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Immersion in Baikal

11d/10n - $2,190
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February - March
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Trans-Siberian Railway
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Your guide is also a Russian teacher
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Moscow - Trans-Siberian - Irkustk - Ulan-Ude 

Lake Baikal is the deepest, most beautiful and the oldest lake in the world. There are a lots of legends associated with this mysterious place that becomes completely frozen during the winter. This ice is so thick that you can even drive across the Lake, on an area the size of Belgium.

Join us for a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway to learn Russian during the journey and then discover the frozen lake in immersion. 

This is a trip of a lifetime that we are proposing you!

Поехали!

Program

Day 1 - 3

Trans-Siberian Railway

The great departure

Meeting at the Moscow Yaroslavsky railway station. You will be introduced to your professional guide and Russian teacher at the railway station who will accompany you throughout your whole journey.

 

Boarding on the Trans-Siberian train, depart to Irkutsk.

 

 

Day 1 - 3 / mornings & afternoons

Russian classes

Everyday in the train, while enjoying across the windows the magical beauty of the Russian's countryside, a Russian native professional teacher will give you lessons of Russian. It can be only an easy initiation to the language, or a deeper practice depending on your level and your mood. 

 

 

Day 1 - 3 / evenings

Russian culture

In the evening, while drinking your tea from the famous Samovar, our guide will tell you more about the Russian culture, its rich history and strong traditions.

Day 4

Arrival in Irkutsk

City tour

Upon your arrival in Irkutsk, you will be met by your local guide who will take you for a sightseeing tour of this mythical city.

 

Once called the “Paris of Siberia”, Irkutsk is one of the main historical and cultural center of Siberia. You will walk through the city center and have a look at the main monuments of Irkutsk: the Church of the Saviour, the Church of the Epiphany, various old typical wooden houses, and the Angara Quay with the monument of the Tsar Alexander III who launched the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

Lunch

 

Irkutsk Decembrists Museum

After the Lunch, you will visit the Museum of Decembrists where you will get acquainted with the history and life of exiled nobles, visit the famous "130th quarter" – a unique area of recreated merchant mansions and traditional Siberian architecture.

 

Dinner

Day 5

Listvyanka

Breakfast

 

Transfer to Listvyanka

It is a village located on the shore of Lake Baikal at the source of the Angara river. It is the only river originating from the lake among the 336 rivers that flow into it.

 

On the way we will visit the ethnographic open-air Museum "Taltsy". The exhibits of the museum are the original wooden buildings of the peoples of Siberia built in XVII – XIX centuries.

 

Lunch & check-in at the hotel

Listvyanka village

Walking around Listvyanka, you will have a fascinating and informative excursion to the Baikal Limnological Museum. We will see aquariums with Baikal seals and other inhabitants of Baikal.

 

Afterwards you will take the funicular to the observation deck called "The Stone of Chersky" with a breathtaking view of the ice-bound Baikal and the source of the Angara river, which does not freeze even in the strong Siberian frost.

Dinner

Snow-Mobile Expedition

Day 6

Breakfast

 

Snowmobile tour in the Russian Taiga

In the morning, you will meet with a guide and go on a snowmobile tour in the Russian Taiga around the Lake.

 

The route will take you to the recreation center “Priyut Staratelya” when you will have a lunch break.

 

You will continue further to the “Bolshiye Koty” village, which is on the shore of the Lake. On the way, you will also have the opportunity to ride your snowmobile on the frozen lake as well! The ice is 1,5 meters thick, so you don’t need to worry!

 

You will then come back to your hotel in Listvyanka village.

 

Dinner

Crossing the lake

Day 7

Breakfast

 

Crossing of the Lake

You will get to cross the lake in a hovercraft! The crossing will be from the Listvyanka village to Tankhoy on the other shore. The complete crossing lasts about 1 hour, but you will of course get the opportunity to stop by, right in the middle of the lake for some ice walking and pictures sessions!

 

From Tankhoy to Ulan-Ude

Upon your arrival to Tankhoy, you will be taken in charge by a minibus, which will first stop in a National Park and then arrives in Ulan-Ude, the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, where you will have a nice dinner.

Day 8

Old traditions

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Russian classes 

 

Ivolginsky Datsan - Spiritual Capital of Buddhist Russia

A sightseeing tour for you will be held by lama datsana. In the datsan you will do a goroo, a prayer tour around datsan. You will then visit the main temple Tsogchen-Dugan.

Tarbagataï Village

A sightseeing trip will take you to visit the old believers (staroobryadtsy) of Transbaikalia in the village of Tarbagatai. You will visit the ancient Orthodox Church of Holy Christ and the museum of history and life of the old believers of Transbaikalia. There will also be a performance of a local folklore band.

 

Dinner (traditional cuisine of the old believers).

Immersion in Siberia

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel.

Resting time / Practice of the Russian language 

 

Lunch

Ust-Barguzin Village

Departure to the village of Ust-Barguzin (270 km from Ulan-Ude). On the way you will visit the Baturinsky convent, the Baikal lighthouse in the village of Turka, the natural monument "Cherepakha" (“Turtle”)

Upon arrival accommodation at guest houses (in families of local residents).

 

You will then have the possibility to enjoy a traditional Russian Banya (bathhouse) and engage conversations with locals.

Day 10

The Ice World

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Transfer to one of the most beautiful places on Baikal – Chivyrkuysky Bay. 

You will have a car excursion around the Chivyrkuisky Bay, visit the Zmeyeviy thermal spring, the islands of the bay and take excellent photos in the ice Baikal grottoes.

 

Under-Ice Fishing

Then we will participate in under-ice fishing by pulling Evenk fishing tackles. Under-ice fishing for grayling in a fishing Yurt camping. Brave adventurers will have a chance to swim in the hot springs of Zmeinaya Bay.

 

Lunch (picnic) at the fishing house in the Katun village.

 

Transfer back to Ust-Barguzin

 

Dinner

Day 11

The End...

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Check-out at the hotel

 

Transfer to Ulan-Ude, and last visit of the city center with a visit of souvenir shops

 

Transfer to the airport

 

Flight from Ulan-Ude to Moscow (5 h)

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$2,190

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$2,190

Standard price per person

Conditions

Standard Conditions

​The price includes

  • 10 hours of Russian classes

  • Significant time spent with a Russian teacher throughout the journey (in addition to lessons)

  • 5 hours of Russian culture (Optional)

  • Train ticket (2nd class)

  • Excursions with an English-speaking local guide

  • Accommodation in hotels (standard double room) and with host families

  • Meals mentioned in the programme

  • Vouchers & visa support

The price does not include

  • Meals which are not mentioned in the program

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Flights

  • Personal insurance

Premium Offer

The premium offer includes at least one of these services.

  • All flights (domestic and international)

  • Full visa support (online questionnaire and deposit at the visa center) 

  • All transfers from/to airports, hotels, railway station, etc.

  • Additional days, activities, hotels, destinations

  • Single room option

  • Personnalisation of the tour / Individual tour

  • Additional guide speaking your language during the tour 

  • Insurance 

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Booking

You have two options to book a tour​ with us

  1. Book directly below by choosing your date to secure your spot, then fill in your information. It is completely free, no credit card required.

  2. Or send us a message for more information and more dates.

Booking & Cancellation

1. Regular services

A deposit of 30% (thirty percent) will be required to confirm your order of any Service. Another part of the payment (70% (seventy percent)) shall be paid 1 (one) month before the start of provision of any of the Services.

Terms of Cancellation

If cancellation of the ordered Services or any of the ordered Services occurs:

1) more than 30 (thirty) days before the start of provision of the Services, then the cancellation fee is €100 (one hundred euros) per person. If any of the applicable fees and/or charges (including, but not limited to banking, payment systems’, etc.) are higher than €100 (one hundred euros) per person, then the necessary amount is paid by a customer,

2) between 30 (thirty) days and 7 (seven) days before the start of provision of the Services – 30% (thirty percent) of the total price of the Services,

3) in less than 7 (seven) days before the start of provision of the Services, the cancellation fee is 100% (one hundred percent) of the total price for the Services.

2. Premium Services

A deposit of 50% (fifty percent) will be required to confirm your order of any Service. Another part of the payment (50% (fifty percent) shall be paid 1 (one) month before the start of provision of any of the Services.

 

Terms of Cancellation

If cancellation of the ordered Services or any of the ordered Services occurs:

1) more than 30 (thirty) days before the start of provision of the Services, then the cancellation fee is €100 (one hundred euros) per person. If any of the applicable fees and/or charges (including, but not limited to banking, payment systems’, etc.) are higher than €100 (one hundred euros) per person, then the necessary amount is paid by a customer,

2) between 30 (thirty) days and 7 (seven) days before the start of provision of the Services – 50% (fifty percent) of the total price of the Services,

3) in less than 7 (seven) days before the start of provision of the Services, the cancellation fee is 100% (one hundred percent) of the total price for the Services.

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