Murmansk Kola: buscamos de la Aurora Boreal

Murmansk is a city-hero, located above the Arctic Circle at the 69th parallel on a rocky east coast of the Kola Bay of the Barents Sea. This is the biggest non-freezing port of the Russian arctic coast and the biggest city above the Arctic Circle in the world. You will see the Arctic gates – hundreds of cranes, ships in harbors, making up the peculiar beauty of the northern marine city. You will visit the nuclear icebreaker “Lenin” (it became a museum nowadays) and the most northern oceanarium, heart of the city – Five corners square, Memorial to the Defenders of the Soviet Arctic 1941-1945, Monuments to the icebreakers “Chelyuskin” and “Yermak”, Memorial to the victims of the intervention in 1918, monument to the anti-Hitler coalition, Church of the Savior on Waters, Lake Semenovskoe, an observation deck at Cape Zeleny, etc.

Day 1:
09:50 Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the center of the city;
11:30-12:30 Visiting the first nuclear icebreaker “Lenin”;
13:00 Transfer to the Azimut hotel, chek-in;
14:00 Lunch;
14:30 Murmansk sightseeing bus tour;
19:00 Dinner at the hotel;
«Hunting for the Northen Lights» (in case of a clear weather);
Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 2: Sami village
There is a very special and unusual place on the Kola Peninsula – the Sami village 110km away from Murmansk, and it’s a wonderful place! Sami is an indigenous people of the Murmansk region, northern Norway, Sweden and Finland.
07:30-08:00 Breakfast at the hotel;
08:30 Departure to the Saami village;
10:30 Arrival in the Saami village;
Excursion on the territory of the settlement: acquaintance with the culture, reindeer sleigh ride;
Lunch: fish soup (“ukha”), venison with potatoes, herbal tea;
Taking photos in national Saami clothes;
15:30 Arrival back to Murmansk;
Leisure time;
20:00 Dinner and accomodation at the hotel.

Day 3: Teriberka
Pomeranian village is located at the bank of the river Teriberka, 125km away from Murmansk. The first mention about this settlement is related approximately to 1523. During the excursion you will learn the history of this place, its everyday life, enjoy beautiful views of Barents Sea and a magnificent waterfall that flows into the Arctic Ocean and etc.
08:00 Breakfast at the hotel;
09:00 Departure to the Teriberka village
Hunting for the Northern Lights during the ride;
12:30 Arrival in the Teriberka village
Зhoto session on the coast of the Arctic Ocean;
13:00-14:00 Lunch;
16:30 Departure to Murmansk;
Hunting for the Northern Lights during the ride;
20:00 Arrival at the hotel
20:30 Dinner at the hotel

Day 4:
Breakfast at the hotel;
Transfer to the Murmansk airport


Inclusions:
All activities (with tickets to museums and excursion service (according the program);
Guide services;
Accomodation at the Azimut hotel;
Meals according the program;
Transfers according the program.

Attention! The Company is not responsible in case of an unsuccessful hunt for the Northern Lights. No refunds.

Baikal ruta clasica

During the 5 days tour you will learn the most interesting places of Irkutsk city, “Trans Siberian golden buckle” – Circum Baikal railway road, the gates to Baikal – Listvyanka, buryat national folklore performance. In the end of the tour you will visit Olkhon Island – the heart of Baikal. This island is the historical and sacred centre of the lake.

Tour destination: Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Circum Baikal railway road – Olkhon Island – Irkutsk.

English speaking guide service during the whole tour!

Day 1:

Upon arrival you will be met at the airport/railway station by our English-speaking guide. Then you will be offered breakfast.

Afterwards, you will be invited to take a city tour through historical part of Irkutsk. There are about 700 historical and cultural monuments in Irkutsk. The most interesting parts of the city were built by its 350 year anniversary. We will see most of them during our excursion.

We will start our tour from the Spasskaya Church – the place where the stockade town of Irkutsk was founded by Yakov Pokhabov in 1661. Then we’ll go on to the famous Epiphany Cathedral, the Polish Church, the Eternal flame and the Moscow gates. Later, we’ll move to the Znamenskiy Monastery– there you will also see the necropolis where Ekaterina Trubetskaya, a wife of the exiled Decembrist, is buried. The grave of Grigory Shelikhov, the founder of the Russian-American company also known as “the Russian Columbus”, is located here as well. Nearby the Monastery gates there is a monument to Alexander Kolchak.

Transfer to Listvyanka settlement.

On our way to Listvyanka we will visit the museum of wooden architecture Taltsy. It contains 40 history and architecture monuments and 8000 exhibits of great historic importance. The first wooden buildings of the museum were removed from the floodable zone of Ust-Ilimsk reservoir. The museum was founded in 1966. On 20th February 1995 the Russian Federation President issued a decree about making Museum Taltsy an object of national history and culture heritage. During the tour to Taltsy museum you`ll see 13 architecture complexes with 36 wooden buildings on the territory of the museum. They get the visitors acquainted with material and spiritual culture of Near-Baikal nationalities – Russians, Buryats, Evenks. The museum expositions tell about everyday life, customs and traditions of Near-Baikal nationalities in late 19th / early 20th century. Original and magnificent Siberian folk architecture attracts a special attention of tourists.

Stop at the observation area opposite the famous Shaman Stone. The Angara is 1779 km long and is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal. Its source is the widest in the world, it does not freeze during the most severe Siberian winters (width – 863 m , maximum depth – 4.8 m, speed – 5.1 km/h). In the middle of the river, at its head, rises a rock cliff 1.5 m high protected by the state as a natural relic mentioned in the legends of old times.

Visit to the Baikal Museum. The museum was established in 1928 when the Baikal Limnological Station opened in the village of Listvyanka (since 1961 – the Limnological Institute). Every year the Baikal Museum has more than 30,000 visitors. The unique exhibits tell about the origin and the history of the lake, its flora and fauna, geological structure, climate and tectonics of Prebaikalye.

You will see: stuffed birds and animals; collection of minerals;  exhibits found in scientific expeditions models of the lake bed showing its history, the peculiarities of its shoreline and bottom. And also Baikal fish (omul, golomyanka, kharius, sturgeon, taimen, pike); Microorganisms inhabiting Baikal waters and destroying everything that might pollute the lake.

Walking tour of Krestovka village with a visit to St. Nicholas’ Church. Legend has it that Russian merchant Serebriakov was caught in a storm out on the lake and prayed to St. Nicholas (Protector of Navigators) for help. His prayers were answered and on his safe return he began to build a church to thank the saint (in 1846). Unfinished when he died, the church was completed by the merchant’s wife. Located in Listvyanka village, the residents attend service held in the church. In the 1950-s the building was restored and many icons from other churches of Irkutsk were brought there among which are some rare items dating back to the 18th century.

Afterwards, you will be accommodated at the hotel (comfort double/twin rooms).

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 2:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier to take the ferry and go to the village Port Baikal. Arrival at Port Baikal village. Boarding in the train. Departure for a full day excursion by Circumbaikal rail road.

The Circum Baikal Railroad also known as KBZhD (according to its Russian abbreviated form) was the part of the main Trans-Siberian railroad until the middle of the 20th century (before the Hydro Power Electric Station was built in Irkutsk and the part of this road got to the flooded area).

The railroad is truly a unique historical line. It was built more than a hundred years ago, and is an outstanding landmark to the construction and engineering art.

Arrival in the city. Transter to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch box

Please note: the tour can be replaced by a boat cruise.

Higher category of accommodation is available for an extra charge

Day 3:

After the breakfast you will be transferred to Olkhon Island.

Olkhon, the largest island in Baikal and its heart, was given its name after the Buryat word “oy-khon” which stands for “small forest”. In fact, you can only see the forest in the central part of the island as the Northern and the Southern areas of Olkhon are steppe. Located in the central part of Baikal, almost above its deepest point (1637 m/5370 ft), and shaped similarly to the lake, Olkhon has a uniquely diverse landscape typical of that of Baikal shores.

On our way there we will stop by the settlement of Ust-Orda – the place where Buryat customs and traditions are passed on through generations. Buryats represent one of the largest ethnic groups inhabiting Siberia.

During our excursion to Ust-Orda you will get acquainted with Buryat folklore, games and Shaman rituals.

Lunch at a local cafe.

Arrival on the Island.

After that you will be offered a hiking tour to the Burkhan Cape (also known as the Shamanka stone), one of the nine sanctuaries of Asia. The Shamanka stone was greatly revered by people. Since the first Shamans appeared, it was the place for vows and sacrifices.

Dinner at the tourist camp.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Breakfast at the tourist camp

Whole-day guided group  tour to the northern point of the Island – Khoboy Cape.

The cape is located at the place, where the lake is widest. There is a ground, where all-Olkhon shaman tailagans were conducted. Nerpa, the unique Baikal seal, can often be seen here.

Here you will also find the rock, bearing the same name, Khoboy, which means “claw” in the Buryat language, though the shape of the rock resembles rather a woman’s silhouette with a bust. No wonder they also call is a Maiden-Rock. Your guide will tell you a marvelous legend related to the rock.

The road towards the northern tip of the island will be like riding a jeep-safari since it runs through woods, sandy fields and steppes without any hard surface. The road gets much worse after a rain, that’s why the principle transportation means in those places is UAZ all-roaders.

Olkhon is the biggest Island at Lake Baikal. It is situated right in the middle of the lake.

The word Olkhon means “sunny place” in Buryat language. It was said that Baikal is the heart of Siberia, and Olkhon is the heart of Baikal. It is a geographical, historical and sacral center of the lake. 

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 5:

Breakfast at the tourist camp. Afterwards you will be transferred to Irkutsk. The end of the tour.

Meals included: breakfast


The tour price includes:

• Accommodation in Irkutsk, Listvyanka, Olkhon Island;
Meals according to the program (if not specified as at own expense);
• Excursions according to the tour program and museums entrance fees, Circum Baikal railway road fee, hiking tour to Burkhun Cape, automobile tour to Khoboy Cape, visiting Ust-Orda (shaman, folklore performance)
;
All the transfers along the route;
• Guide service during the whole tour
.

The tour price does not include:

Plane or train charges to Irkutsk from departure as well as plane or train charges to the next destination upon the program’s completion;
Meals, if specified as independently and at own expense by the program;
Dishes and drinks not included into the main menu according to the program;
• Additional services listed in the program but specified as at additional charge or not listed in the program;
• Higher category of accommodation / additional charge for the single accomodation.

Please note: The order of excursions can be changed.

Baikal multifacético

25 million years old, 1637 m deep, 636 km long, 80 km wide Baikal is the deepest, oldest freshwater lake in the world.  It is one of the most amazing destinations in Russia. We invite you to visit our magnificent Baikal! According to the legend pagan spirits chose this place as their home. It seems that Baikal influences on people’s destinies.

Feel the wholeness of Baikal, forget about routine and visit the most mysterious place on the planet. You will immerse in the energy of the lake and communicate with nature.

For the short duration of the tour you will visit Baikal’s most popular places, feel its multiple sides, see Listvyanka settlement with its marvelous mountain landscapes covered with the forest, the CircumBaikal railway road – engineering miracle of the 20th century, the Small sea with mesmerizing views and Olkhon Island – powerful place and its Khoboy and Burkhan capes.

Tour destination: Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Circumbaikal railway road – Small Sea – Olkhon – Irkutsk

English speaking guide service during the whole tour!

Day 1:

Upon arrival you will be met at the airport/railway station by our English-speaking guide. Then you will be offered a breakfast.

Afterwards, you will be invited to take a city tour through historical part of Irkutsk. There are about 700 historical and cultural monuments in Irkutsk. The most interesting parts of the city were built by its 350 year anniversary. We will see most of them during our excursion.

We will start our tour from the Spasskaya Church – the place where the stockade town of Irkutsk was founded by Yakov Pokhabov in 1661. Then we’ll go on to the famous Epiphany Cathedral, the Polish Church, the Eternal flame and the Moscow gates. Later, we’ll move to the Znamenskiy Monastery– there you will also see the necropolis where Ekaterina Trubetskaya, a wife of the exiled Decembrist, is buried. The grave of Grigory Shelikhov, the founder of the Russian-American company also known as “the Russian Columbus”, is located here as well. Nearby the Monastery gates there is a monument to Alexander Kolchak.

Along Karl Marks Street we will move to Gagarin Avenue where you will see the monument to Alexander III which was erected to commemorate the construction of the Transsiberian Railroad. Also, the only Moresque Castle in Siberia – now home to the Local History Museum – is located there. Likewise, you will see the Beliy Dom (the White House) also referred to as Sibiryakov Palace: former residence of the merchant family Sibiryakovs and later Governor-General of Eastern Siberia.

Transfer to Listvyanka settlement.

Most travelers start the acquaintance with Baikal in Listvyanka village. This is the most popular holiday place at Baikal, it is 70 km or a 1-hour car ride away from Irkutsk.

On our way to Listvyanka we will visit the museum of wooden architecture Taltsy. It contains 40 historical and architectural monuments and 8000 exhibits of a great historic importance. The first wooden buildings of the museum were removed from the floodable zone of Ust-Ilimsk reservoir. The museum was founded in 1966. On 20th February 1995 the Russian Federation President issued a decree about making Museum Taltsy an object of national history and culture heritage. During the tour to Taltsy museum you`ll see 13 architecture complexes with 36 wooden buildings on the territory of the museum. They get the visitors acquainted with material and spiritual culture of Near-Baikal nationalities – Russians, Buryats, Evenks. The museum expositions tell about everyday life, customs and traditions of Near-Baikal nationalities in late 19th – early 20th century.

Stop at the observation area opposite the famous Shaman Stone. The Angara is 1779 km long and is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal. Its source is the widest in the world, it does not freeze during the most severe Siberian winters (width – 863 m , maximum depth – 4.8 m, speed – 5.1 km/h). In the middle of the river, at its head, rises a rock cliff 1.5 m high protected by the state as a natural relic mentioned in the legends of old times.

Visit to the Baikal Museum. The museum was established in 1928 when the Baikal Limnological Station opened in the village of Listvyanka (since 1961 – the Limnological Institute). Every year the Baikal Museum has more than 30,000 visitors. The unique exhibits tell about the origin and the history of the lake, its flora and fauna, geological structure, climate and tectonics of Prebaikalye.

You will see: collection of minerals;  exhibits found in scientific expeditions, models of the lake bed showing its history, the peculiarities of its shoreline and bottom. And also Baikal fish (omul, golomyanka, kharius, sturgeon, taimen, pike); Microorganisms inhabiting Baikal waters and destroying everything that might pollute the lake.

Walking tour along Krestovka village, visit of the St. Nicholas’ Church. According to the legend, Russian merchant Serebriakov was caught in a storm out on the lake and prayed to St. Nicholas (Protector of Navigators) for help. His prayers were answered and on his safe return he began to build a church to thank the saint (in 1846). Unfinished when he died, the church was completed by the merchant’s wife. Located in Listvyanka village, the residents attend service held in the church. In the 1950-s the building was restored and many icons from other churches of Irkutsk were brought there among which are some rare items dating back to the 18th century.

Afterwards, you will be accommodated at the hotel (comfortable double/twin rooms)

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 2:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier to take the ferry and go to the village «Port Baikal». Arrival at Port Baikal village. Boarding in the train. Departure for a full day excursion by Circumbaikal rail road.

The Circum Baikal Railroad also known as KBZhD (according to its Russian abbreviated form) was the part of the main Trans-Siberian railroad until the middle of the 20th century (before the Hydro Power Electric Station was built in Irkutsk and the part of this road got to the flooded area).

The railroad is truly unique historical line. It was built more than a hundred years ago, and is an outstanding landmark to the construction and engineering art.

Arrival in the city. Transfer to the hotel. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch box

Please note: The excursion can be replaced with a boat trip.

Day 3:

After breakfast, we will travel to the Maloye Sea.

The Maloye Sea is one of the famous places near Baikal. Warm creeks and bays, ancient rocks and sandy beaches as well as unique fauna of the Tazheran steppe create the way-out of civilization and bring unforgettable memories.

Accommodation at the tourist camp (toilet and shower are outside)

After the rest and dinner you will be invited to a hiking tour along the Maloye Sea.

Additional charge for a comfortable accommodation (toilet and shower are inside) – 40/day per person.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

After breakfast you will be offered a one day tour to Olkhon Island.

Olkhon – the largest island in Baikal and its heart – was given its name after the Buryat word “oy-khon” which stands for “small forest”. In fact, you can only see the forest in the central part of the island as the Northern and the Southern areas of Olkhon are steppe. Located in the central part of Baikal, almost above its deepest point (1637 m/5370 ft), and shaped similarly to the lake, Olkhon has a uniquely diverse landscape typical for the Baikal shores.

The island is considered to be the center of the Turkic-Siberian culture of the 6-10th centuries as many archeological artifacts, including sanctuaries, were discovered here.

Olkhon is a geographical, historical and spiritual center of the lake. A lot of Buryat legends and stories are devoted to life there; awe-inspiring Baikal spirits are said to reside on the island. At the end of the 20th centuy, Buryat shamans recognized Olkhon as the “principal sanctuary of Mongol and Central-Asian cultures as well as the ancestral home to the Buryats”.

We depart from the tourist camp and go by ferry to the Olkhon Island. The Olkhon gates stream – 8 km long and 1 km wide – separates the island from the mainland. Later on, we will see the Zagli bay – it is the sunniest place in Irkutsk region where the quantity of the sunny days amounts to 2200 hours a year which is 3 times more than in Irkutsk region average.

The Kobylya Golova Cape (The horse head Cape) resembles the head of the horse as it was drinking water from Baikal. According to the legend, Genghis Khan’s army stopped by that cape to have rest.

The Khorgoy Cape is the highest point of the Khaday Mountains. It is from there you can see the picturesque view of the Southern part of the island. When walking on the Obo pass, you can drop the coin for the fortune.

Finally, we reach the signature spot of Baikal – the Burkhan Cape (also known as the Shamanka stone), one of the nine sanctuaries of Asia.  The Shamanka stone was greatly revered by people. Since the first Shamans appeared, it was the place for vows and sacrifices. The cave of Shamanka was home to the Master of the Island. Shaman ceremonies were held in the through passage of the Burkhan cave. After lamaization of the Buryats, the statue of Buddha was placed there.

Between the Burkhan Cape and the settlement of Kharantsy, surrounded by the pine forest, there is a wonderful Saray beach.

Afterwards, you will see another beautiful place – Shunte cape. Shunte in the buryat language means the larch. The cape gets its name because there is a lot of thick fir forest on its shores.

Returning to the tourist camp.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Breakfast at the tourist camp. Free day. In the evening you will be transferred to Irkutsk.

Meals included: breakfast


The tour price includes:

• Accommodation in Irkutsk, Listvyanka, Olkhon Island;
Meals according to the program (if not specified as at own expense);
All the transfers along the route;
• Excursions according to the tour program and museums entrance fees, Circum Baikal railway road fee, hiking tour
;
• Guide service during the whole tour
.

The tour price does not include:

Plane or train charges to Irkutsk from departure as well as plane or train charges to the next destination upon the program’s completion;
Meals, not listed in the program;
Dishes and drinks not included into the main menu according to the program;
• Additional services listed in the program but specified as at additional charge or not listed in the program;
• Higher category of accommodation / additional charge for the single accomodation.

Please note: The order of excursions can be changed

La perla de Baikal

25 million years old, 1637 m deep, 636 km long, 80 km wide Baikal is the deepest, oldest freshwater lake in the world.  It is one of the most amazing destinations in Russia. We invite you to visit our magnificent Baikal! During this tour you will see one of the most popular places of Baikal – so called Maloe More (The Strait of Small Sea), and the energy and geographical center of the lake – Olkhon Island.

Tour destination:  Irkutsk – TaltsyListvyanka – Small sea – Olkhon (Burkhan, Khoboy) – Irkutsk.

English speaking guide service during the whole tour!

 Day 1: Irkutsk – Taltsy – Listvyanka

After arrival – meeting at the airport with our English-speaking guide, breakfast and the city tour through historical part of Irkutsk.

Irkutsk is included into the number of historical cities preserving their old planning and buildings. There are about 685 historical and cultural monuments in Irkutsk, 108 of them are monuments of national importance.

The city of Irkutsk was founded by Russians in 1661 – at the beginning of the colonization of Siberia and became a political, economic and cultural center of Siberia.

Nowadays there are more than 600 monuments of history and culture in Irkutsk, and you will see the most interesting of them, such as: Spasskaya Church, the Epiphany Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Church, the monument to Alexander III, the monument to Kolchak, Znamenskiy (the Omen) Convent, the Monument to G.I.Shelikhov and etc.

Transfer to Listvyanka

Most travelers start the acquaintance with Baikal in Listvyanka village. This is the most popular holiday place at Baikal, it is 70 km from Irkutsk or a 1 hour car ride.

On our way to Listvyanka we will visit the museum of wooden architecture Taltsy. It contains 40 historical and architectural monuments and 8000 exhibits of a great historic importance. The first wooden buildings of the museum were removed from the floodable zone of Ust-Ilimsk reservoir. The museum was founded in 1966. On 20th February 1995 the Russian Federation President issued a decree about making Museum Taltsy an object of national history and culture heritage. During the tour to Taltsy museum you`ll see 13 architecture complexes with 36 wooden buildings on the territory of the museum. They get the visitors acquainted with material and spiritual culture of Near-Baikal nationalities – Russians, Buryats, Evenks. The museum expositions tell about everyday life, customs and traditions of Near-Baikal nationalities in late 19th – early 20th century. Original and magnificent Siberian folk architecture attracts a special attention of tourists.

Stop at the observation area opposite the famous Shaman Stone. The Angara is 1779 km long and is the only river flowing out of Lake Baikal. Its source is the widest in the world, it does not freeze during the most severe Siberian winters (width – 863 m , maximum depth – 4.8 m, speed – 5.1 km/h). In the middle of the river, at its head, rises a rock cliff 1.5 m high  (Shaman-Stone) protected by the state as a natural relic mentioned in the legends of old times.

A beautiful legend well-known in Siberia has it that Baikal the Old wanted to marry his beautiful daughter to a young warrior named Irkut (one of the Angara tributaries). But Angara fell in love with another knight, Yenisey, and ran away to join him. The furious father cast the huge Shaman Cliff after her. East Siberia’s largest hibernation place of water fowl is to be found at the source of the Angara River. And of course there live beautiful and loud white sea gulls without which it is hard to imagine Lake Baikal and its shores.

Visit to the Baikal Museum. The museum was established in 1928 when the Baikal Limnological Station opened in the village of Listvyanka (since 1961 – the Limnological Institute). Every year the Baikal Museum has more than 30,000 visitors. The unique exhibits tell about the origin and the history of the lake, its flora and fauna, geological structure, climate and tectonics of Prebaikalye.

You will see: collection of minerals;  exhibits found in scientific expeditions, models of the lake bed showing its history, the peculiarities of its shoreline and bottom. And also Baikal fish (omul, golomyanka, kharius, sturgeon, taimen, pike); Microorganisms inhabiting Baikal waters and destroying everything that might pollute the lake.

Walking tour of Krestovka village with a visit to St. Nicholas’ Church. Legend has it that Russian merchant Serebriakov was caught in a storm out on the lake and prayed to St. Nicholas (Protector of Navigators) for help. His prayers were answered and on his safe return he began to build a church to thank the saint (in 1846). Unfinished when he died, the church was completed by the merchant’s wife. Located in Listvyanka village, the residents attend service held in the church. In the 1950-s the building was restored and many icons from other churches of Irkutsk were brought there among which are some rare items dating back to the 18th century.

Visit to the local fish & souvenir market. At the local market you can also buy souvenirs made by local Siberian masters, and also taste smoked fish from Baikal: omul, whitefish.

Transfer to Irkutsk, accommodation at the hotel.

Meals: lunch at a local restaurant in Listvyanka. Dinner at your own expense – our guide will recommend you the restaurants.

Day 2: Small sea

After the breakfast we will go to the central part of Baikal – so called Maloe More (The Strait of Small Sea), located 250 km from Irkutsk. The small sea is a part of Lake Baikal separated by its largest island Olkhon. It is 72 km length and from 4 to 17 km width. This is one of the richest fish parts of Baikal, and one of the warmest parts.  The nature is very picturesque here. After arriving to Maloe more you will be accommodated in wooden houses with toilet and shower.

Walking tour along the shore of the lake and small tracking to OBO (the sacred shamanic place of locals).

Meals:  Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your stay is included.

Day 3 – Day 6:

Two bus excursions (UAZ/Russian Jeep) according to the schedule of tours are included.

AND

The whole day tour to Olkhon Island is also included. Whole-day guided group  tour to the northern point of the Island – Khoboy Cape.

The cape is located at the place, where the lake is widest. There is a ground, where all-Olkhon shaman festivities («tailagans») were conducted. Nerpa, the unique Baikal seal, can often be seen here.

Here you will also find the rock, bearing the same name, Khoboy, which means “claw” in the Buryat language, though the shape of the rock resembles rather a woman’s silhouette with a bust. No wonder they also call it a Maiden-Rock. Your guide will tell you a marvelous related  legend.

The road towards the northern tip of the island will be like riding a jeep-safari since it runs through woods, sandy fields and steppes without any hard surface. The road gets much worse after the rain, that’s why the principle transportation implies the use of the UAZ all-roaders.

Olkhon is the biggest Island at Lake Baikal. It is situated right in the middle of the lake.

The word Olkhon means “sunny place” in Buryat language.

It was said that Baikal is the heart of Siberia, and Olkhon is the heart of Baikal. It is a geographical, historical and sacral center of the lake. 

During this tour you will see the Shamanka Rock, also known as Burkhan Cape. The rock is the subject of numerous fables and legends. It is here that the shamans of all the areas surrounding Baikal and even shamans from Mongolia were conducting their tailagan meetings. Later, after Buddhism was introduced to the area, the rock became a place for religious rites of the Buddhists inhabiting both shores of the lake.

It is the locals’ sacred belief that the spirit of Baikal dwells in this rock. Buryats’ beliefs prohibit people even to approach the rock, especially girls. In the earlier times horse riders would wrap the horse’s hoofs in cloth long before they reached the rock and would dismantle and lead the horse by the bridle in order to show respect for the Baikal’s spirit and not to disturb him.

The Shamanka Rock is one of the 9 sacred places of Asia, which used to be called “stone-temple”. It is considered to be the dwelling of the main of the 13 Sky Dwellers – Khan Khute-Baabai, who has descended onto Earth to master humans’ lives. At the foot of the rock a strange carving and an inscription in Sanskrit was preserved.

Next to the rock, there is the Youthfulness Gulf, having dived into which, according to the local beliefs, you will become younger in body and soul.

Further  the road runs through terrain boundary Peschanoe (20 km north of Huzhir settlement), which is famous for its attractive sandy dunes. Constant winds, blowing from the lake transport sand from the beach to form sand deposits which cover the area of 3 sq.km in the shape of sand hills, beds and dunes.

And at last here we are – Khoboy Cape.

After we have tried delicious fish soup («ukha» in Russian) and some fish, we will start our way back to the hotel.

In free time you can just have a rest on the sandy beach or take other excursions with English-speaking guide (extra charge on spot, in Russian Rubles):

Ogoi Island. The Buddhist stupa of  enlightenment was established on the island of Ogoi in 2005. Ogoi is situated in the middle of Maloye more (The small sea) and from the air it looks like the dancing goddess. The stupa is on the top of the island (512m) on the height of 50 m above  Baikal level. Volunteers from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, New York, London, Lisbon took part in the building of the stupa. Buddhists believe the more often you go around the sacred places (like stupa, Buddhist hills, sacred mountains) the more the possibility the made up wishes would come true.  They also believe that if you go around the stupa 108 times is guarantees the cleansing of a sin. Our guide will tell you the details and peculiarities of visiting the stupa.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 7:

Breakfast.
Free time.
Lunch. Transfer to Irkutsk.


The tour price includes:

Double accommodation according to the program;
Meals according to the program (if not specified as at own expense);
Charge for visiting the Pribaikalskiy national park;
All the transfers along the route;
Museum and excursion fares according to the program;
• Guide service during the whole tour
.

The tour price does not include:

Plane or train charges to Irkutsk from departure as well as plane or train charges to the next destination upon the program’s completion;
Meals, if specified as independently and at own expense by the program;
Dishes and drinks not included into the main menu according to the program;
Additional services listed in the program but specified as at additional charge or not listed in the program;
Insurance.

Crucero en el lago Baikal

Guaranteed departures in July-August 2018.

Program includes Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk, meeting with Shamans, visits to Circum-Baikal Railway, Chapel cave at Kadilnaya Pad, Ogoy and Olkhon Islands, Chivyrkuisky Gulf, Onkholoy and Sagan-Hushun capes, Babushka bay and relaxing in Russian banya.