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Russia Siberia (Eastern) / Lake Baikal Ring

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Route: - Lake Baikal Ring - Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude (Buryat Republic)
Duration:5 days / 4 nights
Date:upon request
Discounts:%28 (2 people);
%38 (3 people);
Difficulty:Not applicable
Cost:1 624 USD
- per 1 person;

A Buddhist temple

A museum of Wooden architecture (Taltsy) near Irkutsk city

Feature tour  Where Cultures Meet

route The goal of this tour is to introduce you to the cultural, ethnic and spiritual diversity of the Baikal area. Find out for yourself that Russia is not just about blond hair and blue eyes, but a place where Slavs and Asian tribes co-exist peacefully together for centuries. Perhaps these phenomena is owed to unforgivable nature of Lake Baikal, which sends a strong message that at the end of the day we all answer to the Mother Earth.


  • Feel the pulse, the power and the beauty of Lake Baikal.
  • Visit two cities, Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude, so close to each other by train, yet so distant and different culturally and religiously.
  • Enjoy the simplicity of the Siberian countryside while hiking, driving or taking a train.
  • Learn about the founders of Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude cities. Walk the main streets to see day-to-day life.
  • Get in touch with culture and traditions of the Shaman and Old believer groups.
  • Discover Siberian hospitality in both urban and country environments.
  • If you are a museum or art fan, there are plenty of opportunities to see rare architectural, historical and artistic treasures in both Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude cities.
  • Virtual Tour (by Claudine and Leo Granbichler)

    Itinerary: Baikal Map-Scheme

    Day 1 - Irkutsk city - Listvyanka village
    Irkutsk...arrival. Meeting. Breakfast. City tour. We will visit the Znamensky Russian Orthodox Church, museum of Fine Arts, drive through the central farm market and old city streets where you can enjoy lovely Siberian wooden architecture. After lunch, we will drive to Listvyanka village (~ 70km/43mi). On the way to Listvyanka, we will stop at the museum of Wooden Architecture "Taltsy". Supper. Overnight in Listvyanka a the local hotel (3 stars level).

    Day 2 - Listvyanka village Ust Orda town Ulan-Ude city
    Listvyankabreakfast. Sightseeing tour. Visit to the Museum of Lake Baikal. Transfer by private car to Ust-Orda town located in Buryat district. In Ust-Orda we will visit a local museum followed by a folk dance, Shaman ceremony and at the end we will have Buryat traditional lunch. Late afternoon transfer to Irkutsk Rail station for departure to Ulan-Ude by overnight train.

    Day 3 - Ulan-Ude city
    Ulan-Ude meeting. Breakfast. City tour. We will walk through the modern and old sections of the city and make a stop at the regional museum. Next, we will drive to Ivolginsky Datsan (Temple) the only Buddhist temple re-opened in 1945 on the territory of the former USSR. After lunch, we will drive to our next destination - the Ethnographic Museum of Transbaikalian People...Established in July 6, 1973, the museum today is one of the largest open air exhibitions in Russia made of individual sections representing the Evenks, Western Buryats, Eastern Buryats, Cossacks, Old Belivers life styles. Late afternoon return to Ulan-Ude. Supper. Overnight at the private family apartment.

    Day 4 - Ulan-Ude city Tarbagatai village
    Ulan-Ude Breakfast. Drive to Tarbagatai village (~ 50km). This village is founded by a religious group called Old Belivers. Folk concert. Demonstration of national costume. Traditional lunch. Late afternoon return to Ulan-Ude. Supper. Overnight at the private family apartment.

    Day 5: Breakfast. Departure to your next destination.

    If you are coming from the East, the tour starts in Ulan-Ude city.


  • Bilingual guide;
  • Family stay, single room (2 nights);
  • Hotel***, single standard room (1 night);
  • Full board (4 full days);
  • All transfers by private car as described;
  • Train Irkutsk -> Ulan-Ude, one way, 2nd class.
  • Admission fees to 4 museums;
  • Sokol orientation guide;

    Not included:

  • Visa registration fee at the hotel upon arrival ($3-6);
  • International/domestic air or train fares;
  • Travel/Health Insurance;
  • Personal expenses

    Special tour-related note:
    Hotel lodging options (required for visa registration):

    Listvyanka lodging choice:
    Hotels "Baikal" or "Baikalskie Terema".

    Ulan-Ude lodging choice:
    Hotels "Gesser" or "Buryatia".

    Related Tours:
    Barguzin Nature Reserve
    Buddhist Culture tours
    Irkutsk the City
    Lake Khovsgol highlights
    Meeting Lake Baikal
    Noble Siberia
    Old Believers of Eastern Siberia
    Olkhon Island-the Siberian Alcatraz
    Peoples of Kamchatka
    Perm36 - the Gulag story
    Rafting the Irkut River
    Rail Tailored trips: Classic Trans-Siberian (10 stops)
    Rail Tour of Circumbaikal Railway
    Theme: The Road of Courage RR
    Trekking Baikal
    Tuva Highlights
    Ulaanbaatar the City
    Visit to Shaman
    Welcome to Ulan-Ude City


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