Excursion-educational tour on the biggest island of Baikal. In Listvyanka you will have a ride by snowmobiles. You are expected to do under-ice (sport) fishing. You will visit the Shaman Rock (or Cape Burkhan), a sacred place of Buryat. Discovery of the ice grottoes.
Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting with the guide at the railway station or at the airport. Transfer to Lake Baikal in Listvyanka settlement.
On the way to Baikal – visiting the museum of architectural – wooden art of building “Taltsy”. Architectural-ethnographic museum “Taltsy” is a unique storehouse of monuments of history and culture of the peoples of Eastern Siberia. The museum is located in a picturesque place on the right bank of the Angara River in Taltsinsky natural boundary on 47 kilometer of the Baikal tract. Further you will go to settlement Listvyanka. In Listvyanka you will have a ride by snowmobiles (1 hour included). Further you will have delicious lunch at a local restaurant (fish menu). After lunch you will be offered an excursion to the museum of Baikal where you will be told about flora and fauna of Lake Baikal and you can admire the seals (the Nerpas) swimming in the aquarium of the museum. Then you will walk through Krestovka village; visit to the church of St. Nicholas. The excursion will be completed by the rise by cableway to Chersky Rock, overlooking the magnificent view of the southern part of Lake Baikal and the source of the Angara River. Hotel check-in. Dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to Olkhon Island, located in 300 km from Irkutsk (travelling time 5 – 6 hours). Lunch at a roadside cafe. Transfer across ice crossing: Kurkut bay – Olkhon. Arrival to Olkhon, accommodation. Leisure time, recreation, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, whole-day trip to the northernmost tip of the island – Khoboy Cape. The tour will be accomplished by car UAZ (these are the machines used for trips around the island. Examining Khoboy cape, walking through the local places, a picnic outdoors. Return to the hotel. If the ice is strong enough, the path back will run along the ice of Lake Baikal, and you can enjoy the many landscapes of the island from the water and see the hummocks of different shapes and sizes. Arriving at the hotel. Dinner.
After breakfast you will visit the Shaman Rock (or Cape Burkhan), a sacred place of Buryat. Discovery of the ice grottoes. Excursion to the local museum. Lunch. After lunch, free time, during which you can book additional excursions, do skiing, skating (for additional fee).
After breakfast you are expected to do under-ice (sport) fishing. You will be able to pull the net from a great depth with the most famous fish of Lake Baikal – omul. Excellent soup of your trophies will be prepared for you here on the ice. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Transfer to Irkutsk. Lunch on the way at a roadside café. Arrival in Irkutsk, accommodation. City tour. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or train station. Seeing off.
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.