from 980 USD
4 days / 3 nights
By Khivus to the Baikal expanse
A unique journey in an absolutely unusual format. You can discover Lake Baikal from a completely different side — by an amphibious boat Khivus. While you are gliding along the ice expanses of Baikal and overcoming ravines, cracks and deep snow, you will find the snowy tracery along the coastlines or nature waking up from winter sleep. Unique ice tracery and surges, excursions to sacred places will be combined with Baikal cuisine. It will help you to plunge into the world of the unknown with comfort and safety. The tour is suitable not only for those who first meet with Baikal, but also for the already sophisticated tourists who are difficult to surprise.
Day 1. Listvyanka — Circum-Baikal railway — Seredina Station — Listvyanka
11:00 Start from the Baikal shore
A fascinating journey will begin in Listvyanka. Upon arrival in Listvyanka, you will leave your luggage at the “Mayak” Hotel, then you will start the tour.
After landing on Khivus you will begin your journey to the Circum-Baikal Railway (about 5-6 km) - a unique engineering structure. There is no such a railway in the world possesses such a number of man-made objects as this section. On the one side, there are rocky cliffs, on the other one, the endless expanses of Baikal’s water and mountains. A sample of the harmonious interaction of man and nature: the bridge, the stone arch, the tunnel.
14:00 Ice Station
Further on the road to the ice station "Seredina". It was a historical reconstruction of the track station, which was at the beginning of the 20th century. Here you will make a break, to drink aromatic tea with Baikal herbs or try the traditional cuisine of Siberian people. You will meet the hospitable guides who will tell you about the development of the shores of Baikal immersed in the atmosphere of the XIX century. During the interactive excursion you can not only see, but also touch the old tools, utensils and royal coins that had a turnover in Russia.
Day 2. Listvyanka - Olkhon
10:00 A long way to Olkhon Island
After breakfast way to Olkhon will start. Today will begin a trip into the Baikal distance! A road of 280 km will cross the ice of Baikal — bordered on one side by the incredible beauty of a snow forest and mesmerizing cliffs, and on the other by the endless white expanses of the lake and mountains. Your goal for today is Olkhon Island.
14:00 Lunch time
On the way, you will have an hour break for a lunch-snack and hot herbal tea. By day’s end, you will finally touch the Heart of Baikal — Olkhon Island. You will spend here 2 nights.
Olkhon is the largest island on the sacred lake. Each square kilometer of which keeps the scriptures and a rich history.
18:00 Arrival in the “capital” of Olkhon
Having reached the local "capital" of the island, Khuzhir village, you will accommodate at a comfortable recreation center. Scheduled hot national dinner and rest. Before going to bed, you can walk along the coast of the island and gain strength before the upcoming bright program tomorrow.
Day 3 Islands of Maloe More
10:00 Island Exploration
After a breakfast, you will be picked up by an off-road UAZ vehicle. A Khivus excursion will begin from Khul Bay. You will explore the southern part of the island: the ice grottoes of the western part of Cape Kobylya Head, Cape Uyuga, the islands Maloe More. Under favorable weather conditions and the absence of serious obstacles for Khivus on the ice, you will visit the northern part of the island - the rocky and fabulous Khoboy Cape. Upon returning to the launch site, you will be waited by a hot Baikal fish dinner cooked right on the ice! Tightly refreshed. Additionally there will be the opportunity to try yourself as a fisherman, take part in real winter fishing on the ice of Baikal, or, if the weather is good, go skating right on the lake ice surface.
18:00 Return to Khuzhir
Upon returning a hot dinner at the recreation center, free time for walking around the island or meeting the sunset on the coast.
Day 4 Khuzhir - Irkutsk
09:00 Returning to Irkutsk
After breakfast at the recreation center, there will be a short time when you can buy souvenirs in local souvenir shops and enjoy the warm rays warming the island.
11:00 Transfer from Khuzhir to Irkutsk
A comfortable bus will pick you up from the recreation center and take you to Irkutsk.
On the way, you will have a stop at a roadside cafe for lunch.
Food in the cafe is extra-paid.
18:00 Arrival in Irkutsk
The cost of the tour includes:
Transportation on the route
According to the program
Accommodation along the route (rooms of category “standard”)
Excursions according to the program
Early check in / late check out
Accommodation in a room of a higher category
Optional excursions and entertainment
Lunch at the cafe on the way back