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‘Soul of Siberia’ Baikal Discovery Tour

Overview

Go beyond the typical tourist trail and uncover the true soul of Siberia with this spectacular 10-day Lake Baikal tour. Offering the perfect mix of nature and culture, this Summer Lake Baikal experience allows you to truly understand the intrinsic beauty and heritage of this extraordinary region. As part of this 10-day tour, you will take a trip to some of the most spectacular destinations in and around Lake Baikal, including the bays and peninsulas of Olkhon Island, the breathtaking Ust Barguzin Valley, the quaint village of Listvyanka, and the UNESCO-protected Old Believers village.

  • Visit to Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Believer’s Village in Tarbagatay

  • Walking tour of Listvyanka Market

  • Day Excursion to Cape Khoboy

  • Tour of the Taltsy Ethnographic Museum

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

Arriving in Irkutsk with city tour

Welcome to Irkutsk! Your driver will meet you at the airport/railway station where you will start your incredible journey around the capital of Siberia!

  • Lunch

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Church of The Savior of The Holy Face

  • Cathedral of The Epiphany

  • Znamensky Convent

  • Place of execution of A.V. Kolchak

  • Monument to Alexander III

  • Scenic Surrounds

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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

Tour of Listvyanka village

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet in the lobby at 10:00 before taking you on an hour and half drive to the village of Listvyanka. On the way to Listvyanka you will stop at the open-air “Taltsy” architectural and ethnographic museum where you will uncover unique monuments of wooden architecture dating between the 17th and 20th centuries.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Guided Museum Tour

  • Taltsy Museum

  • Lake Baikal

  • Shaman Stone

  • St. Nicholas Church

  • Baikal Museum

  • Chersky Stone observation point

  • Angara river

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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

Travelling to Olkhon Island

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Today, you will spend the day travelling to Olkhon Island, considered to be the heart of Baikal. Here, you will get the chance to explore the natural beauty and diversity of Lake Baikal for yourself from high cliffs and azure waters to coniferous forest and sandy beaches.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

  • Olkhon Island

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

Day 4

Exploring Cape Khoboy

Today, you will head to the northernmost part of the Olkhon-Cape, Khoboy where you will enjoy deserted sandy beaches, steep picturesque rock forms and beautiful panoramic views of Lake Baikal from the cape.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Cape Khoboy

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Svyatoy Nos Peninsula

  • Rock of love

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

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Ust Barguzin

An urban settlement located in the Barguzinsky District of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. Ust Barguzin was founded in the 17th century at the mouth of the Barguzin River on the shores of Lake Baikal. Despite its proximity to Lake Baikal, the town remains largely untouched by tourist activity and is home to a local population of around 7000 people.

Day 5

Boat trip across Lake Baikal

After breakfast, you will start your next day on Olkhon Island with a trip to Shamanka rock, the most famous place on Olkhon.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

  • Shamanka Rock

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Ust-Barguzin

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 6

Sightseeing in the Barguzin Valley

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and begin a spectacular day excursion around the sacred Barguzin Valley.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Barguzin Valley

  • Sacred Places

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

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Gremyachinsk (Buryatia)

A quaint rural settlement situated on the eastern edge of Lake Baikal, in the Republic of Buryatia, Russia. Gremyachinsk is best known for its secluded yet beautiful views of the lake and for its scenic nature trails. Although it has grown in popularity as a resort area over recent years, it has still retained its quiet and authentic charm and offers a glimpse of local life around Lake Baikal.

Day 7

Travelling to Gremyachinsk

After breakfast, you will leave Ust Barguzin behind and head to the Gremyachinsk village located in a picturesque forest, just five minutes’ walk to the magical Lake Baikal.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Baikal sandy beaches

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 8

Free time in Gremyachinsk

After breakfast, you will be free to explore Gremyachinsk, take up a variety of activities such as fishing, boating or cycling or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Baikal sandy beaches

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Ulan-Ude

Located to the East of Russia’s popular tourist destination Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude is a city bustling with tourist activity and is the gateway for the Trans-Mongolian Railway that travels from Ulan-Ude to Beijing via Ulaanbaatar. The city’s close proximity to the Mongolian border and well-established transport links into Asia have allowed the city to form a unique cultural identity as the center of Buddhism in Russia.

Day 9

Visting the UNESCO ‘Old Believers’ village and Ivolginsky Datsan

After two restful days around Lake Baikal, you will spend the remainder of your trip in the vibrant city of Ulan Ude.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Buddhist Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Old Believers Village

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • City Tour

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 10

Departure from Ulan Ude

After breakfast, you will check-out of your hotel before meeting your driver who will take you to the airport or railway station where this tour will end.

  • 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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