➤ Meet and greet at Irkutsk airport/train station if you join us in IrkutskOR
➤ Transfer to Moscow airport and flight to Irkutsk if you are on extended tour
➤ Meet and greet at Irkutsk airport/train station
➤ Transfer to Buryat Ust-Orda village (1 hour)
➤ Ust -Orda Buryat village tour with cultural performance (throat singing), cooking class and degustation of national meals
➤ Meet the shaman
➤ Transfer to the eco lodge on Lake Baikal shores, check-in
➤ Panoramic view points
➤ Optional: Russian Banya
This Lake Baikal winter package is a perfect one if natural wonders and unique experiences are what you seek when you travel.
We invite you to see Lake Baikal at the most beautiful time of the year - when the legendary clear ice shines under your feet, grottoes are filled with crystal chandeliers of the purest water, and dawns and sunsets are filled with all shades of life! See the colors and shades of Siberian winter, uncover mystical secrets and legends. Lake Baikal winter tour is a perfect Russian winter break!
Arrive Irkutsk in the morning. Take a transfer to Buryat Ust-Orda village (1 hour). Come into the real Buryat yurt, be greeted by ancient traditions. Buryats will introduce you to national folklore - songs and dances, throat singing. Meet the Buryat shaman. The landlady will teach you to cook the Buryat national dish - buuza. Enjoy Buryat lunch.
Transfer to our cozy eco-lodge (3 hours), accommodation in comfortable wooden houses with en-suite facilities just a few meters away from the lake shores. We drive up to the mountains for a sunset photosession at the observation point with the best views over Maloe Sea and Baikal. The location is famous for being the old shamanism center and we will even see a few artefacts.
After dinner in the lodge, it's time to experience Siberian banya (optional) and to prepare for our adventure. Winter is the perfect time to feel the power of the world's largest and deepest freshwater lake when it's unrivaled beauty is most amazing.
Don't miss a chance to skate on the world's largest natural open air skating rink. Here, at Maloe Sea, of at Olkhon island the other day, you will find this attraction amusing and exciting. Even if you never had the skating experience before.
If you are not skating, there other dozens of other activities to try at the shores of Baikal. Trekking, hiking, biking, buggy tour, ice fishing and, of course, famous Baikal Kiss.
In winter, you can drive this flat and slippery ice surface by literally any exciting means of transport. Driving license is required to rent the equipment.