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The Grand Baikal Ring

Explore Siberian expanses, learn about history and traditions of the area, admire astonishing
views, get acquainted with local customs and crafts and enjoy this unique once-in-a-lifetime travel experience with TUI!

Route: Irkutsk-Listvyanka-Baikalsk-Ulan-Ude-Gremyachinsk-Ust-Barguzin-Olkhon-Irkutsk
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Tour type: Group
Physical difficulty level: Medium
Age: Recommended age limit – 10 y.o.
Meal plan: Half board
Languages: Languages: English/ French/ Spanish/ German

Day 1 – Irkutsk
Arrival in Irkutsk
Transfer to the hotel Angara
Late breakfast
Afternoon check-in (early check-in paid extra)
Meeting with the group in the hotel lobby.
Lunch at the local restaurant with traditional Siberian dishes
Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk.
Volkonsky Estate (Museum of the Decembrists) excursion

Day 2 – Listvyanka
Breakfast
Transfer to the town of Listvyanka. (70 km, 1.5 hours en route)
Taltsy open-air museum tour on the way
Lunch
Excursion to the Church of St. Nicholas and the Baikal Museum
Fish and souvenir market walk
Transfer to the hotel Krestovaya Pad’
Check-in

Day 3 – Circum-Baikal Railway tour, Baikalsk
Breakfast
Meeting with the guide and transfer to the port of Baikal (water-crossing)
Circum-Baikal Railway tour
Lunch on the way
Slyudyanka – the destination town
Transfer to Baikalsk (38 km, 45 min en route).
White Sable hotel check-in
Free time

Day 4 – Baikalsk, Tankhoi, Ulan-Ude
Breakfast
Brief excursion to the observation platform of Mount Sobolinaya
Transfer to Tankhoi. (90 km, 1.5 hours en route)
Lunch at a local café
Excursion to the Baikal Biosphere Reserve
Interactive tour of the museum with the movie “Lake Baikal Ferry”
Transfer to Ulan-Ude. (230 km, 3.5 hours en route)
Baikal Plaza hotel check-in
Free time

Day 5 – Ulan-Ude
Breakfast
Sightseeing tour of Ulan-Ude
Old Believers village tour
Lunch and a folklore show
Return to Ulan-Ude
Free time

Day 6 – Gremyachinsk
Breakfast
Transfer to Gremyachinsk. (145 km.)
Arrival at the park-hotel “Baikal Riviera”, check-in
Lunch in the hotel restaurant
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Russian banya, quad biking, cycling, trekking and hiking in the Siberian taiga

Day 7 – Gremyachinsk
Breakfast in the hotel.
Svyatoy Nos hiking trail and Barguzinsky valley
Lunch
Dinner at the hotel

Day 8 – Olkhon island
Breakfast
Transfer to the pier in Turka/ Olkhon island.
Nabaymar hostel check-in (twins)
Lunch
Excursion to the Shamanka rock, a walk along the Saraysky beach
Visiting traditional Buryat village
OPTIONAL
Traditional dairy tasting

Day 9 – Olkhon island
Breakfast
Cape Khoboy tour
Picnic in the open air
Return to the hotel
Dinner

Day 10 – Irkutsk
Breakfast
Departure to Irkutsk. (300 km)
Stop at a cafe for lunch on the way
Hotel Angara check-in upon arrival
Free time

Day 11 – Irkutsk
Breakfast
Transfer to the airport or to the railway station of Irkutsk

HOTELS 3*
Irsutsk (1 night) – hotel Angara or similar
Listvyanka (1 night) – hotel Krestovaya Pad’ or similar
Baikalsk (1 night) – hotel White Sable or similar
Ulan-Ude (2 nights) – Baikal Plaza or similar
Gremyachinsk (2 nights) – park-hotel Baikal Riviera or similar
Olkhin island (2 nights) – Nabaymar hostel
Irsutsk (2 night) – hotel Angara or similar

included:
  • Accommodation in a hotel of chosen category
  • English-speaking guide services (guides, speaking other languages are also available on request, their rates may vary depending on a language)
  • All transfers according to the program
  • Meals according to the program (10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Accommodation according to the program
  • Transfer from Turka (Buryatia) to Khuzhir (Olkhon island) on a boat
  • Ticket for Circum-Baikal Railway train
  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Visiting the territory of the Pribaikalsky National Park and the Kedrovaya Alley eco-paths of the Baikal Natural Biosphere Reserve in Tankhoy.
not included:
  • Air tickets
  • Additional excursions
  • Ascent to the observation platform of Mount Sobolinaya in Baikalsk (450 rubles per person)
  • Additional services (sports equipment rental, sauna, fishing)
  • FOC

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Description of sights, excursions and activities

Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk
The guide will take you through the historical sites, tell the story of the city and its most notable constructions. You will visit the area of ​​three churches, the city embankment, the E ternal Flame, the monuments to Alexander III, Admiral Kolchak and the founder of Irkutsk – Yakov Pokhabov.s

Volkonsky Estate (Museum of the Decembrists)
The guide will get you acquainted with the Sergey and Maria Volkonsky biographies, their tragic story of being exiled to Siberia in earlier XIX circumstantial to the Uprising on Senate Square on December 14, 1825

Taltsy Museum
On the way to Listvyanka you will visit the architectural and ethnographic open-air museum of “Taltsy”, exhibiting unique monuments of wooden architecture of 17-20 centuries. Then your journey to Listvyanka will continue.
Upon arrival, lunch in a restaurant with a panoramic view of Lake Baikal.

Baikal Museum
The guide will tell you about the flora and fauna of Baikal, counting more than 3.5 thousand species. Then will ride a cable car to the Cherskiy Stone observation platform, opening up a gorgeous view of the Angara River and the Baikal port.

Fish and souvenir market
Here you will find a huge variety of Baikal souvenirs, made of semiprecious stones (jade, charoite, lapis lazuli), shamanic amulets, cedar products and other typical regional handcrafted items and treats. You can try hot and cold smoked fish as well.

Slyudyanka
This is the only railway station in the world completely built of marble. Мain stops: Tolsty cape, Italian Retaining Wall, Polovinnaya, Shumikha. Each of the stops has its own historical significance and a lot of stories to tell.

Tankhoy
A walk along the eco-trail on the territory of the Baikal Natural Reserve in Tankhoy (5 km). The trail leads through a dense cedar forest. For visitors’ convenience and for the purpose of the forest ecosystem preservation, the trail is elevated as high as 30 cm above the ground-level, so the walk will be easy.

Ulan-Ude city-tour
The city was founded in 1666 as a Cossack settlement on the right bank of the Selenga River. Today it is a modern city with a population of about 400 thousand people.

Old Believers
Old Believers – a unique phenomenon of Russian and in the world history. Today, the culture of Old Believers is recognized as unique, and is included in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind, compiled by UNESCO. Russia is represented on this list, for instance, by Yakut heroic epos “Olonkho” and the verbal art of the Old Believers in Transbaikalia. The tour includes a visit to the museum and a lunch in the Old Believer’s house with an entertainment program. During the lunch you will taste traditional Russian dishes and take part in a funny folklore show.

Ivolginsky datsan
Ivolginsky datsan, a complex of Buddhist monasteries that is the center of Buddhism in Russia, located 23 km from Ulan Ude city. The datsan was opened in 1945 as the only Buddhist spiritual centre of the USSR. It was the residence of the Central Spiritual Board of Buddhists of the USSR and later of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia. The altars and interiors of the temples of the complex are decorated with authentic works of art. Many believers, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world visit Datsan.

Svyatoy Nos (Rus. the holy nose) peninsula trail
The length of the trail is about 24 km. You will see a wooden cross on the way. After about 1.5 hours of ascent from the Cross, you will find yourself on a giant plateau – the top of the Holy Nose, from where you can enjoy an amazing view of Barguzinsky and Chivyrkuisky bays of Lake Baikal.
In the evening transfer to the hotel in Ust-Barguzin.

Cape Khoboy
This is the northernmost cape of Olkhon opening great view over Svyatoy Nos peninsula and the Seaside mountain range. During the excursion you will admire the most beautiful deserted sandy bays and beaches – a typical feature of Olkhon.

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