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.

  • Irkutsk sightseeing and boat ride along the mighty Angara River.

  • Traditional Siberian lunch.

  • Chillout afternoon either to enjoy a short boat ride along the river or simply to sip hot tea cups straight from the samovar in one of the town's many cafés.

  • Dinner and overnight in Irkutsk.

Day 2 - Olkhon island

  • 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 the island: go wild and let your senses guide you!

  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Khuzhir.

Day 3 - Olkhon island

  • 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 Village, an abandoned settlement with a dark history to tell.

  • Transfer back to Khuzhir and relax in a traditional Siberian bath house.

  • Dinner and overnight in Khuzhir.

Day 4 - Olkhon island 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: we will arrange transfer to Irkutsk International Airport for your flight back home.

  • For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: we will arrange transport to the train/bus station.

  • End of the tour.


4 to 9 participants: 600 € 

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.

Please note: our short trips are generally offered as extension to our tours. Upon request we can take care of transport and connections between the two segments of a trip combination and guarantee you a smooth transfer from one tour to the next. Please see below for a list of possible combinations for this trip. Flexibility is our motto and an exception to the rule is always possible. This means that this short trip may be also offered as a standalone tour if the demand is high enough. Please see our F.A.Q. or contact us for further details.

where the heck am i travelling to?  

BELOW you can see the different tour stages marked on a map of the region you are going to explore with us



Buryatia and/or Altai