Day 1: Welcome to Irkutsk - “Paris of Siberia” - the capital of its great Eastern part – Siberia’s Microcosm and the gateway to “Siberia’s” Pearl - Lake Baikal! Upon arrival we meet you with professional bi-lingual guide, assist with the luggage and provide transfer to your hotel. After having checked in at the hotel and some time at leisure we’ll go on a guided sightseeing tour of Irkutsk.
During the tour we’ll visit the city’s historical center and its most atmospheric sights, including Znamenskaya Orthodox Cathedral, noted for its original iconostasis, grave of the so-called “Russian Columbus” Grigory Shelekhov who was an early Russian explorer of Alaska and graves of the Decembrists-revolutionaries banned to Siberia after an ill-fated attempt in 1825 to overthrow the Russian tsar; we will also have opportunities to take pictures of richly carved old-style wooden houses, see the Monument to Russian Pioneers of Siberia topped by the bronze figure of Alexander-the 3rd, the White House of Siberian Province. Dinner and overnight – at the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart by coach to Listvyanka settlement – "the Gateway to lake Baikal" - located in the mouth of Angara-river, 62 km away from Irkutsk. En route we visit the Taltsy Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture – the highlight museum of Irkutsk region, the place for all people to experience the history and traditions of the peoples of Siberia- Buryats, Evenks and Russians. After a tour of the Museum’s exciting permanent exhibition we proceed by coach another 18 km to approach the only outlet of Lake Baikal–the source of the Angara river. Here, near the Shaman rock associated with many popular legends which your informative guide will tell you about.
We will also make a short stop to take pictures of gorgeous landscapes of the Southern part of Baikal with huge water space ahead of you and snow-topped mountains of Khamar Daban Mountain Range on the opposite side of Lake Baikal. You will certainly notice how fast here the river current is, which is due to very steep gradient of the river bed that makes the Angara one the world’s mightiest rivers. Check in at the hotel. After lunch we visit popular functioning St.Nicolas-the-Miracle-Worker Russian Orthodox Church built of wood without use of any nail. Dinner and overnight- back at the hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast we depart for a tour of Baikal Museum of Limnological Institute which has a large display of exhibits related to lake’s flora and fauna species, contain many fascinating facts about this unique lake generally accepted as the Treasure of the World and the Well of the planet Earth. Then we undertake a short and easy hike to the Chersky Rock. From top of which we shall enjoy great panoramic views of Lake Baikal southern part. After the hike we’ll have a lunch featuring tasty entrees of Baikal cuisine. Then we visit the central souvenirs and local shopping area near the boat station. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: After breakfast we check our from the hotel and depart by coach to Irkutsk airport for customs procedures and boarding the aircraft for flight. Have a pleasant flight back home!
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