Russian Christmas at Lake Baikal
Russian Christmas at Lake Baikal

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Russian Christmas at Lake Baikal ( RCL7 )

Shout 'S Rozhdestvom!' (Merry Christmas) as you celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Russia. This itinerary is full of excursions and is bound to be a Christmas to remember. During the Soviet Union days, Christmas celebrations were widely discouraged in Russia but nowadays the great Christian holiday has been revived! Lake Baikal holds 20% of the world’s total unfrozen fresh water and is the deepest lake on the planet. The water is crystal clear and during the winter months creates remarkable turquoise tinged ice. This itinerary gives you an insight into Russian festive traditions, celebrations and fantastically picturesque surroundings.
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Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal
Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of the Pearl of Siberia. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. It stretches for 636 km longwise and 80 km widthwise. The Baikal’s maximum depth is 1,637 m. It is known as a "laboratory of biodiversity" as it is home to nearly 3,000 species of animals and plants, many of which are found nowhere else, such as a unique breed of freshwater seal.

Christmas at Lake Baikal Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival in Irkutsk, you are transferred to your hotel for a welcome lunch before finding your feet with a guided tour of the snow covered city including the Church of our Saviour and Kirov Square. (L)

Day 2

After breakfast, transfer to Listvyanka Village on the banks of Lake Baikal. A visit to the Baikal Museum gives you an insight into the flora and fauna of Lake Baikal - many of which are unique to the area. In the afternoon, stock up on souvenirs at the local market before taking a walking tour to the Tchersky Stone platform for stunning panoramic views of the lake. After an adrenaline fuelled dog sledding ride, head back to the hotel for a full traditional Russian Christmas dinner and relax in a banya. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Visit the Talsty Open Air Ethnographic Museum located on the banks of the Angara River. The museum is home to examples of Eastern Siberian wooden architecture and will give you an insight into life in rural Russia. Join in the Christmas celebrations with carol singing, traditional games, dances and a thrilling troika ride before returning to the hotel for your evening meal. (B, D)

Day 4

Following breakfast, board the 'Khivus' boat to transfer across frozen Lake Baikal for a visit to the Circum Baikal Railroad- arguably the most picturesque section of the Trans Siberian railway. From here, travel onwards by train to Arshan, located in the famous Tunkin Valley. This area has a unique climate and in winter is warmer than the average temperature in the region. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Discover the Tunkin Valley on a full day excursion. View waterfalls, mineral springs and Buddist temples before visiting a Mongolian market where you can pick up some authentic local souvenirs. Enjoy a national Buryat dinner in the evening. (B, D)

Day 6

After breakfast, visit the hot mineral springs at the Zhemchug Settlement. Enjoy lunch in a local cafe (payable locally) then transferred to your hotel. In the evening share tales with your fellow travellers at the Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

Day 7

Wave goodbye to Siberia as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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DEPARTURE 2017 Prices based on 2 passengers travelling,
PER PERSON FROM, excluding flight

24 DECEMBER - 30 DECEMBER

1624.62 £

Tour Includes:

  • 6 nights 3* accommodation based on 2 sharing a twin/double with private en suite facilities including breakfast
  • Varied meal plan as outlined in the tour itinerary (including a traditional Russian Christmas dinner!)
  • Transfers as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Excursions as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Dog sledding (5km)
  • Traditional Russian banya in Listvyanka
  • 1st class rail ticket on the Circum Baikal Railroad
  • Services of an English speaking guide

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Russian visa
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