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Meet Lake Baikal

От куда: Irkutsk

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Meet Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. It nature in summer is very beautiful and the temperature during this season is really comfortable for all visitors. During this trip you will meet its most interesting places, such as Irkutsk, Listwyanka settlement and the so called “heart of Lake Baikal” – Olkhon Island.

 

Trip duration: 7 days/6 nights

Route: Irkutsk – Listwyanka settlement – Olkhon Island - Irkutsk Tour price per pax: 

Day 1: 

Arrival to Irkutsk. Meeting with an English-speaking guide. Today you will get acquainted with the capital of Eastern Siberia – Irkutsk. You will visit its most interesting sights, such as Kirov square with its wonderful churches, 130th block with its wooden houses, Alexander the 3d monument and other. The city tour lasts for about 3 hours. Lunch in a local restaurant (Siberian food). Transfer to a hotel. Accommodation. Dinner in a restaurant.

Meals included: lunch and dinner

 

Irkutsk is a large city in Eastern Siberia and the administrative center of Irkutsk region. It is situated on the bank of Angara River. Irkutsk is a cultural capital of Eastern Siberia. The city has more than 80 cultural and art institutions, including theaters, museums, libraries, art centers, and concert and exhibition halls. Irkutsk is a historical city with a large number of historically preserved neighborhoods. It hasabout 685 historical and cultural monuments, 108 of them are on the federal list of historical preservation.

 

Day 2:

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Today you are going to meet Lake Baikal. Transfer to Listwyanka settlement (70 km from Irkutsk). On route you will visit a famous museum of wooden architecture “Talzy”. Excursion at the museum (1 hour). In Listwyanka you will have lunch at a local restaurant and try Baikal fish. After lunch you will visit Lake Baikal museum, see the Baikal Seals show, take your best photos on Chersky Stone view point. Transfer to Irkutsk. Dinner. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

The Taltsi Museum of Architecture and Ethnography is located on 47th kilometer of Baikal Route.   

Construction of the museum began at the end of 1960 Damming of the Angara River threatened unique historical buildings, such as Spaskaya tower (1667) and the Kazan chapel (1679) These buildings were moved to a safer location. Land for the museum was allocated from the Taltsmsky area Incidentally, Taltsy Village was recently a well-known glass factory It's now essentially flooded a result of the Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station. Several country manors of 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and some water mills were brought from various areas These monuments formed the basis of the early museum The museum opened to the public in May 1980 In February 1995, the Boris Yeltsin declared Taltsi a historic and culture monument. People like to spend Maslenitsa (Russian Orthodox Carnival) and the Trinity holidays at Taltsi, as well was regular days off.

 

Listvyanka village is located on the shore of Lake Baikal 65 km away from Irkutsk city. This village was founded in the 18th century and got its name from larch trees growing on the nearest cape. At the end of the 1920s, aLimnological stationwas founded here, later it became the Limnological Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences Its museum is already 10 years in existence and is visited annually by over 50,000 persons. The exhibits acquaint visitors with the history of studying and researching Lake Baikal, its fauna and its flora.

Day 3:

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Today you will meet the heart of Lake Baikal – Olkhon island. Transfer to the Island (280 km from Irkutsk). On rout you will have lunch in a café in Elanzy settlement. Upon the arrival accommodation at a hotel. Walking tour to cape Burkhan – the “visit card” of the lake. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.  After dinner you will visit the Buryat village, where people learn the customs and traditions of Buryat people, who live on the Island.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Welcome to the Olkhon Island, the biggest island at the Baikal Lake, with steep mountains on the Eastern shore. The western shore ends with the many bays of the Maloye More. The island is 72 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide. Scientists still debate whether "Olkhon" translates as "little forest" or "dry" as both names fit well. Olkhon has a great combination of landscapes and is rich in archeological landmarks. Olkhon is the geographical, historical and sacred center of Lake Baikal, the heart of it. There are many legends and fairy tales about the island, it is believed to be the home of numerous Baikal spirits. 

 

Day 4:

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Excursion to the Northern part of the island – cape Khoboi. The trip will take about 7 hours. Lunch. Return to the hotel. Dinner. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Khoboy got its name from the most prominent part of the cape - a flat stone platform with a form like the fang of an animal («Khoboy» means fang in the Buryat language). Time, Baikal's winds, cruel frosts and burning sunshine have left their indelible mark on Khoboy's fang - in places it is pierced by holes. There is a large opening through the ridge of the cliff itself linking the island with the platform. The opening is big enough for a person to stand up in with ease. Khoboy has yet another face that can be seen in summer from the water or in winter from the ice: the southern end of the «fang» seen from the side resembles a woman's profile and is called Dyeva (the maiden).

Day 5:

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby. Today you will a mini cruise to Ogoi island, which is famous for its Buddhist temple. Picnic during the excursion. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Free time.

 

Ogoy is the largest island in theMaloe Morestrait ofLake Baikal. It has an elongated shape, 2.9 km (1.8 mi) in length and 0.6 km (0.37 mi) in width. It is located between the Cape Shara-Shulun on the west coast of the Olkhon Island and Kurminskiy Bay on the western shore of Lake Baikal. The island is uninhabited. In 2005, at the highest point of the island, theBuddhistStupa of Enlightenmentdedicated toDakiniTröma Nagmo was built at the initiative of the Moscow Buddhist Center. This significantly increased the flow of tourists to the island. In summer, excursions on the boats are organized and in winter, via automobile transport by ice. According to representatives of the Siberian Institute of Physiology and Biochemistry of Plants, the increase of tourist flow can be detrimental to flora and fauna of the island.  

Day 6:

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Check-out. Transfer to Irkutsk (300 km.). Lunch at a café on route. Accommodation at a hotel. Dinner. Free time.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7:

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Check-out. Transfer to the airport/railway station.

Meals included: breakfast

 

 

 

Accommodation types:

1)      CHEAP: hostel in Irkutsk, homestay on Olkhon island

 

2)      COMFORT: hotel “Empire” in Irkutsk***, rooms with WC for several guests on Olkhon

 

3)      COMFORT+: hotel “Courtyard Marriott”**** in Irkutsk, rooms with WC on Olkhon island

 

The tour price includes:

  English speaking guide service

  All excursions as per itinerary, including museum entrance tickets

  All meals as per itinerary

  Transport service

NOTE the tour price DOES NOT include:

  Accommodation price and air/train tickets