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This tour is made for those who has not much time, but wants to see as much as possible. These three days will give you good feeling and understanding of local nature and native people, who inhabit these lands for thousands of years. First day dedicated to the history and culture of Siberia. You will visit two main sights in one day, Listvyanka and Circum-Baikal Railway. The next two days you will visit Olkhon Island, a special place by its energy, which can not leave anyone indifferent. HIGHLIGHTS See the Shaman Rock from fairy tales about Baikal and Angara Taste delicious and famous Baikal Omul fish Enjoy a magic night sky studded by stars and try a real Russian sauna ("banya") Visit the places of the Power where local shamans still speak with spirits.
Day 1 : Arrival
Departure from Irkutsk city center
We will pick up all tourists from any place in the city and start our tour.
Visit open-air wooden architecture museum
Taltsy museum is alive Siberian village of the end of 19th century. It has a school, watermill, real ostrog (wooden kremlin), several yurts and other buildings of the past centuries. All these buildings have their internal expositions, telling the stories, connected with them.
Boat trip to Shaman Rock and Port Baikal
We will take a boat ride to the first tunnel of Circum-Baikal Railway through Shaman Stone and Port Baikal village. We discover a history of the most expensive and difficult to construct part of the Transsiberian, touch old cut stones, take a walk along the railway, visit the local museum, and then take a ferry back to Listvyanka.
Wooden Ortodox church
Wooden church was built in 19th century by local merchant, and it is open till today.
Visit fish and crafts market
We will see how Omul (Baikal Salmon) is smoked, and buy, if you want.
Departure from Listvyanka
We will depart from central part of the town
Arrival in Irkutsk
We arrive to Irkutsk and drop off all travelers at their places of stay.
Day 2 : Irkutsk
Departure from Irkutsk
We pick you up from any point you requested and start tour around Irkutsk.
Moscow gates, monument to the founders of Irkutsk
Moscow gates, which are now reconstructed, used to be the historical point of city entrance of all travellers and merchants of the past. It is also place where ancient town of Irkutsk was founded by cossacks more than 350 years ago.
Main square of the city, built on the place of swamp, is surrounded by buildings of different times of the Old and New Histories.
Karl Marx street
Main street of the city, used to be a part of ostrog wall, the border of the town. Its people and stories.
Visit to Znamensky female monastery and Kazan Church
You will visit the most beautiful and peaceful places of the city.
A restored part of the Old Town
The Old Town area is a good place for walking. From here we start to Olkhon Island.
Arrival in sacred Yord mountain. Lunch at the road cafe.
Yord mountain is a place where ethnic locals come together for Yord (Yordin) games taken now every 2-3 years, celebrating the coming of summer and ledding round dances by thousands of people around the mountain. Also if the road conditions allow we visit petroglyphs (cave drawings) at the hill beside the way. Then we will arrive to the ferry, the only way between mainland and island during most of the year (except February and March, when we'll just cross the lake by the official ice road)
Arrival in Khuzhir village. Shamanka Rock
Khuzhir is located in central part of the island. It is convenient to travel to any place of the island from here. Just next to the village is Shamanka Rock, the most energetic place where local shamans still carry out their rituals. We will see many colorful stripes attached to 13 polls, symbolising the most powerful family of Eagles, lived at the island long time ago. For us, modern people, it's more place to take classic view photo, but maybe you will also feel something peaceful and good in the mind and soul. We will have free time after the walk to the rock. Dinner at 19-00 (included). Traditional Russian sauna (optional, 200 rub per person).
Day 3 : Departure To Irkutsk
Breakfast. Start of jeep tour.
After the breakfast we will start our tour to the most northern point of Olkhon by UAZ, Russian military jeep. We will explore the northern part of Baikal national park.
Kharantsy cape and village
We pass through the village where the airport served local flights to and from Irkutsk. The airport is still maintained by one family, which took this mission since middle of 20th century. "Kharantsy" means "watcher", that is why we see great views from the cape.
We see beautiful views from sandy beach and the old wooden pier made for fish factory, a part of Stalin times prison (GULAG).
Cape Sagan-Khushun and Rock of Three Brothers
This is one the most beautiful spots of the Northern Baikal, the cape is formed from light-color marble, covered by lichens. The is the widest part of Lake Baikal, about 80 km.
Cape Khoboy (Tusk), famous place of the Power.
One of the most beautiful places of the lake, where local people met sunsets and thanked local spirits for their kindness and justice. Despite Baikal is the widest here, you can see another shore and specially the hilly Saint Nose peninsula if the weather allows. There is also Deva (Girl) Rock, which was (by the legend) turned into the rock to avoid evil thoughts to her relatives. We have a lunch here, it is a traditional fire-cooked omul fisherman's soup. After lunch we head to Irkutsk. You can see Sacred Nose peninsula from here, and also, if lucky, Baikal seals during summer.
Arrival back in Khuzhir, then drive to the ferry, departure to Irkutsk
From here we start to go back to the city.
Arrival in Irkutsk
We arrive to Irkutsk and drop you off where you need.
Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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