CRYSTAL RING OF BAIKAL, COMFORT - 8 days
An incredible journey from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude on the ice of Baikal Lake. A week of adventure with the use of various vehicles from a hovercraft to a jeep, with the opportunity to ride a dog sled and a snowmobile! This tour will surprise you with its variety of scenic views, architecture and life of different nations. You will get acquainted with the temples and representatives of various faiths: Buddhism and Christianity. You will be amazed by the great beauty of winter Baikal with the famous grottoes and sculptures created by nature itself.
Note: this is a group tour for group of 5-10 persons, check the availability up front.
Meeting in Irkutsk at 8:00 at the airport, at 9:00 at the railway station (local time, ahead of Moscow by 5 hours). Transfer to the village of Listvyanka (70 km). Hotel accommodation. Breakfast.
Excursion on the Khivus hovercraft on the ice of Baikal Lake along the Circum-Baikal railway to the Polovinnaya station (duration 5 hours). Photographing on the ice of Baikal. Inspection of retaining wall tunnels, viaducts - monuments of engineering and technical art and architecture. Picnic lunch
Breakfast. Free day or day choice of excursions.
Today we are ready to organize for you the rest of your choice: Do you want to go on a snowmobile tour of the Pribaikalsky taiga and the ice of Baikal, or ride a dog sled? And if you want to continue the journey on the ice of Lake Baikal on the “Khivus”, we are ready to offer a trip for the whole day to the famous Peschanaya Bay. (the cost of 110$)
ATTENTION! The application and payment must be made when booking the tour! (Snowmobiles - from 15,000 rubles / snowmobile, riding dogs from 1,200 rubles / person, depending on the duration and program. Ask for all prices and programs!)
In the evening excursion on the lift to Chersky stone. This is the name of the peak above the source of the Angara, which offers a beautiful view of Lake Baikal. Free time for a photo shoot
Breakfast. Check out from the hotel. Moving on about. Olkhon (270 km). We pass through the Strait of Olkhon Gates on the ice ferry or on the “Khivus” (depending on the state of the ice). Accommodation at the hotel in the village. Khuzhir Free time to walk on the ice of Baikal. You will see the wonderful ice grottos surrounding the Shamanka rock and other rocks near the village. Dinner
Breakfast A car trip on the ice of Lake Baikal to the northern tip of the island. Khoboy from a stop in picturesque places. A typical tour at this time of the year looks completely different! Only now you can see the picturesque rocks of the island: m. Sagan-Khushun, Khoboy, Shunt-left from the “back” side, admire the ice “castles” and grottoes Lunch-picnic during the excursion. Dinner in the evening in the hotel.
Breakfast. Check out from the hotel. We move to the East Coast to see fabulous pictures of winter Baikal in the Trans-Baikal National Park.
Attention! Depending on the state of ice and weather conditions, changes in the program are possible.
Transfer to Chivyrkuisky Bay over the ice of Baikal, then to the village of Ust-Barguzin. Hotel accommodation. Lunch- dry ration, dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast. Auto excursion on the ice of Chivyrkuy Bay with stops for photo shoots: fancy ice sculptures created by nature itself. Swimming in the open air in the hot springs of Snake Bay. If you have time for those wishing to fishing in the hole (optional, for extra. Fee). In winter, yurts for fishing enthusiasts are specially installed here. Lunch - dry ration.
Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Breakfast. Charges and transfer to Ulan-Ude. Hotel accommodation. Sightseeing Car tour to the Ivolginsky Datsan. (30 km). Ivolginsky Datsan - a large monastic complex, the interiors of its temples adorn original works of art. Here is the residence of Pandito Hambo Lama, the head of the Buddhists of Russia; Buddhist University, where the training of nomadic huvaraks is conducted, is home of llamas. Datsan is under state protection as a monument of religious architecture. Sightseeing tour of the city center. Dinner in the cafe of national cuisine.
Breakfast. Airport transfer.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.