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"New Year on Lake Baikal, 6 days"
Want to celebrate the New year at the pure and beautiful lake of Russia? If you want to ride a snowmobile and dog sledding in the taiga forest, to observe the Baikal seal, to capture the sunset on the island of Olkhon and Baikal " paroled" the Small sea. And all this in just 6 days as comfortable and active holidays.
Price: $ 1650
In this journey you will:
- visit the Museum of wooden architecture "Taltsy" and participate in folk festivals and traditional Siberian winter fun
- ride a snowmobile and dog sled through snowy woods
- meet sled husky – participants and prize-winners of many races in Russia
- visit the Buryat ethno-village on Cape Khuzhir and learn to cook Buryat poses
- go in search of "paroled" Kurkowski in the Bay of the Small sea
- visit the legends of Olkhon island and revered by the shamans of the Baikal Burkhan Cape
- get acquainted with the Baikal Museum and take a virtual dive to the bottom of lake Baikal in a submersible
The tour program
The trip starts in Irkutsk, where you need to get yourself on the first day of the program until 9:30.
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Excursion in Irkutsk and transfer to Listvyanka
After meeting at the airport you will go on a small tour of Irkutsk, one of the oldest cities of the Baikal region.
You will see the quiet snow-covered city with low-rise centre, and churches and noble mansions.
After the tour you will have lunch in the restaurant with Siberian cuisine and fragrant herbal tea.
Then you will go to Listvyanka, where you will find the first acquaintance with Baikal.
Along the way you will visit the Museum of wooden architecture "Taltsy", where you will visit an ancient village Dating back to the XVIII century, will take part in the festivities and winter fun.
You are waiting for skiing with slides on the skin, fights bags, folk songs and dances, snowballs and snowman building.
You will then continue our way to Listvyanka.
Optionally, you can climb to the observation platform "Chersky Stone", to admire the source of the Angara river flowing from lake Baikal.
Upon arrival to Listvyanka you'll be accommodated in a cozy hotel complex overlooking the lake.
Rest and get ready for new year's eve.
You will find an interesting festive program at the restaurant, unforgettable atmosphere of magic and of course the famous Baikal specialties.
Snowmobiling and dog sledding
On the first morning of the new year you will see a rich program of active recreation.
You ride through the snowy woods on a snowmobile.
Be fun and safe, because you will be accompanied by experienced instructors.
Then you will go on a visit to the Baikal husky at a private estate where you will see the blacksmith's craft and arrange a tea party with crumpets.
In the house there is a sled dog Center, which is home to 70 dogs participants and winners of many races in Russia.
Waiting for you dog sledding through the forest, and after lunch in the restaurant overlooking the lake.
Closer to the evening you will be transferred to the hotel restaurant.
Here you can warm up after a frosty day in a hot Siberian bathhouse with access to the source of the Angara.
Then you go back to the hotel and have dinner.
Baikal Museum and transfer to Olkhon island
Morning after Breakfast you will go on a tour to the Baikal Limnological Museum.
You will be able to see the underwater world of lake Baikal, having a simulation dive to the bottom in the bathyscaphe.
Will see the famous residents of the lake – grayling, whitefish, Cisco and, of course, seals.
After a tour of the Museum will be moving to the island Olkhon – to the very heart of Baikal.
The path will pass through the majestic Tazheranskaya steppe.
Along the way you will stop for lunch at ethnic cafes where you will taste traditional local food: nourishing Buhler, posture, saguday.
Continuing the route, you will cross to the island by ferry or hibuse (depending on ice conditions).
Upon arrival you will be accommodated in rooms at the tourist camp and have dinner.
In the evening you can enjoy a bath.
Cape Burkhan and the Buryat village
On this day you will enjoy the great landscapes of lake Baikal, feel the unity with nature and imbued with the culture of the local peoples.
After Breakfast, you will go to the most famous place on lake Baikal – Cape Burkhan.
Often it is called shaman rock – since the emergence of the first shamans, this place was considered sacred.
Here you will see special columns – "Serge", symbolizing the tree of life, and learn why made knit ribbons on them.
After walking and sightseeing you expect a warm welcome in "the Buryat ethno-complexes".
This family-run mini-Museum, organized by the indigenous inhabitants of Khuzhir, where the friendly owners can arrange cooking class for the preparation of the POS, feed a delicious lunch and talk about local traditions.
You will return to base in the evening, and you will have the opportunity to capture Baykal in the last rays.
Journey across a Small sea
Today you are in for a surprise: you will travel by Small sea and will see how the ice begins to tie down the lake.
After Breakfast, you will start to look for paroled in district MarketScope Bay.
You will see the first clean, transparent ice of Baikal landscapes are fascinating.
You can arrange a photo session on the ice.
After the impressions, walks and a hearty lunch you will return to Irkutsk.
Arriving in the city, you will check in hotel and rest.
You will have Breakfast and pack up, and after you are transferred to airport for flight departure.
Accommodation during the trip
In Listvyanka you will live in the hotel complex "Krestovaya pad" (2 nights), located 50 metres from the shore of lake Baikal.
You will be accommodated in comfortable double rooms, decorated in a Chalet style.
The room – double or twin beds, 2 bedside tables, wardrobe, Desk, bathroom with shower, a flat-screen TV, electric kettle and Hairdryer.
The complex includes a terrace, a sauna and a restaurant serving European and Siberian cuisine.
On Olkhon island in Khuzhir, you'll be comfortably accommodated at the tourist base "Usadba Nabaymar" (2 nights), in double rooms of economy-class (WC and shower on the floor).
For an additional fee you can choose accommodation in comfortable rooms with private facilities.
On the base there is a dining room and also a Turkish bath and a Playground.
In Irkutsk you one night stay in the hotel "Ibis Irkutsk Center", in a comfortable double room with all amenities.
The hotel provides free Wi-Fi.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.
Slippers, free toiletries and a Hairdryer.
The cost of the tour for 1 person:
|Accommodation according to the program
What is included:
- —accommodation according to the program (double accommodation)
- —nutrition program
- —Christmas program with festive dinner in the restaurant
- —meeting at airport and transfers
- —transport services on the route (comfortable minivan + Mitsubishi Delica + minibus)
- —tour guide services
- —the dog sledding + the services of a musher (individually, 10 minutes)
- —Snowmobiling + instructor's service (1 hour, fit for 2 person)
- —excursion program: sightseeing tour of Irkutsk (1.5 hours), individual excursions to the Baikal Museum and the Museum "Taltsy", excursions to the forge, a Shaman, in "Buryat village", Small sea
- —rent of bath (3 hours) and bathhouse attendant services
What to pay:
- —flights to Irkutsk
- —meals not specified in the program
- —single occupancy
- —Supplement for accommodation in a comfortable double room on the island
- —a visit to the observation platform "Chersky Stone"
- —extra time when dog sledding
- —additional excursions (horse riding, meeting with the shaman)
- —visa to Russia
- —Translation services