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Olkhon in winter

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One of the great ways to explore winter Baikal is to go to Olkhon island in February- March.
These are the two months when you can enjoy more sunny days and expect more predictable weather conditions as well as drive on the ice road safely. This is the perfect time when you can get into caves and grottos beautifully decorated with ice and icicles, see торосы

Tour itinerary:

Day1

Pickup from the airport  by a private guide and a driver.

Breakfast in Irkutsk followed by a short city tour  to introduce you to the so called capital of Siberia, city of old wooden houses and the place of Decembrists's exile.

Driving to Olkhon island takes about 4-5 hours. En route we make various stops to streach your legs, enjoy the scenery and have lunch in one of the local cafes where traditional Buryat pozy (big dumplings) are being served. Once reaching Baikal, you start driving on the ice road through Olkhon Gate- the strait which separates the island from the mainland. On the way to Khuzhir, the only inhabited village on the island, we make a stop at Buddist shrine on sacred Ogoi island.  Upon arrival  you go on a sightseeing tour around the village to introduce the history of the island, its shamanic traditions and believes. Get to Burhan cape, the holy place of the island.  

Dinner at the mini-hotel

Free time in the evening to enjoy sunsets and take gorgeous pictures.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse/mini-hotel
 Breakfast and dinner are included.
 Lunch is paid extra

Day 2

Breakfast at a guesthouse/mini-hotel

4X4 drive to the northernmost tip of the island Cape Khoboy along the shoreline to enjoy breathtaking vistas and famous cliffs: Three Brothers and Tusk cliff more known as Khoboi. From Cape Khoboi you will have a panoramic view of the island and "the Small and the Big Sea". We will have various stops at grottos and caves which are beautifully decorated with ice and icicles by mighty mother nature. You will also see unusual ice formations - pressure ridges or frozen waves as well as transparent glittering surface of the ice.

Lunch- picnic

After the tour, you will have free time to go ice-skating or just to walk around the village to visit the local museum or the local art gallery.

Dinner at the mini-hotel

Overnight stay in a guesthouse/mini-hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner are included.

Day 3

Breakfast at the guesthouse

Driving back to Irkutsk (airport/ train station) or Lystvyanka. It takes about 6 h, roughly 300 km

 Breakfast is included.
 Lunch and dinner are paid extra.



 

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