After meeting at the airport of Irkutsk you will have breakfast and go to the city Slyudyanka, to a country hotel on the shore of Lake Baikal. After checking in to the hotel you will have a rest after the flight.
Today is the day for relaxing and acclimatization without any activities in a peaceful place. The day time you will take a sauna and swim in the "rejuvenating vat". You also can plunge in an ice hole if you choose to. In the evening you will enjoy a dinner of national dishes and Baikal delicacies.
At dinner, you will meet all the participants on our trip. We will tell you the details of the route and answer all of your questions.
Wake up early, have breakfast and go on a trip on the ice of Baikal by Khivus (amphibian ship) right from the hotel berth. On the way we visit a unique monument of engineering art - the Circum-Baikal Railway, take photos of humpback bridges, stone viaducts, and tunnels, enjoy the transparent ice of lake Baikal.
We will go to the source of the Angara, the only river flowing from Lake Baikal and not freezing even in the most severe frosts. We will spend the whole day on the way, heading to the most famous Olkhon island, shrouded in mystery! We take a lot of pictures. Enjoy the sunset.
In the evening, we check into the hotel and have a delicious dinner.
Have breakfast and go to explore the Olkhon island by Khivus. Touch upon one of the nine shrines of Asia - Shamanka Cape. We explore the ice grottoes, take photos of the cleanest ice, ice blisters, and icicles, stop at the thermal ice crack and listen to the hooting of Baikal.
There will be many photographs - prepare flashcards and batteries! We are looking for the magic methane bubbles on ice. Today we have a picnic lunch in the fresh air. Enjoy magic fish soup and smoked Baikal fish, Saguday (a dish of fresh fish of the indigenous peoples of the North) and warming cowberry tincture!
After lunch, enjoy ice skating at the largest ice rink in the world! In the evening you return to the hotel and have dinner.
Wake up early, pack your bags. After breakfast, you sit in the SUV and go to Tan-Khan Mountain to greet the dawn.
You will be amazed by the panoramic bird's-eye view of Lake Baikal! Drive through the Tazheran steppes. We will drive on the longest ice crossing of Russia by SUVs. We don't have very much time today, by the afternoon we return to Irkutsk. It's a long way.
Have dinner in Irkutsk. Transfer to the evening flight.