The Pancake Week or Maslenitsa in Russia is a very fun holiday that is celebrated to see severe winter off and to honour spring bringing the awakening of nature and warm sun. For Russians spring was always a symbol of the beginning of a new life and the end of frosts. Every day of the Pancake Week has its own name - Gourmand, Revelry, Mother-in-Law Night etc. In the end of the week everyone meets in the main city square to put a straw effigy representing Winter to the flames of a bonfire.
The Maslenitsa week is the last week before the Great Lent when it is still allowed to eat butter, milk, meat, and fish. According to Orthodox church, the week is also called Cheesefare Week. In this time people usually prepared yellow, round and hot pancakes symbolizing the sun. The latter was always respected as it gives life and strength to all living beings. They believe that when eating a pancake one shares the warmth and the power of the sun.
This journey offers you to celebrate Maslenitsa in the very north of Lake Baikal in Siberia, to learn old Russian customs and taste traditional pancakes. Also you will enjoy the hot springs in the north of the Baikal, try true Russian banya, and visit the factory producing traditional felt boots.
Ideal tour for a family or friends group as well as for solo travellers to get plunged in a warm atmosphere of Siberian traditions!
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NB: If flight from Ulan-Ude to Nizhneangarsk is cancelled, we will have to take train from Irkutsk to Severobaikalsk and cancel visit to Ulan-Ude. The rest of the programme will stay invariable. Meals during train journey from Severobaikalsk to Irkutsk are not included. Small group supplement if 2-3 participants: 18760 RUB per person (approx. 440 EUR) Supplement for the group of 4-5 participants: 4680 RUB per person (approx. 110 EUR)