude
    Departure to Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, in private car.
  • 12:30
    Arrival to Ulan-Ude and check-in
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a restaurant
  • 14:00
    City tour by foot
    Excursion to the museum of Buryat history.
  • 19:00
    Dinner 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 at the restaurant with traditional Buryat cuisine!
  • 14:00
    Visit to ethnographic museum
    Visit to ethnographic museum in the open air: discovery of architecture and lifestyle of Buryats, Evenks, Russians and Cossacks.
  • 21:00
    Transfer to the railway station
  • 22:10
    Train Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk
    Train, 2nd class compartment, 4 berths
  • Overnight in the train
Photo of the day
Route
Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
  • 07:15
    Arrival to Irkutsk
  • 08:00
    Transfer to the airport. End of the program.
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
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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
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Banya
  • Boat trip
  • Letter of invitation
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure from 6 participants. The price includes breakfast on Day 2-8, lunch on Day 1-3, 5, 7-8 and dinner on Day 2-6. Banya is included on Day 3. Single supplement – 10 450 RUB / pers. (for days 1-8). We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure.

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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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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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Thierry
From 26 February 2017 to 9 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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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