DISCOVERING LAKE BAIKAL Irkutsk – Listvyanka (Baikal) – Circum Baikal Railway – Olkhon Island (late May – September)

Duration: 6 days

Day 1. IRKUTSK

Guide & transport

Arrival in Irkutsk, meetng with a guide and a driver in the airport or at train station. City tour of Irkutsk.

We visit historical center of the city, place of foundation of the first fortress of Irkutsk, Eternal flame memorial, Lower embankment of Angara river, Church of our Savior (outside), Holy Sign Monastery (inside), main streets of Irkutsk, Drama theatre (outside), Upper embankment of Angara, monument of Russian emperor Alexander III, 130th quarter with cafés, restaurants, souvenir shops, museums.

Lunch in a restaurant in the city center.

Transfer to a hotel, check-in. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2. LISTVYANKA, TALTSY & BAIKAL MUSEUM

Guide & transport

Breakfast in the hotel. Meeting with a guide in the hotel lobby.

Full day excursion to Listvyanka village in 70 km from Irkutsk on the shore of lake Baikal.

Taltsy is an open-air museum of wooden architecture. It is an ancient Siberian village of the 17th -century, a unique repository of historical and cultural monuments of the peoples of Eastern Siberia in the open air, where four historical and cultural zones are recreated-Russian, Buryat, Evenk and Tofalar. Lunch at local restaurant.

Excursion to the Baikal museum. The Baikal Museum in Listvyanka is the only one-lake museum in Russia. It is not only a museum, but also a large research center. Scientists study the unique ecosystem of Lake Baikal, the species peculiarities of birds, fish and other inhabitants of the lake. Now the Baikal Museum ofers its guests various ways to learn more about the lake itself, its history and its inhabitants.

From 16:00 chairlift to the observation deck on Chersky mount, Saint-Nicholas Church, fish and souvenir market. Check-in at a hotel in Listvyanka. Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 3. CIRCUM BAIKAL RAILWAY

Guide & transport

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to ferry port of Listvyanka, ferry to Port Baikal station. Boarding to touristic retro train by Circum baikal railway. Several stops for excursions on the way, lunch onboard.

Circum Baikal railway was built in the beginning of 20th century as a part of Trans-Siberian railway. Now it is blind line. It goes along Baikal shore. Its architectural constructions (bridges, viaducts, tunnels) are in harmony with nature.

Finish at Sliudianka station, transfer to Irkutsk. Return to Irkutsk, dinner at the hotel.

Day 4. OLKHON

Guide & transport

Breakfast in the hotel. Meeting with a guide in the hotel lobby.

Transfer to Olkhon. On the way stop at Tazheran steppes to visit the landscapes and ancient caves. Lunch on route at local cafe. Ferry to Olkhon island.

Check-in at the hotel. Walk to the shore of Baikal to observe Shamanka Rock. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5. KHOBOY CAPE

Guide & transport Breakfast in the hotel.

Full day of-road excursion to Khoboy cape – the northmost point of Olkhon. On the way we will see the most picturesque landscapes of island –

shores, clifs, folds.

Picnic with fish soup en route. Transfer back to hotel.

Day 6. UST-ORDA

Guide & transport Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to Irkutsk. Stop in Buryat village Ust-Orda en route, visit of Golden Horde ethnic park for lunch and short folklore program.

Buryats are natural dwellers of Siberia. They are descendants of Mongolians. They are shamanists and buddhists. Their main food is meet (mainly horse and mutton), dairy products and wild herbs. Lunch with posas and other traditional food.

Return to Irkutsk at 17:00, drop of at the airport for evening flight to Moscow (or additional night in Irkutsk in case o f morning/afternoon flight)

Available languages

Guide:

English-speaking/French-speaking/German-speaking/Spanish-speaking. Other languages are upon request.

DISCOVERING LAKE BAIKAL • 6 days

Irkutsk – Listvyanka (Baikal) – Circum Baikal Railway – Olkhon Island (late May – September)

Lake Baikal is one of the most ancient reservoirs of our planet. But most of all, it is known for being the deepest lake on Earth and at the same time the largest natural reservoir of fresh water – 19% of all the world’s reserves.

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