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Lake Baikal Imperial Luxury Cruise

Overview

Explore Lake Baikal in style with this luxury cruise experience! As part of this 9-day Lake Baikal experience you will spend 7 nights on the luxury Imperia cruise liner and have some free time either side to catch your bearings. If you enjoy cruises and want a luxury week on the waves in a pure, tranquil landscape, then this is the one for you! Xx This 9-day cruise experience includes a visit to several of Lake Baikal’s major islands including Olkhon, Ogoy and Ushkan, the chance to sea native marine life up close, and plenty of spectacular beaches and bays found on Lake Baikal’s shores.

  • 7 days on a luxury cruise liner

  • Excursion to Olkhon Island

  • Relaxing around Peschanaya Bay

  • Ushkan Islands

  • Visit to the secluded Ayaya Bay

Itinerary

Irkutsk

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and the most important hub for tourism in the Lake Baikal region. As opposed to many of the more industrially shaped cities in Siberia, Irkutsk has a long history as a cultural centre and has been home to scientists, writers, artists, and political activists such as the Decembrists. It is also a key destination on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Day 1

Arrival in Irkutsk

On arrival in Irkutsk your driver will meet you at your scheduled arrival point (airport or railway station), before being taken to your hotel so you can check-in. You will have some free time in the evening to become acquainted with the city.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Listvyanka

A small settlement on the Western shore of Lake Baikal, Listvyanka is a highly popular tourist area known for its distinct local culture, fish market, and breathtaking hiking trails that venture around the edges of the lake. The settlement was formed near the point where the Angara River leaves Lake Baikal and is home to the Baikal Museum, with dedicated exhibits to the fauna and wildlife that can be found in the area.

Day 2

Cruise to Cape Polovinnyy

Today, you will begin your spectacular cruise around Lake Baikal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Cruise to Cape Polovinnyy

  • Circum-Baikal Railway walking tour

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Khuzhir

A remote town situated on Lake Baikal’s Olkhon Island, Khuzir is the largest settlement on the island with spectacular views of the lake. The settlement has several traditional Siberian log-style cabins and although remains a popular destination for tourists visiting the island, it is still largely rural, offering plenty of opportunities for photographers looking to capture that perfect scenic shot of Lake Baikal and the island.

Day 3

Walking Tour of Ogoy Island

After a relaxing first night on the waves, you will enjoy breakfast on the deck before starting the journey to your next destination, Ogoy Island.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Walking Tour

  • Expert Guide

  • Ogoy Island

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Archaelogical landmarks

  • Free Time

Travel to

Davsha Village

Sitting on the shores of Lake Baikal, this village was set up by Tsar Nicholas II in 1916 to manage the nearby nature reserve. The village has since become abandoned and known locally as Lake Baikal’s ‘ghost town’ due to the many log cabins that remain empty. The remote village was home to rangers and biologists who studied the wildlife in the surrounding taiga forest.

Day 4

Trip to the Ushkan Islands

Today, you will continue your adventure around Lake Baikal with a trip to the Ushkan Islands

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Ushkan Islands

  • Crystal limestone

  • Larch forests

  • Baikal Seals

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

Travel to

Ayaya Bay

Situated in the northern part of Lake Baikal, Ayaya Bay is one of the lakes most secluded locations and can only be accessed by boat. Due to its difficult access, it has retained much of its natural beauty with a pristine sandy beach, despite it being known as one of the safest harbours in the North of Lake Baikal regardless of the weather.

Day 5

Visiting Ayaya Bay

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board, before stopping at your next destination, Ayaya Bay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Ayaya Bay

  • Expert Guide

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Walking Tour

Travel to

Olkhon Island

The largest island in Lake Baikal, around 280 square miles in size, Olkhon Island is a popular tourist hotspot for visitors to the lake and is known for its beautiful beaches, tranquil forests and sublime capes. It derives its name from the indigenous Buryat people whose word ‘Oyhon’ translates to ‘woody’. The island is home to five villages: Yalga, Malomorets, Khuzhir, Kharantsy, and Ulan-Khushin. The village of Khuzhir is the administrative capital.

Day 6

Excursion to Olkhon Island

Today you will spend your time on a journey to Olkhon Island where you will get the chance to take part in a unique excursion on UAZ vehicles.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Olkhon Island

  • UAZ vehicles

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Travel to

Akademicheskaya Bay

Widely considered one of the most beautiful locations on Lake Baikal, the Akademicheskaya Bay is a popular destination for tourist and locals alike. The Bay is situated near to the Peschanya Bay at the territory of National Park `Pribaikalsky` and is home to the `Baikal Dunes` campsite. The area is surrounded by sprawling taiga forest and rugged cliff face on one side and Lake Baikal on the other.

Day 7

Visiting Peschanaya and Babushka Bay

After breakfast, you will set out on your final excursion to Peschanaya and Babuska Bay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Peschanaya Bay

  • Babuska Bay

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 8

Journey back to LIstvyanka

Today, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the ship before departing on the journey back to Listvyanka.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 9

Departure from Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver in the lobby. You will be taken to your chosen point of departure (airport or railway station) where this tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • 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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