Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting with the guide in the airport. Transfer to the Listvyanka village on the Baikal’s shore (70 kilometers from Irkutsk). The road passes through the picturesque path, where beauties of Siberian forest can be already seen . Accommodation in the hotel.
(Meals included : Dinner)
Breakfast in the hotel
Transfer to excursion in open Architectural – ethnographic museum “Taltsy” (47 km from Irkutsk) – unique collection of historical and cultural monuments of peoples, that inhabited Cisbaikalia in XIX – beginning of XX centuries. During excursion you will know more about daily life, tradition and customs of Russian settlers in those times . The whole museum is designed in the same style , the impression is , that you really walking through the streets , past the houses, schools and churches of those time.
Return to Listvyanka. Halt near the Shaman Stone – where Angara river flows out the lake Baikal.
Lunch in the restaurants with meals of Baikal cuisine
Excursion in Baikal Ecologic Museum with beautiful exposition about the flora and fauna of Lake and Cisbaikalia, that includes aquarium with inhabitants of the Baikal. Virtual dive to the bottom of the lake Baikal.
Visit of Show of Baikal seals – unique and quite charismatic inhabitants of the lake, that will leave no one indifferent! Guests, who once saw these animals with a charming snout and black bottomless eyes , will never forget them.
Walk on the aerial lift to the Stone of Czerski, with a wonderful view of Angara river source and Port Baikal. In case of fair weather you can even see Chamar - Daban range on the opposite shore of the lake from this point! Walk in village, visit to the functioning Orthodox church of the Saint Nischolas (XIX century), and visit to the fish and souvenir markets.
Тransfer to the hotel. Dinner. (optional) (Meals included: breakfast, lunch)
Breakfast in the hotel
Transfer to the pier for the embarkation to the big ferry, with those you will cross the source of Angara and will reach the Port Baikal, big railway junction and port, that cannot be reached by the car. Here starts transfer with a special touristic train in the Circumbaikal railroad, that is also called The Golden Buckle of Transsiberian railroad, impressive memorial of architecture and engineering of early XX century. During the travel you will know more about the history of and unique features of the railroad. Quantity of tunnels and bridges on this short stretch of the road is impressive, especially when you recall the technological level of those time – everything was build manually , thorough and for centuries.
Lunch and dinner in the train.
By the evening you will reach the southernmost point of Lake Baikal, at the very foothills of the great Chamar – Daban mountains, wherefrom train will take you to Irkutsk.
Evening – Arrival to the Irkutsk railway station. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation in the hotel.
(Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After the breakfast – sightseeing tour in Irkutsk: visit to historical centre, to the place, where 300 years ago Irkutsk ostrog (fortress) was founded, embankment of Angara , visit to city’s architectural monuments. Excursion in Znamensky monastery , where one of the most beautiful cathedrals of Siberia is located, This monastery is also famous for iconostasis and as a burial place of Decembrists and Grigory Shelichov.
Lunch in the restaurant in the centre of the city
Excursion to the Decembrists’s museum
Thematic excursion to the mansion – cultural memorial, masterpiece of Siberian wooden architecture. Atmosphere of Russian hospitality will enfold the visitors. You will see the excursion in the house with a tale about the daily life of Russian people. You will take part in workshop in ceramics too. In the end of visit you will take part in the traditional Russian tea party.
Return to the hotel. Free time. Dinner (optional)
(Meals included: breakfast, lunch)
After the breakfast – Transfer from Irkutsk to the Olhon Lake.
The road passes the picturesque foothills of the Baikal Range, Siberian taiga, that will be changed with the Mongol landscapes of the Tajeran steppes.
(Travel time to the ferry – 4 hours).
Ferry passage to the Olhon – the biggest of the 26 isles of the Baikal lake, geographical, historical and sacral centre of the lake. Even the geographic contours of the Olhon remind the Baikal lake.
Passage takes near 40 minutes.; you will see both “Seas” – Big and Small – two parts of Baikal , separated by Olkhon Island, and famous Baikal Gates Strait, that separates island and the mainland.
After the arrival – transfer to the tourist base (time of transfer – 1 hour). Accommodation in the hotel or in the recreation centre Lunch.
Sightseeing excursion in the surrounding area: walk in the Khuzhir village, visit to the holy place - cape Burkhan (Shaman Rock) – one of 9 sacred places of Asia, equally worshipped by the shamanists, Buddhists and the lamaists . Optionally – visit to the museum of local lore
Russian sauna (optionally – for additional payment ). Dinner in the or in the recreation centre. (Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After the breakfast – transfer to the whole day excursion to the Cape Khoboy – northernmost point of the Baikal lake near the widest part of the Baikal.
During the travel you will be able to see all divercity of the Baikal landscapes, that are concentrated on the island: steppes with warm gulfs, sand dunes, mixed deciduous forests with the areas of the relict spruce forest, picturesque rocks on the marble shore, covered with red lichen
After the arrival to the cape – walk in the surrounding areas, during which guide will tell you about the local legends, customs and traditions, that are linked with this place.
Lunch – as a picnic on the open air.
Evening – return to the tourist base. Free time . Dinner. (Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Breakfast on the tourist base.
Return to the Irkutsk with the already known road.
During the travel you will visit to the Ust - Ordynsky - capital of the Ust-Orda Buryat Okrug, which since 2006 is the part of the Irkutsk Oblast. There you will be provided with the excursion and entertainment: you will visit the museum of local lore , that will tell you about the culture, daily life, traditions and customs of the western buryats.
Lunch – authentic buryat cuisine.
Meeting with the true shaman, during which you can take part in the performance of the one on the old rituals.
Workshop - cooking of traditional dishes – buuz – meal of buryat and Baikal cuisine , loved by local people. During this workshop experienced masters will learn you all the niceties of buuz cooking, and will tell you about the history of this meal
You will see the concert of the local buryat folklore ensemble, during which you will hear traditional buryat songs, accompanied with the national musical instruments , will learn traditional “yohor” dance, and get unforgettable impressions
Return to the Irkutsk . Free time. Dinner in the city (optional).
(Meals included: breakfast, lunch)
Breakfast in hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Flight from Irkutsk to Germany via Moscow.
(Meals included – breakfast)
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