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Cruise: Journey to Olkhon island

4 days / 3 nights
The route of a cruise goes along western shore of the lake from Circumbaikal Railway  to Olkhon island. It seems to be the best way to see steep rocky shores, visit hidden bays with white warm sand and take pictures of Sagan Zaba petroglyths dated back to 2nd thouthand BC.

Itinerary Listvyanka – Circumbaikal Railway – Peschanaya bay – Olkhon Island
Dates in 2018 July, 18 - 21, July 29 - August 01, August 08 - 11
Cruise ships Sibiryak and Tatyana ships (comfortable class)

Itinerary

  1. Day 1:   CIRCUMBAIKAL RAILWAY: THE GOLDEN BUCKLE OF LAKE BAIKAL
    Arrival in Listvianka village, 70 km from Irkutsk
    12.00 Boarding on cruise ship `Sibiryak` / `Tatyana`, accommodation in cabins. We start lake Baikal cruise. Departure to Circumbaikal Railway (about 2 hours).
    Circumbaikal Railway is a unique specimen of engineer thought. 424 engineering structures were built in 1899 - 1902 including 39 tunnels and 50 galleries. The largest tunnel is situated at Polovinnaya station, its length is 778 meters. This railway section was called “The golden buckle of Russia’s steel belt”. Buckle – because it connected the Trans-Siberian Railway broken by Baikal; and golden – because by cost of works per km it exceeded all existing Russian railways. Nowadays it is one of tourists’ favorite holiday places at Baikal.
    Lunch aboard. After lunch walking tour with a guide at Circumbaikal Railway to visit tunnels, galleries and Ulanovo station (1,5 km). Dinner aboard. Overnight aboard the ship in one of Circumbaikal Railway bays or in Bolshiye Koty village, located 40 km from the Circumbaikal Railway.
    The village Bolshiye Koty is located on the west shore of lake Baikal, 20 km from Listvianka village, at the territory of  Pribaikalsky National Park. Bolshiye Koty is popular place for tourists from all over the world. There is a biological station of Irkutsk State University, aquarium of biological institute, museum of Baikal with 400 various exhibits and rich collection of insects.
  2. Day 2: PESCHANAYA BAY – THE PEARL OF LAKE BAIKAL
    06.00 Departure, our Baikal cruise proceeds to the Peschanaya bay, located  80 km from Listvyanka village.
    Peschanaya Bay is rather a well-known place at Baikal; it is notable by its stilt root trees, the amount of sunny days and the beauty of landscapes.
    Breakfast and lunch aboard the ship
    2 hours walking tour to the Sennaya bay, the cordon of Pribaikalskiy National Park. On the way you`ll visit one of the most beautiful bays of lake Baikal – Babushka bay.
    In the evening Russian banya on the shore of lake Baikal (is not included, extra payment to the guide) Dinner and overnight aboard the ship.
    The ship covers the distance of 100 kilometers (6 hours) today.
  3. Day 3:  SMALL SEA (MALOYE MORE) OF LAKE BAIKAL
    06.00 Departure from Sennaya bay to the north of lake Baikal, to the Olkhon island (8 – 10 hours)
    There are 26 islands on Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island is considered to be the biggest one. It is 72 km long and 15 km wide, the territory of the island is 730 square kilometers. Baikal is often called the blue heart of Siberia and Olkhon Island is the heart of Baikal. It is separated from the western lake shore by the strait of Olkhon Gates and by the Smaller Sea.
    Breakfast and lunch aboard the ship.
    On the way the ship will make a stop at the white-marble rock Saagan Zaba to see the petroglyphs dated back to 2nd thousand BC (if the weather won't be windy). The Petroglyphs are the original pearl of ancient culture and art of the people of Eastern Siberia.
    Lunch aboard the ship. A transition through the strait Small Olkhon Gate - the narrow passage between the Olkhon island and the continent.  Dinner aboard ship. Overnight aboard the ship  in one of the gulfs of Olkhon island. The distance covered is 120 kilometers  (8 hours).
  4. Day 4: ISLANDS OF SMALL SEA
    Breakfast aboard the ship.  Board riding at Small Sea 12.00 – 13.00. Landing at the village Sakhurte (MRS) on the Small Sea or at the Olkhon island. Our Baikal cruise is ended. Time of landing can be changed.

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Price

Price per peson in RUB

Single cabin
36000
Berth in a Twin cabin 36000
Twin cabin for single use 47000
Berth in a Triple cabin 29000
Berth in a 4-berth cabin 25000

What is included:
Full board (3 meals)
Snacks and beverages
Tea, coffee, chokolate, water
Excursions with a professional guide
Fishing
Sauna aboard
Motor boat
Insurance
Permits of National parks (exept Ushkan islands)
Souvenirs

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