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Baikal Transit

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
  • Perfect travel option for those who take the Trans-Siberian
  • Discovery of the largest island of Lake Baikal
  • Crossing of the Baikal in its widest part
  • Most get-to-know-local-people journey
Tour Overview

This tour is an excellent opportunity to discover the Baikaly for those who travel by the Trans-Siberian Railway and prefer not to pass the point of departure again. This route will make you explore the heart of Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island, Grand Baikal in its widest part, the largest gulf of the lake - Barguzinsky Gulf, the shoreline of Svyatoy Nos Peninsula, and the fishing village of Ust-Barguzin.

We will devote full two days to explore Olkhon, the largest island of the lake, in order to get more deeply acquainted with it. When crossing the lake, we will sail in its largest and deepest depression and you will be able to realize all the immensity and greatness of this Siberian Sea!

The road from Ust-Barguzin to Ulan-Ude, well-beaten track, follows in part the shore of the lake and then turns south towards the city through wild taiga. Many Buryat villages await us as we travel to the capital of Buryatia.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Meeting at the bus station at 9.00 am. Leave for the island by scheduled bus (5–6 hour drive, 300 km/186 mi). Lunch in a roadside cafe serving Buryat cuisine (not included). In the afternoon: arrival on Olkhon Island. A drive takes us to Khuzhir, central village of the island. Accommodation in a local family-owned homestead, 200 m/220 yd from the shore. Discovery of Burkhan rock. Village and port visit.
  • Day 2
    Excursion by 4X4 on the east shore of the island and salt lake of Shara-Nur. Lunch in the open air. Return by car or on foot to Khuzhir (3 hour walk, road leads through taiga and steppe). Banya (Russian steam bath) in the evening in homestead.
  • Day 3
    After breakfast excursion by 4x4 to Khoboy Cape, the northernmost point of the island. This drive will allow you to discover the splendours of Maloye More and its small islets. Walk to the cape. Picnic in the open air. Return to Khuzhir. Visit to small settlement of Uzury, in the east of the island. Drive through beautiful steppes, sand beaches, taiga, abandoned villages. Night in homestead in Khuzhir.
  • Day 4
    Morning at leisure. Optional walking, mountain biking etc. At about 5.00 pm boarding a scheduled hydrofoil boat. Crossing of the lake. First, we will keep the land aboard to admire the cliffs and discover the northernmost cape, Khoboy Cape, its silhouette of woman seen from high seas, then we will head towards Barguzinsky Gulf. Arrival in Ust-Barguzin in the evening. Homestay accommodation, dinner. Banya in the evening.
  • Day 5
    Morning scheduled bus to Ulan-Ude. Arrival in the city in the afternoon. End of the programme.
            Detailed description
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            Price includes
            • English-speaking guide
            • Accommodation as per itinerary
            • Transport as per itinerary
            • Meals
            • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
            • Banya
            • Letter of invitation
            Price does not include
            • Medical insurance
            • Administrative registration
            • Personal expenses and tips
            • Visa fees and travel insurance
            • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
            • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
            • Optional activities
            For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
            Note

            Tour may operate in either direction. When it is from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk, departure is on Monday. Breakfast and lunch on Day 1 and lunch and dinner on Day 5 are not included. English-speaking guide services on Day 5 are not included.

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