Legends of Baikal and Buryatia

Group size

1-30

Duration

6 days

Season

All-year-round

Language

Optional

Trip overview

Buryatia is one of the most interesting regions of Russia. And you can travel  at any time of the year: the sun shines 320 days a year! The people in Buryatia are friendly, the cuisine is wonderful!
But first of all, tourists are attracted by the nature of Buryatia. In one region you can see all the landscapes of Eurasia: mountains, taiga, steppes, tundra, desert, plain. And, of course, the oldest lake on the planet Baikal.

Probably every traveler dreams of seeing Lake Baikal — the deepest lake on the planet. The nature of Lake Baikal is unique, and most of the animals that inhabit its shores are not found in other places. 

Not far from Ulan-Ude there is Turka village that is in «Baikal harbor». A trip to Lake Baikal can be not just an option for outdoor activities, but a real adventure, which will be pleasant to remember even after many years.

 

Itinerary 6-day program

Day 1 – Acquaintance with the city of Ulan-Ude (B,L,D

Arrival in Ulan-Ude
Meeting at the Baikal airport
Transfer to the hotel.  Check-in.
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

13:00-15:00 Sightseeing and walking tour in the capital of the Republic of Buryatia
— to the city of Ulan-Ude:
— Council Square
— Monument to V.I. Lenin
— Zero kilometer
— House of the merchant Rosenstein
— Theatre square
— Triumphal Arch
— Museum of the History of Ulan-Ude
— Walk along the pedestrian street «Arbat»,
-Pl. Revolution
— Shopping arcade of the merchant Kurbatov 1820,
— Holy — Hodegetria Cathedral
-ul. Cathedral, the founding place of Ulan-Ude.
Lunch
15:00 – 16:00 In continuation of the excursion program in the city — a visit to Datsan “Rinpoche Bagsha” on Lysaya (Bold) Mountin, from where a beautiful panoramic view of the city opens.

16:20 – 17:30 — * Add. Excursion: Ethnographic Museum of the peoples of Transbaikalia in the open air (the museum has collected more than 40 architectural monuments and 11 thousand exhibits)
Upon arrival 10/07 — 15/07, it is possible to pay for a fee to visit the festival “Night of the Yokhor.
Dinner.
18:30 — Return to the hotel. Free time

Day 2 — ethno-complex «Steppe nomad» (B,L,D

08:00 — Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
09:50 — Group gathering in the hotel lobby.
10:00 — 16:30 — * A trip to the Atsagat Valley (60 km from Ulan-Ude) with a visit to a Buddhist monastery in the village of Atsagat and the ethno-complex «Steppe Nomad».
Tour of the ethno-complex:
— a visit to the yurt of the Galaxy, Buryat legends about
the universe and the starry sky;
— acquaintance with traditions and everyday life drilled in felt
an ancient yurt and in a traditional Buryat house of the end
XIX and early XX centuries;
— Photographing in a Buryat national costume;
Lunch in the complex (Buryat national cuisine)
Continuation of acquaintance with the ethno-complex: —
Master class on the Buryat game «Step Naadan» (a game in
bones),
— training in the national Buryat dance «Yokhor».
16:30 — Departure to Ulan-Ude.
17:30 — Return to the hotel. Free time.

Day 3 – Ivolginsky datsan — Baikal, Gremyachinsk (B,L,D

08:00 — Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Check-out.
09:45 — Group gathering in the hotel lobby.
A walk to the Museum of History. Khangalov.
10:00 — Museum tour — exhibition “Three Residences Pandito Khambo Lam, 3rd floor.
11:00 — Excursion to the Ivolginsky datsan (30 km) — center Buddhism in Russia, the residence of the Pandito Hambo Lama. At datsan, the Buddhist University «Dashi» operates
Choinhorlin them. Dam Darzha Zayaeva «, where at present about 100 students are studying at
four faculties: philosophical, tantric, iconographic and medical.
11:40 -13: 30 — Circuit of the sacred circle.
Visiting temples, including the main temple — Sogchen Dugan. Before departure — time to visit the Ethnic Gallery of the Arts of the peoples of Asia shopping for souvenirs, medicinal herbs and
religious paraphernalia.
14:00 — Time for lunch in a cafe in the city. Not included.
15:00 — Departure to Lake Baikal, Gremyachinsk (140 km).
19:00 — * Arrival in Gremyachinsk.
Accommodation at the Park-Hotel Baikal Riviera.
Dinner.

Day 4 –Baikal, Gremyachinsk (B,L,D) 

09:00 — Breakfast at the recreation center. Free time.
10:00 — Excursion to the village. Turk. Stop at the natural Monument on Baikal — the stone «Turtle». Visit tourist and recreational area in the village of Turka (if possible — climb to the lighthouse).
13:00 — Lunch at the restaurant of the Baikalskaya Park-Hotel Riviera».
14:00 — Departure to the city. Transfer to Ulan-Ude (140 km.)
17:00 — Arrival in Ulan-Ude, accommodation at the hotel.

 

Day 5 — Old Believers compound (B,L,D

08:00 — Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
09:30 — * Group meeting in the hotel lobby. Departure to from. Tarbagatai (55 km)
10:00 -11: 00 — On the way, stop at the sacred mountain “Omulevka” (a.k.a. Mount “Sleeping Lion”) — one of the saints places of Buddhists and shamanists of Buryatia. Climb the mountain photosission. From the height of the hill opens a picturesque panoramic view of the valley of the Selenga river.
11:30 — 16:00 — Arrival at the Old Believers’ Compound
Lunch (traditional Old Believer cuisine)
Afternoon sightseeing program:
— acquaintance with the Old Believers (family) folk culture — they will show you
unique polyphonic singing of the Old Believers Transbaikalia;
— participation in the ceremony of dressing the bride to melodic family songs;
— a master class in cooking in the Russian oven, spinning on a self-spinning wheel;
— visit to the estate, familiarity with life, the economic structure of the Old Believers;
— visit to the Museum of Culture and Family;
— Visit to the Old Orthodox Church.
16:30 — Departure to Ulan-Ude.
17:30 — Return to the hotel. Free time.

Day 6 — Departure (B

07:00 — Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
07:30 — Transfer to the airport.
08:05 \ 09:25 -Departure

* The order and time of events in the program may vary.

 

Tour price per 1 pax ( twin sup):
490 EUR per person in a group of  4 + 1
440 EUR per person in  a group of 10 + 1
400 EUR per person in a group of 15 + 1

Tour cost includes:

*twin accommodation according to the program 
* transfers according to the program,
* services of an accompanying guide-translator on the route
*excursion service according to the program
*three meals a day in restaurants according to the program

NOT included:

*strong drinks
*other services not mentioned in the programme

 

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