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Lake Baikal Winter Nature Tour 

Overview

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

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 with City Tour

Welcome to Irkutsk! Your driver will pick you up from your scheduled arrival point (airport / railway station) before taking you to your hotel for an early check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Cathedral of The Epiphany

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Angara river

  • Expert Guide

  • Monument to Alexander III

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

Visiting Taltsy Open-air Architectural Museum and Listvyanka Village

After breakfast you will check-out of your hotel and meet your driver who will take you to the beautiful village of Listvyanka on Lake Baikal’s western shore.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Taltsy Museum

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Husky Dog Sledding

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Chersky Stone observation point

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Baikal Museum

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 3

Taking the Hovercraft to Olkhon Island

Enjoy a full day expedition to Olkhon Island! After breakfast you will check-out of your hotel before heading out to Olkhon Island, crossing Lake Baikal by hovercraft.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Olkhon Island

  • Prominent Landscape

  • “Burhanit” tradition

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Peschanaya ‘Sandy’ Bay

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 4

Exploring Cape Khoboy

After breakfast, you will begin a unique off-road tour taking you to the most remote spots of the island. You will travel to the northernmost point of Lake Baikal, Cape Khoboy, where you will get to see the spectacular ice caves and the Primorsky ridge before stopping for a warming soup made using a traditional Buryat recipe.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Cape Khoboy

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Primorsky ridge

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

Day 5

Visiting the Ice Grottoes on Ogoy Island

Experience one of Lake Baikal’s most remote beauty spots, Ogoy Island. After breakfast, you will head off-road to Ogoy Island to see the mysterious Buddhist ‘Stupa of Enlightenment’ before dotting around the surrounding islands. Along the way, you will visit several pristine ice grottoes, beautiful bays and capes that are amongst the best Lake Baikal has to offer.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Ogoy Island

  • Ice Grottoes

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Buddhist ‘Stupa of Enlightenment’

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Lake Baikal

Day 6

Visiting the Golden Horde Ethno-Park

It is time to say goodbye to Olkhon Island and start the trip back to Irkutsk. After breakfast you will check out of your hotel and head out on the road to Ust-Orda village. On arrival, you will stop for a traditional Buryat lunch before visiting the Golden Horde Ethno-Park where you will get to see the carefully preserved artefacts of the Buryat people. Travellers will also get to participate in performances, traditional rituals and games, meet locals and eat local cuisine.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Ust-Orda village

  • Golden Horde Ethno-Park

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Buryat culture

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • City Tour by car

Day 7

Departure from Irkutsk

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

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • 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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