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Russian Christmas at Lake Baikal

Overview

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

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).

  • Lunch

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Angara river

  • Cathedral of The Epiphany

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • 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

Visiting the Baikal Museum and Listvyanka market

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

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Lake Baikal

  • Baikal Museum

  • Chersky Stone observation point

  • Husky Dog Sledding

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 3

Trip to the Taltsy Museum in Listvyanka

Enjoy an action-packed day around the rustic village of Listvyanka.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Taltsy Museum

  • Guided History Tour

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Angara river

  • Transfer

  • Prominent Landscape

Travel to

Arshan

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.

Day 4

Walking in nature near Arshan Vilage

Today, you will get in touch with your spiritual side with a trip to local Buddhist sites followed by festive celebration.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Arshansky Datsan Bodkhidkharma

  • Waterfalls on the Kyngarga River

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Russian Christmas celebration

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 5

On the road to Irkutsk

After breakfast, you will leave Arshan behind and begin the journey to Irkutsk. You will stop for lunch at a local café on the way and on arrival you will be able to check into your hotel and have the rest of the day free to do some exploring or relax in your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 6

Visiting the Small Sea of Lake Baikal

After an early breakfast, you will set off on a journey to the Small Sea of Lake Baikal, situated in front of Olkhon island. At this time of year, you can see the crystal-clear ice of lake Baikal which is perfect for taking photos and even ice-skating.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Maloe More (Small Sea)

  • walking on the crystal clear ice of Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

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

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • 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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