Recommended period May-October Destination:Irkutsk, Island Olkhon Main sights:Island Olkhon, Listvyanka village, Baikal museum Accommodation: 3*-4* Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner Transport: train, comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
1 day Welcome to Irkutsk - the most beautiful city in East Siberia. Your guide will meet you in the airport and will invite you on a sightseeing tour of the city.
After a short rest at the hotel - a three-hour tour of Irkutsk. Irkutsk - It has always been a merchant city, many monuments of wooden architecture and magnificent Orthodox churches have been preserved here. After the tour, you can return to the hotel or continue walking around Irkutsk on your own - the route ends at the 130th Quarter with the opening of cafes, restaurants and shops.
2 day Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
After breakfast - meeting with the guide, and trip to Baikal. In an hour we will be in the village of Listvyanka - the nearest village to Irkutsk, located on the lake. We will definitely stop to "burr", you need to come to Baikal only with an open heart and good thoughts - you need to ask Father Baikal to accept you on Siberian land, then the journey will go smoothly and you will recharge your batteries for months to come. For lunch - we will test Baikal fish. Visit to the Baikal Museum with a wonderful exposition about the geology, flora and fauna of Baikal. On the chair lift we will go up to the observation deck Chersky Stone - you are provided with gorgeous photos of the Baikal panorama
3 day Breakfast at the hotel, check-out.
Departure for island Olkhon. Olkhon is the largest of the 26 islands on Baikal. It is called the "heart of Baikal" - it is the geographical, historical and sacred center of the lake. Here, according to legend, the Buryat people originated and the first Buryat shaman received a gift. Olkhon is imbued with local color, shamanism, ancient Buryat legends, there are beautiful views of the lake – after check-in, you will go on a walking tour to Burkhan Cape and Shamanka Rock with a guide. Dinner.
4 day Breakfast at the hotel
Excursion to the northern point of the island - Cape Khoboy (6 hours). During the tour you will enjoy magnificent views of Lake Baikal, hear ancient Buryat legends and visit places of shamanic power. After returning to the hotel you will have dinner.
5 day Breakfast at the hotel
Today you have a free day on the island. You can take it in accordance with your preferences lying under the Baikal sun, go for a walk, take an optional excursion
After breakfast - farewell to Olkhon, return to Irkutsk. Check-in. Free time
Meeting with the guide and breakfast.
Transfer to the airport.
What is included
accommodation in Irkutsk 3 nights with breakfast, 3 nights with breakfast
comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
1 lunch,2 dinners
English speaking guide
The cruise lines say that no one is allowed off the ship in St. Petersburg cruise port that does not purchase a ship sponsored excursion or have arranged a Russian visa on their own. Is that correct?
That is false! The third option is to purchase an excursion with a government licensed St. Petersburg shore excursion operator who has permission to give visa-free excursions. Your "visa" is the excursion guide! With this excursion, you are ready to explore St. Petersburg with your guide for the duration of the excursion, everything is taken care of.
Can I go wander and explore on my own during this private St. Petersburg sightsee excursion?
Unfortunately no, as part of the visa-free St Petersburg cruise excursion, guests must stay with their excursion guide.
What documents will I need to get off the ship in St. Petersburg Russia?
Guests must present their valid passport and official EXCURSION Ticket from the operator and will have no problems clearing customs and immigration for their excursion.
Do I need to take my passport with me on the St. Petersburg Private Peterhof Palace with Hydrofoil Boat Excursion for Small Groups to show along with my Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket?
YES, it is necessary to take along your passport. You will need to print and show your Electronic Ticket as well as any other documents required or sent to you for this excursion. Everything needed will be listed on your E-ticket.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on EasyTravel and TripAdvisor reviews
My favorite shore excursion ever see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
csporich, Nov 2019
Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site