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Buryatia in Summer. Short Trip

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This tour is designed for those who  do not have much time but would like to see a population of fresh water seals in wild nature. These lovely animals will not leave you indifferent.

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 on the way.

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  to have a  private  full day boat trip with multiple stops.
The fisrt stop of this trip will be 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.

Our next stop will be at Krokhalinnaya bay known for white sand beach. If the weather is warm and sunny, it is possible to sunbathe and even have a swim in the refreshing waters of Baikal. Do not forget to take a swimming suite.
Lunch (picknic)
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 one 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 local cafe 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
Get to the observation platform in Monakhovo for endless picture opportinities.
 Transfer to Ust Barguzin to stay overnight in a guest-house or the hotel

Day 3
Free time in Ust- Barguzin  or transfer to Ulan-Ude (3-4 hours)
Possible tour extention:
Tour to Ivolginsky datsan or Old- believers village

Ivolginskiy datsan  is the center of Buddhist life in Russia. You will see the complex of buildings which make the monastery and  university and learn more about Russian Buddhists.Like Buddhist you will make the ritual goroo –  a spiritual walk around datsan, visit the main temple and smaller ones.

Old Believers village visit. After the split in the Orthodox Church in Russia the 17th centure some people continued to practice  Orthodox religion in the old way, preserving their customs and traditions. Despite being prosecuted by the state, they managed to preserve their  lifestyle and their values. Learn about the life and traditions of Old- believers in the authentic village, participate in the folk concert and be treated with a delicious traditional lunch or dinner.

Overnight in Ulan- Ude  or transfer to the trainstation/aiport


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