Lake Baikal 2022
Winter tours

Exploring Southern Baikal in Winter

Sightseeing Tour
Exploring Southern Baikal in Winter
Itinerary:
Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Irkutsk – Arshan – Irkutsk – Ust-Orda – Irkutsk

Duration :
7 days/6 nights

Available:
- 14.11.2021 — 20.11.2021
- 19.12.2021 — 25.12.2021
- 23.01.2022 — 29.01.2022
- 27.03.2022 — 02.04.2022

Tour price per person:
48 900
14 000 single room supplement

Special notes:
  • The tour is led by Russian-speaking guides; bilingual guides or interpreters are provided for extra charge upon request
  • Check-in/out time at hotels is 12:00, earlier check-in and later check-out are charged for according to the hotel’s accommodation rates.

The tour program:

Day 1, Sunday

Today is the first day of the tour, and you are welcome to start it with exploring lake Baikal in Listvyanka settlement.  This is perhaps one of the oldest Russian settlements on the shore of the great lake. Lately it has turned into a tourist centre with the number of sights, cafes, hotels and tourists exceeding the number of residents.

Today is the first day of the tour, and you are welcome to start it with exploring lake Baikal in Listvyanka settlement. This is perhaps one of the oldest Russian settlements on the shore of the great lake. Lately it has turned into a tourist centre with the number of sights, cafes, hotels and tourists exceeding the number of residents.

In Listvyanka we invite you for a sightseeing tour, during which you will visit an observation platform next to the famous Shaman-Rock, hear a beautiful legend and visit the acting Russian Orthodox church of St.Nicholas-the-Miracle-Worker – the patron of all travelers and sailors.

Besides, you may visit the spectacular open-air market, where the locals sell souvenirs alongside with home-made specialities of Baikal fish.

We suggest you experiencing dog-sledging, horse-riding, downhill skiing, visiting master-classes in blacksmith’s craft or pottery (for extra charge) or just walking in the picturesque surroundings.

Finally, we recommend you to have dinner at “Proshliy Vek” (“Past Century”) café (for extra charge), where one can enjoy delicious specialities of original Siberian cuisine as well as a marvelous view of Baikal.
10:00 – Meeting at the airport of Irkutsk. Transfer (65 km ~ 1 hour).
Overnight at the hotel.
Lunch at the hotel.
Listvyanka sightseeing tour.
Day 2, Monday

The first part of day at leisure in Listvyanka.

You may also have an excursion to Baikal Ecological Museum with an exposition telling about the flora and fauna of Baikal, including aquariums with the lake’s live inhabitants.

On the way to Irkutsk it is worthwhile visiting Taltsy open-air ethnographic museum. Here one can feel the unique charm of the authentic wooden architecture and everyday life of the Pribaikalye peoples, and take part in some traditional winter entertainments: get a thrill sliding down a real Russian ice-hill, have a ride on a sled or Troyka or try to walk on stilts.

Transfer to Irkutsk, accommodation at the hotel.
Transfer to Irkutsk.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Excursions to Baikal Ecological Museum, Taltsy museum
Day 3, Tuesday

Today you may enjoy the stunning landscapes through the bus window: first the bus will take you to Irkutsk, then, twisting over the picturesque mountain passes, – to the extreme south of Baikal; and finally – through a wide valley between the two mountain ranges: Khamar-Daban to the left and Eastern Sayan to the right. This is the unique Tunka valley, where one can see young volcanoes, old Buryat yurts and grey-headed Tunka peaks with a background of dazzling blue sky.

Having covered 120 km in the valley you reach Arshan settlement situated at the bottom of towering mountains, and hence always seeming shadowed.

Lunch.

The best way of touring the settlement is walking on foot – thus one can discern some details and nuances of the local life, which are not visible from the bus’s window.

First – a walking tour along the forest road to the Datsan – Buddhist church, where the guide will tell you about its history, specific rules of behaviour in Datsans, and Buddhism in Buryatia Republic.

Then you will visit the healing mineral springs (we advise you to take a glass or a plastic bottle with you), the picturesque mountain river Kyngarga, walk in the park of “Arshan” resort with its natural monuments and choose some interesting souvenirs at the amusing local market, where souvenirs are sold alongside with herbs curing nearly all possible illnesses.

After lunch we offer you to do an easy trekking through the Kyngarga river canyon which will show you those sceneries, which one can see in winter only: fast and swirling river stream under the thick ice crust, fantastic ice masses on the rocks resembling fairytale castles, bridges and grottoes.



Transfer to Arshan (~ 5 hours) by public scheduled transport.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner in a cafe
Day 4, Wednesday
Today we continue to explore the picturesque surroundings and get acquainted with the amazing Tunkinskaya Valley. You will visit the crater of the extinct volcano Talskaya Verchina, see the cones of the Chersky and Kovrizhka volcanoes, hear about the distant past of the Tunkinskaya valley from the Jurassic period, and also exciting legends about the progenitor of the Buryat tribes Bukha-noyon, the beautiful Kyngyrge. The Tunkinskaya Valley is often called the "Land of Healing Narzans" because of the abundance of mineral springs, which in their healing properties are not inferior to the famous waters of the Caucasus and the Carpathians. The methane baths of the Pearl spring are unique in their chemical composition. The thermal spring is located in a picturesque place of the Irkut River. (for extra charge) You can swim in the pool with mineral water (for extra charge), drink healing phyto-tea, taste dishes of the Buryat (for extra charge).
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast, dinner
Sightseeing as per programme.
Day 5, Thursday

It is so sad to return to the everyday city routine… However, it is time to leave – the bus is waiting for you.

All the way to Irkutsk will be filled with recollections of the past tour days and funny cases, at times interrupted by exclamations of rapture about the view from the bus window. A stopover at Kultuk observation platform to capture in a photograph the amazing panorama of the southern Baikal and Khamar-Daban mountain range.

From this stopover to the very suburbs of Irkutsk you may enjoy the scenic Kultukskiy highway twisting and curving through the taiga. 
Transfer to Irkutsk (210 km, ~ 5 hours) by public scheduled transport. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast
Day 6, Friday
It is so sad to return to the everyday city routine… However, it is time to leave – the bus is waiting for you. All the way to Irkutsk will be filled with recollections of the past tour days and funny cases, at times interrupted by exclamations of rapture about the view from the bus window. A stopover at Kultuk observation platform to capture in a photograph the amazing panorama of the southern Baikal and Khamar-Daban mountain range. 
From this stopover to the very suburbs of Irkutsk you may enjoy the scenic Kultukskiy highway twisting and curving through the taiga.
Transfer to Irkutsk (210 km, ~ 5 hours) by public scheduled transport. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel
Day 7, Saturday
Today is the final day of the tour, and we offer you to explore Irkutsk – ancient Siberian city.  
During the city sightseeing tour you will see the historical centre, the place, where over 300 years ago Irkutsk was founded, the Angara river’s embankment, the most prominent monuments of architecture and, of course, Znamensky (Holy Sign) Russian Orthodox convent with one of the most beautiful Siberian cathedrals noted for its iconostasis and graves on the territory (graves of the Decembrists, Gregory Shelikhov and others). After the sightseeing you will have some time for shopping at the central market and a souvenir store.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Irkutsk sightseeing tour. Approximate time of the end of the tour – 14:00.

Tour price includes:

- accommodation at hotels and lodges (twin occupancy, room with private bathroom): 1 night in Listvyanka, 2 nights in Arshan, 3 nights in Irkutsk;

- meals as per program;

- transfers as per program;

- excursions as per program.