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BAIKAL WITHOUT BORDERS - 13 days

Do you want to see Baikal as no tourist sees it? We included in the tour not only the main treasure of Baikal - Fr. Olkhon is not only the East Coast, Buryatia and the Chivyrkuisky Bay, but also the rarely visited, “wild”, northern coast of the Great Baikal.
All Baikal at a time - only on this tour!

Program

Day 1

Group meeting in Irkutsk at the airport at 8-00; at the railway station at 9-00 (local time, ahead of Moscow by 5 hours). Car sightseeing tour of the city.
Old Russian churches and a Polish church, wooden houses, ingrown into the ground by the window, and stone houses of the richest Siberian merchants, the history of Siberia lives here, the history of the Russian state ... Today Irkutsk is 357 years old!
Hotel accommodation.
Car tour in the village. Listvyanka, located on the shores of Lake Baikal, 70 km from Irkutsk.
On the way, an excursion to the “Taltsy” architectural and ethnographic museum. “Taltsy” is a unique open-air museum, a collection of historical, architectural and ethnographic monuments of the XVII – XIX centuries: the “corners” of the Russian and Buryat villages, the Evenki camp.
Arrival in Listvyanka. Visit to the Baikal Limnological Museum (SB RAS). This is the only museum in the world whose expositions acquaint with the history of studying the lake, its flora and fauna. Since 2004, the museum has a “living exhibition”: in the museum aquariums one can see some representatives of the Baikal fauna: omul, whitefish, sturgeon and, of course, the seal. Virtual dive to the bottom of Baikal.
Free time for walking along the village’s quay, visiting the observation deck, buying souvenirs. Return to Irkutsk, to the hotel.

Day 2

Early departure from the hotel. Airport transfer. Flight by the Irkutsk - Nizhneangarsk regular flight. Transfer to Severobaykalsk. Hotel accommodation.
Auto - walking tour Baikal village - m. Ludar - Slyudyansky lakes.
Baikal - an ancient fishing village on the shore of Lake Baikal, founded in 1889, largely preserved the old way of life. The village is surrounded by untouched nature, the surrounding landscapes are stunning pristine harsh beauty. In 1990, with the participation of UNESCO, the film “The Blue Eye of Siberia” was shot at Baikal, which won at five environmental festivals
We continue the journey to Cape Ludar along the trail with ancient archaeological monuments: the sites of ancient people, petroglyphs, the remains of ancient Mongolian fortresses.
On the way back - stop at Slyudyansk lakes. Rest and swimming.

Day 3

Excursion by boat to the most reserved places of Northern Baikal. Severobaykalsk - p. Frolikha - Ayaya –Hakusy Bay. We will pass through the territory of the Frolikhinsky sanctuary with stops in the most interesting places, approach the Delhi of the Frolikha River, originating in a glacial lake in the mountains. Next, we will stop at Ayaya Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Baikal. We will take a short walk through the forest and go to the Khakusi camp site to take a dip in a hot spring.
After lunch we will go on a boat along the coast to the south past the picturesque rocks, the shaman's place Haman-Kit, Turalinsky caves, and return to Severobaykalsk.

Day 4

Auto-walking tour Severobaykalsk - Nizhneangarsk - with. Cold - Dzelinda.
Today is a day full of various impressions. Unforgettable landscapes of virgin taiga and mountain peaks in the valley. Upper Angara; bridges and tunnels of the “construction of the century” of the Baikal-Amur Mainline. In sec. Cold will get acquainted with the culture of the most ancient inhabitants of these places - the Evenki.
The journey will end with a visit to the thermal springs of Dzelinda.

Day 5

Water trip on Lake Baikal to about. Olkhon (270 km). All day we will be surrounded by the waves of the Sacred Sea. You will walk past the shores of the Baikal-sky Nature Reserve, see the snow-capped peaks of the Baikal Range, walk up to the rocky shores of Olkhon, past the picturesque islands of the Small Sea. Night on the boat. Attention! It is possible to change the program on this day due to weather conditions.

Day 6

Arrival on the island of Olkhon in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation

Day 7

Day trip to Cape Khoboy (the northern tip of the island).
The spectacular pillar-like rock that gave the name of the cape has its own legend. The cape is located near the widest place of Baikal (79.5 km). It is here that you will have the opportunity to assess the size of the lake, which locals habitually call the sea. Along the way, you will see all the diversity of landscapes and natural monuments of the island: the picturesque steppes of northern Olkhon, the Three Brothers rock, stilted trees of the Peschanoye tract.
On a halt you will be served dinner cooked on a fire.

Day 8

Rest on the island. Olkhon concentrated on its territory all the diversity of the natural landscapes of the Baikal shores. For wildlife lovers and photographers, this is a real reserve of surprisingly diverse landscapes and majestic landscapes. Visit the famous 3-km long white sandy beach of the Saraisky Bay: the unusual nature and the purest water of Baikal.
This is a wonderful time to feel alone with the Great Baikal. Olkhon is a great place for rest and meditation, and at the recreation center you will be offered water, horseback riding and car excursions (optional, for an additional fee): in the Buryat village (from 600 rubles / person), in the southern part of Fr. Olkhon, on the lake Yalga, in the paddy of Tashkina, on the salt lake Shara-Nury (from 800 rubles / person) excursions by boat on the lake to the islands of the Small Sea, Ogoy Island (~ 650-1450 rubles / person), etc.

Day 9

After breakfast we go to the pier of the village. Khuzhir, where a motor ship is already waiting for us, and sailing to Baikal on a water trip. Passing through the Small Sea, we see all the rocks and cliffs of Olkhon already from the water; Going round Khoboy Cape, we approach the reserved place - Ushkany Islands - the main refuge of the famous Baikal seal - seal. For those who wish - landing on the island. (The entrance to the reserve to observe the seal at an additional cost is 2000 rubles, payable at will only in advance, when booking the tour!). Further along the Chivyrkuisky bay we pass to the coast. Go to the thermal baths Snake, swimming in the springs. Overnight on board (2 - 4-bed accommodation, depending on the number of participants).

Day 10

Go to one of the secluded coves of Chivyrkuy Bay. Rest in the reserved Chivyrkuisky Bay - one of the most unique places on Lake Baikal. The bay is located on the northern side of the Holy Nose Peninsula and is part of the Trans-Baikal Natural National Park. This isolated corner of Baikal with picturesque shores, warm and clear Baikal water, a kind of comfort and “isolation” from the world disposes travelers to rest. You can sunbathe and swim in the bays of the bay and on the islands or go fishing (you will be provided with tackles and instructed).
After lunch we leave the ship, move to Barguzinsky Bay. Accommodation at the recreation center.
In your free time you can visit the wonderful beaches of the Barguzinsky Bay.

Day 11

Sightseeing car tour of the Barguzin Valley.
The Barguzin Valley is a rich repository of archaeological and natural monuments. Acquaintance with Suva Saxony (picturesque outcrops resembling the castle towers), visiting the mineral spring, Burkhan (place of worship) about “Buhe-Shulun” (Bull-stone - guardian of the valley). A picturesque natural monument - Ininsky Rock Garden. Lunch at the courtyard. Return to base.

Day 12

Transfer to Ulan-Ude (300 km) ..
Excursion to the Ivolginsky datsan. “At the foot of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, on the steppe expanses, in a quiet tract, there is the spiritual capital of the Buddhist traditional Sangha of Russia - Ivolginsky datsan. .... In sunny weather, gilded temples sparkle brightly, meeting pilgrims and guests from afar. It seems that the fleeting time has stopped here, and the air is filled with the tart and spicy scent of flowering herbs. ”(Datsan official site)
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. Those interested can consult a lama-astrologer or a lama-philosopher.
Hotel accommodation
 A sightseeing walking tour of the city center with a tour of the main attractions: the famous monument to V.I. in ("in's head"), the opera house and the pedestrian zone ul. in, Odigitrievsky Cathedral.
You will see and feel the eastern beauty and the special spirit of this capital!

Day 13

End of the tour. Transfer to a / port and railway station. Check out home.

Number of days: 13
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
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Car (with driver)
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Not included: single accommodation 224$
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