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‘Best of’ Ulan Ude Winter Tour
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.
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
New Year’s Eve celebrations
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.
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.
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.
Where you can stay
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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.
Hotel Baikalskaya Riviera
Hotel Baikalskaya Riviera
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- Airport / Railway Station Transfers
- All tours are COVID-19 secure and offer flexible booking options. Visit our Covid-19 information page to find out more
- English speaking guide (other options available)
- Entrance fees to museums and activities
- Food and drink (as mentioned in the tour itinerary)
- Russian Tourist Visa Invitation
- Transport (as specified in the tour itinerary)
What’s not included
- Alcoholic drinks
- International train / plane tickets
- Personal costs (souvenirs, additional snacks etc)
- Tips for drivers/guides/in restaurants
- Travel / medical insurance
- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
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