BaikalNature Tours Great Baikal

Great Baikal (Tour # 658266)

From: 2339 $ / 2166 € / 134500 RUB
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Trip Length: 13 days Group: 8-12 Departure: Fixed Period: July - August Tour type: BaikalNature Limited Edition tour Destinations: Lake Baikal Transport: Private car / bus, Hydrofoil, Boat, 4х4, Train Accommodation: Hotel, Resort, Homestead, Train Activities: Cruise / Navigation, Cultural exploration Visited areas: Irkutsk, Severobaikalsk, Khakusy, Yarki Island, Olkhon Island, Ulan-Ude, Ust-Barguzin, Turka, Chivyrkuysky Gulf, Barguzinsky Gulf, Barguzinskaya Valley

Highlights of the Tour:

Bathing in the hot springs
Circle tour of Lake Baikal
Meeting with locals and tasting of traditional food
Water transport is largely used during the tour
Perfect combination of the price and the tour scale

Tour Overview:

Wish to discover Lake Baikal from south to north, west to east? Would like to have an idea about the diversity and uniqueness of its area? Join the adventure!

During 13 days you will alternate transfers by train, by car and by boat. In this outstanding journey around the whole lake, you will discover stunning sceneries:  steppes, river delta, sand dunes, cliffs, taiga - preserved fauna and flora and the rough but generous soul of Siberians.

This tour is available for everyone. No particular physical condition is required.



Tour Programme:

Day 1
Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting wtih your guide at the airport 10:30. Transfer to the hotel *. Check-in, rest after flight. Lunch in the restaurant at 13:00. In the afternoon pedestrian 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, wooden houses, central markets. You will feel a particular atmosphere of the city. Dinner free. Overnight in the hotel.

*Transfer outside the program airport - hotel 1600 RUB per car of 3 passangers.
Day 2
Breakfast. Transfer to the port of Irkutsk. Boarding hydrofoil (the cruise will take you about 12 hours). You will go along Angara river to its source and come out to the open Baikal. During the whole day you will travel along Western shore, passing the Olkhon Island and picturesque capes and bays of the lake before arriving to the North of Lake Baikal. Lunch box on the board. In the evening arrival in Severobaikalsk, town situated on the very north of the lake. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 3
After breakfast departure by boat to the eastern shore of the lake where the Thermal springs complex "Khakussy" is located in the coniferous forest. You could enjoy taking bathes in hot water (+42…+46 °С) either in open air swimming pools (lidos) or in the building. Those who will still have forces to walk, our guide will accompany you to the Ayaya bay. Lunch and dinner in the resort.
Day 4
Breakfast. Boarding fish boat and departure to Yarki island, the northernmost point of the lake. This little sandy island where the human being did not leave his trace is one of the most beautiful places of the lake. Walking on the isalnd, outdoor lunch. Return to Khakusy. Dinner and overnight at the thermal springs complex.
Day 5
Breakfast. Walks in the forest along the coast. Return to Severobaykalsk by boat. According to weather condition, return to Severobaykalsk is possible in the afternoon. Lunch free. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 6
In the morning transfer to the port. Departure by hydrofoil to Olkhon Island (Zagli bay on the south of the island). Transfer to the village of Khuzhir, the main village of the island. Accommodation in the resort. Late lunch. In the afternoon sightseeing of the village, visit of cape Burkhan (Shaman Rock). Dinner and overnight in the resort.
Day 7
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. Outdoor lunch. Return to Khuzhir. Visit of the hamlet of Uzury on the east of the island. The road passes through steppes, beaches and taiga. Dinner and overnight in the resort.
Day 8
Excursion by 4X4 (UAZ) to the southern shore of the island. We will visit the Khorgoy Cape and Cape Kobilya Golova (Head of the Horse) named in Bouryat "Khorine-Irgui", reminds from awar the head of the horse. Outdoor lunch. Return to Khuzhir by 4x4. Dinner. In the evening bania. Dinner and overnight in the resort.
Day 9
Breakfast. Boarding on private comfortable boat. Lunch on board. Crossing of Lake Baikal in its widest part. This great cruise will really allow us to sail in the geographical centre of the lake. We will sail for several hours before reaching Ust-Barguzin, the village of fishermen located in Barguzinsky Gulf. You will taste a delicious lunch of fresh fish on board. Accommodation in the guest house. Walking in the village and along the coast. Dinner. Overnight in the guest house of very hospitable family.
Day 10
All-day excursion on Lake Baikal. Early in the morning we will start our trip on 4x4 to Monakhovo following the tongue of sand that separates two gulfs. On the way discovery of Barguzinsky Gulf and Svyatoy Nos Peninsula. Boarding a fish boat, grand tour of Chivyrkuysky Gulf. We will visit Zmeinaya Bay (bay of snakes) and its hot springs, bathing. Outdoor lunch, you will taste a local delicious, endemic fish of the lake – fresh omul. Return to Ust-Barguzin in the evening. Dinner, night in the guest house. Possibility to take banya.
Day 11
Breakfast. Day at leisure. Suggestions for visiting: 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). Dinner. Overnight in the guest house.
Day 12
Departure to Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, in private car (240 km). Arrival to the city at 14:00. After lunch with buryat dishes we will go to the Ivolginsk Datsan, centre of Buddhism in Russia. We suggest you leaving your luggage in the luggage room and walking in the city center. Dinner free. In the evening we take a night train to Irkutsk at 22:00.
Day 13
Arrival in Irkutsk at 07:30 and transfer to the airport. End of the programme.

This tour is offered with the fixed departure dates. To book the tour please contact us.

Departure: Base price per pers.: Status:
1. From 07.07.2017 to 19.07.2017 134,500 RUB  /  2,339 $ /  2,166 On sale
2. From 21.07.2017 to 02.08.2017 134,500 RUB  /  2,339 $ /  2,166 On sale
3. From 04.08.2017 to 16.08.2017 134,500 RUB  /  2,339 $ /  2,166 On sale

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Price includes: Price does not include:
English-speaking guide
Accommodation as per itinerary
Transport as per itinerary
Medical insurance
Excursions and visits as per itinerary
Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
Letter of invitation
Railway tickets in 2nd class
Guide during free days
Administrative registration
Personal expenses and tips
Visa fees and travel insurance
Optional activities
Airline tickets

Price Comment

The price includes breakfast on Day 2-12; lunch on Day 2-4, 6-10,12; dinner on Day 2-11.

Banya is included on Day 8.

Single supplement 14 050 RUB.

Private boat during crossing the lake from Olkhon Island to Ust-Barguzin.

We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure.

The price of the tour includes travel health insurance for persons under 75 years.

Booking Options

Booking is made by paying a 30% deposit of the total cost.
The balance of 70% is to be paid 21 days before departure.
If late booking (made less than 21 days prior to departure), full payment is required at the time of booking.

Cancellation Options

Please read carefully our Terms & Conditions

List of landmarks that are to be visited (click on the links below):

Irkutsk Kirov Square
Listvyanka Shaman rock
Bolshiye Koty Screeper Cape
Kadilny Cape Kadilny Cape
Peschanaya Bay Peschanaya Bay
Pokoyniki Cape Pokoyniki Cape
Kotelnikovsky Cape Kotelnikovsky Cape
Yarki Island Yarki island
Olkhon Island Urochishe Peschanoye
Olkhon Island Sagan-Khushun cape
Olkhon Island Khoboy Cape
Olkhon Island Shunte-leviy cape
Olkhon Island Uzury area
Maloye More Buddhist Stupa
Olkhon Island Khorgoy cape
Olkhon Island Kurykan fortress wall
Svyatoy Nos Lake Arangatuy
Chivyrkuysky Gulf Spring of Zmeinaya Bay
Ulan-Ude Soviet Square

NB : The above description of the landmarks (sights) is for you information only and subject to the available texts. Although we do our best to make this description as specific as possible, just like we try to show a maximum of things during our tours, the real visits may slightly differ. All the landmarks might not be visited, some might just be approached and just as well some sites may be visited that are not described here.

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