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Great 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
12 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Meeting with locals and tasting of traditional food
  • Circle tour of Lake Baikal
  • Water transport is largely used during the tour
  • Perfect combination of the price and the tour scale
  • Bathing in the hot springs
  • Visit of the northernmost and the southernmost points of Baikal
  • Triple Baikal crossing
Tour Overview

You wish to discover Lake Baikal from south to north, west to east? You would like to have an idea about the diversity and uniqueness of its area? Join the adventure! It's our greatest tour to Lake Baikal in summer. This tour includes the visit of the key Baikal places. During 12 days you will alternate transfers 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. You will visit the southernmost and the northernmost points of Lake Baikal and cross the lake three times in its southern, central and northern parts. The total distance of the itinerary is more than 2000 km. For understanding the immensity of this tour, just take a look at the map!

Though there are a lot of excursions during the tour you will be able to relax and enjoy peace of Baikal beauties. You will taste the local cuisine and get acquaintance with culture and history of the region.

In the end of the tour you will go on train by the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM) – one of the biggest railway lines all over the world.

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

After this tour, you will be able to say that you know the summer Baikal!

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    The southernmost point of lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 2
    The biggest island of the lake Baikal
    Listvyanka — Olkhon island
  • Day 3
    North part of the Olkhon island
    Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    Day at leisure on the Olkhon island
    Olkhon island
  • Day 5
    Crossing of lake in its widest part
    Olkhon island — Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 6
    Free day in the Baikal village
    Khakussy
  • Day 7
    Along the eastern shore of the lake Baikal
    Ust-Barguzine — Khakussy
  • Day 8
    Hot springs of the lake Baikal
    Khakussy
  • Day 9
    The northern part of the lake
    Khakussy — Severobaikalsk
  • Day 10
    Day in Severobaykalsk
    Severobaykalsk
  • Day 11
    Baikal–Amur Mainline on train
    BAM
  • Day 12
    End of the programme
    Severobaikalsk — Irkutsk
  • 11:00
    Meeting with group in the Irkutsk airport
    Meeting with the group, your guide and driver in the airport. Acquaintance with the group and discussion of the tour's details. *You can choose the morning flight for taking the breakfast in one of the airports cafes or to arrive the day before. Please, contact us for the supplement overnight reservation.
  • 11:05
    Departure to the Kultuk village
    Kultuk is a village and the bay of the same name situated in the southernmost part of lake Baikal. Near Kultuk village there is a view point of lake Baikal against a background of the majestic Khamar-Daban mountains.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe Not included
    You can taste the dishes of the local cuisine in the cafe with picture windows. The lunch is not included in the price, the payment on site in cash.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the journey to Tankhoy village
    Tankhoy is a little village situated on the coast of Lake Baikal. In 1901-1903 there was a dead-end railway. After reaching the Tankhoy railway station, the trains crossed the lake directly to the Port Baikal: on ferry in winter and right on ice in winter. Today, Tankhoy is a place for the rest in the open air, gates to the biosphere reserve.
  • 16:00
    Baikal crossing in its south part
    In Tankhoy we take our speedboat and will go to Listvyanka village. The naviagtion lasts 1 hour, we will pass by the Baikal port and see the Shaman-Kamen (Shaman rock).
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Listvyanka village
    Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel.
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "BaikalCedar"
Twin room
Note

4 h transfer  (226km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure to the Olkhon island
    Leave for the Olkhon island by the private car. We will stop to blandish the local spirits, to ask their benevolence during the trip.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe en route
    You can taste the national dishes of the Buryat cuisine.
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Khujir
    Check-in in the resort. Free time. Discovery of Burkhan rock. Walking around the village, visiting port.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the resort
  • Night in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
Chambre confortable
Note

6 h transfer  (361km)

  • 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 pathway passes through steppes, beaches and taiga.
  • 18:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight on the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
Chambre confortable
Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast on the resort
  • 10:00
    Time at leisure on the Olkhon island
    Optionally we propose to you: - "Excursion by 4X4 to the Khorgoy Cape" (Excursion by 4X4 (UAZ) to the southern shore of the island. We will visit the Khorgoy Cape.) - "Horse riding" (Horse riding in accompanied with your experienced instructor). - "Buryat village" (Visit of the Buryat village with its original culture? You will taste the national dishes).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 18:00
    Dinner on the resort
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
Chambre confortable
Note

6 h   (70km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast on the resort
  • 09:30
    Transfer to the port
  • 10:00
    Navigation 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 navigation
    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 transfert to homestead
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
Twin room in the homstay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time
    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).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Walking around the village
    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
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Khakussy
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
Twin room in the homstay
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 08:30
    Transfer to the Monahovo village
  • 12:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 13:00
    Departure to the resort Khakussy by private boat
    You will navigate along the eastern coast of Lake Baikal in its wildest part. There are no people and there are two nature reserves.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Khakussy
    Accommodation at the resort and rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzine — Khakussy
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Laskoviy Bereg
Twin room
Note

transfer  (50km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Free time at the resort
    You can enjoy the Thermal springs complex "Khakussy" 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.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Khakussy
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Laskoviy Bereg
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Severobaikalsk
    After the breakfast, departure by the speed boat to the northern part of the lake, to the town Severobaikalsk.
  • 12:30
    Arrival to Nijneangarsk
    Transfer to Severobaikalsk. Arrival, check-in in the hotel. Rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Khakussy — Severobaikalsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Olymp, Séverobaïkalsk
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Time at leisure in the city
    The Severobaykalsk city is situated in the valley surrounded by the Baikal Mountains. The city's foundation and the developping of the north baikal territory is related to the construction of the BAM (Baikal–Amur Mainline). You have possibility to stroll, to have a rest and to buy all you need for the train. As option, we propose the bathing in the hot springs "Goudzhekit". The thermal waters are located in the floodplains of Goudzhekit and come out of the ground at a temperature of 50°C. The waters of the hot springs are well known for their rich composition of silicic acids and alkalis properties.
  • 20:30
    Transfer to the railway station
    Embarkation and departure.
  • Overnight in the train
Photo of the day
Route
Severobaykalsk
Accommodation
Overnight in the train
The 2nd class compartment
  • 11:00
    Day in the train
    Our itinerary passes by the the popular BAM mainline (Baikal-Amur Mainline), one of the biggest railroad in the world. Its construction began in 1938 and goes through the country for 4287km. The BAM mainline crosses the path of the legendary Transsiberian railroad before the two part from each other in Tayshet. This mainline was mainly built by prisoners from the labour camps, then, by volunteers. This is an opportunity for you to see with your own eyes a part of Russia’s History.
  • Overnight in the train
Photo of the day
Train
Route
BAM
Accommodation
Overnight in the train
The 2nd class compartment
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 12:10
    Arrival to the railway station of Irkutsk
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Severobaikalsk — Irkutsk
Note

  (240km)

Detailed description
Departures
July, 16 2018
Start
-
July, 27 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
2,097 $
Basic price per person
August, 06 2018
Start
-
August, 17 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
2,097 $
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
  • Letter of invitation
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
  • Guide during free days
  • Bathing in hot springs
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price includes breakfast on Day 2-12; lunch on Day 1-10; dinner on Day 1-9,11. Banya is included on Day 5-6. Single supplement 12 100 RUB.

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