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New Year on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal

This tour is not available and is archived.
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
Highlights
  • Discover the warm and generous siberian soul
  • New Year's eve on Olkhon island, sacred heart of Lake Baikal
  • Taste traditional Siberian and Buriatian dishes
  • Discovery of Lake Baikal when it freezes over
Tour Overview

We invite you to undertake a journey to Lake Baikal and to share with us the greatest pleasures of Siberian winter. It is an exceptional opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the best local traditions in the heart of Siberia while discovering Lake Baikal when it is getting freezing over! In the very middle of the lake, on Olkhon Island, you will get immersed in particular atmosphere of Siberian winter. Discovery of sacred site of Buryat shamans and celebration of the New Year’s Eve, the most beloved holiday of all Russians will await you. Magic decoration of sumptuous landscapes will be enriched with discovery of the history and the customs of the region keeping in touch with locals during all the tour.

At night of the 31 of December we will gather for the New Year’s Eve dinner in the homestay located on the shore of the lake. We will play traditional Russian games, dance and sing with the Father Frost and the Snegurochka, his granddaughter and taste local holiday dishes.

In the morning of January 1 everyone will find his / her gift under the Christmas tree left by generous Father Frost!

 

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Morning arrival in Irkutsk. Pick-up at the airport or at the railway station. Transfer to the hotel. Free time till noon. Lunch. Walking city tour, discovery of ice sculptures and Christmas tree on the central square. Visit to old churches, wooden houses and central market. Excursion in the Decembrists Museum. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
  • Day 2
    In the morning leave for Olkhon Island. On the way visit to the national museum of Ust-Orda, administrative centre of the Ust-Ordyn Buryat District. Discovery of Buryat and shaman culture. Lunch in café serving Buryat cuisine in Ust-Orda. Continuation of trip. On the way stops at picturesque places . We will stop near sacred "Obo" to coax local spirits and beg them to be benevolent to us in our travel. Crossing of the strait of Olkhonskiye Vorota ("Olkhon Gates") by hovercraft / boat (depending on ice condition). Transfer to Khuzhir, central village on Olkhon Island. Accomodation in the guest house. Discovery of Burkhan Rock, residence of strict Spirits of Lake Baikal. Walk along the village. Dinner. Overnight in the guest house.
  • Day 3
    After breakfast: excursion by 4X4 to Khoboy Cape, the northernmost point of Olkhon. Walk to the cape. Outdoor picnic. Return to Khuzhir by 4x4. Picturesque way passes through steppes, taiga, and abandoned villages. According to the Russian tradition – banya in the evening to wash all the problems of the previous year away before entering new year. At midnight celebration of New Year’s Eve in a Russian way with Christmas tree, New Year’s Eve dinner and party with Ded Moroz (Father Frost) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), traditional music and floor show.
  • Day 4
    Day at leisure. Optional (at extra cost): ice skating, skiing (depending on quantity of snow). Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in the guest house.
  • Day 5
    Morning leave for Irkutsk. Lunch in café serving Buryat cuisine in Ust-Orda. Arrival in the city in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner at restaurant. Overngiht in the hotel.
  • Day 6
    After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of the program.
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              Price includes
              • English-speaking guide
              • Accommodation as per itinerary
              • Transport as per itinerary
              • Meals
              • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
              • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
              • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
              • Celebratory dinner with alcoholic beverages
              • Banya
              • Letter of invitation
              Price does not include
              • Medical insurance
              • Administrative registration
              • Personal expenses and tips
              • Visa fees and travel insurance
              • Airline tickets
              For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
              Note

              The price is given for the group of 6 persons. If the number of participants is less than 6, the following supplement is applied: + 3 900 RUB / pers. for the group of 5 participants + 4 900 RUB / pers. for the group of 4 participants + 12 800 RUB / pers. for the group of 3 participants + 19 300 RUB / pers. for the group of 2 participants The price includes banya on Day 3 The price does not include breakfast on Day 1 Single supplement 7 000 roubles

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