Lake Baikal

6D/5N Lake Baikal

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    Irkutsk

  • City Tour
  • Cathedral of the Holy Sign
  • Museum of the Decembrists
    Listvyanka

  • Open air Museum of Russian/Siberian Wooden Architecture
  • Ilimsk Fortress
  • Angara River
  • Shaman Rock
  • Church of Saint Nicolas the Wonderworker
  • Baikal Ecology Museum

  • Olkhon Island

  • Sagan-Zaba cliff
  • Ancient rock paintings
  • Yurt camp
  • Khoboy Cape
  • Baikal nerpas
  • Sand Tract
* Note: Itinerary is subject to change with/ without prior notice.
* From two to go

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: SINGAPORE – IRKUTSK
(Lunch, Dinner)

Cathedral of the Holy Sign, Irkutsk

Arrival in Irkutsk. You will be met at the airport or station by our representative and taken to your hotel for check in and lunch. City Tour including a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Sign. Apart from ornate and rich iconostasis, the cathedral is famous for its graveyard where you will see the graves of the Decembrists Mukhanov, Beschasnov, Trubetskaya and the Russian Columbus Shelekhov. You will then proceed to the Museum of the Decembrists. The museum is housed in a mansion belonging to one of the leaders of Decembrist revolutionaries – these were Russian aristocracy who were banished to Siberia after their ill-fated attempt in December 1825 to overthrow the Russian Tsar in favor of a Constitutional regime. The museum really gives off an aura of 18th century Russia. Dinner and Free Time.

DAY 2: IRKUTSK-LISTVIANKA
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Restaraunt Proshli Vek, Listvuanka

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Listvyanka, a small settlement located on the shores of Lake Baikal. En route to Listvyanka we will also stop for a guided tour of Taltsy – an open air Museum of Russian/Siberian Wooden Architecture. The museum´s oldest building is the Spass Tower of the Ilimsk Fortress (1667) and the still active Kazan Chapel (1679). You will also stop by an obo (a sacred place for locals). You will then proceed to the headwaters of the Angara River to see the famous Shaman Rock (another sacred site for locals). You will visit a market where locals sell smoked fish from the lake as well as local crafts. You then check in at the hotel and proceed to lunch in a wooden, waterfront restaurant "Proshli Vek" (fish and vegetarian menus available). After that, you will visit the Church of Saint Nicolas the Wonderworker – the guardian angel of travelers. We then go to the Baikal Ecology Museum. Return to your hotel. Dinner and Free Time.

DAY 3: LISTVIANKA – SAND BAY
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sand Bay, Baikal Lake

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel.Departure for the boat station to start the aquatic part of our journey towards Sand Bay (6 hrs sail). Sand Bay is a natural landmark often called the Siberian Riviera. It is the only place in entire eastern Siberia where the average annual temperature is above zero Celsius (+ 0.4C). Upon arrival You will visit the bay and the neighboring Babushka Bay and take a light hike to the Big Belfry Cliff located nearby. Return aboard. Dinner and Overnight

DAY 4: OLKHON ISLAND
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sagan-Zaba cliff

You will now sail towards Olkhon Island. En route, you will stop for sightseeing at the white endomorphic Sagan-Zaba cliff to see ancient rock paintings dating back to the 3rd century BC. The rock drawings are the most complex among drawings found across the huge expanse from the Ural mountains to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Return aboard.
Lunch.
Arrival at the Khuzshir Settlement which is located on Olkhon Island. Transfer to the yurt camp (yurts are felt tepees used throughout Siberia and Central Asia by the local nomadic peoples). Dinner followed by a Russian Banya (optional) and Overnight.

DAY 5: KHOBOY CAPE
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After Breakfast we go to the Khoboy Cape located on the Northern part of the island. The cape is located near the widest part of the lake (79.8 km). On the cape there is a special site (a small platform) that was used for carrying out the tailagan – gatherings of shamans. From the cape visitors can often see Baikal nerpas – fresh-water seals, the lake´s only aquatic animals. On the way to the cape, You will drive through the Sand Tract (20 km north of the Khuzhir Settlement) famous for its sand dunes that stretch 3 km. After visiting the cape, you will have picnic on the shore and then return to the camp. Upon request, you will organize a meeting with a local "white" Shaman who conducts the right of purification and communication with deceased relatives (optional). Shamanism is the oldest spiritual path on earth. It centers on healing, maintaining the balance and harmony in society and the individual and keeping in contact with Mother Earth and nature. A shaman knows that all things alive still walk with one foot in the spirit world. Overnight

DAY 6: IRKUTSK
(Breakfast, Tea)

Early breakfast. Departure from the yurt camp. Transfer to the ferry station for the crossing to the mainland and the trip back to Irkutsk. En route you will stop to stretch our legs and have a snack in a local cafe. Upon arrival we transfer you to the railroad station or airport.

Prices in SGD per person Total number of travellers
3-5 6-9 10-15 single supplement
All seasons
Jan 1 – Dec 31
3 stars 5408 3378 2938 5898

Included in the tour:

  • Three star double occupancy hotel accommodation for one night in Irkutsk and accommodation for one night in Listvyanka, two days accommodation on Olkhon Island in the yurt-camp
  • Sail boat journey
  • Full board as mentioned above
  • All ground and water transfers as mentioned above
  • Bilingual guide
  • Tours and entrance fees as mentioned above

Not included in the tour:

  • International airfare
  • Visa fees.
  • Medical and trip insurance
  • Evacuation costs
  • Airport taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Photography and video fees
  • Food and beverages not included in the group meals
  • Tips to drivers or guides
  • Items of a personal nature, including alcoholic beverages, laundry and telephone calls
  • Russian Visa
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included such as optional items.

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