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Baikal is located in the center of Asia, not far from the Mongolian border. It is famous for its geological antiquity and unique wildlife. Lake Baikal is the deepest and oldest lake in the world protected by UNESCO. It amazes with its clear and transparent water and fabulously beautiful shores.
You will start your introduction with the lake from a small village that is located on the shore of Baikal – Listvyanka. With a population of 1,500 the village got its name in honor of the larch trees that grow here (listvennitsa). The main attraction is the Taltsy museum. It recreates the cultural and the daily life of the Siberian village of the 17-19th century where you can know the traditions of local people of the region.
You will visit the famous island of Olkhon that is also considered as the heart of Lake Baikal. It is a great place to get away from civilization, to feel the nature and to enjoy the magnificent energy of the lake. While you admire the beauty of this place, your guide will prepare a delicious lunch on a campfire and tell you miraculous stories about shamans.
Arrival in Irkutsk early in the morning. Meeting with a guide at the station. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Panoramic tour of the city (2 hours). The tour starts in the historical part of the city: the Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone church in the city – the Spasskaya Church, and the only Catholic temple in Irkutsk – the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, also called the Polish Church. You will visit the Kirov Square and the Circus, pass through the main street of Irkutsk – the Karl Marx Street, and reach the dam of the Angara River, where you will see the monument to Alexander III. The final destination of our tour is the district of the historic wooden buildings. Lunch at a local restaurant. Free time. Overnight in Irkutsk.
Breakfast. Departure from Irkutsk and transfer (by private minibus / bus) to Listvyanka – a village located only 60 km from Irkutsk. On arrival, panoramic bus tour of the village. Guided tour of the Baikal Museum and its aquariums – one of them houses the only species of mammals, the Baikal seal (or nerpa). The guide will show you the famous Shaman Stone and tell you the legend of the Angara River. You will take the chairlift to an observation platform with a gorgeous panoramic view of Lake Baikal. Lunch with gastronomic specialties of local Baikal cuisine. Visit to the St. Nicholas Church and a local fish market with a wide variety of fish. Check-in at the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Listvianka.
Breakfast. Departure from the hotel and transfer from Listvianka to Irkutsk with the guide. On the way, visit to the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture. In the museum, you will see the settlements of the Siberian peoples (17th and 20th centuries). Some of the buildings presented in the museum were brought here from villages that have been flooded during the construction of a dam in Irkutsk. Lunch at a local restaurant. Free time to walk. Arrive in Irkutsk and check-in at the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Irkutsk.
Breakfast. Departure from the hotel and transfer by minibus / bus to the Khuzhir village on the Olkhon island. After your arrival at Maloe More – a strait in Lake Baikal near Olkhon Island (it will take about 3 to 4 hours), you will take a ferry to Olkhon Island. On the opposite bank, Russian SUV military vehicles (with four-wheel drive) will take you to the hotel in Khuzhir (approximately 1-hour drive). Khuzhir is the main village of the island, with a population of 1500 people. Check-in at the hotel in the afternoon. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the sunset over the Shamanka Rock (also known as Cape Burkhan and Cape Shaman) near the village of Khuzhir. Overnight in Khuzhir.
Breakfast. Transfer to the northern part of Olkhon Island. Here, you will visit the main natural attractions of the island, such as the Peschanaya Bay (“Sand Bay”), the Cape Sagan-Khushun and the mysterious Hoboi Cape. You will admire the best views of the island, while the guide will tell you the local legends. Lunch, prepared by your guide on a campfire. Reurn to the village. Overnight in Khuzhir.
Breakfast. Departure from the hotel. Transfer to Irkutsk. Check-in at the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Irkutsk.
Breakfast. Departure from the hotel. Transfer to the train station / airport with the guide.
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