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Lake Baikal Winter Nature Tour
Lake Baikal is home to over 3000 species of plants and wildlife and the only freshwater seal in the world. This ultimate winter nature tour will take you on a spectacular journey around the lake where you will see snow-capped cityscapes, embark on scenic strolls, and learn more about the local culture through unique traditions and festivities. If you are looking for a scenic retreat where you get to enjoy plenty of time exploring nature around Lake Baikal, then this is the tour for you.
City tour of Irkutsk
Exploring the Taltsy Architecture Museum in Listvyanka
Spectacular panoramic views over Lake Baikal
Three full days on Olkhon Island
Hovercraft experience to Olkhon Island
Visiting the Ice Grottoes on Ogoy Island
Exploring Cape Khoboy
Visiting the Golden Horde Ethno-park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Krestovaya Pad Hotel
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- 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
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- Personal costs (souvenirs, additional snacks etc)
- Tips for drivers/guides/in restaurants
- Travel / medical insurance
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- 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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