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Summer meeting with Baikal

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01.06.2021 – 15.08.2021
Tour cost: 85600 Rub pp in the party of 4 people
Tour cost:68800 Rub in the party of 6 people

Included:
accommodation in guest houses in Ust- Barguzin and in a hotel in Ulan- Ude, transportation, English- speaking guide, entrance fees to museums/ national parks, meals as per  programm, excursion of authentic Old-Believers village and  delicious lunch there, private  speed boat  tour to Ushkaniy islands with national park fee ( 2500 Rub per person!) If you prefer to exclude that, please let us know and we will recalculated the cost for day 2.
Excluded: airfare, medical insurance


Preliminary tour itinerary which can be customized upon request:

Day 1 transfer to Ust- Barguzin

Arrival in Ulan- Ude
Meeting with a guide and a driver at the airport or the train station. You might have a stop for breakfast in case of early arrival.
Start your trip to village Ust-Barguzin ( about 4 hours) with multiple stops on the way.
The first stop will be at the highest point in Ulan- Ude at Rinch- Poche dastan- Buddhist  monastery where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the city, the Selenga river and mountain ridge.
 Make a view more stops with the view of Baikal.
 Check in the guest-houses of locals.
After having delicious lunch you can take a self-guided walk through the coniferous forest to the shore of Baikal. You can also rent bicycles  or ATVs  to  ride along sand dunes and forest roads to explore village Ust- Barguzin and its surroundings. ( OPTIONAL)
Dinner at the guesthouse

Day 2  Day trip to Chivurkuysky bay with a boat ride to Ushkaniy islands

Breakfast in a guest-house
Start your day with  a drive along the longest sandy beach on Lake Baikal, visit warm water lakes, climb the observation platform to breath in Baikal air. Take a  high-speed boat  trip along the picturesque rocks and islands and  see a lot of places of wild pristine nature in Zabaikalskiy National park. By noon, you  will arrive at the Ushkany Islands archipelago, which is located in the geographical center of Lake Baikal. There are special observation platforms hidden by the wooden fence from where you can observe fresh-water seals ( nerpas).  On a sunny day, nerpas crawl out onto the rocky shore and bask in the warm sunshine. You can watch these cuties in the vicinity and take lovely photos.
*This trip is weather dependent. There is also a possibility not to see them on Uskaniy islands. There is about 80-90% guarantee.  At the same time you might see nerpas during your boat trip at some other places
You will also stop in the fish villages like Kurbulik and Katun where you can learn about all the intricacies of this trade from experienced fishermen.   Have a delicious lunch in a house of local fishmen family. A table will be served with dishes from Baikal fish (hot rich fish soup, smoked Baikal omul prepared according to a local recipe, pike cutlets with mashed potatoes, snacks from local wild plants and fresh home vegetables, as well as craft Siberian birch sap, juniper berries, lingonberries and pine nuts liqueurs.)
On the way back you will stop at Zmeinaya bay where you can bath in hot springs. You can also sunbath on a sandy beach if weather permits and even swim in the refreshing waters of Baikal.
Dinner and Overnight stay are in a guest house.
Tour duration: 7-8 hours
 
Day 3 Day trip to Barguzin valley

After breakfast, you will have a day trip to  the most remote parts of the Republic of Buryatia. You will stop in old Russian and Buryat villages which have preserved their original lifestyle and authenticity of Siberian traditions. You will see unique natural landscape terrain: high peaked mountains, plains, cliffs, sand dunes and real Siberian taiga, watch wild animals and birds. During the day   you will have a few walks. Upon request you might also make a stop for swimming on a wild beach on the bank of the Barguzin River.
The Barguzin Valley is home to a large number of religious and natural objects, often referred to as "Places of Power". Learn more about these places and local traditions performed there.
 Have lunch in a local Buryat family café where you can taste traditional dishes from meat and milk.
 The owner will tell interesting stories about of people's life in the Barguzin Valley. In addition,  you might visit a real Buryat yurt next to the cafe, inside which there is a museum of indigenous residents of the valley.
 You might also make a stop at the local shop where you can purchase smoked omul.
 Dinner and Overnight stay are in a guest house.
Tour duration: 9-10 hours

Day 4  Free day  or optional tours

Breakfast in the guesthouse.
This day you can relax or take one of the optional tours.
Option:1 Hiking on the peninsular Svyatoy Nos.
You will be driven to the start point of the trail. It is a full day tour.  Once you get to the peak  which is  at the height  of 1878 meters above sea level , you will be able to enjoy the fascinating  360 degree panorama of  Lake Baikal.  It will be a good reward for fatigue from the ascent.  Level: moderate. Tour duration:

Option 2: Rafting along the Barguzin river.
 This is a full day tour. You do not need to have  experience  since the Barguzin river is not that speedy and you will be accompanied with experienced instructors. During the tour you will be able to enjoy picturesque panoramas of the mountains, the Siberian taiga and watch wild nature. Once you arrive at the glamping camp, you will be able to enjoy fishing, banya, bath tub with warm water as well as hearty lunch.
Dinner and overnight stay are at the guest-house


Day 5 Old- believers and Buryats

 Breakfast in guesthouse
Transfer to Ulan- Ude with a  stop for a walk to the Lighthouse in Turka,  visit of
Baturino Sretensky Convent. In the suburbs of Ulan-Ude
Have a stop for lunch  at the family cafe of the national Buryat cuisine which is located close to the ethnographic museum complex. Visit the museum complex is optional.
Head to the village of Nadeino, where the Old Believers live, popularly referred to as "Families". This leg of your trip will  pass along the picturesque banks of the Selenga River. In the area "Omulyovka" you will have a stop to get to the tip of the hill where a beautiful panorama of Zabaikal steppes opens from a high cliff. The total travel time is 1.5 hours.
In the village of Nadeino village, a rich dinner table will be set in the family of Old Believers, the owner Yudoksia will about the history, traditions and way of life of  Old- believers living in this area as well as perform a small concert with songs and stories.
Upon request you can also have a stop at the supermarket to buy such souvenirs as cold smoked Baikal omul, Sagaan Dali tea, Amta sweets, cedar nuts, etc.
Late check in the hotel in Ulan- Ude

Day 6  Departure
 Transfer to the train station or the airport.

 

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