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Golden 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
8 Days
Highlights
  • Walk in the siberian forest and picking of seasonal mushrooms and berries
  • Boat trip along the Circum-Baikal Railway
  • Discovery of Olkhone Island, one of the Baikal sacred place
  • Lunch with panoramic view inside a restaurant built at 900 meters above sea
  • Discovery of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, famous for their autumnal colours
  • Visit of the Warm Lakes at the bottom of the Khamar-Daban range
Tour Overview

Whether you are a photographer, amateur of splendid autumnal landscapes or eager to discover the famous Baikal Lake far from summer tourist influx: this tour is for you! During its Indian summer the siberian taiga is bedecked with warm colour contrasting with the snowy mounts and the azure blue of the water leading you in an unique and natural serenity.This excursion was especially composed to give you a chance to discover the nicest spots at the best instant when light comes to play with baïkaliennes coasts colours.From Irkoutsk after city-tour we will head to the south of Baïkal - to the village of Listvianka. On the way, we will visit the ethnographic museum of Taltsy where you will learn about the customs of the Siberia's autochthonous people. After arrival to Listvianka we will have a possibility to observe the baikalien seals.  Then we will take a boat to Sludyanka, the way goes along the Circumbaikal railway. We will stop at the Polovinnaya station to admire the views of the longest tunnel through the cape Polovinny and the picturesque sights of the river valley Polovinnaya.

Once we get to Sludianka we will take a private transfer to Baikalsk, where we will discover the Tioplye lakes (Warm), pick up seasonal mushrooms and berries in the middle of the Taiga and have our supper in a restaurant built at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level to enjoy a view out over.

From medium Baïkal " Sredny Baïkal " to Olkhon island through the Small sea " Moloié Moré ", the spiritual and geographical heart of this internal ocean with golden steppes, yellow larches and yellow ochres rocks will be the part of journey which will subjugate you by its landscapes. After a walk up to the cape of Khoboj, sacred place of the shamans, you will have opportunity to realise shooting in 360 ° with the Baikal in background. A free day will be granted to you to rest you or to follow the exploration of the island among proposed activities.Back in civilisation we will visit the historical centre of Irkoutsk, one of the most ancient Siberian cities founded by the Cossacks, pioneers of the Siberia.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Discovery of Irkutsk and Listvyanka village
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 2
    By boat along the Circum-baikal railway
    Listvyanka — Baikalsk
  • Day 3
    "Teplye" lakes
    Baikalsk
  • Day 4
    The biggest island of Baikal lake
    Baikalsk — Olkhon island
  • Day 5
    Sacred site for shamans
    Olkhon island
  • Day 6
    Day in the Baikal village
    Olkhon island
  • Day 7
    Return to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • Day 8
    Departure
    Irkutsk
  • 10:30
    Appointment at the airport
    Meeting with the group and your guide
  • 11:00
    Pedestrian excursion in Irkutsk
    You will visit the most worth seeing places of Irkutsk: the Decembrists' museum, Orthodox churches, quay of the Angara, wooden houses, central markets. You will feel a particular atmosphere of the city.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the restaurant
  • 14:00
    Departure to Listvyanka
  • 14:30
    Excursion to Taltsy
    On the road, we will visit the open-air museum Taltsy, discover a typical Siberian village of XVIII-XIX century. Opportunity to slide on cow skins, traditional Russian amusement.
  • 16:00
    Arrival in Listvyanka
    Check-in the hotel.
  • 16:30
    Free time
    Free time with your guide. Possibility to explore surroundings of the village, visiting of the local fish market, the church of St. Nicolas, "hiking" to the Chersky stone by ski lift rock to admire a picturesque panorama of the Lake and Angara (extra charges).
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Dauria
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the port
  • 10:15
    Transfer Listvyanka - Slyudianka
    Departure by boat for Slyudianka along the famous Circum-baikal railway where tunnels, rock-formings and taiga succeed creating unique and incredible landscapes. Stop at the Polovinnaya station.
  • 13:00
    Picnic
  • 15:00
    Arrival to Slyudianka, transfer to the city of Baikalsk by private car.
  • 16:30
    Arrival to Slyudianka and check-in
  • 17:00
    Сhairlift
    You will have free time to admire the landscape and enjoy an impregnable view.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the restaurant
    Panoramic restaurant located at 900m above sea level.
  • 20:00
    Return to the hotel
  • Overnight in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the restaurant
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the "Teplye" (warm) lakes
    Departure for a hike through the siberian taiga to discover the "Teplye" (warm) lakes. On the way you will may pick seasonal mushrooms and berries and enjoy the charm and its autumnal serenity
  • 13:00
    Picnic in the heart of the countryside
  • 16:00
    Return to your hotel and free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 19:00
    Russian banya Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Baikalsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Beliy Sobol
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Landmarks
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 08:40
    Departure to the Olkhon island
  • 10:40
    En route excursion to the National Buryat museum of Ust-Orda
    Meeting with a shaman, discovery of shamanic practices.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a Buryat cafe
    Serving the traditional cuisine: posy, chebureki, Buryat tea etc...
  • 14:00
    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. On the way, discovery of ruins to the Kurykan wall which barred formerly the access to the holy site. Arival to Khujir in the afternoon.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Baikalsk — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
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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 road passes through steppes, sandy beaches and taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Free time inwith your guide
    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 at the resort
  • 14:00
    Free time
    This day is a good possibility to walk along the coast and discover to the authentic life of the Baikal village.
  • 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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  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:30
    Arrival to Irkutsk and check-in
  • 16:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Imperia
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Check-out. End of the program.
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
New departures available soon
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
  • Boat trip
  • Letter of invitation
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Banya
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Price calculated at a minimum of 8 participants per group. Extra charge for small group : 4 900 RUB/pers. for 7 pers. 6 800 RUB/pers. for 6 pers. 14 900 RUB/pers. for 5 pers. 18 700 RUB/pers. for 4 pers. Extra charge for single room : 13 800 RUB The price does not include breakfast on day 1; Lunch on day 7.8 and dinner on day 1,3,7,8

Reviews
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5.00
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4.00
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Quality of meals
5.00
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4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Игорь
From 10 September 2016 to 17 September 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Тур Золотой Байкал. Ни одной забытой детали тура, ни одной задержки в трансферах, а все возникающие вопросы девушки из офиса решали сразу же. Отдельная благодарность за подобранных гидов и водителя - все они местные и прекрасно знали живую историю своих мест. Общее ощущение сложилось такое как будто нас на руках пронесли по всей программе тура. Не стесняйтесь задавать вопросы гидам!
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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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5.00
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5.00
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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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5.00
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5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
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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3.00
Quality of accommodation
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4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
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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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