Baikal's Magical Island tour

5 Days 4 Nights Olkhon Island Natural Sights 332km

Tours Lake Baikal Tours  Baikal's Magical Island tour

  This five-day tour of Baikal is the best option for visiting the lake in a short period of time, bearing in mind that you could travel here for a month and still not manage to see everything. In this time though you will see the main sights of Irkutsk and also visit the only inhabited island in Baikal – Olkhon, where you will be able to immerse yourself in the unique and magical atmosphere of Baikal.

  Irkutsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia and its main feature is the large amount of wooden houses which can still be found here, some of them 100 or 200 years old. It’s a real have for wooden architecture. For several centuries Irkutsk has been a window to the East as many explorers, merchants, scientists and military men set out from here to the Amur, Pacific Ocean, Yakutia, Sakhalin, Alaska, Mongolia and China.

  Olkhon Island is the largest and the only inhabited island in Baikal. It is often referred to as the heart of Baikal and it is amazing how many types of landscapes you can find here: hills, forest, dunes, alpine-like meadows and steppe. Close to the island is the deepest point of the lake – 1,637 metres. In addition the island is considered a holy place for Buddhists and many trees here have had ribbons tied to their branches. During the trip on Olkhon you will visit what is perhaps the most beautiful part of the island – Cape Khoboy. This is the most northerly tip of the island from where you can get breath-taking views of the lake and the island.


Irkutsk → Olkhon Island → Irkutsk

 Total distance of the tour:   664km 


 

 DAY1 | IRKUTSK

 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.

 Transfer to Olkhon Island. If you travel by Irkutsk by plane, the first day may be difficult for you due to the time difference. However during the transfer you might be able to get some sleep.

 Distance: 350km

 Arrival in Khuzhir – the largest settlement on Olkhon Island. Night in Khuzhir.


 DAY2 | OLKHON ISLAND

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Excursion to Cape Khoboy - from the Buryat, ‘khoboy’ translates as ‘fang’ and you can see why as the rocks resemble a fang. It is located in the very north of the island. Various grasses grow on Cape Khoboy such as orange lichen and thyme, which are considered to have health benefits and locals make medicinal products from them. It is also not uncommon to see people meditating here or strange markings on the rocks. The cape represents the most northernly point of the island and from here you can enjoy amazing views of the lake. You will have 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. You could spend this time walking around the Island or book an additional optional tour.

 Night in Khuzhir.


 DAY3 | FREE DAY ON THE ISLAND

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Free time on the island. You could spend this time walking around the Island or book an additional optional tour.

• OPTIONAL EXTRA • OLKHON ISLAND •

  Excursion to Cape Khorin-Igri and the Maly Khorgoi Bay.
  • Cape Khorin-Igri resembles a profile of a horse's head and ‘Khorin-Igri’ is Buryat for ‘horse's head’. It is the most easterly point on the island. Many architectural finds unearthed here demonstrate that people first lived here sometime between 5000BC and 3000BC. From Maly Khagroy you can enjoy amazing views of Ogoy Island and its Buddhist stupa. On Cape Khogroy you can get a taste of some of the mysteries of the history of the island and visit the Kurykanskaya wall where many archaeological finds have been unearthed.

        

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 13600 23120 23800 24480

 Duration: 7 hours |  Transportation: by a private car


  DAY4 | IRKUTSK

 Breakfast at a cafe.

 Transfer to Irkutsk.

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

  • Angara Icebreaker – one of the first icebreakers in the world and the oldest surviving example. It was made in England and transported to Baikal by railway before being assembled. It was tasked with breaking the ice for the Baikal ferry. It was launched in 1900.
  • Moskovskie Gates – these gates in the form of a triumphal arch were created in a blend of renaissance and empire styles. They were established in 1813 in commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of Emperor Alexander I’s reign on the entrance of the centre on the Moskovsky Highway. In 1928, after standing for 115 years, they were demolished due to their dilapidated state and their connection with the imperial past. However they were recreated to mark the 350th anniversary of the city.
  • 130th Quarter – this is an area of historical buildings and the touristic centre of the city. You will find here many architectural monuments and souvenir shops.
  • Lace house - the house of the Shastin merchant family was built here at the end of the 19th century and is today better known as the lace house due to its decorations in the elegant Russian baroque style. The house was restored recently according to archived plans and old photographs.
  • Znamensky Monastery – this monastery dates from 1689 and is the residence of the bishop of Irkutsk. Located on the territory of the monastery are graves of several leading Decembrists and their wives who followed them into exile, as well as that of the ‘Russian Columbus’ Grigory Shelikov who explored America for Russia and was one of the founders of the Russian-American Company.
  • Admiral Kolchak Monument – a monument of one of the main leaders of the White Russians during the Russian Civil War. This monument was erected close to the site where he was executed.
 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

 Check-in at your hotel. Night in Irkutsk.


  DAY5 | DEPARTING IRKUTSK

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Transfer to the airport or railway station in Irkutsk.

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 3* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 95458 125500 159894 172664

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 4* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 108658 151900 199494 225464

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.

  • Optional excursions should be booked before the start of the tour to schedule the itinerary.
  • 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 destinations.
  • 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 children.
  • 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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