Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting with the guide and driver. 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. 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.
Breakfast. Landing on UAZ. The beginning of the ice expedition is the intersection of Lake Baikal.
Excursion to the northern point of the island – Cape Khoboy. The route runs along the northern part of the island directly on the ice of Lake Baikal, where you can see its western and eastern sides and enjoy the unforgettable expanses of Lake Baikal. You will encounter ice grottoes, splashes, coastal cliffs, millions of drooping icicles, hummocks formed during pressure and cracks. You will drive through the ice of Lake Baikal in UAZ, see transparent emerald ice, small islands of a fanciful shape, observe the breathtaking distance of the endless shores of Lake Baikal and, finally, enjoy a delicious picnic. Next departure to Ust-Barguzin and cross the largest bay. The places that you will see on this route are not only beautiful, but also energetically filled. They are not without reason empowered. Arrival at the recreation center. Overnight in Ust-Bargusin. Dinner.
Breakfast. Departure to Chivyrkuisky gulf. There are 7 islands in the bay. The most famous place in the Chivyrkuy gulf is Zmeinaya Bay, and it is famous for its thermal spring. The water temperature in the pool (equipped with special log cabins) + 36-40 C. Snow melts around the source, but it does not freeze at the same time. The water in it is hydrocarbonate-sulfate-sodium with the smell and taste of hydrogen sulfide and fluoride content. It helps very in the treatment of radiculitis and musculoskeletal system. The bay itself is surrounded by cliffs and creates a favorable and calm atmosphere for relaxation. Bathing and relaxation. Dinner. In evening, return to the hotel. Dinner.
Breakfast. Departure to Ulan-Ude. The road will take about 5 hours.
Arrival in Ulan-Ude – the capital of Buryatia. Lunch. City tour. You will visit the historical center, Sovetov Square, where the famous monument to Lenin is located (the largest head of Vladimir Ilyich, which fell into the Guinness Book of Records), Revolution Square, Odigitrievsky Cathedral, an architectural monument of the 18th century, the main street of the city – Lenin St. Hotel accommodation.
Breakfast. Departure to Ivolginsky Datsan ( located 38 km from the city). The monastery is the center of Russian and spiritual Buddhism. Pilgrims from around the world come to the service-hural of the Ivolginsky Datsan. Back in 1927, Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov died, and after 75 years he was recovered from a secret burial. His body appeared to all as if alive, as if in a state of deep meditation. It is really a real miracle to see the body with your own eyes. A spiritual and energetically powerful place that will remain in your memory for many years. Dinner. Departure to the village of Tarbagatai, where the “family” – Old Believers live. People here still preserve their culture, traditional way of life, customs, beliefs and real Russian language. Acquaintance with the Old Believer culture. You will visit the Russian Old Orthodox Church and the Museum of Old Believer Culture. A folklore performance and Russina dinner awaits you at the end of the tour. Return to the hotel.
Transfer to the airport or to the train station
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.
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.
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.
Yes, all the restaurants provide vegetarian menu.
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.
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).
Yes, we have some special tour discounts. Besides, we can provide an individual discount after we discuss your program details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.