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The Best of Siberia: Altai and Baikal

Tour Type: group or private Season: All year roundDuration: 14 daysGroup tour dates: 05 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020Cities: Irkutsk Lake Baikal Novosibirsk Altai Grade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate from $3,045 USD per person

Partake of a Siberian life. This extraordinary journey will take you to special and remote destinations. First, explore the grandeur of the world's largest, deepest and oldest freshwater Lake Baikal. Then, take a ride on a famous Trans-Siberian Express to reach mighty Altai Mountains, to see wonders of nature, explore ancient indigenous cultures and experience true Siberian hospitality. We travel light and fast to see the most remarkable places all around Altai. For trekking/expedition options, please inquire.

  • Culture, history, cuisine, people and nature - this is all-in-one adventure

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from Lake Baikal to Novosibirsk by train fare first class economy

from Novosibirsk to Altai by train fare first class economy

RATE PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM: $0 USD
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Rate from: $3,045 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM: $0 USD
RATE PER PERSON IN TRIPLE ROOM: $0 USD
Rate from: $3,045 USD

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 3* hand-picked hotels: 4 nights Irkutsk/Lake Baikal // 1 night Novosibirsk
  • 1 night at guest house // 1 night in eco-camping // 4 nights in yurts (in Altai)
  • 2 nights on board

Meals

  • Full breakfast in the hotels (except Day 1)
  • 2 lunches: Lunch at Listvyanka // Lunch at Ust-Orda
  • Full board in Altai

Transportation

  • Train 2nd class train compartment as per itinerary

  • from Lake Baikal to Novosibirsk by train fare economy

  • from Novosibirsk to Altai by train fare economy

  • Train tickets
  • From Irkutsk to Novosibirsk // From Novosibirsk to Bijsk
  • Meet & greet at the airports/train stations
  • Private return airport/train station transfers
  • Private transportation on tours as per program in a comfortable a/c car/minivan/bus (except on walking tours)

Sightseeing

  • Listvyanka full day (8 hours) guided tour: Baikal Museum of Limnology, Chersky Stone observation point, local souvenir market
  • Irkutsk guided tour: Taltsy Museum // the Old Circum-Baikal Railroad // Ust-Orda full day guided tour: Datsan Monastery
  • Novosibirsk tour: Church of the Saviour
  • Altai guided tours: Chemal village, Srostki village, Patmos Island, the river Katun, Katun hydropower station, Oroktoy bridge, Karst caves, settlement Kuyus, waterfall Beltertuyuk, the mountain river Edigan
  • Altai guided tours: Katun hydropower station, Oroktoy bridge, Karst caves, settlement Kuyus, waterfall Beltertuyuk, the mountain river Edigan
  • Altai guided tours: Chulyshman Valley, the Ulagan area, Chuybekkol lake (Dead) and Uzunkol lake (Live), Pazyryk valley, the valley of the Chulyshman river

Entrance tickets & visas

  • Entrance tickets to all listed attractions (except optional)
  • Russian visa supporting documents (official visa invitation letter and detailed manuals on how to apply for the visa in your country of residence)

Your comfort counts

  • Russian local sim card with data
  • Discovery Russia 24/7 English-speaking support line
  • Best places to stay, to eat, to go out and have fun - safe and secure with the tour operator that specializes in Russia
  • Group tours are fully escorted by a bilingual tour director
  • Group size 20 people maximum. All our group departures are guaranteed.

    SIBERIA - VILLIS FAMILY, AUSTRALIA
    Thank you for organising the amazing Siberia experience and Russian city leg. We had a great time and particularly enjoyed Altai and its cultural experience. All the guides really love the Siberian region and are enthusiastic in sharing the history, lifestyle and local beauty. The fact that there were few locals the spoke English was not an issue – we all managed to make ourselves understood. Lots of locals wondered why we would come to Siberia for a holiday – when we booked I would have said for the nature but now I think I particularly for the Altai – it would be to experience the way of life of the different peoples. The support David received from Discovery Russia after losing his immigration card was wonderful. It is a bit scary facing policemen with machine guns. There were a few hiccups but everything was reorganised without much fuss.
    Irkutsk and Lake Baikal – Tatiana the guide was absolutely wonderful and we really enjoyed her company. We had a slight hiccup with the accommodation in Listvyanka but Tatiana sorted this and the alternative arrangements were extremely comfortable. The wooden architecture village was very interesting as was the Buryat museum. We really enjoyed the lunch complete with mock Buryat wedding ceremony. Irkutsk itself was interesting and a bit more free time just to explore here might work better. The boat trip on Lake Baikal along the old trans Siberian railway was very enjoyable. This probably works better than the planned historic train journey with the need to go to and from Irkutsk. Would love to experience Lake Baikal in spring when there is still some ice and snow but not extreme sub zero temperatures.
    Altai – Konstantine is a wonderful host and his knowledge and love of Altai really made this part of journey extra special. Anya was a great as the bridge for communication and was always an advocate for our best interests. The bonus for us in having the two of these lovely people was that my son who has much more energy and agility than us was on occasion able to do more energetic activities with someone and not stuck with us old folk. Konstantine was also very accommodating in changing the itinerary and accommodation to better suit our limitations and interests. The highlights here are many and varied. The ability to interact with ordinary everyday people was a real bonus – we played games and music on the lawn with local families at Konstantine’s hotel and were taught a new card games by schoolgirls at Uchen mek.

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