Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Moscow, Russia
None Dinner

Arrival – Welcome to Russia!


Upon your arrival our English speaking guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to hotel.

• Dinner at Hotel Restaurant

Day 2
Moscow, Russia
None Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at hotel


Kremlin and Cathedrals tour:

Originally every Russian town would have held a Kremlin, or fortress in Russian, but today the word is synonymous with the Moscow Kremlin, the official residence of the Russian President, and home to the Russian Orthodox Church. This tour will take you on a guided visit to the three cathedrals of Cathedral Square; the Dormition Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, and the Cathedral of the Archangel. You’ll see the Ivan the Great Bell Tower with its gold onion-domed roof, which was once the tallest building in Moscow. The tour ends with the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon, neither of which have been used, but which are displayed as a testament to their size and design.


• Red square and St. Basil’s Cathedral photo stop


These are the most famous sites that come to mind when you hear – Russia.


Visit to GUM ( State Department Store on the Red Square):

Directly opposite the Mausoleum, on the eastern side of the square, lies the building which houses Russia's most famous shopping mall - the State Department Store, GUM. Since the fall of communism, several other shopping centers and hypermarkets have sprung up to rival it in prestige, but GUM retains its status as a consumer Mecca for visitors to Moscow. In the Soviet Union, the top floor was home to Section 100, a secret clothing store only open to the highest echelons of the party. Nowadays the rows of exclusive boutiques are accessible to anyone with a platinum card. That said, the building itself is glorious, and there are still a few more interesting relics of a bygone era on the higher floors that make it well worth exploring.


• Time for lunch on your own

• Novodevichiy Convent


The Novodevichy (or New Maiden) Convent is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia. Founded by Tsar Vasily III in 1524, the Convent marked winning the city of Smolensk back from the Lithuanians in 1514. The new convent was consecrated in honor of the Mother of God Hodigidria which according to a legend was painted by St. Luke himself.

  

The Convent served as a retirement home for the women of the royal and noble families. The "retirement" was either voluntary or forced, and having taken the veil the women stayed at the Convent for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the most famous dwellers of the Novodevichy Convent were Tsarina Godunova, widow of Tsar Fedor; Peter the Great's older sister Sophia and his first wife Evdokia.


Moscow Metro Stations Tour:

The Metro began operating in Moscow in 1935 with a single 11 km line connecting just thirteen stations, but it has since grown into the world’s fourth busiest transit system, spanning more than 300 kilometers and offering 188 stops along the way.

The Moscow Metro was one of the USSR’s most extravagant architectural projects, with stations constructed as luxurious “palaces for the people”. Built under the command of Stalin, the iron-fisted leader ordered the metro’s artists and architects to design a structure that embodied svet (radiance or brilliance) and svetloe budushchee (a radiant future).


• Dinner at a city restaurant

• Overnight at the hotel

Day 3
Irkutsk, Russia
Moscow, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Early morning flight Moscow-Irkutsk

• Arrival to Irkutsk


• Meet our English speaking guide at the airport

• Additional breakfast at the hotel in Irkutsk

• 4 hour City tour with Decembrists museum visit


Pick up at your hotel in Irkutsk your guide will make you visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox churches and a Polish Cathedral (the only Siberian Gothic-style building), you will see many small one- and two-story wooden houses or cabins that are decorated with “wooden laces” (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century. Visit the Decembrist House. During the city tour of Irkutsk, our guide tells you about the development of the Siberian city evolution, and shows the most interesting sights and peculiar features of one of the most beautiful cities in Russia.


• Lunch in the city restaurant – special local dishes

• Departure by bus to Listvyanka village

• Visit to Museum of Wooden Architecture Taltsy

• Visit of Shaman Rock, museum of Baikal, Nikola Church

• Visit to fish market and souvenir market


After lunch you go by bus to Listvyanka settlement. The highway from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal goes through picturesque taiga-forest up and down the high hills. After a 1 hour drive you come to a viewpoint facing the Shaman Rock, at the source of the Angara River. The small but tourist-wise village of Listvyanka is located on the western shore of Lake Baikal, 70 km from Irkutsk. This old-style Siberian village is famous for its trade history. Visit of the Museum of Lake Baikal (Limnological Museum) provides information about the origin and wild life of the lake.


In the village, a variety of hot- or cold-smoked and salted omul and grayling fish is on sale. A great snack on the shore is omul, a delicacy of Lake Baikal, which has been just smoked for you. Several private cafes and restaurants offer traditional Siberian or European meals for you. You can taste pelmeny (stuffed dumplings), pirozhki (with cabbage, or meat, or berries), and caviar sandwiches to feel the spirit of Siberia.


On your way from Irkutsk to Listvyanka we also take you to the Wooden Architecture Museum of Tsaltsy (47 km from Irkutsk and 23 km from Listvyanka). The open air museum has a large collection of original wooden houses equipped with the old-style furniture and domestic utensils. The museum shows the style of life in the 16th to 19th century Russian villages and Buryat and Evenk tents. You can observe the interiors of a Russian fort and the 15th century watchtower, a Siberian izba (house) and a chapel, a Shaman yurt and other interesting things.


• Return transfer to Irkutsk

• Dinner at hotel Restaurant

Day 4
Baikal, Russia
Irkutsk, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the restaurant

Departure to pier

Public Boat “Bargusin” to Academicheskaya bay

Accommodation in camping Baikalskie Djuni

Time at leisure

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5
Baikal, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast


Hiking tour – 3 routes to choose from

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6
Irkutsk, Russia
Baikal, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast

Time at leisure

Lunch

Departure to pier

Public boat to Listvyanka

Transfer to Irkutsk

Tea drinking with Russian Family


Dinner at hotel restaurant

Day 7
Irkutsk, Russia
None Breakfast, Dinner

Departure to Ust-Orda


Sightseeing tour, Ethnographic museum, Shaman Show, folklore show

Ust-Ordynskiy Settlement is a small Buryat village only 1,5 hour drive north of Irkutsk. It used to be a capital of Autonomous Buryat Okrug (Russian Federal Subject) on the territory of Irkutsk region before it was merged to Irkutsk in 2008. The trip allows you to discover the culture and the lifestyle of Buryats, the local population that lived on the territory on Irkutsk region for many centuries before Russians arrived.

 

The trip begins with a visit to Ust Ordynskiy Buddhist Monastery. Then proceeds with a guided tour to Local Lore museum founded in 1994. The museum depicts the artifacts belonging to Buryat culture including ancient coins, Buryat traditional dresses, etc. Tour is followed by lunch in a traditional Buryat cuisine restaurant.  After lunch enjoy ethnographic show performed by local shaman.


Return to Irkutsk

Dinner at hotel restaurant

Day 8
Irkutsk, Russia
None Breakfast

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport

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This great adventure takes you from the wonderful and historical city of Moscow to the breathtaking Lake Baikal. Experience the culture and sights of this great and interesting city. You will experience the old and historical city, but also realize that there is many modern aspects to explore here.

Now try something completely different! Irtkusk is a smaller city in the countryside in Siberia. Surrounded by vast nature as far as you can imagine. Here you can experience a whole new culture and scenery. The history and different lifestyle is fascinating and there is always something new to see or try. Lake Baikal is one of the worlds wonders, it is one of the deepest lakes in the world and many say also one of much beauty. A visit to the island in Baikal is most relaxing, here you will experience a nature very different from the main land.

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Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2016

great walking tour! We loved our guide and learned quite a bit. She was flexible and ended switching gears a bit to talk to us about the Beer Culture in Copenhagen. I never hesitate to trust Cassandra and her suggestions.
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