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Ice Kingdom on Baikal ( 3 days)

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11.02.2022 – 20.03.2022
Discover the untouched beauty of Buryatia and dive into the wonderland of winter Baikal!

The tour exciting experiences include:
 
  • a snowmobile trip along the coastline of Baikal Lake.
  • a selfie with the world's biggest head monument of Lenin
  • watching mesmerizing patterns on the ice
  • sipping the "Kiss of Baikal" cocktail in the ice bar, which is in the middle of the frozen lake
  • a hot Russian banya set up right on the lake
  • the deepest ice caves on Lake Baikal
  • Swimming in hot springs in the open air in Zmeevaya Bay
ice cave on Lake Baikal
ice cave on Lake Baikal

Possible flights from Moscow:

Pobeda  VNK 20.40-07.25
S7  DME  21.15-08.10
 

Day 1

Meeting with a guide and a driver at the airport and transfer for breakfast
Transferring to Ivolginsky datsan to learn about  Buryat Buddist religious and cultural traditions
Short sightseeing tour of Ulan- Ude to see the biggest Lenin’s head monument where everybody takes the most creative photos. Stop for lunch (not included)

Driving to  Ust- Barguzin with multiple stops on the way ( about  4 hours)
Upon arrival  you will have a 2-hour snowmobile trip along the coastline of Baikal Lake.
In the evening banya and delicious dinner will be prepared for you.
 
This day you will see:
  • Ivolginsky datsan
  • Ulan-Ude (short sightseeing tour)
  • Terrain Turtle in the village of Turka
  • Sretensky convent in the village of Baturino
  • Sacred place "Gate of the Barguzin Valley"
  • Haim River
  • Sandy beach of Lake Baikal in the Sigovoye area
  • Barguzin River

Day 2

Breakfast in the guesthouse in the guest house to start  your tour at 7-8 am
Today you will have a fascinating trip to Olkhon island along the ice road.

The route will go through the geographic center of Baikal. You will see the transparent ice, stop at the places where ice creates the most intricate patterns and shapes (blue ice blocks, frozen cracks, ice with white bubbles, and etc). You will also be offered to try the signature cocktail "Kiss of Baikal".

"Kiss of Baikal" cocktail
Once we reach Olkhon Island, you will have stops in the most picturesque and popular places (Cape Khoboy, the Three Brothers rock, etc.) to walk around and take the most memorable photos.

After a picnic with hot tea in the open air, we will drive further to the culmination point of this trip -a visit to the ice camp, located in the very center of Lake Baikal. In the ice bar, you might try some homemade alcoholic beverages.

Russian banya set up right on the lake
Russian banya set up right on the lake
The most exclusive offer will be a hot Russian banya set up right on the lake!! and a large bathtub with warm water.   Warm-up in the Russian Banya, jump into the cut hole and get energized with the refreshing Baikal water, and finally enjoy staying in a warm tub with the view of Baikal. Can it be a dream?   Such a Russian spa will not leave you indifferent.

A hearty lunch with dishes from wild deer meat, fish pie, as well as a real Baikal chop and stroganin (snacks from freshly frozen fish with salt and pepper) will be provided at the lunch time.

ice camp
ice camp
You can also take advantage of some other entertainment such as skates, sleds, etc.
For a comfortable stay, heated toilets and warm yurts will be at your disposal.
Return to Ust-Barguzin in the evening.

This day you will see:
  • Peninsula Holy Nose
  • Olkhon Island
  • Cape Nizhnee Izgolovye
  • Cape Khoboy
  • Rock Three Brothers
  • Uzury area
  Tour duration: 9-11 hours
 

Day 3

 Breakfast in the guest-house
 9 am Start your driving tour of Chevurkuysky Bay and Zabaykalsky National Park. On the tour, you will make the most picturesque stops for walking or at observation platforms.

driving across the lake
driving across the lake
You will see the ways of ice fishing for omul, and might also try to catch fish on your own under the guidance of experienced anglers. On Goliy Island in the Chivyrkuisky Bay, you can go inside the deepest ice caves on Lake Baikal.

Swim in hot springs in the open air in Zmeevaya Bay. You might also try sleighing or tubing on fluffy snow or transparent ice.

For lunch, you will visit a fishing family. In a warm, cozy room lunch with Baikal fish dishes (hot fish soup from burbot, salted Baikal omul prepared according to a local recipe, pike cutlets with mashed potatoes, as well as snacks from local wild plants (pickled mushrooms, salted wild garlic ) will be served.

Throughout the trip, you might get warm with hot aromatic tea in a thermos.

ice grottoes
ice grottoes
You  will see this day:
  • Zabaikalsky National Park.
  • Peninsula Svyatoy Nos
  • Chivyrkuisky Bay
  • Monakhovo area
  • Cape Verkhnee Izgolovye
  • Long sand spit (Karga)
  • Hot springs in the Zmeinnaya bay.
  • Deep ice caves
  • Fishing villages Kurbulik and Katun
  • Islands of the Chivyrkuisky Bay

 At 4 pm arrive back to Ust- Barguzin and get ready for transfer to Ulan- Ude (3,5h)
Check in the hotel and dinner in the restaurant to taste traditional dishes of Buryat and Mongol cuisine.
 You will also have a bit of free time  to buy some  local produce ( smoked fish, tea Saga Dali, local sweets, pine nuts)

Tour duration: 9-11 hours
 

Day 4

Morning transfer to the airport
Possible flights  
Pobeda 08.05-09.50 ( VNK)
 S7 08.05-09.50 ( DME)
 

 Private tour cost:

54100 Rub pp  in the group of 6
57500 Rub pp in the group of 4
84700 Rub pp in the group of 2

Included:

Excursions, transportation, English-speaking guide, accommodation in guest-houses in Ust- Barguzin and in the hotel in Ulan- Ude, National park fees, meals according to the program.


Excluded:

Airfare
Medical insurance
Meals on transfers and breakfast in the hotel in Ulan-Ude on Day 4
Skates rental


 

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