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Frozen Lake Baikal

Baikal on Ice

  • 8 Days
  • Group : 1-30 People
  • Min Age : 8+

This tour will help you discover winter Lake Baikal. Ride by dog sleds to the forest. You will enjoy the speed and beautiful landscapes of winter Baikal and snow-covered forest. The beautiful landscapes, sparkling ice of Lake Baikal, ice grottoes and hummocks. You will visit island Olkhon. Walking along its streets, you will see that a miracle can await you anywhere.

Price Includes

  • Transfers
  • 3 course meal
  • English-speaking guide’s service
  • Visits and excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • Dog-sledding
  • Hovercraft ride, 1 hour
  • Accommodation (7 nights)

Extra charge

  • Flight or transfer to Irkutsk from the place of arrival, and further, departure or transfer to the next place of arriving after the end of the program
  • Saunas
  • Alcohol
  • Food, excluding those in the program
  • Additional services listed in the program for an additional fee or not specified in the program

Day 1

Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to hotel in Irkutsk. Overnight.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to Listvyanka. Hotel accommodation in Listvyanka. Ride by hovercraft (hivus) on the ice of Lake Baikal (1 hour). Lunch at the restaurant. Transfer to the Dog-Sledding Centre.
Ride by dog sleds to the snow-covered forest.
Return to Listvyanka. Excursion to Baikal museum. Visit to the local market. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide. Continued excursions in Listvyanka. Excursion to Nerpinarium. Visit to the Retro Park and Saint Nicolas church. Lunch at a local restaurant “Last Century “. Visit by chair lift to the mountain Chersky.
Transfer to Irkutsk. On the way excursion to Taltsy museum. Arrival to Irkutsk. Dinner. Hotel check-in.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to Olkhon Island. On the way visit to Ust-Orda village. Excursion to the local museum. Meeting a shaman, discovery of shamanic practices. You will take part in a shamanic rite. Buriat folklore. Lunch at a local café, serving Buryat cuisine. Transfer to Olkhon Island. Along the way you can see Tazheran steppes. Crossing the lake by hovercraft. Transfer by Russian jeeps (UAZ). Arrival to Olkhon Island. Hotel check-in. Dinner. Walk to Burkhan Cape. Famous and unique – Shamanka rock or Cape Burhan. Named so in antiquity for its sacred meaning, the cape has become the most important shrine of the shamanistic world. Possible banya (for additional price). Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the Norternmost point of Olkhon Island, Cape Khoboy. You will see the beautiful landscapes, sparkling ice of Lake Baikal, ice grottoes and hummocks. Picnic under open – air will be cooked on the fire. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion along the Southern Part of Olkhon island and the islets of the Small Sea (6-7 hours). It is believed that Buddhist stupas are intended to dissolve all the negative obstacles in the world, favorably contribute to the prosperity of the area where they are built and benefit people, especially those who visit these stupas consciously.
Possible Stop at fishermen’s “Kamchatka” and run along to Ogoy island. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the pier by UAZ. Crossing the Lake by hovercraft. Transfer to Irkutsk by bus. Stop for lunch. Arrival in Irkutsk. Hotel check-in. City tour, 3 hours. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to the airport. Seeing off.


I’m a solo traveler can I join a group?

Yes, we can offer you a SINGLE room accommodation at the hotels.
We can also join you in a group. Please, send us your desired travel dates.

How can I book this tour?

Please, send us the desired travel dates, number of persons, your passport and flight details. We sign a contract with you, and on the basis of the contract we will send you the invoice for the prepayment. You can pay by credit card (VISA or MASTER CARD) and in cash. After we receive the prepayment we will send you the confirmation of the program.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

The price is fixed in RUB. The price in EUR/USD changes every day according to the current exchange rate. All the payment details we will send you by e-mail.

Do the restaurants provide vegetarian menu?

Yes, all the restaurants provide vegetarian menu.

When is it necessary to book a tour?

The best time to book a tour is 1-2 months in advance. Please note that almost all the tours require the Early Booking. The earlier you book the tour and pay for it, the better price you will have. For individual programs the booking time is 2-3 months before the start of the tour. June – September (summer) and January – March (winter) is a high season, so you should take care of your vacation in advance. In this case, you will get the best hotels, the best guides and the best programs. However, if you decide to go to Lake Baikal on the eve of your planned vacation, we will still be glad to offer the best program and services due to our vast experience in this field.

Who will meet us in Irkutsk?

Before you arrive in Irkutsk we will already have all your travel details. So you will be met by a company representative (tourist guide) with the sign “BaikalNova” or your “NAME” at the airport (or at the train station).

Do you have a discount system or any special offers?

Yes, we have some special tour discounts. Besides, we can provide an individual discount after we discuss your program details.

What kind of transport do you provide?

We always provide a safe transfer of the passengers to Lake Baikal on comfortable buses (45 seats, 35 seats, 21 seats, 19 seats, 12 seats, 7 seats, private cars and Jeeps) with comfortable seats, large windows, air conditioning / climate control and professional drivers.

Do you have a German speaking guide?

Yes, you can be accompanied by a German speaking guide. Our company works with French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish and English speaking guides. All our guides are certified for the guiding practice and accredited in the museums of the city. They are all in love with Lake Baikal and their native land. So, they are sure to help you discover traditions and the unique beauty of our Siberian land.

What's the difference between an electric train and a retro train?

Difference between the trains is that the retro train has a real steam locomotive at the head of the train. This fact makes the train more authentic. The carriages of both trains are almost the same, except that the electric train has two classes of carriage.

What kind of services affect the cost of the program?

The price depends on the hotel you choose. We can offer you homestay, guesthouse, hostel, hotel *** or hotel ****. The price depends on the kind of transfer you prefer (individual or group), accompaniment of the guide throughout the whole program of the tour. We can offer you excursions with a local guide for each part of the Baikal.

What should we take for a winter trip?

Participants of the tour must have adequate warm clothes for winter expeditions and additional equipment: a sleeping bag, a down jacket, insulated coveralls, a fleece jacket, a warm hat, 2 pairs of warm socks and gloves, winter boots, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, a personal flashlight, personal first aid kit, a large towel for bathing in the springs.

Is tick vaccination necessary?

It is strongly recommended to have vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis. Ticks are active from early May to mid-July. Although we avoid visiting places of greatest tick-borne activity, insurance of encephalitis is included in the cost of our active tours.

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