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New Year by Lake Baikal

Overview

Celebrate the New Year with a relaxing winter retreat to the picturesque Lake Baikal. Experience spectacular views over the frozen waters of the lake, learn more about local life in Siberia, and even try traditional husky dog sledding through the sprawling taiga forest. If you are looking for a quiet winter retreat this New Year far from the stresses of home, then this New Year experience is the one for you. As part of this 6-day experience you will spend your time in the village of Listvyanka, where you will visit the Taltsy open-air museum, go dog sledding through a taiga forest, travel to the nearby observation platforms for stunning panoramas over Lake Baikal, and have a celebratory dinner to welcome in the New Year.

  • Celebratory New Year’s dinner

  • Dog sledding in the taiga forest

  • Spectacular panoramic views over Lake Baikal

  • Taltsy open-air museum

  • Visit to the Baikal Museum

  • Visit to the local fish market

  • Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk

Itinerary

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 1

Arrival in Irkutsk and New Years’ festivities

Welcome to Siberia! On arrival in Irkutsk, your driver will meet you at the airport, before taking you to your hotel in Listvyanka so you can check-in.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Lake Baikal

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

Day 2

Dog sledding in the taiga forest

Wake up to a late breakfast, followed by a morning stroll around Listvyanka for some welcome fresh air.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Taiga Forest

  • Husky Dog Sledding

  • Russian Troika Experience

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

Day 3

Visit to the Baikal Museum

Today you will visit to Baikal Museum where you’ll learn more about the origins of the flora and fauna found around the lake.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Baikal Museum

  • Chersky Stone observation point

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 4

Day trip to the Taltsy open-air museum

After breakfast, you will meet the guide at the hotel reception before heading to the nearby Taltsy open-air museum.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Taltsy Museum

  • Expert Guide

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

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 5

Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk

Today, you will leave Listvyanka behind and return to the magnificent city of Irkutsk.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • City Tour by car

  • Expert Guide

  • 130 Quarter

  • Decembrists’ House

  • Free Time

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 6

Departure from Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Irkutsk and meet your driver for the transfer to the airport / railway station where this tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

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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