Winter on Baikal is a special period of time, which can not be compared with anything else. Just imagine the snowy expanses and kilometers of crystal ice, ice cliffs and caves, huge hummocks, lots of photos and unforgettable emotions, all these things wait for you in this tour. For a week you will visit almost all important places and sights of Baikal (Irkutsk, Listvyanka Olkhon), go by hovercraft, try 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, and of course take the famous Circum Baikal Train. This tour is very similar in content with the tour "Meet Baikal", but it is totally different in emotional attitude. Winter Baikal is completely another Baikal, unfamiliar for "summer" tourist. In winter you can walk there where it is impossible in summer, ride on a dog sleds, snowmobile, make unforgettable photos and so on.
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, 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.
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. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
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 the 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 hovercraft trip or a dog sledding (extra charge). Free time. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Listvyanka — Khuzhir
Breakfast. Transfer to a hovercraft. Boarding. Now you will go to Khuzhir, Olkhon Island. Today you will see Sukhaya (Dry) Bay, Peschannaya (Sandy) Bay, cliff Sagan-Zaba, where you can make amazing photos. Winter picnic. Arrival at 4 p.m. 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.