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Summer Buryat Discovery Tour with Lake Baikal Experience

Overview

An exclusive summer tour that offers the perfect blend of culture and nature. Our Buryat discovery tour allows you to learn more about the unique heritage of the people that call Siberia their home through nearby temples, village communities and natural landscapes. If you enjoy learning about local culture and are looking for a mix of culture and nature this summer, then this week-long tour is the one for you. This experience includes a tour to Ivolginsky Datsan, a trip to the Old Believer’s Village in Tarbagatay, an excursion to Atsagat Village, and an exclusive visit to the Ushkany Islands at Lake Baikal.

  • Buryat-Mongolian bow shooting at the “Steppe nomad” ethno-complex

  • City tour of Ulan Ude

  • Explore the memorial house museum of Agvan Dorzhiev

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

  • Relaxation day in Gremyachinsk

  • Swimming in the hot springs near Snake Bay

  • Visit to Chivyrkuiskiy Bay

  • Visit to Ivolginsky Datsan

Itinerary

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 1

Arriving in Ulan Ude with City Tour

Welcome to Ulan-Ude! Your guide and driver will meet you at your scheduled point of arrival before enjoying a full city tour of the capital of Buryatia. You will get to see a variety of attractions as part of the tour including Soviet Square, Odigitrievsky Cathedral and Rinpoche Bagsha for panoramic views across the city.

  • Lunch

  • City Tour

  • Odigitrievsky Cathedral

  • Datsan “Rinpoche Bagsha”

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Ivolginsky Datsan

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

Day 2

Visit to the Old Believer’s Village

After having breakfast at your hotel, your driver will take you off the beaten track to the Old Believer’s Village located a short distance away from Ulan Ude. Nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will learn more about the Yakut heroic epos “Olonkho” and the verbal art of the Old Believers in Trans Baikalia. You will visit the local museum before having lunch at the old believer’s house with an entertainment program. During lunch you will get to try an assortment of dishes from old Russian cuisine and participate in a folklore performance. After some free time to explore the village you will head back to your hotel in Ulan Ude.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Old Believers Village

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Buryat traditions

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Optional excursions

Day 3

Visit to the Ethno – Complex “Steppe Nomad”

Delve deeper into Buryat life with a visit to Atsagat Valley and the ethno-complex “Steppe nomad”. After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Atsagat Village, famous for the construction of Atsagat datsan in 1825. While in the village you will visit an Atsagatsky Datsan where you will get to hear the story of a thousand Buddhas, before getting the chance to talk to a philosopher-monk directly. You will also visit the memorial house – museum of Agvan Dorzhiev that includes various religious items, rare books, coins and ancient tankas (icons). You will also find a copy of the Atlas of Tibetan Medicine, one of the rarest books in the world.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Atsagatsky Datsan

  • House-museum of Agvan Dorzhiev

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Ethno-complex “Steppe nomad”

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Buryat traditions

  • Optional excursions

Travel to

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 4

Free time in Gremyachinsk Village

It’s finally time for you to travel to Lake Baikal. After breakfast, your driver will take you to your hotel in Gremyachinsk Village for the ultimate day of relaxation with magnificent views of the lake and surrounding forests. You will have plenty of optional activities you can get involved in from cycling and hiking to relaxing in a Russian Banya.

  • Breakfast

  • Gremyachinsk beaches

  • Free Time

  • Lake Baikal

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

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

Exploring Chivyrkuiskiy Bay and the Ushkany Islands

Today you will enjoy a spectacular day of sightseeing in one of Lake Baikal’s most picturesque locations. Your full-day excursion will explore the islands of Chivyrkuiskiy Bay where you will get to watch the Baikal seals, swim in the hot springs near Snake Bay, and enjoy lunch from the boat deck.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Chivyrkuiskiy Bay

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Baikal seals watching

  • Ushkany Islands

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 6

Heading back to Ulan Ude

After having breakfast in your hotel, you will start off on the journey back to Ulan Ude where your tour ends. You will have plenty of time in Ulan Ude to do some last-minute exploring or shopping before heading home.

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 7

Departure from Ulan Ude

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of your hotel and meeting your driver who will take you to your scheduled departure point (airport / train 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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