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Extension for Eznis passengers

Ulan-Ude — Ust-Barguzin — Chivirkujsky bay — Barguzin valley-Ulan-Ude (5 days, 4 nights)

You may have a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of virgin nature visiting the Zabaikalskiy National park on the shore of Lake Baikal. In this short period of time you will get acquainted with the culture of local people, appreciate the severe beauty of a splendid lake and visit a lot of wild spots of the deepest lake in the world.

Get this chance to enjoy Lake Baikal!


Day 1

Tuesday

Ulan-Ude

19-30 Arrive at Ulan-Ude from Ulaanbaatar by EZnis plane

Meeting at the airport and transfer to the centrally located hotel

Accommodation at the hotel

Independent dinner with a big choice of restaurants nearby

Overnight at the hotel

Day 2

Wednesday

Ulan-Ude-

Ust-Barguzin

Breakfast at the hotel

City tour of Ulan-Ude*

Lunch at the restaurant

Transfer to Ust-Barguzin (6 hours en route)** 260km to the North

«The first meeting with Baikal» ritual***

On the way stop to visit Sretensky convent in the village of Baturino****

Arrive at Ust-Barguzin village, accommodation at homestays

Dinner at homestay*****

Bathhouse (banya)

Overnight at homestay

* Historical center of Verkhneudinsk (nowadays Ulan-Ude), merchants' houses of the XVII-XIX centuries, churches and the biggest Lenin's monument in the world.

** Ust-Barguzin is the the village situated in the delta of the Barguzin River, which flows into Lake Baikal. The office of Zabaikalsky National Park is in this town.

*** The rituals of worshipping the local spirits are the peculiarity of Buryat lamaists. They say that the blessing of Baikal has a miraculous power and since we visit the lake we must ask for its permission first.

**** Black soil lands of Baturino village attracted a great number of people. Such stately churches were the proof of well being and prosperity of locals. During the Soviet period the church in Baturino village became the club-house. After the village was declared an unprofitable one, the church was deserted half-ruided and desolated. Only in the 90s the church was given back to the believers and there were established a nunnery and te church.

***** Appreciate the heat of Siberian banya, Russian cuisine and Siberian hospitality!

Day 3

Thursday

Ust-Barguzin

Chivirkuy bay

Breakfast at homestay

Transfer to Monakhovo (a small village at the Chivirkuisky bay) by minivan across the isthmus Myaghkaya Karga*

Boarding the cruising boat.

Tour of Chivirkuisky bay**: islands, caves, hot springs, bays

Picnic lunch

Return to Ust-Barguzin

Dinner and banya at homestay

Overnight at homestay

*The isthmus Myaghkaya karga links the Holy Nose peninsula with the mainland. There is a great probability to see with your own eyes a white eagle flying or sitting on a nest.

** Chivirkuisky bay is one of the most beautiful places of lake Baikal, where the wild life still preserves its original beauty. There are many small splendid coves in the Chivirkuisky bay: Okynyovaya, Zmeinaya, Ongokonskaya, fertik, Krokhalinaya, Krutaya coves. There are also hot springs on the shores of the Zmeinaya (snake) cove. Bolshoi Baklany island, sometimes called - Shimay is the biggest out of seven islands of the Chivirkuisky bay. A long time ago a colony of cormorants came to the island and built their nests, but later the birds were scared away by the presence of man, so nowadays the island is inhabited by wood-grouses.


Day 4

Friday

Ust-Barguzin

Barguzin valley

Ulan-Ude

Breakfast at homestay
Depart for a half day tour to the Barguzin valley

Picnic lunch or lunch in a local family

Transfer to Ulan-Ude (6 hours en route)

Accommodation at the hotel

Independent dinner

Overnight at the hotel

* Barguzin valley is the northern steppes of Asia. The valley is situated at the picturesque place - between two mountain ranges: Ikatski and Barguzinski. It is famous for its natural and historical monuments. The tour begins with Petrogliffs (rocky paintings, age 3000), continuous to the Suvinski Castle an architectural miracle created by nature forming a picturesque group, reminding castles ruins with huge stone towers and narrow rocky ravine between them with the length about 200m and height 50m. There are a lot of nests of doves and swallows in the rocks. Near by the Suvinski Castle there is a place of admiration of Barguzin buryats — The Stone Bull (a stone which looks like a bull where shaman rituals take place). Near the river Ina there is Stone Garden (10 km large stones which grow out of the land). Scientists still don't know the origin of such a natural phenomenon.

Day 5

Ulan-Ude

Breakfast at the hotel

Tour to the Old Believers village

Lunch, folk show

Transfer to the airport

Depart to UlaanBaatar

*The Old Believers of Buryatia are a colorful branch of Orthodox Russians exiled in Siberia in the XVI century after the church reform carried out by Patriarch Nikon. They managed to save their culture, singing art, religion as they were two centuries ago. Lunch at family, rituals, funny games, Old Believers polyphonic songs and a lot of fun!