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Irkutsk

West and East of Baikal

from 1832 $

Itinerary: Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Olkhon island – Ulan Ude

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Period: May – September 2022

Day by day itinerary

1day

Arrival in Irkutsk.

Welcome to Irkutsk – capital of Eastern Siberia! We will meet you in the airport or railway station.

City tour.  

Irkutsk is Siberian city founded 350 years ago and having over 700 historical and cultural landmarks.

During sightseeing tour, you will see the main sights of Irkutsk: historical start of Irkutsk city – place of construction of Irkutsk dungeon, Spassky Church, Znamensky Nunnery, admiral Kolchak monument, Karl Marx street, Kirov public garden, Gagarin boulevard and 130th block.

Lunch at a city restaurant.  

Arrive at a hotel in Irkutsk. Check-in. 

2day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Check-out. 

Transfer to the railway station. 

Departure by Circum Baikal railway.

Fascinating trip by comfortable train. During the trip, you will enjoy pictorial coastal landscape of Baikal Lake and unique combination of wild nature and architecture of engineering structures.

Circum-Baikal Railway has 38 tunnels having total length 9063 meters, 248 bridges and viaducts. With reference to saturation of engineering structures, Circum-Baikal Railway has no peers in Russia and takes one of the leading places in the world.

Several stops are provided during the trip with short walking excursions as well as free time for individual walking.

Lunch on train.  

Arrival in Port Baikal. Ferry to Listvyanka.

Listvyanka is Siberian village located on southern coast of Baikal Lake, at the source of Angara – the only river flowing from this unique lake.

Listvyanka is justly considered as the center of tourism on Baikal. There is harmonious combination of endless mirror-like surface of the great lake, pictorial hills covered by softwood forest, rural houses and modern hotels.

Arrive at a hotel in Listvyanka. Check-in.

3day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. 

Visit to the architectural and ethnographical museum “Taltsy”.

You will visit outdoor museum complex located in the pictorial environment, by the side of Angara River. Unique historical, architectural and ethnographical landmarks dated back to XVII – XX centuries are collected in the museum.

Lunch at a Listvyanka restaurant.  

Visit to the Baikal Museum.

You will get acquainted with inhabitants of Baikal underwater world: Baikal seal (nerpa), omul, umber, sturgeon dwelling in unique aquarium where natural Baikal water taken from over 400 meters depth is used.

You will also make virtual immersion in the bathyscaphe to the bottom of Baikal, to its maximum depth – 1637 meters.

Rising by the ropeway to the observation platform of Czerski Stone (728 meters height).

There is amazing panoramic view to Baikal Lake, source of Angara and Chamar-Daban mountains.

Viewing trip in Listvyanka.

Within sightseeing tour, you will visit observation platform opposite Shaman-Stone and will learn a legend about Baikal and his daughter Angara, visit St. Nicholas Church built in XVIII century.

Visit to the local fish and gifts market.

Return to the hotel in Listvyanka.

4day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurnt. Check-out. 

Departure to Olkhon island (320 km from Listvyanka).

The biggest island of Baikal located in the central part of the lake. Unique nature of the lake has various landscapes and marvelous sceneries: spacious hilly steppes, pine woods and pictorial rocks.

There are plenty of archeological landmarks and ancient legends connected with Olkhon Island.

Visit to the “Golden Horde” ethno park. 

Lunch at the ethno park. You’ll enjoy Buryat cuisine dishes.

Arrival in Sakhurta village. Ferry to Olkhon island.

Arrival in Olkhon island. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

Hiking to Shamanka Rock

Shamanka Rock is a landmark of Baikal Lake and Olchon Island. It is natural and historical landmark as well as sacral place for locals. This rock is one of nine great sacred objects of Asia.

Return to the hotel. 

5day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

Trip to Khoboy Cape

Travelling by SUV at the northern part of the island you will see the most beautiful locations, natural landmarks and religious places.

Arrival to Khoboy Cape – the most northern point of Olchon Island; there is panoramic view to Baikal opening from there.

Picnic with Baikal fish soup.

Return to the hotel.

6day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. 

Trip to the southern part of Olkhon island. 

Picnic with Baikal fish soup.

Return to the hotel. 

7day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Check-out. 

Departure to Irkutsk. 

Arrival in Irkutsk.

Lunch at a city restaurant.

Leisure time.

Transfer to the railway station.

Departure to Ulan Ude by night train.

8day

Arrival in Ulan Ude.

Breakfast at a city restaurant.

Viewing trip in Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia and one of the most important transport hubs of Trans-Siberian Railway. The city can boast of three-hundred-year history and cultural originality.

During viewing trip, you will see the main sights of Ulan-Ude: High Uda burg, Odigitrievsky Cathedral, the square of Revolution and the square of the Soviets.

Trip to Ivolginsky Datsan (30 km from Ulan-Ude)

Center of Buddhism in Russia. During the trip, you will be able to visit acting temples and see morning service, to visit library with unique collection of Buddhist literature.

Lunch at a city restaurnt. You’ll enjoy Buryat cuisine dishes.

Excursion to Ulan-Ude Ethnographic Museum

One of the biggest outdoor museums in Russia taking area of 37 hectares. Tribes and peoples living on the territory of Buryatia during thousands years left a huge number of landmarks. Museum exposition is formed according to the principle of complex demonstration of ethnical groups living in the past and present in Buryatia.

Arrive at the hotel in Ulan Ude. Check-in. 

9day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. 

Visiting old believers’ village (75 km from Ulan-Ude)

In the mid XVIII century, 20,000 families were resettled to Siberia. In the most remote locations of Buryatia, old believers founded their settlements, kept their dialect, religion and traditions. You will visit old believers’ homes, get acquainted with their housekeeping and see musical show performed by the locals.

Lunch at the old believers’ village.

Return to the hotel.

10day

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Check-out.

Transfer to the airport or railway station. 

 

Package price

Package price per 1 person, group of 12 persons:

1831 $.

Package price per 1 person, group of 10 persons:

1902 $.

Package price per 1 person, group of 8 persons:

2048 $.

Single room occupancy surcharge:

342 $.

Package price includes

double “standard” room occupancy

“Ibis Irkutsk Centre” hotel 3* (Irkutsk)

“Baikal view” hotel 3* (Olkhon island)

“Baikal plaza” hotel 4* (Ulan Ude)

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meals as per the itinerary

transportation as per the itinerary

Irkutsk – Ulan Ude train tickets

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