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Russian Christmas at Lake Baikal
Treat yourself to the ultimate festive get-away this Winter with our spectacular Russian Christmas experience on the shores of the mesmerising Lake Baikal. Spend several days exploring the surrounding winter taiga and uncovering the local Siberian culture with wholly unforgettable experience. If you are looking for a scenic Winter retreat for all the family this festive period, then this exclusive Lake Baikal winter experience is the one for you. This 7-day nature tour includes a visit to the Listvyanka outdoor architectural museum, plenty of time around Lake Baikal, sightseeing in Irkutsk, and a visit to the beautiful Arshan village.
City tour of Irkutsk
Dog sledding in the taiga forest
Spectacular panoramic views over Lake Baikal
Taltsy open-air museum
Trip to Arshan Village
Visit to Listvyanka market
Visit to the Arshansky Datsan Bodkhidkharma
Walking on the crystal clear ice of Lake Baikal
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.
Situated on the Kyngyrga River in the Tunkinsky District of the Republic of Buryatia, Arshan is a small village known for its mineral waters and spas. It is well-known for the Boddhidharma Tibetan Buddhist temple, Khoymorski Datsan. Standing at an altitude of 900m at the foot of the Sayan Mountain Range, Arshan is a beautiful scenic retreat that is popular with hikers and tourists.
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Krestovaya Pad Hotel
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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
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- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
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- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
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The ultimate guidebook to Russia that no tourist can go without! Lonely Planet’s Russia is packed full of almost everything you need when travelling to this vast country from how to get around, the best places to eat in its most popular cities, what you need to see while you are there, cultural highlights, currency and more. In addition to its noteworthy insider tips about key attractions such as the Moscow Kremlin, Lake Baikal and the Romanov sites, this guide includes detailed maps that are invaluable to even the most seasoned traveller.
Sacred Sea follows a man’s 25,000-mile pilgrimage from the US to the natural paradise of Lake Baikal in the heart of Siberia. Veteran environmental journalist Peter Thomson sets off from Boston with his younger brother on a spiritual journey of self-healing in search of connection, permanence, restoration and hope. Travelling by raft, train and ship, this transformative journey is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the importance nature can have on healing in a time of need.
A mysterious and wholly undisturbed land situated in what is now the heart of Russia, Siberia has been steeped in myth and intrigue from the West, yet this vast frozen tundra with endless forests has been a sanctuary to the wildlife, fauna and local communities that call it home. Siberia is a cradle of civilisation, the origin of several ancient Turkic empires, and home to many indigenous cultures who would later travel to the Americas and beyond. Tracing the history of this little-known region, Haywood provides a glimpse into the historic landmarks and natural phenomenon of the region as well as the culture of its largest cities, Irkutsk, Tobolsk, Barnaul and Novosibirsk.
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