Meeting at the airport or at the railway station of Irkutsk. Baggage claim, acquaintance. City tour: historic center – eternal flame – monument to the pioneers of Irkutsk – the Moscow Gate – the monastery of Our Lady of the Sign - monument to Admiral Kolchak – Karl Marx street – monument to Alexander III of Russia – 130th quarter. Hotel accommodation. Lunch. Free time.
Transfer to the island of Olkhon by minibus (280 km, travel time is about 6 hours). Arrival in the village of Khuzhir, the tourist center of the island, mini-hotel accommodation. Late lunch. After lunch, a hike to Cape Burkhan (Shamanka rock), an abode of the main deity of Olkhon, a sacred place revered since the time of the first shamans. Lunch.
Visit to the south of Olkhon island: Cape Khorgoy where an ancient wall of the Kurykans is located and also the Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment on the island of Ogoy. After al fresco dining you’ll be able to admire unique ice caves of Lake Baikal! Return to the hotel. Dinner. On request: banya (extra pay).
Early morning departure by an off-road vehicle (UAZ) to the northern extremity of the island, Cape Khoboy. Stops along the way in the most interesting places, exploring ice caves and grottoes. Picnic lunch at Cape Khoboy. It is here that you can see the famous blue ice of Lake Baikal. Next, we begin the crossing of Baikal from Olkhon island to the Barguzin Bay. We will pass the deepest and widest place of Lake Baikal along the way. Arrival in the village of Ust-Barguzin in the evening. Guest house accommodation. Dinner.
Excursion to one of the most famous places of Lake Baikal, Chivyrkuy Bay. The tour passes through picturesque places, among snow-white mountain peaks and clear ice of Lake Baikal. After lunch, you will visit a hot spring in Zmeinaya Bay where you’ll have a chance to bathe in. Evening return to the guest house. Dinner.
Departure by minibus to Ulan-Ude, the road takes about 4 hours. Arrival in Ulan-Ude. Lunch. Afternoon excursion to Ivolginsky Datsan, the main Buddhism center of Russia. Boarding a train (corridor coach) to Irkutsk.
Morning arrival in Irkutsk. Breakfast, early hotel accommodation. Trip to Listvyanka by minibus. Along the way we are going to visit Taltsy, an open-air architectural and ethnographic museum. Inspection of old wooden buildings, learn more about the life of the Baikal region indigenous people. Trip to Listvyanka. Lunch. Visit the Baikal museum. Acquaintance with the underwater world of Lake Baikal. Lift to the Chersky stone viewpoint which offers wonderful Baikal view. Return to the hotel.
Breakfast. Check-out until 12 p.m. Your tour to Baikal has come to an end, until we meet again!