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Summer Adventure in Baikal

  • Irkutsk Listvyanka Irkutsk Olkhon Island Irkutsk
  • Discover all the faces of wild and shamanic Baikal, and the rustic simplicity of Olkhon Island in the heart of impressive and unspoilt nature. During this stop in Siberia, the visiting of sacred places, the hospitality of the inhabitants, and the diversity of the local customs will make your stay unforgettable.

    The excursion is only available from mid-May to the end of September.

day 1 - Listvyanka
Voyage Irkoutsk - Monument à Alexandre III
Monument à Alexandre III
Voyage Irkoutsk - Cathédrale de l'Epiphanie
Cathédrale de l'Epiphanie
Voyage Kostroma - Musée Taltsy
Musée Taltsy

Arrivée à Irkoutsk le matin. Rencontre avec la guide. 

Tour de ville panoramique en transport et visite des monuments principaux : Eglise Saint-Sauveur, Eglise de l'Epiphanie, vieilles maisons en bois typiques, quai de l'Angara avec le monument du tsar Alexandre III, qui lança la construction du Transsibérien. Déjeuner en ville.

Départ pour le Baïkal, au village de Listvianka (1h). Sur la route, visite du musée Taltsy d'architecture traditionnelle en bois Taltsy en plein air. Court arrêt à l'endroit où l'Angara prend sa source dans le Baïkal. C'est la seule rivière qui sort du lac parmi les 336 qui s'y jettent, et le seul endroit où l'Angara ne gèle jamais.

Installation à l'auberge (chambre tout confort). Bania le soir. Dîner libre et nuit à l'auberge à Listvianka.

day 2 - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Voyage Listvianka - Musée du Baïkal
Musée du Baïkal
Voyage Lac Baïkal - Vue de la colline Tcherski
Vue de la colline Tcherski

Breakfast at the inn.

Guided tour of Listvyanka by foot. Lunch.

Visit to the museum of Lake Baikal with the aquarium of the nerpas (freshwater seals), and virtual diving of its depths.

Chairlift up to Chersky Peak from where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the lake, and especially of the place where the river Angara takes its source from the lake. The descent of the peak is done by foot (15-20 min) on a paved road.

Transfer to Irkutsk. Free time for dinner and an over-night stay in Irkutsk in a three-star hotel.

day 3 - Irkuskt - Olkhon Island
Voyage Oklhon - Chamane
Chamane
Voyage Lac Baïkal - Ile Olkhon
Ile Olkhon
Voyage ile Olkhon - Paysages
Paysages

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Olkhon Island at 9am, 300km (4-5 hours in a private mini-bus).

At 65 km from Irkutsk, stop at the village of Ust-Orda, the capital of the Buryat Autonomous Oblast within the Irkutsk region. Visit to the Buddhist datsan Toubbin Darjeline and the Museum of the Buryat Shamanist People. Lunch will be of typical Buryat cuisine in a small cafe on the way (the price of the meal is not included).

At the port of Olkhon, you will cross the Little Sea, the strait that separates the island from the mainland, by ferry. The journey takes 15 minutes. The main village of the island is 37 km from the ferry.

Discovery of the southern part of the Olkhon Island. At the end of the day, check in at a inn in the village of Khuzhir (the rooms are very comfortable). Free time for dinner and an overnight stay at the inn.

day 4 - Olkhon Island
Voyage Baikal - Cap Khoboï
Cap Khoboï
Voyage Baikal - Le cap Khoboï
Cap Khoboï
Voyage Baikal - Olkhon - Cap Khoboï
Cap Khoboï
Voyage Ile Olkhon - Rocher Bourkhan
Rocher Bourkhan

Early-morning breakfast at the inn.

Departure for an excursion to the north of the island in a Russian SUV UAZ (for groups of 1 to 3 people, you wll combine with other small groups; for groups of 4 people, it will be in an individual UAZ). The trail passes through the forest, sand dunes, and meadows (the road is quite rugged). Several stops are planned to see the beaches, the steep ochre cliffs, and the mountains on the other side of the Little Sea.

Discovery of Cape Khoboy (the north point of Olkhon) which is 40 km from the village, with a spectacular 360 degree view. With a little luck, you will be able to see the lake seals, the nerpas (especially in June). Picnic prepared by your driver.

You will continue on your way to Love Peak. It is in this place where, once upon a time, the Buryats left their infertile wives. A few days later, they returned to find the women, and normally, their beloved were healed by the spirits.

Return to the inn. Free time to discover the village of Khuzhir and the famous Bourkhan Rock.

day 5 - Olkhon Island
Voyage Baïkal - Khuzhir
Khuzhir

Breakfast at the inn.

A free day for a personal discovery of the island.

Free time for dinner and a over-night stay at the inn on Olkhon Island.

day 6 - Olkhon Island - Irkutsk
Voyage ile Olkhon - Paysages
Paysages

Breakfast at the inn.

Return to Irkutsk (5-6 hours by regular line minibus).

ATTENTION: in the summer (from mid-July to mid-August), it is possible to wait from 1 to 3 hours in the line of cars while waiting for the ferry. It's not every day, but it is possible. If you purchase the option of a transfer to Irkutsk by private car, you will avoid this wait time since a car will take you to the ferry, then you take the first ferry that arrives (without the car, there is no wait), and another car will be waiting for you on the other side to continue your route. The price of this option is a supplement in the conditions of sale.

Arrival at Irkutsk. Check-in at a homestay or in a three-star hotel.

day 7 - Irkutsk
Voyage Irkoutsk - Rue Karl Marx
Rue Karl Marx

Breakfast at the hotel or at the homestay.

Transfer to the airport. Return flight.

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THE PRICE INCLUDES

. Accommodation in indicated hotels or similar hotels, in a standard double room (except if your quotation indicates another room category)

. Breakfasts

. Transfers mentioned in the program

. Excursions mentioned in the program, with an English-speaking guide and admission tickets

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

. Meals which are not mentioned in the program

. Tips and personal expenses

. Optional visits and excursions not mentioned in the program

FLIGHT, VISA & INSURANCE

. These services are not included in the price, except if there are explicitly mentioned in the quotation

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

. 30% deposit upon reservation

. Balance payment one month before departure

. The order of the excursions can be modified according the touristic sites or for any other technical reasons  

. Non-binding pictures 

. According to the Warsaw Convention, in case of delayed baggage delivery, in the context of air travel, the passenger must personally hand in a written protestation letter to the effective carrier (the air company ensuring the flight, which can be different from the selling company, in case of code-share flights) no more than 21 days after said luggage was given to them 

CANCELLATION POLICY

. If the cancellation is made more than 30 days before departure, the fee is 100€ 

. Between 30 and 20 days before departure, cancellation fee equals 25 % of the total amount of the trip price

. Between 19 and 13 days, the fee equals 35 %

. Between 12 and 9 days, the fee equals 60 %

. If the cancellation is made less than 9 days before departure, the cancellation fee is 100% of the total amount

Ticketing service: except if specified otherwise, flight and train tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable

Other services: insurance and administrative fees are non-refundable

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