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Cruise: Small Golden Ring of Baikal

5 days / 4 nights
The trip in the central part of Baikal from Olkhon island to Chivyrkuy Gulf and back with visit of Ushkan islands where the biggest rookery on nerpas is.

Itinerary Maloye More (The Small Sea) - Olkhon Island – Pokoyny Cape – Chivirkuy Gulf – Maloye More
Dates in 2018 July 21 - 25, August 01 - 05, August 11 - 15
Cruise ships  Sibiryak and Tatyana ships (comfortable class)

Itinerary

  1. Day 1:  MALOYE MORE ISLANDS
    Cruise starts in Sakhurte village, 250 km from Irkutsk. If you need a private transfer there or ticket on a public bus, please inform us.
    14-15.00 Boarding on cruise ships "Sibiryak" and "Tatyana", accommodation. We start our cruise on Baikal.
    The ship goes along Olkhon island from its southern tip to the nothern one. Lunch aboard. On the way we visit Ogoy island to see white Buddhist Stupa built in 2005 (if the weather will be good). 
    The distance covered is 70 km (5 hours).
  2. Day 2: CROSSING BAIKAL
    Early departure from Maloye More (Pokoyny cape). The ship crosses Baikal from western to eastern shore and arrives in Chivyrkuy gulf in the evening.
    The Pokoiny cape is located on the west coast of lake. This area is not touched by civilization. The archeologists find here traces of the ancient person`s settlements of — Russian, Tungus, Buryat.It is a very beautiful and closed from storms and winds gulf.
    The distance covered is 50 – 60 km (5-6 hours).
    Chivyrkouyskiy Bay is situated in the north-east of Lake Baikal. Its territory makes up 270 square km, the length is 26 km, the width is from 6 to 12 km, the depth of the bay reaches several tens meters. There are several coves in Chivyrkouyskiy Bay: Bezymyannaya, Okounevaya, Zmeinaya, Ogonskaya, Krokhalinnaya. Wonderful conditions for having rest, variety of landscapes, fishing facilities attract a lot of tourist to Chivyrkouyskiy Bay every year.
  3. Day 3: HOSPITABLE CHIVIRKUY
    Breakfast aboard. Time at leisure in Chivirkuy gulf. Walking,  fishing, sun bathing.
    Departure to Bolshoy Baklany island (Big cormorant's). There are 7 islands in Chivirkuy, the Bolshoy Baklany island is the biggest one.
    Dinner and overnight aboard. The distance covered is 20-30 km (1-2 hours).
  4. Day 4: SECRETS OF USHKAN ISLANDS
    Early departure from Chivirkuy gulf back to western shore.
    On the way we visit Ushkan Islands to see Baikal fresh water seal nerpa (extra pay 2000 RUB per person)
    Ushkan islands are situated in the central part of lake Baikal. There are three small islands – Tonkij (Thin), Dolgij (Long), Krouglij (Round), and one big island – Bolshoy Oushkaniy (Big one). The shores of the islands are rocky and covered by thick wood. Ushkan islands are known for the Baikal seals rookery. The fact of seals’ appearing at Baikal has not been completely studied yet but the scientists suppose that Baikal seal came to Baikal from the Arctic Ocean along the Yenissei River in the ice age.
    Lunch aboard the ship. In the evening return to Maloye More (Small Sea). Stop at Saraisky gulf near Khuzhir - the biggest settlement on Olkhon island. Walk to Burkhan cape. 
    The cape Burkhan is situated near settlement Khuzhir. A double-peak rock consists of crystalline limestone, covered by bright red lichens. In Rock Shamanka there is a through cave especially revered by Buryats. There used to take place shaman rituals and now a Buddha’s Altar has been established in it. In ancient times women were not allowed into the cave. Now the entrance is open for everybody but you shouldn’t forget that the spell of ancient shamans has always been effective. You shouldn’t profane the rocks with graffiti and broken bottle glass, bad words and thoughts.
    Excursion around  Khuzhir. Dnner and overnight aboard. Distance covered is 120 km (8-10 hours).
  5. Day 5: GULFS OF OLKHON
    Breakfast aboard.
    12.00 – 13.00 Landing in Sakhurte village (MRS) on the Small Sea or at the Olkhon island. Time of landing can be changed.

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Price

Price per peson in RUB

Single cabin
60000
Berth in a Twin cabin 60000
Twin cabin for single use 110000
Berth in a Triple cabin 55000
Berth in a 4-berth cabin 45000

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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