Day 1. Arrive in Moscow. Overnight flight Moscow – Irkutsk
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Day 2. Arrive in Irkutsk in the morning. Transfer to Listvianka – a small village on the Baikal shore. Accommodation in Nikola guesthouse.
Day 3 The owners of the guest house will tell you a lot about Baikal and the region and will accompany you while you explore the village. In Listvyanka you can visit the Limnological Museum (Limnology is a special science that studies Baikal), see the Baikal Seal's Aquarium and even take a boat trip along the Baikal shore. You can optionally use the cable lift to Chersky stone to get great views of Baikal and Angara estuary.
Day 4. Transfer to Irkutsk. On the way you can optionally have a stop and visit Taltsy – an open-air museum of wooden architecture, the museum is located in a picturesque place on the shore of the Angara River. You can also have lunch there in a local cafe and visit small souvenir shops.
Upon arrival city tour of Irkutsk. During the city tour you will visit the main streets and squares of the city which is often called the Siberian Paris. You'll see the old wooden houses and modern buildings, walk along the Angara river embankment – the favorite place of Irkutsk citizens.
Day 5. Drive to Olkhon island - the largest Island in the lake. The island is a part of Pribaikalsky Nature Reserve park. It is considered to be a holy place and the main decisions at the island are usually made with agreement with shamans. When staying on the island you'll get a unique opportunity to be united with the nature. Though during the tourist season Khuzhir is pretty busy with tourists one can find quiet and picturesque places just a couple of kilometers from the Olkhon capital.
Accommodation at the tourist base in Khuzhir in Olkhon.
Days 6-8. Khuzhir. There are lots of interesting excursions you can take at Olkhon. You can order them either beforehand or locally upon arrival. You can even rent a bike and explore the island on your own.
Day 9. Drive back to Irkutsk.
Overnight in Irkutsk.
Day 10. Transfer to the railway station for the morning train to Ulan-Ude. The train goes for ca. 7 hours along the Baikal lake and through the taiga forest. The view is really fascinating.
Arrive in Ulan-Ude in the evening, transfer to the hotel.
Day 11. After a walking city tour you'll visit Ivolginsky Datsan, the main Buddhist datsan in Russia located 30 km from Ulan-Ude in the foots of Khamar-Daban Range.
Day 12. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Moscow. Due to time difference the plane arrives in Moscow in the morning as well.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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