Group size: 4-9 people
Meet at the railway station/airport accompanied by our English-speaking guide. Check-in to the Victoria hotel. Shower/rest. Enjoy a 2-hour walking city tour. It starts at the historical part of the city: Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone-structure Church of the Saviour and the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, Polish Roman Catholic Church. The tour leads you through the Kirov Square and circus, taking you to the main street of Irkutsk, the Karl Marks Street. You’ll walk along the street to get to the Angara river embankment. Right there, where the monument to Alexander III is, all young people gather, so you’ll have a chance to see “the youth culture” of Irkutsk. Free time. Overnight.
Breakfast. Car transfer to the village situated only 60km away from Irkutsk - Listvyanka. On the way visit an open-air wooden architecture museum “Taltsy”. In the museum you’ll see the settlements of indigenous Siberian people of 17th-20th centuries. Some of the buildings presented in the museum were brought there from the villages that were flooded after building hydro-electric dams in the Irkutsk region. Check-in to a mini-hotel. Guided walk to a local biological museum that has a set of aquariums. In one of them there is the only mammal representative – the Baikal Seal. Visit a nearby view point, where you’ll get a chance to take panoramic pictures of Baikal from above. Enjoy your visit to a local 19th century wooden St.Nicolas church and a local fish market where you’ll see a great variety of fish and different ways of cooking it. Free time. Overnight.
Free day to sleep in and be lazy or try some truly Siberian entertainment like dog-sledding and snowmobiling for extra cost. You’ll see many beautiful sculptures made of transparently clear ice of Lake Baikal. Overnight.
Breakfast. A day long trip to the northern part of the Island by car (lunch included). You’ll be taken to the best view points of Olkhon Island where the guide will introduce you to all mysterious legends that this place holds. Return to the village. Banya (Russian Sauna) in the evening. Overnight.
Breakfast. Check-out from the mini-hotel. Transfer to Irkutsk. Check-in to the Victoria hotel in the late afternoon. Free time. Overnight.
The price includes:
- Accommodation at the Victoria hotel for 2 nights;
- Accommodation at the mini-hotel in Listvynka (shared facilities) – possible upgrade;
- Accommodation at the mini-hotel on Olkhon Island (shared facilities) – possible upgrade;
- Meals as listed in the itinerary;
- Transfers as listed in the itinerary;
- Full guided service for the whole trip;
- Tours and trips as listed in the itinerary;
- Museum tickets;
- National park entrance fee;
- Visa registration.