Moscow – Irkutsk with cruise 8 nights
9 days / 8 nights
Moscow + Baikal Lake (9 days/8 nights) – Lake Baikal Cruise
WELCOME TO SIBERIA!
Sacred Waters of Lake Baikal
DAY 1 MOSCOW
Arrival in Moscow. You’ll be met at the airport by a driver with a plate SPECTRUM and your name. Transfer to the hotel.
A Moscow city tour (3,5-4 hours). Includes all the main highlights of the Russian capital.
DAY 2 MOSCOW
Breakfast at the hotel. Checkingout.
10.00 An excursion to the Moscow Kremlin. The Territory + the Armory Chamber. Total duration is 3,5 hours.
15.00 A walking tour along the Old Arbat Street, Moscow’s most famous street for shopping of the Russian souvenirs and acquaintance with historical buildings.
17.00 Transfer to the airport, an evening flight to Irkutsk. The flight time is round 6 hours.
DAY 3 IRKUTSK – LAKE BAIKAL CRUISE
In the morning arrival in Irkutsk. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to Listvyanka settlement, then move to the berth and embarking the ship. Acquaintance with the crew and safety instructions.
10.00 Departure to Sandy Bay.
17.00 Arrival in Sandy Bay, a walking tour along picturesque shore. It is possible to organize the Russian steam bath (for extra charge).
Sandy Bay is the most popular place on Lake Baikal. "Stilt" trees grow here while the wind and water constantly blow and wash away the sand from under their roots - that's why the roots remind of stilts. You will go to the cape Sagan-Khushun, where you will see three rocks -"Three brothers". The cliffs of Sagan-Khushun are in the list of the natural heritage sites of Baikal.
DAY 4 – LAKE BAIKAL CRUISE
Early in the morning a boat leaves to Ogoi Island through the Maloy More Strait. In around 7-9 hours you’ll reach Ogoi Island and hike to the top of the island, where volunteers erected the Buddhist stupa in 2005.
In Buddhism Stupas denote the mountain connecting the earth, sky and space. Ogoi Island is free of negative energy, clear land. The stupa of enlightenment is on the top of the island (512m) on the height of 50m above Baikal level. Buddhists believe the oftener you go around the sacred places like stupa the more possibile that made up wishes would come true. They also believe that if you go around the stupa for 108 times it guarantees you the cleansing of a sin. Our guide will tell you the details and peculiarities for visiting the stupa.
The boat leaves towards Olhon Island.
There are also many islands on Lake Baikal (in total: about 45 islands and islets). Island of Olkhon is one of the most famous. It is a big island with several villages and it is 700 square kilometers in area. It is called as the heart of Baikal as it is situated right in the middle of the lake and has the same shape as Baikal. Olhon is the historical and sacred center of Baikal. It is the focus of early legends and historical traditions, but at the same time famous for its natural beauty. Olkhon is the region of forests and grasslands that supports deer, brown bears, and a wide range of birds. It is the energetic and sacral centre. There is a great number of interesting legends about the island, local people – buryats, the spirits of this place, the landlord of Olkhon and etc. Here you will feel the real pure energy of Baikal. There are no dangerous beasts of pray on the island, or mosquitos, or midges. Olkhon is included in the territory of the National park.
DAY 5 – LAKE BAIKAL CRUISE
The early departure to Chivyrkuy Bay, the second largest bay of Lake Baikal, which is situated in the north-east of the lake. The trip will take you 10-12 hours.
Lunch. Arrival in the Bay.
The Bay is not deep, and the southern end of the bay is the shallowest. Due to its shallowness, the water in Chivyrkuy Bay is warmed up well in summer. The water temperature reaches 20-22ºC, and in the southern part of the bay it can be even higher. The nature of this unique corner created conditions necessary for a summer holiday: cosy wind-sheltered lagoons, clean sandy beaches and warm transparent water. The entire territory of the bay is included in the protected zone of the National Park. Usually tourists coming to Chivyrkuy Bay cannot help visiting Snake Bay (8 km off the settlement of Kurbulik) where there is a thermal natural spring with the same name. The flow rate of the spring is 20 m3/day with water temperature from 39 to 42ºC. Two log cabins have been built here for bathing. The water, which is rich in hydrocarbon and sulphate-sodium, is used for curing musculoskeletal diseases.
DAY 6 – LAKE BAIKAL CRUISE
In the morning is the departure towards the Ushkan Islands where it is possible to watch rookery of seals. Arrival. A walking tour.
The departure towards Cape Khoboy on Olkhon Island.
Khoboi is situated near the widest point of Lake Baikal - 79,5 km. One can understand why Baikal is compared sometimes with a sea. Cape Khoboy (in the Buryat language, “khoboy” means a canine tooth) is the most northern cape on Olkhon Island. On Khoboy it is possible to see the rock with woman's face outlines. According to one of the legends, this is the face of a woman who asked the Gods for a beautiful and big palace, and for that she was turned into the rock. Cape Khoboy has become a popular place for meditation. The place produces remarkable, multiple echoes, which bounce off the rock. When exploring the caves in winter, one can witness amazing ice formations and transparent icicles. In the cliffs at water level, there are caves up to 22 meters (or 72 feet) long.
DAY 7 – LAKE BAIKAL CRUISE
An early departure towards Kadilniy Bay, which is the border of the National Park. A walking tour along the Bay with beautiful scenary.
DAY 8 - END of LAKE BAIKAL CRUISE. IRKUTSK
After breakfast arrival in Listvianka settlement. End of the cruise. Disembarking. Transfer to Inkutsk (65 km). Hotel check-in.
Transfer to the airport. A flight to Moscow/Beijing.
The program should starts on Saturdays.
The price includes: