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Legends of lake Baikal and Buryatia

7 days / 6 nights
This unforgettable trip is for travelers who like to discover unknown places, to see life style of Russian and Buryat people, to learn more of different religions and to admire beautiful landscapes of lake Baikal.

Duration 7 days / 6 nights
Season May – October 2019
Tour starts On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in May, June, September and October
All days exept Thursday in July and August
Route Irkutsk – Circumbaikal Railway – Port Baikal – Listvyanka – Ulan-Ude

Itinerary

  1. Day 1: IRKUTSK 
    Arrival in Irkutsk.
    Meet a driver and local guide in thw airport, transfer to a hotel. Check-in.
    City tour of Irkutsk: wooden houses, churches, Znamensky Monastery, main streets of Irkutsk, theatres and many other historical sights.
    After lunch in a local restaurant and tasting dishes of Siberian cuisine visit the Decembrist`s museum.
    Return to a hotel.
  2. Day 2: IRKUTSK – CIRCUMBAIKAL RAILWAY – PORT BAIKAL – LISTVYANKA village
    Breakfast. Meet with a driver in a hotel lobby.
    Transfer to the railway station of Irkutsk to start excursion on Circumbaikal Railway in a tourist train.
    Train goes along Trans Siberian railway from Irkutsk train station to Slyudyanka town without stops.
    Circum Baikal railway starts from Slyudyanka. Train speed is about 30 km/h. There will be 4 stops en route to see galleries, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, to walk in the forest and at lake Baikal shore. Lunch or lunch box will be served in the train. Railway goes along Baikal shore.
    Arrival in Port Baikal settlement in the evening. Crossing the Angara river outlet to Listvyanka village by ferry (10-20 minutes). Transter to a hotel in Listvyanka, check-in. Overnight.
  3. Day 3: LISTVYANKA villageBreakfast. Full day excursion in Listvyanka village and surroundings.
    10:00 meet with a guide in a hotel lobby.
    Excursion to Taltsy open-air museum of wooden architecture, situated 23 km from Listvyanka.
    Stop at the observation deck to see famous Shaman Rock. Lunch in a local restaurant at the shore of the lake, tasting Baikal cuisine. Excursion to Baikal museum to see the flora and the fauna of lake Baikal. Baikal fish and fresh water seals nerpas live here in big aquariums.
    Chairlift to the top of Chersky Mountain. You can see southern part of lake Baikal, the source of the Angara river and Khamar Daban mountain range from the view point. Walking tour to Krestovka village to see Saint Nicolas church. Return to a hotel in Listvyanka.
  4. LISTVYANKA village – IRKUTSK – ULAN-UDE
    Breakfast. Free time in Listvianka for visiting souvenir and fish market or having time at leisure at lake Baikal shore.
    14:00 Departure to Irkutsk in the afternoon.
    Arrival in Irkutsk, visit central market and shops. Dinner at city restaurant and transfer to the train station in the evening.
    21:00 Departure by train # 362 to Ulan-Ude. Overnight at the train.
  5. Day 5: ULAN-UDE
    ~05.30 Arrival in Ulan Ude, capital of Buryatia, in the early morning. Meet a driver and a local guide, transfer to a hotel. Breakfast. City tour of Ulan-Ude.
    During city tour you`ll see the historical center of Ulan-Ude: Soviet square with Lenin head monument, Ballet and Opera Theatre, Odigitrievsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Holy Trinity Church. Lunch in city restaurant to taste dishes of buryat cuisine. Excursion to the Ivolginsky Datsan located 25 km from Ulan-Ude. Return to your hotel.
  6. Day 6: ULAN-UDE 
    Breakfast. Departure for excursion at the Old Belivers’ village located 30 km from Ulan Ude. You`ll know the life style of Simeiskye peoples who represent ethnic group. You`ll see houses with wooden decoration, rare icons, old furniture, listen to the choral singing, visit to a local family with lunch. Return to Ulan Ude.
  7. Day 7: DEPARTURE
    Breakfast. Transfer to railway station or airport of Ulan-Ude. Departure from Ulan-Ude.

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Price

Price 2019 per person in RUB

Accommodation2 PAX in group4 PAX in group6 PAX in groupSingle Suppl
3*hotel 62300 49600 44400 9600

Services included:
  • Accommodation 1 night in Irkutsk, 2 nights in listvyanka settlment, 2 nights in Ulan-Ude
  • Individual transfers acc. to itinerary
  • English-speaking guides for city tour of Irkutsk, Listvyanka excursion, city tour in Ulan-Ude, Ivolginsky Datsan, Old Believers’ village
  • Entrance fees in museums and chairlift
  • Train ticket for Circum Baikal railway excursion
  • Meals: breakfasts in hotels, lunch * 5 times, dinner * 1 time
Price doesn’t include:
  • English-speaking guide for Circum Baikal railway tour – 10000 Rub
  • Train ticket from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude. Tickets are available for purchaising 90 days before train departs. Avarage cost is 1500 Rub

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