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Lake Baikal Package - Tour to Olkhon Island

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baikal budget tour  VARIANT 1:    3 days
Day 1: Meet in Irkutsk before 09:30. Departure is at 10:00 for Khuzir, the island's main village and the 6 hours journey. Drive north 250 km./155 ml. along the Promorsky Mountains on Baikal's western shore to the Olkhon Island ferry. Make the crossing (by ice in winter, by ferry-boat in summer, by hovercraft during the interseason) to Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal's largest island at 71 km long and 17 km wide. Approximate arrival time is 16:00 - 17:00. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Khuzir, shared toilet and washing facilities. Free time. In the afternoon group members can explore the village and visit the museum of Local Lore. A walking excursion can be done through the village down to the 4km sandy ice beach and the Cape of Burkhan to see the sunset at the famouse Crag of Shaman (Rock Temple). Dinner is at 19:00 at the guesthouse. (D)


Day 2: Trip to the North: Breakfast at 9am. At 10:00 depart by Russian military jeeps (on ice in winter) to explore Olkhon Island and classic Lake Baikal vistas. Entrance fee to the national park (90R not included). Heading north and make stops at Sagaan-Khushun Cape, coastal icy caves, frozen blue hummocks and stretches of beach along the way, including the 200m./650'-high cliffs of Khoboy Cape at the northern tip of the island. Picnic-lunch made on fire (lunch box in winter) is at Khoboi cape. In summer visit also Shunte cape and Uzur bay. Return to Khuzir in the afternoon. Dinner and night in the guesthouse in Khuzir. (B, L, D)


Day 3: After breakfast, board the public bus at 10:00 and drive to the ferry-station. Cross the strait by ice (ferry-boat in summer) to the mainland and drive to Irkutsk. Stop for lunch en route in the buryat village of Bayandai. Approximate arrival time in Irkutsk is 16:00. (B)


Price: 8000 R    (Currency converter)


Price includes:
  • Accommodation: Guest house in Olkhon / 2 nights
  • Pick up from your place in Irkutsk city
  • Transportation: bus from Irkutsk to Khuzir and back to Irkutsk
  • Ground Transport on day 2: jeep UAZ, fuel, driver and driver's travel expenses
  • Meals: As specified in itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Activities: Tours and visits as specified in itinerary




Baikal transparent ice and icy cave explorer
Baikal Icy caves explore

Ice hummocks in lake Baikal

baikal sunset ice photographing

baikal budget tour  VARIANT 2:    4 days
Day 1: Meet in Irkutsk before 09:30. Departure is at 10:00 for Khuzir, the island's main village and the 6 hours journey. Drive north 250 km./155 ml. along the Promorsky Mountains on Baikal's western shore to the Olkhon Island ferry. Make the crossing (by ice in winter, by ferry-boat in summer, by hovercraft during the interseason) to Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal's largest island at 71 km long and 17 km wide. Approximate arrival time is 16:00 - 17:00. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Khuzir, shared toilet and washing facilities. Free time. In the afternoon group members can explore the village and visit the museum of Local Lore. A walking excursion can be done through the village down to the 4km sandy ice beach and the Cape of Burkhan to see the sunset at the famouse Crag of Shaman (Rock Temple). Dinner is at 19:00 at the guesthouse. (D)

Day 2: Trip to the North: Breakfast at 9am. At 10:00 depart by Russian military jeeps (on ice in winter) to explore Olkhon Island and classic Lake Baikal vistas. Entrance fee to the national park (90R not included). Heading north and make stops at Sagaan-Khushun Cape, coastal icy caves, frozen blue hummocks and stretches of beach along the way, including the 200m./650'-high cliffs of Khoboy Cape at the northern tip of the island. Picnic-lunch made on fire (lunch box in winter) is at Khoboi cape. In summer visit also Shunte cape and Uzur bay. Return to Khuzir in the afternoon. Dinner and night in the guesthouse in Khuzir. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Trip to the South: Breakfast. Starts from Khuzir village and drive by Russian military jeeps UAZ by ice to the south. The main stops are: Observation spot to the Khuzir village and Yalga bay. Then drive to Ogoi island and climb (easy 10-15 min) to the top for a stupa of Enlightning and observation view. Continue driving on ice along the shores of Baikal and visit ice spots with bubbles. Lunch-box enroute. Visit Khorgoi cape with reamins of the ancient Kyrykan defending wall, spot Zamok, big sea observation spot. Return to Khuzir village in the afternoon. Dinner and night in the guesthouse in Khuzir. On request Banya (Steam bath) in the evening. (B, L, D) Depending on the weather and conditions of the road the program and the number of visits can be different.

Day 4: After breakfast, board the public bus at 10:00 and drive to the ferry-station. Cross the strait by ice (ferry-boat in summer) to the mainland and drive to Irkutsk. Stop for lunch en route in the buryat village of Bayandai. Approximate arrival time in Irkutsk is 16:00. (B)

Price: 10500 R    (Currency converter)

Price includes:
  • Accommodation: Guest house in Olkhon / 3 nights
  • Pick up from your place in Irkutsk city
  • Transportation: bus from Irkutsk to Khuzir and back to Irkutsk
  • Ground Transport on day 2 and 3: jeep UAZ, fuel, driver and driver's travel expenses
  • Meals: As specified in itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Activities: Tours and visits as specified in itinerary



Driving on Baikal transparent ice
Fields of Baikal ice hummocks
Icycles near the frozen caves of Baikal
Group of happy tourists walking against Baikal wind
The above are budget variants of the 3 & 4 day tour to Olkhon Island. The tour includes a public bus transportation between Irkutsk and the island. The tour doesn't include english-speaking guide.

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Olkhon reviews  After being recommended to us by several sources, we decided to book a budget tour with BaikalEx. The tour included transport, food, accommodation and a tour around the island. The organisation of the trip from Irkutsk was very good and we were able to be in contact with an English-speaking representative 24/7, which was of great help in a land where English is not spoken. We stayed at a very comfortable accommodation organised by Baikal Explorer. Olga, our host, took good care of us. She also prepared all the meals for us in a traditional Russian manner. The Island was stunning and the landscape is unforgettable.

Visiting Olkhon Island in Baikal Lake

(20-22 October, 2016)
Diana and Stefano
LONDON




Olkhon reviews  We recently took the Variant 2 Budget Package Tour of Olkhon Island and throughly enjoyed the experience. Olga in the Fisherman\'s guesthouse was such a welcoming host and the Jeep ride was one of the highlights of our trip. Olkhon Island is unbelievably beautiful and when we were there (in June), the wildflowers were in full force. Very enjoyable trip overall (not counting the mini-bus ride which was not so much fun! But nevertheless an experience to remember).

(11-14 June, 2010)
Lynda Hanwella
USA




Olkhon reviews  Thank you for the trip to Olkhon Island, it is a great place to be! We loved the trip in the van to the north of the island, and especially the terrific lunch the driver made, it was awesome! Also we loved Olga's homestay and the dinners, lunch and breakfasts we got there, it was really good. Unfortunately we do not speak Russian at all, so we could not tell these people how great it was, all we could say was a little 'spasiba'....... but that was not enough! I hope that you can thank the driver and Olga's place for us, and tell them that we enjoyed the stay very much!!!!! A little unclear was how we were supposed to get to the hostel and also the way back. We would have liked to have a little bit more information about that. Maybe for following guests?!

Thank you again,
Kind regards,

Anneke Botman
Ype van Strien



baikal  yes we know it took us far too long to thank you for your service on our trip around lake Baikal.

We enjoyed every single minute in this fabulous region. Everything you prepared, worked perfectly. There was definitely nothing to worry about.

We still have in mind your answer to our question "Do we need anything?". And you told us to keep the batteries for our cameras ready.

Using the public transport together with local people, gave us very good experience and knowledge about living in Russia.

The trip to the Selenga lighthouse was a phantastic experience in a very remote traditional settlement. The language difficulties did not really effect the fun and experience of the trip, it just made it a bit difficult at the start.

Thank you again very much for your support and the perfect organization of our trip. We are sure we have not been in Russia and in your region the last time, we definitely come back.

Best regards,
Claudia Busse and Harald Tiedemann
Germany


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