Lake Baikal and Buryatia
Lake Baikal and Buryatia

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Lake Baikal and Buryatia Tour
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The Route

Irkutsk - Listvyanka settlement – Round Baikal Railroad - Olkhon Island – Ulan-Ude

Circum Baikal Railway
Circum Baikal Railway

The Circum-Baikal Railway is a historical railway in the Irkutsk region of Russia. It runs along the Northern shore of the Southern extremity of the lake from the town of Slyudyanka to the Baikal settlement. Until the middle of the 20th century the Circum-Baikal railway was part of the main line of Trans-Siberian Railway; later on, however, a duplicate section of the railway was built. Sometimes called a unique achievement in engineering,the Circum-Baikal is one of the picturesque sights of the area around Lake Baikal.

Olkhon Island
Olkhon Island

Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 km2 (280 sq mi). The western shore ends with the many bays of the Maloye More. The island is 72 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide.
Scientists still debate whether 'Olkhon' translates as 'little forest' or 'dry' as both names fit well.
Olkhon has a great combination of landscapes and is rich in archaeological landmarks. Olkhon is the geographical, historical and sacred centre of Lake Baikal. There are many legends and fairy tales about the island; it is believed to be the home of numerous Baikal spirits.

Khobody
Khobody

Khobody got its name from the most prominent part of the cape - a flat stone platform with a form like the fang of an animal («Khoboy» means fang in the Buryat language). Time, Baikals winds, cruel frosts and burning sunshine have left their indelible mark on Khoboy's fang - in places it is pierced by holes. There is a large opening through the ridge of the cliff itself linking the island with the platform.
The opening is big enough for a person to stand up in with ease. Khoboy has yet another face that can be seen in summer from the water or in winter from the ice: the southern end of the «fang» seen from the side resembles a woman's profile and is called Deva (the maiden).

Ust-Orda
Ust-Orda

Ust-Orda is a village in Irkutsk region. The village is located mostly on the right coast of the Kuda River (one of the tributaries of the Angara), 62km to the north of the regional centre. The river flow into several smaller rivers, among them there is the Ordushka (Orda) which gave the name to the village. Ust-Orda is surrounded by hills from the west and east, the height in some places reaches 700 m. 3 km away from the village is located the Bulen Mountain, which is the sacred place for Buryat people even nowadays. Buryats are very numerous ethnic groups inhabiting the territory of Siberia. Ust-Orda region is known for the roots of the Buryat traditional culture having originated here. During the tour you will get acquainted with Buryat national folklore, national games and try
traditional Buryat cuisine.

Ulan-Ude
Ulan-Ude
The Buryat capital is one of Eastern Siberia’s most fascinating cities. From 1934 to 1980s it was a closed city due to its secret military plants - in fact, there are still mysterious blank spaces on city maps. Today it offers a variety of cultural hot spots, a chance to visit working Buddhist monasteries and sample a taste of the steppes.
Day 1
20 July / 3 August 2018

Today, you arrive in Irkutsk. You will meet with the group at 10am* at the airport and you will be transferred to the Taltsy open-air museum. After the visit, you will drive to Listvyanka settlement for lunch at a local café. After lunch, embark on an excursion around the village visiting Lake Baikal museum and Chersky stone view point. (L) Afternoon transfer to Irkutsk where you will check in to your hotel „Empire“

Day 2
21 July/ 4 August 2018

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Raketa pier. Today you are going to visit the famous Round Baikal Railroad by fast boat. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe. The Circum Baikal Railway is the trans-Siberian Railway section that was built more than 100 years ago. There are a lot of beautifully constructed tunnels and bridges along the way. Nowadays this section does not work any longer due to the construction of the hydropower electric station on the Angara River that resulted in flooding the part of the Railway. On the way you can enjoy picturesque views of Lake Baikal. Our guide will tell you interesting facts about the construction of the Circum Baikal Railway. In the evening you will return to Irkustk. (B, L)

Day 3
22 July/ 5 August 2018

After breakfast at the hotel restaurant, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at 9:00. Today you will visit the heart of Lake Baikal – Olkhon island. Transfer to the Island (280 km from Irkutsk). On route you will take a break for lunch in a café (Buryat cuisine). Upon the arrival, you will check in at “Baikalov ostrog” hotel. Make sure to join the walking tour to cape Burkhan, located on the western coast, close to Khuzhir; Baikal's most famous landmark, the Shamanka, or Shaman's Rock. Natives believe that Burkhan, a modern religious cult figure of the Altai peoples, lives in the cave in this rock. The rock is one of nine most sacred places in Asia. Enjoy free time or, for the extra charge, visit the Buryat village, where people learn the customs and traditions of Buryat people, who live on the Island, also you can meet a Buryat Shaman or join a mini-cruise on the lake! (B, L)

Day 4
23 July/ 6 August 2018

After breakfast at the hotel restaurant, your guide will meet you at the reception at 9:50. Take an excursion to the Northern part of the island – cape Khoboy by Russian 4WD cars. The trip will take about 7 hours. Enjoy a picnic with traditional Baikal fish – omul. Return to the hotel to rest. (B, Picnic)

Day 5
24 July/ 7 August 2018

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at 8:00. You will chheck-out and drive to Irkutsk (300 km.). On route you will visit Ust-Orda settlement and a local complex of Buryat culture, where you will get acquainted with customs and traditions of Buryat people and have lunch. Upon arrival to Irkutsk, you will be transferred to the train station to board the train to Ulan- Ude. (B, L) Overnight on the train (2 nd class 4berth compartment).

Day 6
25 July/ 8 August 2018

You arrive early in Ulan-Ude and get transferred to the hotel „Reston“, where you will leave your luggage so you can enjoy a sightseeing city tour. After the excursion, check-in at the hotel. You will get a chance to try some local delicacies during lunch at a cafe in Ulan-Ude. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Ivolginsky temple for an excursion. Return back to the hotel to rest. (B, L)

Day 7
26 July / 9 August 2018

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tarbagatai settlement to visit the village of Old Believers. Enjoy the excursion at the village, getting acquainted with the culture and customs of Old Believers. After lunch with a local family, you will return to the hotel for some free time. (B, L)

Day 8
27 July/ 10 August 2018

Your adventure comes to an end! After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out from the hotel and be transferred to the airport. (B)

Baikalov Ostrog Hotel

3 crown
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Address

3 Pribrezhnaya Street, Khyzhir Village, Olhkonsky District

Accommodation

Nowadays Baikalov Ostrog Hotel Complex with developed infrastructure is the largest hotel in Olkhon Island. It is located on the shore of Lake Baikal and has equipped slopes down to the water.

In-room

Beds, Bed-side tables, Desk, Two chairs, Built-in wardrobe, TV, Mini-refrigerator, Bathroom with a shower, Hairdryer

Empire Hotel

3 crown
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Address

Polskyh Povstantsev Str.1, 664011 Irkutsk, Russia

Accommodation

Overlooking the Angara River, this quiet hotel in the historic part of Irkutsk. It is a 5-minute walk from Kirov Square and less than a 10-minute walk from Spasskaya Church. The Trubetskoy House Museum and Volkonskiy House Museum are about 20 minutes away on foot.

In-room

Minibar, Shower, Safety Deposit Box, TV, Telephone, Air conditioning, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Desk, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Heating, Slippers, Cable Channels, Carpeted, Flat-screen TV, Wake-up service, Wardrobe/Closet Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
Reston Hotel & Spa

4 crown
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Address

Ulitsa Grazhdanskaya 20, 670031 Ulan-Ude, Russia

Location

Reston Hotel & Spa is located in Ulan-Ude in the region of Buryatia.

In-room

Minibar, Shower, Safe, TV, Telephone, Air conditioning, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Desk, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Heating, Slippers, Satellite channels, Cable channels, Carpeted, Flat-screen TV, Wake-up service, Electric kettle, Wardrobe/Closet, Towels, Linens, Upper floors accessible by elevator, Clothes rack, Toilet paper , Walk-in Shower, Bottle of Water, Trash cans, Toothbrush, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body soap, Shower cap Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

Leisure

Showcasing . Guests can enjoy a spa center and sauna as well as the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. There is a 24-hour front desk, an ATM, a hairdresser's, and a gift shop at the property.
  • Accommodation at the hotel „Empire“ in standard rooms, 2 nights (Irkutsk)
  • Accommodation at the hotel „Reston“ in standard rooms, 2 nights (Ulan-Ude)
  • Accommodation at the hotel „Baikalov ostrog“ in standard rooms, 2 nights (Olkhon)

Lake Baikal and Buryatia 2018 prices

DEPARTURE 2018 Prices based on 2 passengers joining a group,
price PER PERSON FROM, excluding flights

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER 10% OFF,
valid until 26 November 2017

Single room supplement,
price per person from
 20 - 27 July   856.74 £ 856.74 £ 771.07 £ 208.02 £

3 - 10 August

  856.74 £ 856.74 £ 771.07 £
208.02 £  

Prices include

  • English speaking guide service (7 days)
  • Accommodation at the hotel „Empire“ in standard rooms, 2 nights (Irkutsk)
  • Accommodation at the hotel „Reston“ in standard rooms, 2 nights (Ulan-Ude)
  • Accommodation at the hotel „Baikalov ostrog“ in standard rooms, 2 nights (Olkhon)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transport service as per itinerary, including train tickets
  • All excursions as per itinerary, including museum entrance tickets.
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