the sublime pearl of soviet siberia
Irkutsk – Olkhon Island
DAY 1 - Irkutsk
In the morning you will meet your tour guide in the lobby of the designated hotel (exact hotel address and meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email; private airport pickup and shuttle service available for a small additional fee).
Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while in the Baikal National Park.
Soviet Irkutsk sightseeing and boat ride along the mighty Angara River.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in Irkutsk.
DAY 2 - Olkhon
Transfer by car and speedboat to Khuzhir, the main town on Olkhon, an otherworldly beautiful island located just a few hundred metres off the western shore of the lake.
Free afternoon on Olkhon island: go wild and let your senses guide you!
Lunch, dinner and overnight in Khuzhir.
DAY 3 - Olkhon
After breakfast we'll head up to Khoboy, the northern tip of the island, mainly inhabited by the indigenous Buryat people.
Traditional Buryat lunch.
After lunch we'll visit Peschanaya, an abandoned Soviet settlement with a dark history to tell.
Transfer back to Khuzhir and relax in a typical Siberian bath house.
Dinner and overnight in Khuzhir.
DAY 4 - Olkhon and Irkutsk
We'll spend a last lazy morning in Khuzhir enjoying the slow pace of local life and the stunning beauty of the surrounding nature.
After lunch we'll slowly head back to Irkutsk for the night.
Dinner and overnight in Irkutsk.
DAY 5 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations
After enjoying a last Siberian breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.
For those flying out: transfer to Irkutsk International Airport for your flight back home.
For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: transfer to the train/bus station.
End of the tour.
4 to 9 participants: 600 € per person
Regular monthly departures
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (single supplement: 18 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan + ferry), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights, transport to and from the airport of arrival/departure (35 euros/ride), meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.