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Seven Wonders of Russia

Destination: Kamchatka , Lake Baikal , Moscow , Saint Petersburg , Caucasus
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
27 Days
Highlights
  • Cuisines, varying from one corner of the country to another
  • Various means of transportation: planes, helicopters, trains, off road vehicles, ferry, hydrofoil, cars
  • Visit of "7 Wonders of Russia", including the most famous cities
  • Whole Russia in one trip - more than 13,000 km covered
  • Different activities: cultural exploration, ascension, skiing, swimming, fishing and other activities
  • Kinds of accommodation: from a luxurious hotel to a refuge at 3750 meters above sea level
  • Ascension to the top of Mount Elbrus (optional)
  • Part of the tour goes through the famous Trans-Siberian Railway
Tour Overview

In 2008 the Russian Television Network "Rossiya" organized a national competition "7 Wonders of Russia". After 10 months of voting on its official site the 7 winning leaders were announced: the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Lake Baikal in the south of Siberia, Man-Pupu-Nyor (or Manpupuner) in the Ural Mountains, the Peterhof Palace in Saint-Petersburg, Saint Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow, the Motherland Calls in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Mount Elbrus in the northern Caucasus mountains.

The tour operator BaikalNature dared this adventure and united all the Wonders in one general trip, the sites which are commonly visited as separate or even dreamt to be visited…

Making a 27-day journey from the Kamchatka Peninsula to Mount Elbrus, you will cross the whole Russia by making a visit to these 7 places, which are very different from each other and characterize the country. You will make one of the fortunate visitors who have a chance to discover these treasures of Russian national heritage. Take a look at a map to realize the scale of this adventure!

Imagine as well the contrast between the wild nature and the famous cultural sites that you are going to experience: one day you have a dinner in front of volcano, the other day you are having lunch in the imperial palace of Peterhof; one evening you admire the sun setting on the inaccessible shelf of Man-Pupu-Nyor, the other one you are passing in one of the most dynamic capitals in the world – Moscow.

Our journey "7 Wonders of Russia" is not simply a visit to Russian places of interest, this is a unique chance to see the wild nature, immerse yourselves in the culture of different people of Russia, to touch the history of the past. You will have a walk through the "earth of fire", observe wild animals and take a part in a shamanic ritual. Also, you will make a visit to main cities of Russia, take a taste of a caviar and omul – endemic Baikal fish, the Caucasian BBQ (shashlik). You will enjoy the greatness of lake Baikal, the fineness of the Peterhof Palace and the beauty of Saint Basil's Cathedral. You will sense a thrill facing the highness of giant Man-Pupu-Nyor pillars and the Mamayev Monument, the Kamchatka volcanos and Mount Elbrus!

And that`s just a small part that may be described with words. Like it is sung in the popular russain song: "Untill you see it, you will never understand it".

This exclusive trip is fully designed and organized by BaikalNature team. Today it represents our flagship product. BaikalNature is also the first tour operator to bring this itinerary to life. Three company offices in Irkutsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg allow optimal management of such circuit with of multiple facets. The itinerary crosses nine time zones, and in order to minimize the jet lag the route runs from east to west. The tour starts in the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy airport (PKC) and finishes in the airport of Volgograd (VOG).

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 2
    Valley of Geysers
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 3
    Free day
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Day 4
    Departure to Irkutsk
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — Irkutsk
  • Day 5
    Aquaintance with Irkutsk
    Irkutsk
  • Day 6
    Meeting with Baikal
    Irkutsk — Olkhon island
  • Day 7
    Sacred site for shamans
    Khuzhir
  • Day 8
    Day in the Baikal village
    Khuzhir
  • Day 9
    Return to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • Day 10
    Departure to Perm
    Irkutsk — Perm
  • Day 11
    Day in the train
    Irkutsk — Perm
  • Day 12
    Day in the train
    Irkutsk — Perm
  • Day 13
    Aquaintance with Perm
    Perm
  • Day 14
    Man Pupu Nyor - mointain of the idols
    Perm
  • Day 15
    Free day in Perm
    Perm
  • Day 16
    Departure to the Saint-Petersburg
    Perm — Saint-Peterburg
  • Day 17
    Peterhof Museum Reserve
    Saint-Petersburg — Peterhof
  • Day 18
    Departure to Moscow
    Saint-Petersburg — Moscow
  • Day 19
    Aquaintance with the capital of Russia
    Moscow
  • Day 20
    Free day in Moscow
    Moscow
  • Day 21
    Departure to Terskol
    Moscow — Terskol
  • Day 22
    Refuge Gara Bashi
    Terskol — Elbrus
  • Day 23
    Elbrus
    Elbrus
  • Day 24
    Departure to Volgograd
    Terskol — Volgograd
  • Day 25
    Free day
    Volgograd
  • Day 26
    Mamayev kurgan
    Volgograd
  • Day 27
    End of the program
    Volgograd
  • 09:00
    Arrival to airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • 10:00
    Transfer airport - hotel
  • 11:00
    Check-in in the hotel and rest
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    City-tour
    Meeting with your guide in the hotel. City-tour. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is situated on the shore of the Avacha bay of the Pacific ocean. it's one of the most ancient cities of the Russian Far East.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the helioport
  • 10:00
    Excursion ro the Valley of Geysers
    Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers and volcanic caldera Uzon, including flight around Karymsky (1486m) and Maly Semyachik (1560m) volcanoes, walking excursion in the Valley and bathing in hot thermal water "Zhupanovsky". This valley cannot be compared with any other unique objects in the world. There are more than 20 big geysers in the valley. Velican (Giant), Zhemchuzhny (Pearly), Sakharny (Sugary), Troinoi (Triple), Konus (Cone), Fontan (Fountain), Maly (Small), Bolshoy (Big), Shchel (Split) – are some of them. There are geysers that gush forth every 10-12 minutes, while others may erupt once in 4-5 hours. The wreathes of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of slopes, hot water streaming along them and profuse greenery of grass and trees create an enchanting spectacle. The Valley of Geysers is one of 7 wonders of Russia.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    during the excursion
  • 17:00
    Return to the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
    This day is reserved in case of bad weather conditions for helicopter excursion. If the weather conditions are good we invite you to take a boat trip with fishing to the Avacha Bay (5-6 hours) (5 000 RUB / person, at extra cost).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Free time
    You have possibility to have a rest in the hotel or to go walkin along the shore.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Petropavlovsk"
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Check-out
    Transfer to the airport.
  • 15:45
    Boarding on the plane from Petropavlovsk to Irkutsk
  • 16:00
    Lunch on board Not included
  • 19:10
    Transfer flight in Khabarovsk city
    There are 2,5 hours of waiting between the flights. The place and the duration of teh transfer can be changed according to the availability of the tickets.
  • 20:00
    Dinner on the board
  • 23:30
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Rest.
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Free time
    You can have a rest and gain strength after the flight.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Irkutsk city tour
    City tour on foot: discovery of old wooden houses, Orthodox churches, central market.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
  • 08:30
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:30
    Departure to 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 Not included
    to pay on site
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the way to Olkhon island
    After lunch continuation of the way. 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 to the village of Khuzhir, the capital of the island.
  • 18:00
    Arrival and accommodation
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Twin room
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 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. Walk 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 road passes through steppes, beaches and taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight at the resort
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Route
Khuzhir
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Free time
    Optionally: excursion by 4X4 to the south of the island to discover the remains of ancient walls of the Kurykans, excursion by boat on the Ogoy Island, mountain bicycle, horseback ride (extra charges).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 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
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight at the resort
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Route
Khuzhir
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Baikalov ostrog"
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Irkutsk
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    in cafe, to pay on site
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk, check-in in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Note

5 h transfer  (292km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the railway station
  • 13:30
    Boarding on the train Irkutsk - Perm
    *Next two days will be spent in train, so it would be better to prepare all the food supplies in advance. Otherwise the wagon-restaurant of the train is always at your service. ** Train, 2nd class compartment, 4 berths
  • 16:00
    Free time in the train
  • Overnight in the train
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Irkutsk — Perm
  • 10:00
    Free еш
  • Overnight in the train
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Irkutsk — Perm
  • 10:00
    Free time in the train
  • Overnight in the train
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Irkutsk — Perm
  • 06:00
    Arrival to Perm
    Transfer to the hotel. Check-in and rest.
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 14:00
    Free time
    After the road, you have possibility to have a rest and to get to know to the city.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Perm
  • 04:00
    Early breakfast
  • 04:30
    Transfer to the helipad in the Nyrob village
  • 09:15
    Beginning of the helicopter excursion
  • 10:45
    Landing on the mountain of the idols
    The mountain of idols Man Pupu Nyor is on the Seven wonders of Russia. This site is a set of 7 gigantic abnormally shaped stone pillars, that were formed by the aerial erosion: wind, snow and sun. There were mountains about 200 millions years ago but the soft rocks were destroyed and hard rocks formed these stone pillars. It's a cult place for the Mansi people and there are a lot of legends about this place.
  • 12:30
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 13:30
    Return to Nyrob village on helicopter
  • 14:00
    Transfer to Perm by bus
  • 20:00
    Arrival to the city and rest
  • 21:00
    Dinner Not included
    We will stop in the cafe en route for having diner.
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Perm
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Free time
    This day is reserved in case of bad weather conditions for helicopter excursion to Man-Pupu-Nyor rocks. In case the helicopter excursion was taken the previous day we propose to fill this day with a tour around the city (approximately 5000 roubles per person, to pay on site).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Perm
  • 04:00
    Transfer to teh airport
  • 05:55
    Flight to Saint-Petersburg
  • 06:20
    Arrival and transfer to the hotel
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Free time and rest after the flight
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Sightseeing around the city
    During this excursion you will discover the heart of Saint-Petersburg: Rossy street, Nevsky pr. where you will see the Kazan Cathedral, Singer House and the department store Gostiny Dvor.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Perm — Saint-Peterburg
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the quay
    Departure to Peterhof by speed boat
  • 11:00
    Excursion to Peterhof
    Peterhof is a monument with a great serie of palaces and gardens. It is one of the 7 wonders of Russia. You will see the Petrhof palace, different parks and buildings.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    during the excursion
  • 16:00
    Return to the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Saint-Petersburg — Peterhof
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
    This day you can go for a walk in the city, buy the souvenirs or taste the local cuisine in the racy restaurants of the city.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 20:00
    Transfer to the railway station
  • 22:30
    Boarding on the train Saint-Petersburg - Moscow
    Two-storied train № 005А
  • Overnight in the train
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Saint-Petersburg — Moscow
  • 06:45
    Arrival to Moscow
  • 07:00
    Transfer to teh hotel
  • 08:30
    Check-in in the hotel and rest
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 12:00
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    during the excursion
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Moscow
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Moscow
  • 07:30
    Breakfast
  • 08:30
    Transfer to the airport
  • 10:20
    Flight to Mineralnye Vody
  • 12:45
    Arrival and transfer to the Terskol village
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Arrival
    Check-in in the hotel and rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Moscow — Terskol
Note

3 h transfer  (180km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Lift to the Gara Bashi
    Taking a lift to the priyut (refuge) "Gara Bashi" (3750 m).
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Free time
    Walking around the camp. If there is any strength left, you can go skiing.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the refuge
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Terskol — Elbrus
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Climbing the south face of the Elbrus
    We will climb to the point "Refuge" (4200 m). According to the group's physical aptitude we can continue our ascension to the point "Pastuhov mountain" (4800 m).
  • 13:00
    Free Lunch Not included
  • 16:00
    Descent and rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the refuge
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Elbrus
Note

5 h trekking  (4km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Return to Terskol
  • 13:00
    Free Lunch Not included
  • 14:00
    Russian banya and rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 20:30
    Transfer to the Mineralnye Vody railway station
  • 22:00
    Boarding on the train to Volgograd
  • Overnight in the train
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Terskol — Volgograd
  • 14:00
    Arrival to Volgograd
  • 14:20
    Transfer to the hotel
  • 15:00
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Check-in in the hotel, rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Volgograd
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Bus city-tour
    Discovery of the city with the visit of the Mamayev kurgan - the 7th wonder of Russia.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Return to the hotel. Rest.
  • 19:00
    Festive dinner
    Festive dinner and presenting the certificates "7 Wonders of Russia".
  • Overnight in the hotel
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Volgograd
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Check-out and transfer to the airport
    End of the program.
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Volgograd
Detailed description
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Price includes
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Medical insurance
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Administrative registration
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Ski rental
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Celebratory dinner with alcoholic beverages
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
  • Railway tickets
  • Mountain guide
  • Airline tickets
Price does not include
  • Optional activities
  • Meals in train
  • Guide in the trains
  • Beverages
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the group of 4 persons. If the the number of participants in the group is less than 4, the price of the tour can change. Optional additional charges: - Boat trip with fishing to the Avacha Bay (5-6 hours) - about 5000 RUB per person - City tour in Perm - about 5000 RUB per group (for 6 persons) - Guide service to the top of Elbrus Mount - 500 USD Airline tickets are included within Russia (Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky - Irkutsk, Perm - Saint-Petersburg, Moscow - Mineralnye Vody).

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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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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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