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Buryatia in Summer. Other Side of Baikal.

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This tour is designed for those who would like to discover Baikal, see primeval nature, learn more about flora and fauna, avoid hords of tourists, enjoy hot springs, Russian banya and refreshing waters of the lake (in summer the temperature gets up to 19-20 C), take boat tours and trails.
Day 1
Arrival in Ulan- Ude airport or train station.
Breakfast in the city
Sightseeing tour of Ulan- Ude to see the biggest head sculpture of Lenin, visit modern Rinpoche Posha datsan from where you can enjoy the view of the city.
Transfer to Ust- Barguzin with multiple stops on the way to enjoy Buryat scenery, visit the oldest Baturinskiy convent, stretch your legs in Turka village, walk along  its embankment to see the Lighthouse and have lunch.
Arrival in Ust- Barguzin.
Free time and dinner.
Overnight stay in a guest-house.

Day 2
Breakfast at the guest-house or hotel
Transfer by UAZ car  to Monakhovo cordon where  the Visit center is located. Short introduction to Zabaikalskiy National Park, and Barguzinsky Nature Reserve.
Boarding the speed boat and have a 3 hour private trip to picturesque Davsha village along the shoreline.
Lunch in Davsha.
Davsha is a tiny village (4-7 people are living there year round) located in Barguzinsky Nature Reserve, the first State reserve in Russia founded in 1916 to preserve and increase the numbers  of sable. It is also inhabited by elks, musk deer, brown bears, black-capped marmots and other animals while rivers are rich in omuls, sigs, sturgeons, glaylings etc.
This is definitely the place where you can enjoy  wild nature.
Tour of the Museum of Nature or the Museum of Sable ( of your choice)
Take 1 hour walk along the trail  (3 km). It is  a circle trail which leads you to the woods as well as along the shoreline and brings you back to the village. You will be accompanied with a National Park ranger who will tell you more about the flora and fauna of this place.
A longer trail of 16 km ( about 8 hours) is available upon request.
Night in a guest-house (toilet is outside the guest-house) in Davsha.
 Banya can be arranged upon request.

Day 3
Breakfast in the guest-house
Boarding the speed boat to  visit Ushkanie islands where you  will see  endemic seals of Baikal known as nerpa.   You will learn a lot of fascinating facts about these cute animals. For example, one fresh water seal eats 3-4 kg per day which equals  1 ton per year.  It sounds impressive, does not it! These cute animals will not leave you indifferent for sure! It is very interesting to observe them.
Lunch on the boat.
Transfer to Zmeevaya Bay to  see thermal springs and take a bath if you wish. The water of the spring runs both on  and under the  ground and it is rich in hydrogen sulfide, fluorine and sodium. The temperature ranges from  +28ºC (+82ºF) to +34ºC (+93ºF). You can enjoy on of two wooden pools. The name Zmeiny derives from “ snake” in Russian  and it is named so because of a big population of grass snakes that used to live in the bay.
From observation point you will  have a chance to see the Chevyrkuisky Bay with numerous islands!
Transfer to fishers’ village Kurbulik. This small village is located in the National park. People living here, no more than 100, are mainly involved in fishing. You will be received in house and be treated  with dinner which will mainly include fish dishes such as traditional fish soup known as ukha, fried fish/ fish cutlets with potatoes  and bliny (pancakes) with jam for dessert.
Enjoy dinner there and transfer to Monakhovo- Ust Barguzin to stay overnight in a guest-house or the hotel

Day 4
Ust- Barguzin - Ulan-Ude
Overnight in Ulan- Ude

Day 5
Possible tour extention
Tour to Ivolginsky datsan and Old- believers village


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