Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Winter Is Always A Wonderland: Exploring the Excitement of Lake Baikal (7 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Irkutsk, Russia To Irkutsk, Russia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2018

Winter Is Always A Wonderland: Exploring the Excitement of Lake Baikal (7 days)


Day 1
Irkutsk, Russia
City Center Courtyard Marriott Dinner

Land in the stunning and remote city of Irkutsk, Siberia and spend the morning taking in its astounding architecture. After a traditional lunch, head to the city limits on your own dog sled as your trusty Siberian Huskies guide you through quiet trees and crisp ice. Later, dine in the historical 130th Quarter and then retire to your tranquil room at the Irkutsk City Center Marriott Courtyard.

Day 2
Listvyanka, Russia
Legend of Baikal Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early hotel breakfast, arrive at the local helicopter-landing site for a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour of your spectacular surroundings. Upon landing, drive to gorgeous Listvyanka and stop in at the Taltsy Wooden Museum for a warm lunch and a look into the engaging culture of the city. Spend the night in the traditional Legend of Baikal Hotel.

Day 3
Ulan Ude, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Lake Baikal like never before: board a Hivus-10 Hovercraft and enjoy the remote winter world from an entirely new perspective. Upon reaching the Circum-Baikal Old Railway, continue your journey to the traditional Buryatian village of Ust-Orda, where you may spend a delightful afternoon with the local people. After dinner in Irkutsk, board the #2 Rossiya train and enjoy a quiet, overnight ride to beautiful Ulan-Ude.

Day 4
Gremyachinks , Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early arrival in magnificent Ulan-Ude, visit the the mysterious temple of Ivolginsky Datsan, catching the performance of a traditional wedding ceremony and enjoying a delectable, homemade lunch. Later, head to Gremyachinks for dinner and an overnight stay in the unique Riviera eco-hotel.

Day 5
Ust-Barguzin , Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head to Zabaikalsky National Park in Ust-Barguzin in the UAZ car with which you have been provided. Upon your arrival, enjoy a traditional lunch, then journey to stunning Snake Bay to soak in the tranquil hot springs and try your hand at fishing with a local fisherman. Share your evening with the fisherman’s family, enjoying a delicious meal in their home, before retiring for the evening in the nearby Bargugin-Tukum hotel.

Day 6
Irkutsk, Russia
City Center Courtyard Marriott Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early and return to beautiful Ulan-Ude, stopping for a brief lunch en route, to catch a quick flight back to Irkutsk. Spend your final evening in Irkutsk as you please, perhaps exploring local shops or engaging in a new culinary experience. Spend a final overnight stay in the Irkutsk City Center Courtyard Marriott.

Day 7
Irkutsk, Russia
None Breakfast

Rise early and pack your belongings. After a light breakfast, it is time to head to the airport and either leave for home or continue on to your next incredible adventure.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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The beautiful intrigue of Lake Baikal is unmatched in any other part of the world. Frozen solid year-round, this lake provides a plethora of exploratory opportunities for any traveler brave enough to immerse herself in its remote atmosphere. Start your journey in icy Irkutsk, spending time exploring both the majestic city architecture and the breathtaking natural landscape along the city’s outskirts. Then, adventure to a variety of traditional villages, diving into the colorful culture of the lake locals, before returning to Irkutsk for a final evening.


  • Dog sled across the gorgeous outskirts of Irkutsk

  • Take your journey to new heights with a helicopter ride over Lake Baikal

  • Adventure across the breathtaking ice of Lake Baikal in your own hovercraft

  • Fish with locals in traditional Ust-Barguzin

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
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