6-day Ula-Ude and Baikal Summer Tour6 Days | Ulan-Ude, Gremyachinsk village

6-day Ula-Ude and Baikal Summer Tour

Summer at the legendary Lake Baikal – the traveller’s dream! Travel to Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic and learn about the lifestyles and traditions of the indigenous Buryat people and visit the fascinating Ivolginsky Datsan (Buddhist monastery). From your hotel in the lakeside village of Gremyachinsk, enjoy free time to relax and admire Lake Baikal and take a boat trip around the stunning Chivyrkuisky Bay. With a mix of nature, history, and local culture, this 6-day Ulan-Ude and Baikal Summer Tour will appeal to everyone.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Ulan-Ude
 
Arrival in Ulan-Ude in the morning, meet your driver and transfer to the hotel for an early check-in. After breakfast, explore the city. Ulan-Ude was founded in 1666 as a Cossack fortress and became a major trading centre. Take a sightseeing tour to discover the city’s main sights, including “Lenin's Head”, Teatralnaya Square, the Triumphal Arch, the pedestrian street “Arbat”, St. Odigitrievskya Cathedral, Cathedral Street, the place of the city's foundation, and the “Rinpoche Bagsha” Buddhist Centre. Then visit the Museum of the History and Life of the Old Believers of Transbaikalia, one of the largest open-air museums in Russia. Explore the buildings, monuments, and exhibits; learn about traditional life in the early 19th century to early 20th century period; and visit the wildlife enclosure with bears, wolves, deer, and other animals of the Transbaikal region. Return to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 2: Ulan-Ude – Steppe Nomad Ethno-Complex – Ulan-Ude
 
After breakfast, take a day trip to the Atsagat Valley (60 km). Visit the Steppe Nomad Ethno-Complex to learn about the traditions and lifestyle of the Buryat people, hear local legends about the universe and the starry sky, see inside an old felt yurt and a traditional Buryat house, and pose for photos in the Buryat national costume. After a lunch of traditional Buryat cuisine, take a cultural master class to learn how to play shagai naadan (a traditional game using dice) and dance yokhor, the national Buryat dance. Then return to Ulan-Ude. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 3: Ulan-Ude – Gremyachinsk
 
After breakfast, drive to Gremyachinsk village (140 km, 2 hours) on the shore of Lake Baikal. After checking in to the hotel, enjoy free time for optional activities or to relax and enjoy the nature, clean air, and sandy beaches. Overnight at the hotel.

During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
Fishing;
Visit to a traditional Russian banya (sauna).

Day 4: Gremyachinsk – Chivyrkuisky Bay – Gremyachinsk
 
After breakfast, drive to Ust-Barguzin, the starting point for your journey to one of Lake Baikal’s most beautiful bays, Chivyrkuisky Bay. Located within the Trans-Baikal National Park, the bay boasts white sand beaches, warm water, seven islands, various natural monuments, hot springs, and more. Take a boat trip along Chivyrkuisky Bay to see the sights and admire the constantly changing Baikal landscape. Afterwards, return to Gremyachinsk. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9 hours
Day 5: Gremyachinsk – Ulan-Ude – Ivolginsky Datsan – Ulan-Ude
 
Breakfast followed by free time until your 11:00 transfer to Ulan-Ude (140 km, 2 hours). Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and then take a trip to the Ivolginsky Datsan (28 km). This Buddhist monastery was founded in 1945 and is currently the residence of the head of the Buddhist Sangha (community) of Russia. Look around the datsan and visit the main temple, Tsogchen-Dugan, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4 hours
Day 6: Ulan-Ude — Departure
 
Check-out early from the hotel and collect your packed breakfast. Then transfer to the airport to take a morning flight from Ulan-Ude. Departure. End of the tour.
  • All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan type car, 3-7 pax by minivan, 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14+ pax by 40-50 seat bus);
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour programme in each city with local, English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Lunch on Day 2;
  • Visa support for Russian tourist visa;
  • In groups of 11 or more travellers, 1 person travels free of charge and is accommodated in a single room.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners, unless otherwise specified);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Russia tourist visa;
  • Tips/gratuities for guides and drivers (although these would be appreciated);
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Ulan-Ude - 3 nights
Buryatia, Ulan-Ude Park HotelBaikal Plaza, Sagaan Morin
Gremyachinsk - 2 nights
Baikalskaya Riviera HotelBaikalskaya Riviera Hotel

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