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Classic 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
6 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Simple and balanced itinerary for reasonable price
  • Baikal crossing by private boat
  • Cruise along the most beautiful part of the west coast
  • Visit of Olkhon, the largest island of lake Baikal
Tour Overview

Classic itinerary based on our long-term experience - the best solution to discover the basic places of the lake for a reasonable price. It includes visit of the southernmost point of lake Baikal, crossing of the lake by private boat, visit to Listvyanka village, cruising along the western coast, and of course visit to Olkhon Island, compulsory point of the travel. The trip provides with different means of transport: bus, hydrofoil, private boat, 4x4 and walks. You will discover the beauty of majestic Baikal nature, learn about history and culture of the region and also cross the half of the lake by boat!

This tour is also a good opportunity for those who travel on Trans-Siberian and do not want to leave Lake Baikal through the train window: the best stop during crossing of Russia.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    The southernmost point of lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 2
    Discovery of the Listvyanka village
    Listvyanka
  • Day 3
    Along the west coast of lake Baikal
    Listvyanka — Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    North part of the Olkhon island
    Olkhon island
  • Day 5
    Day at leisure
    Olkhon island
  • Day 6
    Return to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — 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
Landmarks
Note

4 h transfer  (226km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Time at leisure
    This day you can have a rest on the lake Baikal shore, taste the delicious local cuisine, visit the Baikal museum, go to the nerpenarium (seal park show) or take a boat excursion (extra charges).
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "BaikalCedar"
Twin room
  • 07:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 07:50
    Transfer to the berth
  • 08:30
    Departure to the Olkhon island
    Boarding on the motor vessel "Kometa" and departure to the Olkhon island. During the navigation, you will pass by the most beautiful and the wildest part of the western Baikal coast. As far as we go to the north, the landscape changes: taiga-covered hills, sand dunes, rocky cliffs and gently sloping coasts.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to the Zagli bay
    Transfer to the Khujir village - the main village of the island. Accommodation at the resort.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Samita"
Twin room
  • 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 "Samita"
Twin room
Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the resort
  • 10:00
    Excursions on the Olkhon island Not included
    Optionally this day: - Excursion to the south part of the island (During this excursion by 4x4 you will visit the Khorgoy peninsula, the Horin-Irgi (Head of Mare) cape and the lake Khankho); - Excursion "Buryats village" (acquaintance with the Buryat culture, national dishes tasting and folkloric concert); - Horse riding (about 3 hours); - Cruise (for the whole or in the evening).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 19:00
    Dinner on the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Samita"
Twin room
Note

7 h   (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Departure to Irkutsk by minibus
    En route we will stop for the lunch in the cafe (payment on site in cash).
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk (airport/hotel)
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Note

5 h transfer  (293km)

Detailed description
Departures
July, 16 2018
Start
-
July, 21 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
829 $
Basic price per person
August, 06 2018
Start
-
August, 11 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
829 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Letter of invitation
  • 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

For children we offer special discount: - under the age of 5 (without a separate bed in hotels) - 25% - 5-12 years (separate bed in the room with parents) - 10% If you have more then 1 child, we will propose to you special discounts. The price includes breakfast on Day 2- 6 and dinner on Day 1, 3-5. Single supplement – 7 600 RUB / pers. We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure.

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