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Olkhon, Heart of 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
4 Days
July - December
Highlights
  • Discovery of the largest island of Lake Baikal
  • Visit to the sacred shamans' sites
  • Tasting of endemic fish - Baikal omul
Tour Overview

Here is one of the best destinations if you have four days at your disposal. Discover Olkhon Island, it's discover the heart of Lake Baikal. This trip is a classical program to explore the largest island of the lake and enjoy of its incredible sightseeing above the lake.

The island represents the geographical, the historical and the sacred heart of the lake, the spot of legends and traditions. Olkhon is the biggest island of the lake. It is a part of the chain of mountains hiding in deep waters of the lake. Located in the centre of the lake close to its deepest point (1637m / 5370 ft), only Olkhon combines all the diversity of landscapes of Lake Baikal. It is a particular land with its microclimate, its perfect fauna and flora. The island is 72 km (45 mi) long and 15 km (9 mi) wide with the surface of 730 sq km (280 sq mi). Shoreline is an alternation of cliffs and sandy bays, forests change into steppes where the winds of Lake Baikal work like skillful artists...

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Way to the biggest island of the Baikal lake
    Irkutsk — Olkhon island
  • Day 2
    Discovery of the island
    Olkhon island
  • Day 3
    Northernmost point of Olkhon
    Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    Departure to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • 09:00
    Transfer Irkutsk - Olkhon island (scheduled bus)
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Arrival to the island and check-in on the resort
  • 16:00
    Discovery of Burkhan rock
    In the afternoon: discovery of Burkhan rock. Walking around the village and visiting port.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
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Note

6 h transfer  (293km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the south of Olkhon
    Excursion by 4X4 to the southern shore of the island. We will visit the Khorgoy Cape and Khorin-Irgi Cape (Mare's Head) resembles a head of a horse by far and away.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 18:00
    Come back to the resort and russian banya
  • 19:00
    Dinner on the resort
  • Overnight on the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast in 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 road passes through steppes, beaches and taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on the resort
  • Overnight on the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
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Landmarks
  • 08:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 09:00
    Transfer Olkhon island - Irkutsk (scheduled bus)
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:00
    Arrival at the bus station of Irkutsk. End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
September, 07 2017
Start
-
September, 10 2017
End
Available 4+
Status
609 $
Basic price per person
October, 05 2017
Start
-
October, 08 2017
End
Available 4+
Status
609 $
Basic price per person
November, 02 2017
Start
-
November, 05 2017
End
Available 4+
Status
593 $
Basic price per person
December, 07 2017
Start
-
December, 10 2017
End
Available 4+
Status
593 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Banya
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Administrative registration
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Visa
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

THE TOUR IS AVALAIBLE FOR BOOKING FOR ANY DESIRED DATES. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION. Supplement for comfortable accommodation, WC and bath / shower in room 4 500 roubles If you want to book additional nights before or after your tour, please contact us for further informations. We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure.

Reviews
2.67
2.67
Total score
3.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
2.00
Quality of accommodation
2.00
Quality of transport / transfers
3.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
2.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Yves Patrice Paul
From 2 August 2013 to 6 August 2013
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? No
J'avoue avoir été très déçu par notre voyage au Baikal, que j'attendais avec beaucoup d'intérêt. Notre guide était très bien, parfaitement francophone, et dévouée. Heureusement. En revanche, l'hébergement à Olkhone n'était nullement l'"auberge" attendue, mais une sorte de gros camp de vacances, avec douche à distance, payante et WC au fond de la cour. Le personnel était heureusement aimable. Plus
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BaikalNature's reply
Merci, Yves-Patrice, de vos remarques. Votre déception est tout à fait légitime et nous regrettons vivement de n'avoir pas su mieux cerner vos attentes quand à l'organisation d'excursions privatives. Tout d'abord nous voudrions revenir sur la qualité des hébergements sur l'île d'Olkhone, malgré des prix très "européens", peu d'auberges/bases touristiques disposent du niveau de confort de l'hôtellerie européenne. Nous ne pouvons malheureusement rien y faire. C'est pour cela que nous envoyons toujours les liens vers les descriptions détaillées des hébergements à nos futurs visiteurs. Concernant, les excursions en jeep sur l'île d'Olkhone, il est vrai que pendant la haute-saison (juillet-août), les pistes de l'île sont saturés de Uaz conduisant les touristes visiter les sites les plus pittoresques de l'île qui, du fait du surpeuplement touristique, perdent beaucoup de leur charme. En conclusion, sachez que l'île d'Olkhone est une destination touristique peu accessible et en plein développement. Infrastructures et qualité de service n'ont de cesse de s'y améliorer année après année, la gestion des déchets fait partie de ces axes d'amélioration. Nous espérons que ovus garderez un bon souvenir de votre séjour au coeur du Baïkal et serons ravis de vous accueillir à nouveau en Russie !
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4.83
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Antoine
From 26 May 2013 to 31 May 2013
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié la qualité des excursions dans leur ensemble, leur organisation, le professionnalisme, la qualité et la gentillesse des guides pour les 2 excursions ainsi que la maîtrise impressionnante du français à la fois de votre guide francophone (Anna) et de nos 2 contacts dans votre bureau à Irkoutsk (Tatiana et Dacha). Nous avons été surpris de constater que l'île d'Olkhone était
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BaikalNature's reply
Merci beaucoup pour votre appréciation, Antoine. En ce qui concerne l’île d’Olkhone, cette destination devient de plus en plus touristique et chaque année le nombre de voyageurs augmente. Par contre, on y trouve encore des endroits calme et sauvage. Nous aurions effectivement dû mieux cerner vos attentes. La sécurité de nos voyageurs est une priorité et nous répondons volontiers à toute question nous étant adresser par e-mail, téléphone via nos fiches techniques ou via notre « Foire aux questions » (www.baikalnature.fr/faq/tours/). Votre remarque nous fait prendre conscience qu'il nous faut attirer d'avantage l’attention de nos voyageurs sur la nécessité d'une vaccination adéquate avant le départ. Nous espérons vous accueillir à nouveau parmi nous dans la région du lac Baïkal ou ailleurs en Russie !
5.00
5.00
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jean-Claude
From 5 March 2013 to 14 March 2013
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Ayant une certaine expérience dans la construction des voyages pour notre petit groupe, je reconnais que la prépration de ce circuit (anneau d'or et BAIKAL) m'a grandement été facilitée par la collaboration de TATIANA, tant par sa grande disponibilité, que par son efficacité sans faille. Je la remercie à nouveau, au nom du groupe. Mes remarques concernant nos différentes étapes: SOUZDAL:
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3.00
3.00
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
1.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
3.00
Quality of meals
2.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Elisabeth
From 17 July 2012 to 20 July 2012
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? No
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No reviews anymore or no reviews at all for this tour. Below reviews for destination:
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Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
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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