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Baikal Lake is one of the most amazing destinations in Russia and was added to the World Heritage list by UNESCO in 1996. It is situated in the center of Asia and one of the most ancient lakes on the planet, 455 meters above sea level. In the deepest place the Bai¬kal reaches 1620 meters - against the island of Olkhon which is in some 8-10 km from the shore. The flight time from Moscow till Irkutsk (one of the cities near Baikal) is about 6 hours and from Saint Petersburg till Irkutsk it about 8 hours.
Arrival to Irkutsk.
Meeting a guide at the station or at the airport at 10:30 and departure for Lake Baikal. An hour later we are in Listvianka that is the nearest to Irkutsk settlement located on the shore of the lake. We definite-ly stop to “ask Burkhan” (Lake Baikal spirit) to be merciful to us and to make our journey pleasant. You are recommended to come to Lake Baikal with an open heart and good intentions to revitalize and in-tensify your energy for the months to come. Lunch – we taste Baikal fish. Later we visit the Baikal Mu-seum with excellent exhibits on Lake Baikal geology, flora and fauna.
A chairlift brings us to "Chersky Stone" observation area where you take gorgeous panorama pictures of the Baikal.
Return to Irkutsk. Accommodation at a hotel. Free time.
Departure for Olkhon Island. Olkhon is the largest of 26 islands on Lake Baikal. It is called the "heart of Baikal". It is the geographical, historical and sacral center of the lake. Here, according to local legend, the Buryat people appeared and the first Buryat shaman received his shamanic talent. Olkhon is tre-mendously rich in local originality, shamanism, ancient Buryat legends and beautiful views of the lake. After accommodation you take a guided walking tour to Cape Burkhan and Shamanka Rock. Dinner - at the holiday center.
You take a tour to the northern extremity of Olkhon – Cape Khoboy (6 hours). On the tour you enjoy the magnificent Baikal views, listen to ancient Buryat legends and visit some places of shamanic power. Dinner - at the holiday camp.
Today you have a day free on the island. You can spend it upon your preferences: sunbathe on a beach under the Baikal sun, go hiking, or take a boat trip. Breakfast and dinner - at the recreation center.
After breakfast- farewell to the island, return to Irkutsk. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time.
Today you visit the famous Circum-Baikal railway. The Circum-Baikal railway is a unique monument to Russian engineering power, well known all over the world. The Circum-Baikal railway has no equal in Russia and it is on one of the first places in the world – the number of tunnels, stone galleries, bridges and viaducts is amazing. The Circum-Baikal railway runs along the shore of Lake Baikal, and that allows you to admire the magnificent views of the lake. An excursion by "Barguzin" hover craft along the Cir-cum-Baikal railway gives you a chance to see the railway from the water and has three stops: Cape Tolsty, Shumikha village and Cape Polovinny.
|Number of people||2 pax||4 pax||6 pax||8 pax||10 pax|
|Total package price in EUR with 3* hotels *||985 €||929 €||854 €||
*We offer discounts for groups more than 10 pax. To enquire about group rates, please contact us.