Along the Shamans roads

4 Days 3 Nights Natural Sights Olkhon Island 332km

Tours Lake Baikal Tours  Along the Shamans roads

During four-day trip to the world's deepest lake you will be able to see Irkutsk - the oldest city in Siberia - plus Olkhon - the largest island in Lake Baikal. Olkhon is one of the symbols of Baikal and the only inhabited island in the lake. Next to the island is the lake’s deepest point of 1642 metres. The 71km-long island offers tourists a wide range of landscapes - steppe, sandy beaches with dunes, thick forests, rocky shorelines and even its own lake. It is also one of the centres of the shamanistic religion with many sacred places. As the island is rather far from Irkutsk, this trip involves two long transfers by car, although you will see beautiful parts of the Irkutsk Region out of the window.

On the tour you will not be accompanied by a guide when travelling, but a local guide will meet you to take you on excursions. If you wish, for an additional cost, we can arrange for a guide to accompany you throughout the whole trip.

 Total distance of the tour:  664km


Irkutsk → Olkhon Island → Irkutsk

 Total distance of the tour:  664km


 

 DAY1 | IRKUTSK - OLKHON

 Arrival in Irkutsk. A guide with a sign saying will wait for you in the arrival section of Irkutsk Airport or the Railway Station, depending on your transportation.

 Breakfast at a cafe.

 City tour of Irkutsk - the highlights of the tour includes:

  • Icebreaker Angara Museum – one of the oldest surviving icebreakers in the world. It was made in Britain and commissioned in 1900. Over the next century it served a mix of transport, labour, scientific and military needs.
  • Angara Embankment – one of the favourite places for residents of Irkutsk to relax and walk. There are also several historical monuments located here, including a memorial complex dedicated to the achievements of local people during the Second World War, the Moskovskie Gates triumphal arch, a monument to Emperor Alexander III, and a monument to Yakov Pokhabov – one of the founders of Irkutsk.
  • 130th Quarter - a favourite places for tourists as here many historical buildings have survived and many others have been restored giving the resemblance of a 19th century Irkutsk street. Several of the buildings of this quarter are protected as monuments of federal significance.
  • Exaltation of the Cross Church - this is perhaps the most beautiful church in Irkutsk and dates from 1760. It is the only church in Siberia to retain its full 18th century interior.
 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

 Transfer to Olkhon Island. On the way you will stop at a cafe for lunch (not included in price), where you will be able to try some national Buryatian cuisine. 

 Distance: 292km

 Arrival in the settlement of Khuzhir and check-in at the hotel. Free time on the island.


 DAY2 | OLKHON ISLAND | KHOBOY CAPE

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Excursion to Cape Khoboy - the cape represents the most northernly point of the island and from here you can enjoy amazing views of the lake. You will kave a little picnic near the cape Khoboy. The highlights of the tour includes:

  • Shamanka Rock – the main sight on the island and a symbol of Lake Baikal. It is considered a holy place and often features in films and photos of Baikal.
  • Cape Sagan-Khushun - a ridge of picturesque rocks whose name translates from the Buryat as Cape White. Some of the most beautiful rocks here are known as the Three Brothers. At the base of the cape there are many grottos, some of which can even be visited by boat.
  • Peschanka – the constant wind which blows in from Baikal here brings with it lots of sand which forms dunes and hills. It is the largest deposit of sand, not just on Olkhon, but in the whole of the eastern shore of the lake.
  • Cape Khoboy – this is a whole complex of stunning rock formations, some among forests and others covered with an orange lichen. Some of the rocks have holes or intricate cracks which makes them all the more beautiful. It is a favourite place for meditation. The cape is located at the widest part of Baikal, and so only on the clearest of days can you see the eastern shore of the lake. Here you will have a small picnic outside with a stunning view of the lake as your backdrop.
  • Uzury – a beautiful part of the island which resembles an alpine meadow. Situated here is one of the oldest weather stations on Baikal. It is the only place on the north of the island where the road goes down to the water. You can ride horses here or just take in the wonderful view.

 Duration: 6 hours |  Transportation: walking excursion

 Free time on the island. 

 Night on the island.


 DAY3 | OLKHON ISLAND - IRKUTSK

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Free time on the island.

  15:00 | Transfer to Irkutsk.

 Distance: 292km

 Night in Irkutsk.


 DAY4 | IRKUTSK 

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Transfer to the airport.

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 3* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 86694 109060 136594 154200

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 3+* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 96044 127760 164644 191600

Included
  • Individual excursions according to the programme.
  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Transfers in a private car according to the programme.
  • Breakfast on the day of arrival
  • Accommodation in a hotel of a category of your choice, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
  • Visa support documents
Not included
  • Meals (except for breakfast where stated).
  • Tips for the guides and drivers.
  • Optional excursions.

  • The tour is available in     other languages upon request.
  • During the high season (from May to September) and on public holidays we recommend you book in advance as Olkhon Island a popular tourist destination.
  • All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides and private transport along the programme - unless otherwise stated.
  • The tour is suitable for travellers with childrens but keep in mind long diistance transfers along the tour.
  • Best time to travel on this route: from the end of  May to mid-September and from the end of February to end of March.
  • The prices given below are for guidance only. The actual final cost of the tour will depend on availability. Hotel prices and train tickets may increase or decrease in cost depending on how much in advance you book them. 

• CANCELLATION POLICY 

DATE OF CANCELLATION

CANCELLATION CHARGES

FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 10%
FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 30%
FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 50%
LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 100%


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