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‘Best of’ Ulan Ude Winter Tour

Overview

A winter get-away like no other! Our ‘best of’ Ulan Ude Winter tour traverses the sprawling Siberian forests into one of Russia’s most culturally significant and spiritual cities, Ulan Ude. Spend several days exploring the city’s various temples and datsan, before heading deeper into the surrounding snow-capped forests to the beaches of Lake Baikal. If you are looking for a scenic Winter retreat for all the family that has a bit of something for everyone, then this is the one for you. This 8-day winter tour includes a visit to the Ivolginsky Datsan and Old Believer’s Village, sightseeing in Ulan Ude, and time in the Siberian taiga forests near to Lake Baikal; all topped off with a spectacular New Years’ celebration.

  • City tour of Ulan Ude

  • Dog sledding in the taiga forest

  • Excursion to Chivyrkuy Bay

  • Old Believer’s Village

  • Ivolginsky Datsan

  • New Year’s Eve celebrations

Itinerary

Ulan-Ude

Located to the East of Russia’s popular tourist destination Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude is a city bustling with tourist activity and is the gateway for the Trans-Mongolian Railway that travels from Ulan-Ude to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar. The city’s close proximity to the Mongolian border and well-established transport links into Asia have allowed the city to form a unique cultural identity as the center of Buddhism in Russia.

Day 1

Arrival in Ulan Ude

Welcome to Ulan Ude! Your driver will pick you up from your scheduled arrival point (airport / railway station) and take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

Day 2

City tour of Ulan Ude

Today, you will enjoy a full city tour of Ulan Ude.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Monument of V.I. Lenin’s head

  • Datsan “Rinpoche Bagsha”

  • Odigitrievsky Cathedral

  • Ice skating and tubing

  • Free Time

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 3

Visit to Ivolginsky Datsan and the Old Believers’ Village

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Ulan Ude and meet your driver and guide for the journey to Ivolginsk.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Old Believers Village

  • Buryat traditions

  • Concert of local traditions and folk singing

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Transfer

Travel to

Gremyachinsk (Buryatia)

A quaint rural settlement situated on the eastern edge of Lake Baikal, in the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. Gremyachinsk is best known for its secluded yet beautiful views of the lake and for its scenic nature trails. Although it has grown in popularity as a resort area over recent years, it has still retained its quiet and authentic charm and offers a glimpse of local life around Lake Baikal.

Day 4

New Years’ Celebrations

Enjoy a relaxed morning at the hotel, with breakfast and plenty of time for a stroll.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Russian bathhouse

  • New Years’ celebrations

  • Gala dinner & Firework

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 5

Skiing in the Siberian taiga forest

Today, you will have the whole morning free to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take a stroll in the pristine taiga forests on the edge of Lake Baikal. Later on, you can take part in a variety of sports competitions at the hotel including skating and skiing in the nearby taiga forest.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Walking in the taiga forests

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Lake Baikal

Travel to

Ust Barguzin

An urban settlement located in the Barguzinsky District of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. Ust Barguzin was founded in the 17th century at the mouth of the Barguzin River on the shores of Lake Baikal. Despite its proximity to Lake Baikal, the town remains largely untouched by tourist activity and is home to a local population of around 7000 people.

Day 6

Excursion to Chivyrkuy Bay

After breakfast, you will meet your driver in the hotel lobby for the journey to Ust Barguzin Village. While here, you will visit the popular Chivyrkuy Bay, with a reputation as the most beautiful bay of Baikal. Your trip will include a visit to the islands with ice caves and thermal springs in Zmeevaya Bay, before stopping for lunch with a local fisherman’s family where you will get to learn more about this extraordinary region.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Chivyrkuy Bay

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Ice caves and thermal springs in Zmeevaya Bay

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • visit the local fisherman’s family

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

Day 7

Journey back to Ulan Ude

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Gremyachinsk. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel and head on the road to Ulan Ude. Along the way, you will stop to stretch your legs and get the chance to enjoy an authentic dog sledding experience in the Siberian taiga.

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer

  • Husky dog sledding ride

  • Free Time

Day 8

Departure from Ulan Ude

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Ulan Ude. Your driver will pick you up outside the hotel and take you to your scheduled departure point (airport or railway station).

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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