Christmas Holidays at Lake Baikal
Christmas Holidays at Lake Baikal

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Christmas Holidays at Lake Baikal ( VIRK4 )

Spend your Christmas holidays at this captivating tour to Baikal. Have a walk on crystal clear endless Baikal ice, learn the ancient legends of the mysterious Olkhon Island and enjoy genuine Siberian treats. This Christmas will be truly unforgettable!
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The Route

IRKUTSK • Listvyanka • Irkutsk • Ust-Orda Settlement • IRKUTSK

Irkutsk
Irkutsk
Irkutsk, capital of South Baikal, is one of the largest Siberian cities and was a key stop for caravans from Buchara and even China. Today Irkutsk became a center of gold-mining production and is developing fast. In the city you can discover unique examples of Irkutsk architectural heritage, such as “White house”, which was first a palace of the merchants Sibiryakovs, then a residence of East Siberia governor-general.
The Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography
The Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography
The Taltsi Museum of Architecture and Ethnography is located on 47th kilometre of Baikal Route. Construction of the museum began at the End of 1960. Damming of the Angara River threatened unique historicalbuildings, such as Spaskaya tower (1667) and the Kazan chapel (1679). These buildings were moved to a safer location.Land for the museum was allocated from the Taltsmsky area Incidentally,Taltsy Village was recently a well-knownglass factory It's now essentially flooded as a result of the Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station.Several country manors of 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and some water mills were brought from various areas. These monuments formed the basis of the early museum. The museum opened to the public in May 1980 In February 1995, the Boris Yeltsin declared Taltsi a historic and culture monument. People like to spend Maslenitsa (RussianOrthodox Carnival) and the Trinity holidays at Taltsi, as well was regular days off.
Listvyanka
Listvyanka
Listvyanka village is located on the shore of Lake Baikal 65 km away from Irkutsk city. This village was founded in the18th century and got its name from larch trees growing on the nearest cape. At the end of the 1920s, a Limnologicalstation was founded here; later it became the Limnological Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences. Its museum is already 10 years in existence and is visited annually by over 50,000 people. The exhibits acquaint visitorswith the history of studying and researching Lake Baikal, its fauna and its flora.
Ethnopark
Ethnopark
Ethnopark is located in a picturesque area on the way to Lake Baikal.Guests are invited to get acquainted with the ethno-cultural identity of the indigenous population, carefully preservedby the Buryat people throughout the centuries. Ethnopark introduces the national cuisine and the most beautifulcarved yurt of Russia. In addition, there are yurts in which you can immerse yourself in traditional way of life. Guests will be able to participate in national rites, fun and games as well as dance master classes.
Day 1
29 December 2017

Today you arrivein Irkutsk. You will meet with the group at 10am* at the airport. You will start your day with an introductory 3h long Irkutsk city tour. Enjoy lucnh at a local restaurant before being transferred tothe open-air museum “Taltsy” (the drive time will take around 45 min). You will have about 1h30min tovisit the museum before traveling to the Listvyanka settlement. Check in in in the “Krestowaya Pad” hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure! (L)

Day 2
30 December 2017

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide at the reception. You will travel to the dog sledding centre today! Here, you will see Siberian husky dogs and for the extra charge you can try dog-sledding. Later you will be transferred to the Baikalmuseum for an informative tour. Check-out from the hotel. After a hearty lunch at a local restaurant, you will get a chance to visit Listvyanka itself and see Baikal seals show and Chersky Stone view point. You will now travel back to Irkutsk and check in at the hotel “Empire”. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure! (B, L)

Day 3
31 December 2017

Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel before meeting with the guide at 12:00. Transfer to Ust-Orda settlement (around 1h drive) where you will visit a unique ethnographic complex of Buryat culture (around 2h). The program includes meeting in accordance with traditions of Buryat people, visiting the zoo, excursion to local Buryat yurts and folklore performance.Enjoy Lunch at the centre (Traditional Buryat cuisine). Return back to Irkutsk. After some free time to relax and to get ready for the Hogmanay celebrations, you will meet with the guide to be transferred to the restaurant. Spend the New Year’s Eve dinner watching a traditional show and chatting with your fellow travellers. (B, L, Gala D)

Day 4
1 January 2018

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day in Irkutsk, so you will be able to rest at the hotel or have a walk in a beautifully decoratedfestive city centre. (B)

Day 5
2 January 2018

Your holiday comes to an end. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. *The tour is operated in conjunction with our Russian partners and is not exclusive to IntoRussia clients. The tour operates with a minimum of 10 persons. Please note that our local partners reserve the right to change hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of excursions.

Empire

3 crown
Empire Empire

Address

Polskyh Povstantsev Str.1, 664011 Irkutsk, Russia

Location

Overlooking the Angara River, this quiet hotel in the historic part of Irkutsk is a 5-minute walk from Kirov Square.
Krestovaya Pad

3 crown
Krestovaya Pad Krestovaya Pad Krestovaya Pad

Address

664520, Irkutsk region, Listvyanka settlement, Gornaya street, 14 A

Location

Set just 50 yards from the banks of Lake Baikal, Krestovaya Pad Hotel offers spectacular views, a sun terrace and a sauna.
Please note that our local partners reserve the right to change hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of excursions.
DEPARTURE 2017 Prices based on 2 passengers
joining a group of 10,
price PER PERSON FROM,
excluding flights
Single room supplement,
price per person from
29 DECEMBER - 2 JANUARY 558.19 £ 179.59 £

Tour includes

• Accommodation at the hotel "Krestowaya pad" in standard twin rooms, 1 night
• Accommodation at the hotel "Empire" in standard twin rooms, 3 nights
• English speaking guide service day 1 – day 3
• Sightseeing: Irkutsk city tour, excursion to Listvyanka village, visiting of the ethnographic complex
• "Golden Horde"
• Entrance tickets to the museum "Taltsy", Baikal limnological museum, tickets for the lift chair and
• Baikal Seals show
• Meals as per itinerary
• Transport service as per itinerary
• New Year's Eve dinner with a show program
• Full Russian visa support


Tour does not include

• International and domestic flights
• Russian visa fees paid directly to the Consulate
• Travel insurance
• Regional add-ons

Please note there is a deposit required for this tour - kindly enquire at the time of booking

The tour is operated in conjunction with our Russian partners and is not exclusive to IntoRussia clients. The tour operates with a minimum of 10 persons. Please note that our local partners reserve the right to change hotels to similar hotels of the same standard and change the order of excursions.

Christmas Holidays at Lake Baikal

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