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Lake baikal glacier ice landscape

Tour by Hivus to the Small Sea (Olkhon)

  • 5 Days
  • Group : 1-6 People
  • Min Age : 8+

The Small Sea is a part of the lake, separated by Olkhon. It is the strait, expanding from the south-west to north-east, its length is 76 km., maximum width is 17 km., and maximum depth is 200 m. This is one of the broadest shallow parts of the lake, full of fish.

Olkhon Island is separated from the mainland by strait Olkhonskiye vorota. Length of the island is 71 km., width – up to 12 km, the area – 730 sq. km. The island is located in the central part of Lake Baikal, near the highest mark of the depth (1637 m) at equal distance from northern and southern ends of the lake. All the variety of natural landscapes of Baikal’s shores gathered on the territory of Olkhon. In the Buryat language “Olkhon” means “little forest”. It is a real reserve of surprisingly varied landscapes and magnificent sceneries for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The territory of the island is rich for archaeological monuments.

Price Includes

  • Transfers
  • 3 course meal
  • English-speaking guide’s service
  • Visits and excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • Hovercraft ride, 1 hour
  • Accommodation (4 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. A short city excursion in Irkutsk, transfer to Listvyanka, which is located 70 km from Irkutsk. Accommodation at the hotel .Lunch. Visiting the Limnological museum, the viewing point, the church in Nicola settlement, the museum of wooden architecture in Taltsy. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Free time.

Day 2

Breakfast. Departure by “Hivus” (hovercraft) to Olkhon at leisure base of Nikita Bencharov in Khuzhir (250 km from Listvyanka). The Bencharovs are the first Olkhon entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. On the way, stop at Peschanaya Bay (80 km from Listvyanka) for walking and examining the rock shoes Large and Small Belltowers, framing the bay, grottos; lunch on nature near Krestovsky Cape, examining of Sagan-Zaba cliff (160 km from Listvyanka) with ancient petroglyphs. Arrival in Khuzhir. Accommodation. Dinner. For those interested -bathhouse.

Day 3

Breakfast. Tour across the Small Sea along Olkhon to Cape Khoboy. For those wishing-fishing. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 4

Breakfast. Excursion to the Norternmost point of Olkhon Island, Khoboy Cape. 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 5

Breakfast. Return to Listvyanka with stops at liked places and lunch on the way.Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner

Day 6

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport or the railway station. 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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