Знакомство с Байкалом

First time on Baikal
Russian version

Overview:

Is it your first time on Baikal and you want to see the most popular and famous places in our region? Maybe you don’t have a lot of time for traveling because only one week of vacation left? Perhaps you are traveling on Trans-Siberian Railway (from Moscow to Vladivostok) and you don’t want to keep Baikal outside and desire to meet it? So this tour is especially for you. During 7 days you will visit almost all famous places and sights of Lake Baikal. You will visit one of the biggest Baikal city - Irkutsk, popular tourist village - Listvyanka, taste Buryat cuisine and the famous Baikal omul, get acquainted with a flora and fauna of the lake, look at Baikal from a bird’s eye view and at a depth of 1500 meters, sail a speed boat on Lake Baikal, and of course visit the famous Olkhon island - the largest one on Lake Baikal with 2000 habitants. .


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Route:


1st day:


Irkutsk

Morning meeting at the airport / railway station with a nameplate “CASA” (Central Air Service Agency). Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Lunch in the restaurant at 13:00. Excursion with a guide in the historical center of Irkutsk: churches, the Decembrists' museum, old wooden houses, new entertaining zone “130 district”. Free dinner. Your guide will advise you the best restaurant or cafe according your wishes and desires. Overnight in the hotel.



2 день:


Circum-Baikal Railway

Breakfast. Meeting with your guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the railway station. During the whole day you will see the unique complex of engineering constructions, tunnels, bridges, stations, and all of it is situated along the coast of the immense Baikal. Lunch. You can eat your lunch in a train or make some “picnic” outside. Train will stop 4-5 times lasting from 20 minutes to 1.5 hour. Arrival in Listvyanka at 9 p.m. Transfer to the hotel. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.



3rd day:


Listvyanka

Breakfast. Meeting with your guide. Visit the Baikal Limnological Museum, where you discover flora and fauna of the Baikal region, you will see live seals, dive to the bottom of Lake Baikal at a depth of 1,637 m for 15 minutes. Then you will take a lift to Cherskiy rock to look at the picturesque panorama of Baikal and Angara river. Lunch in a restaurant of Baikal cuisine, where you will taste famous Baikal omul and Buryat national cuisine. After lunch you will visit a fish market. You can also go to the nerpinary or enjoy a boat trip (extra charge). Free time. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.



4th day:


Listvyanka - Khuzhir

Breakfast. Transfer to the hydrofoil boat. Boarding. Now you will go to Khuzhir, Olkhon Island. Arrival at 2 p.m. Late lunch. Today you will have an excursion around Khuzhir village: Shaman Rock, one of the nine sacred place of Asia. Banya. Dinner. Overnight in the resort.


Хужир Ольхон

5th day:


Khuzhir

Breakfast. Departure for an excursion (8 hours) at the northernmost point of the island - Cape Khoboy. Because of the lack of asphalt roads on the island, your trip will be in "off-road" style by specialized cars like UAZ or Niva. Cape Khoboy is a sacred place for the indigenous people of the island - the Buryats. It takes plenty of shamanic rituals and religious ceremonies. Here you can see all four sides of the lake. During your excursion, the driver will prepare for you lunch from fresh fish. Return to Khuzhir. Dinner and overnight in the resort.

6th day:


Khuzhir

Breakfast. Free day. Today you are free from the excursions, trips to the museums and galleries. Free lunch. Today you can freely swim in the lake, sunbathe on the beach. Also there are a lot of different activities like cycling, horse riding, boat trips, catamarans, etc. Moreover you can book an excursion to the South of the island. Dinner and overnight in the resort.


7th day:


Khuzhir — Irkutsk

Breakfast. Today we will have a long road to Irkutsk (about 5 hours). Departure at 10 a.m. Lunch on the way (extra charge). On the road you can see the 3 types of terrain: rocks, forests and steppes. Arrival in Irkutsk. Please tell your driver where you need to go: to the airport or to a hotel. End of the program.


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