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program description

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TOUR

Time:
any dates from June 10 to September 25
Number of people:
up to 6
Transport:
minibus Mercedes V-Class, boat Parker Weekend 660 and Trident Solo 900, prepared SUV Nissan Safari and Toyota Land Cruiser, airboat “Piranha”
Accommodation:
departmental recreation center of Russian Railways, Park-Hotel Beliy Sobol, private cottage on the mountain Mamai, Hotel Tuyana, Hotel Kupechesky Dvor
Cost per group:
$21,200

In 9 days you will have time to:

  • cross the lake by boat from West to East
  • relax with spa treatments with mineral water, Siberian herbs and wild berries
  • take a steam bath with the bath attendant of the President
  • climb the mountain river on an airboat
  • walk in the woods and swim in the mountain lake
  • overcome by SUV fords, mud and steep climbs
  • spend the night in the forest
  • try Siberian cuisine
  • visit the biosphere reserve and feed the Barguzin sable
  • participate in a cooking masterclass of the preparation of Baikal dishes
  • to arrange a meat grill-picnic with beer, cooked on Baikal water
  • walk in the center of Irkutsk

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal
Country Russia
Area 32,000 km2
Highest point 2,588 m
ABOUT THE REGION
Baikal is the deepest and largest freshwater lake on the planet. Its depth is comparable with two towers of the Burj Khalifa, placed on each other and the length with distance from Moscow to St. Petersburg. There is more water in Baikal than in the five Great Lakes of North America. It is home to about two and a half thousand organisms. Here you can organize almost everything: fishing, hunting, river rafting, jeeping, diving, spa treatments. Baikal is so huge and different that it is impossible to reveal its potential in one journey. We’ve divided the lake into two parts — the Southern and Northern, for each part we've prepared two programs — summer and winter. Here is one of them
The Circum-Baikal Railway
The Circum-Baikal Railway
One of the most expensive railways in the world. On average, one engineering structure is built for each hundred meters. The CBR is called the “Golden buckle of the steel belt of Russia”.
Lakes Sobolinie
Lakes Sobolinie
Located in the gorge of Snezhnaya River, 25 km from Baikal and they are surrounded by peaks of the Khamar-Daban mountain range. During a year not more than 500 people visit this place. With a probability of 99%, you will not find a single tourist here.
Mount Mamai
Mount Mamai
The Mecca of skiers and snowmobilers around the world. The gorge looks like a small village of huts. In summer and autumn everything resembles alpine meadows there, and the air is so full of aromas of herbs and flowers that you want to eat it with a spoon.
The Baikal Biosphere Reserve
The Baikal Biosphere Reserve
Located three-hour drive from Irkutsk, in the village of Tankhoy. Its main goal is to protect cedar forests, the area of which is comparable to the territory of Mauritius. The reserve is included in the world heritage list and is protected by UNESCO.
Arshan Village
Arshan Village
The resort village in the territory of Buryatia. It is known for mineral springs and mountain landscapes. Here you can have health treatments, walk through the mountains, visit the waterfalls and try Buryat food. Also, in the village there is a small Buddhist datsan.
Irkutsk City
Irkutsk City
The sixth largest city in Siberia. You can spend a day walking through the main streets with historical buildings and the embankment, to drink coffee in the picturesque 130th quarter among the merchant estates. The city has many restaurants, cafes and pastry shops, there are modern shopping malls with brand stores.
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Day 1

Arrival

We will meet you at the airport of Irkutsk and deliver to a secluded recreation center on the shore of Lake Baikal. After the flight, you will have rest in the house made of the Siberian larch, where Dmitry Medvedev and Patriarch Theodore II stayed. You will have dinner in the fireplace hall with a glass of red wine.

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Transfer by a speedboat to the recreation center of Russian Railways
Transfer by a speedboat to the recreation center of Russian Railways 211 Company
Recreation center of Russian Railways
Recreation center of Russian Railways
Fireplace hall
Fireplace hall 211 Company
Retro train on the Circum-Baikal Railway
Retro train on the Circum-Baikal Railway
Tunnels of Circular-Baikal Railway
Tunnels of Circular-Baikal Railway

DAILY SCHEDULE
08:00–08:40 Arrival in Irkutsk, meeting with the producers of the 211 Company, getting baggage
08:40–09:00 Transfer by car to a restaurant in the city center of Irkutsk
09:00–10:00 Breakfast at the restaurant
10:00–12:30 Transfer to Kultuk Village by car
12:30–13:30 Transfer by a speedboat, crossing the Circum-Baikal Railway to the recreation center of Russian Railways
13:30–14:00 Landing at the pier, check-in at the recreation center
14:00–15:00 Lunch at the recreation center
15:00–19:00 Free time, having rest after movements
19:00–20:00 Dinner in the fireplace hall at the recreation center

Recreation center of Russian Railways

The recreation center of Russian Railways is located 130 kilometers from Irkutsk, in the territory of the Baikal National Park, 5 meters from the shore of Lake Baikal. It was built in an isolated place and designed to receive high-ranking guests. Patriarch Theodore II, Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Yakunin rested here. In the territory of the center there is a branch of the Circum-Baikal Railway.

The recreation center of Russian Railways consists of two separate complexes. The first includes: a pier, a two-storey banya, a veranda for banquets, a main building with rooms, a dining room and a fireplace hall, a tennis court, an open heated pool with Baikal water, two observation platforms. The capacity of the complex is 20 people.

The second complex is located 700 meters — 10 minutes walk along the shore. In 2017 on its territory several additional residential buildings were built. Double and triple rooms are available. The total capacity is 30 people.

ROOM FACILITIES
  • Double bed
  • Bathroom and toilet
  • Kettle and tea accessories
  • TV
  • Desktop
  • There are several two-room rooms with an entrance hall and a study

The Circum-Baikal

Railway

The Circum-Baikal Railway is one of the most expensive railways in the world. On average, one engineering structure is built for each hundred meters. The CBR is called the “Golden buckle of the steel belt of Russia”.

An interesting area is 84 km long, on the western coast of Lake Baikal. Here the greatest number of monuments of engineering art is concentrated: 470 bridges, 280 retaining walls and 39 tunnels. You will watch it from the water, you can make stops and land on the shore if you wish.


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Day 2

Spa day on the shore of Lake Baikal

Spa treatments, a bath attendant, massage therapists and a beautician are available the whole day for you. You can do yoga, go fishing and ride a jet ski. In the center for you there is an open swimming pool with warm Baikal water, tasting of tea, honey and wine. A famous Irkutsk chef will cook for you.

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Thai foot massage on Baikal
Thai foot massage on Baikal
Banya with bath attendant, body massage
Banya with bath attendant, body massage 211 Company
Banya with bath attendant, body massage
Banya with bath attendant, body massage 211 Company
Detox cocktails
Detox cocktails
Outdoor heated pool
Outdoor heated pool 211 Company
Banya with bath attendant, body massage
Banya with bath attendant, body massage 211 Company
Jet skiing with the instructor
Jet skiing with the instructor 211 Company

DAILY SCHEDULE
08:00–09:00 Yoga practice and breathing exercises on the shore of Lake Baikal
09:00–10:00 Breakfast at the recreation center
10:00–13:00 Free time, entertainment of your choice: jet ski, fishing, tennis, outdoor heated swimming pool, shooting gallery, tasting of drinks and Siberian delicacies
13:00–14:00 Lunch at the recreation center
14:00–19:00 Spa treatments: banya with bath attendant, body massage, Thai foot massage, manicure, detox cocktails, scrubs and peels
19:00–20:30 Dinner with wine and cheese tasting at the recreation center

Spa day

The territory of the center is divided into four zones. Each zone has separate procedures and entertainment. In the morning on the terrace with panoramic views of Lake Baikal practice yoga and breathing exercises with an instructor will be held.

After breakfast, you can enjoy the outdoor heated pool. Water temperature is up to 23 °C. If you wish, soft drinks and fruits will be brought to the pool. On the pier there will be organized fishing and jet skiing with the instructor. All necessary equipment will be provided — fishing tackles, wetsuits and vests.

In the fireplace hall will be a tea ceremony with tasting of Siberian honey, jam from taiga berries and fir cones.

Cooking of detox and vitamins cocktails. There is a separate area with Thai foot massage and manicure.

In the evening, one of the best Russian bath attendants, Gennady Nikolaev, will work with you. In addition to steaming, he will prepare cosmetic compositions for face peeling, hair masks and body scrubs. Cosmetics are made on the basis of Baikal water, Siberian herbs and berries. Also, the massage therapist will work in banya.

There will be scented candles and peasant background music in the closed rooms. At the dinner we will organize wine and cheese tasting from the Baikal cheese factory.


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Day 3

Hiking to Lakes Sobolinie

The day starts with breakfast at dawn, you will have porridge with taiga berries, hot pastry and freshly brewed coffee. After that, you will go by a speedboat and cross to the opposite shore of Lake Baikal. There the airboat will wait for you, which will climb you up the river and you will start a walk to the wild mountain lakes. While you are taking pictures and swimming, the guides will cook lunch on the fire. In the evening you will reach civilization, stay in the hotel and have dinner in the restaurant.

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Breakfast at the recreation center
Breakfast at the recreation center
Climbing by airboat along the Snezhnaya River
Climbing by airboat along the Snezhnaya River 211 Company
Chapel near Lakes Sobolinie
Chapel near Lakes Sobolinie
Trip to Lakes Sobolinie
Trip to Lakes Sobolinie
Lakes Sobolinie on Baikal
Lakes Sobolinie on Baikal
Lunch-picnic on the Lakes Sobolinie
Lunch-picnic on the Lakes Sobolinie

DAILY SCHEDULE
07:00–08:00 Breakfast at the recreation center
08:00–08:30 Collecting things, check-out from the recreation center
08:30–10:00 Transfer by speedboat to the eastern shore of Lake Baikal to the Vydrino Village
10:00–10:30 Climbing by airboat along the Snezhnaya River to the start point of the hike
10:30–13:30 Landing on the shore, instruction, trip to Lakes Sobolinie
13:30–15:30 Lunch-picnic on the Lakes Sobolinie, rest
15:30–18:30 Return trip, descent by airboat along the Snezhnaya River
18:30–19:30 Transfer by car to the Baikalsk City
19:30–20:00 Arrival in Baikalsk City, check-in to the Park-Hotel Beliy Sobol
20:00–21:00 Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Lakes Sobolinie

Lakes Sobolinie are located in the gorge of the Snezhnaya River, 25 kilometers from Baikal and surrounded by peaks of the Khamar-Daban mountain range. The length of the lakes is three kilometers, the depth is up to fifty meters. In this area there are blueberries, raspberries, currants, cranberries and mushrooms. During the year, this place is visited by no more than 500 people. With a probability of 99%, you will not find any tourist here.

The road to the lakes takes 2–2.5 hours with several stops for rest and photography. The trail does not require special physical training, but it is better to be in good shape to walk with a pleasure.

You will go along the gorge along the Snezhnaya River. The length of the path is five kilometers. The first half of the way is almost flat, with rare steep descents and ascents. The second half is more difficult — stones, roots, descents and ascents come across more often.

On this day there is a time limit. It is necessary to go down by the airboat along the river before dark. If you do not reach the Lakes Sobolinie at the appointed time, a picnic lunch is organized in the current location. It's ok, it's beautiful everywhere.


Park-Hotel Beliy Sobol

Park-Hotel Beliy Sobol is the best ski hotel in the regions of Russia in 2015. On the territory of the hotel there are 4 cottages, a building with hotel rooms, a two-storey restaurant, a banya, summer houses with a barbecue area and a laundry.

The hotel is located 134 km from Irkutsk, at the foot of Sobolinaya Mountain, where a ski resort works in winter. The distance to the shore of Lake Baikal is 2 km. The hotel has five categories of rooms: "standard", "junior suite", "studio", "apartments" and accommodation in a separate two-storey cottage. The area of the rooms is from 12 to 35 m2.

ROOM FACILITIES
  • Double bed or two single beds
  • Bathroom and toilet
  • Kettle and tea accessories
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Wi-Fi

The room rate includes breakfast (buffet).


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Day 4

Jeeping on the Mountain Mamai

In the morning, prepared SUVs will drive you up the Mountain Mamai. After overcoming climbs, fords, and mud, you will reach a ski village. A huntsman will meet you, who will show you the nature of the mountain gorge and different winter huts. The chef will cook a Bavarian lunch and pour beer from the Baikal brewery. You will spend the night in the wild taiga, watching the starry sky through the windows of a modern cottage.

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Jeeping on the Mountain Mamai
Jeeping on the Mountain Mamai
Mamai River
Mamai River 211 Company
Grilled meat picnic on the mountain
Grilled meat picnic on the mountain

DAILY SCHEDULE
09:00–10:00 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant
10:30–11:30 Crossing the federal highway to the foot of Mountain Mamai by prepared SUVs
11:30–13:00 Climbing Mamai Mountain by SUVs
13:00–13:30 Check-in at the cottage
13:30–14:30 Grilled meat picnic on the mountain
14:30–16:00 Walking along the gorge, excursion of the winter huts of the skiers
16:00–18:30 Banya
19:00–20:30 Dinner on the Mamai Mountain

Mountain Mamai

Mamai is the Mecca of mountain skiers and snowmobilers around the world. The gorge looks like a small village of huts. In summer and autumn everything resembles alpine meadows there, and the air is so full of aromas of herbs and flowers that you want to eat it with a spoon. Today, Mamai is present in 50% of our programs on Lake Baikal.

We use all-wheel drive SUVs to storm Mamai Mountain. Cars are equipped with: reinforced suspension, mud rubber, power bumpers, winches, walkie-talkies.

The length of the path is 12 kilometers, one half goes through the forest, another half is a steep rocky climb, with several fords. If in the process of climbing somebody will feel bad, you can go on foot. On average, the climb takes one and a half hours without stopping. If it rained before the arrival, the driving time could increase to 2–2.5 hours.

When you arrive a guardian will meet you and introduce you the terrain and life of the gorge.

We will deliver in advance to the Mamai Mountain chefs, kitchen equipment and products. The chef will cook according to the menu agreed with you in advance. Usually we set up several professional grills outside, where guests together with the chef prepare meat and home sausages for the beer. Also, we will bring a collection of different types of homemade samogon and a barrel of beer from the Baikal brewery.

On the territory of the gorge there is only one comfortable cottage. During your stay at Mamai we rent it so that you have the opportunity to spend the night in a comfortable environment. The cottage has a toilet, shower, kitchen, living room with TV and Internet.


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Day 5

Biosphere Reserve and Cooking Masterclass

After breakfast you will go down by SUVs from Mamai Mountain and visit the biosphere reserve. You will walk along the cedar alley, learn about the plants and animals that are found only in these places. You will walk along the mountain rivers, overcome several suspension bridges and see untouched nature. In the visitor center of the reserve you will see the exhibition dedicated to Baikal and feed the Barguzin sable. For lunch, in addition to various Siberian dishes, you will be served sour cream cheesecake with reserved blueberries. After that, you will have rest at the hotel and in the evening you will visit a cooking masterclass.

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The Baikal Biosphere Reserve
The Baikal Biosphere Reserve 211 Company
Excursion to the biosphere reserve
Excursion to the biosphere reserve 211 Company
Recreation in the visitor center of the Reserve
Recreation in the visitor center of the Reserve 211 Company
Visitor center of the Baikal Reserve
Visitor center of the Baikal Reserve 211 Company
Barguzin sable in biosphere reserve
Barguzin sable in biosphere reserve 211 Company
"Siberian cheesecake"
"Siberian cheesecake"

DAILY SCHEDULE
08:00–09:00 Breakfast on Mamai Mountain
09:00–09:30 Check-out from the cottage
09:30–11:00 Going down by SUVs to the foot of Mamai Mountain, exit to the federal highway
11:00–11:30 Transfer to the Tankhoy Village to the main manor of the Baikal Biosphere Reserve
11:30–13:00 Walk along the ecological path along the cedar alley, accompanied by the director of the reserve
13:00–14:00 Transfer to the visitor center of the reserve, visiting the enclosure with Barguzin sable, visiting the interactive expositions devoted to the history of Baikal and the Circum-Baikal Railway
14:00–15:00 Lunch at the visitor center of the reserve
15:00–16:30 Transfer by SUVs to Baikalsk City
16:30–17:00 Check-in at the Park-Hotel Beliy Sobol
17:00–19:00 Free time
19:00–21:00 Culinary masterclass for cooking Baikal dishes, dinner

The Baikal

Biosphere Reserve

The Baikal Biosphere Reserve is a three-hour drive from Irkutsk, in the village of Tankhoy. Its main goal is to protect cedar forests, the area of which is comparable to the territory of Mauritius. The reserve is included in the world heritage list and is protected by UNESCO.

At the reserve there is a museum of nature and ethno town with a Buryat yurt and a Russian hut. On the first floor of the visitor center there is an interactive hall dedicated to Lake Baikal and its environmental protection. In a separate building there is an exposition telling about the history of the Circum-Baikal Railway, in the street there are restored railway carriages of tsarist times. Also, there is an enclosure with Baikal sable.

There are more than a thousand species of plants in the reserve, many of them are listed in the Red Book and are found only here.

Here you can meet: wild boar, roe deer, elk, sable, black kite and brown bear.

The director conducts a tour of the reserve. For three hours you will inspect the exhibition and feed the sable. After that you will walk along the cedar alley, which was built by volunteers from around the world. The path is lined with a board and a part is neatly cut down in the soil. On the way you will overcome several suspension bridges over a mountain river. After a walk you will have lunch on the second floor of the visitor center with a panoramic view of Lake Baikal.

"Siberian cheesecake", which you will be served as a dessert is a cake with reserved blueberries and homemade sour cream. It is baked by one local woman. The dough is airy and the sea of berries explodes in the mouth, the taste is amazing. If you like it the hostess will be happy to share the recipe.


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Days 6–7

Mineral springs of Arshan

In the morning you will be taken to the mineral water resort along the road with green meadows and running mountain rivers. The next two days you don't need to hurry, so you can sleep well. Here, on the sacred land for Buryats, surrounded by mountains and healing springs, you can walk as much as you like and attend wellness treatments. Start the day with a relaxing circular shower, warm up in a phyto-barrel during the day and go for a massage in the evening. In breaks, our chef will cook for you dishes from wild meat and bake desserts with a local berry.

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Walk around the resort of mineral waters
Walk around the resort of mineral waters Olga Eremina
Hundreds of locators near the Arshan Village
Hundreds of locators near the Arshan Village Kseniya Arbuzova
Sacred Buryat land of Arshan
Sacred Buryat land of Arshan
Buddhist datsan in the Village of Arshan
Buddhist datsan in the Village of Arshan
Buddhist datsan in the Village of Arshan
Buddhist datsan in the Village of Arshan
Mineral springs of Arshan
Mineral springs of Arshan

DAILY SCHEDULE
09:00–10:00 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant
10:00–10:30 Check-out from the hotel
10:30–11:30 Transfer to Slyudyanka City, visiting the only in the world marble train station
11:30–13:00 Transfer to Arshan Village
13:00–13:30 Arrival in Arshan Village, check-in at Tuyana Hotel
13:30–14:30 Lunch at the hotel
14:30–19:00 Free time (optional: visit the phyto-barrels, mud treatments, massage, banya, walk to the waterfall)
19:00–20:00 Dinner at the hotel

Arshan Village

Arshan is a resort village in Buryatia, two hundred kilometers from Irkutsk. It is known for mineral springs and mountain landscapes. In the village two sanatoriums have been built for the treatment of diseases of the digestive and respiratory organs: musculoskeletal, urinary, nervous and endocrine systems; metabolic disorders and skin diseases.

For treatment and prevention sulphide-silt mud and mineral waters of different composition and temperature are used. On the territory of the resort you can not only get complex treatment, but also to attend individual procedures. The most common are mineral baths and showers, hydro massage, mud applications, massage, inhalations, phytotherapy and therapeutic walking.

In addition to treatment, people come to Arshan just to stroll in the mountains, visit waterfalls and try Buryat food. Many Irkutsk people come for a weekend to drink and get cans of mineral water. Even in the village there is a small Buddhist datsan.


Tuyana Hotel

Tuyana is a hotel complex in the center of Arshan Resort. It is located in 210 km from Irkutsk on the bank of Kyngarga River. There are four buildings in the territory, in which 21 rooms of different categories: "economy", "standard", "junior suite" and "suite". The complex has its own fenced, guarded territory. There is a banya, a dining room and a barbecue area.

ROOM FACILITIES
  • Double bed or two single beds
  • Bathroom and toilet
  • Kettle and tea accessories
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Wi-Fi
  • In the room "suite" there is a fireplace

perhaps there is no such thing anywhere else

add features to the trip, they can make it unforgettable

Features on Baikal

Features are special services that can diversify the journey. Add an individual menu, a test drive of a sports car or a master class on helicopter control. Features make the rest individual.

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flight by private jet challenger 604
flight by private jet challenger 604
All world
We organize a charter from any Russian airport by the Challenger 604

The model 604 Challenger is a business class aircraft with a capacity of 10–18 people. It develops a cruising speed of 882 km/h. Spacious lounge 2.5 m wide, equipped with comfortable sofas, armchairs, tables, audio and video systems. During the flight, you can walk freely in the cabin, including the luggage compartment.
flight by private jet falcon 900ex
flight by private jet falcon 900ex
All world
We organize a charter from any Russian airport by the Falcon 900EX

Falcon 900EX holds 8–15 passengers and develops a cruising speed of 916 km/h. The salon is 2.3 m wide and 10 m long, divided by a partition into two isolated parts. In the complete set: transforming into full beds chairs, tables, satellite phone, office equipment, audio and video systems.
meeting at the ramp
meeting at the ramp
All world
If you want to get off the plane faster and without a queue to get your luggage, we will arrange a meeting at the ramp and exit through the VIP hall.
branded equipment
branded equipment
All world
We will select for you equipment from leading manufacturers and make a discount on the purchase. You do not have to carry unnecessary things. Technological jackets, hats, thermal underwear, backpacks, shoes — we will provide everything you need for a particular trip. If necessary, we will fit the size of pants, make name stripes or apply the logo of your company on the clothes.
luxury transport
luxury transport
All world
In all programs we select the optimal transport, but if you wish we will replace or increase the level. For example, we will change the prepared Nissan Safari SUVs to the new Land Cruiser 200 in the Arctic Trucks configuration, and instead of the serial MI-8, we will put a model with a leather interior and a toilet on board. You can adjust any equipment: boats, yachts, airboats, snowmobiles. You can even choose a specific model, and we will find it and deliver it to the desired region.
individual menu
individual menu
All world
Our brand chef will develop an authentic menu for you along the entire route. During the trip, you will try a couple of dozen local dishes and unusual combinations. In each region we focus on local products. On Baikal — fish, berries and wild meat, on Kamchatka — caviar and crabs, Altai will delight you with farm cheeses, honey and herbs.

For you to get 3D fun professionals from Invisible will select wines and champagne for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We can also create a dietary, fitness and children's menu or cook your favorite dishes.
travel cake by renat agzamov
travel cake by renat agzamov
All world
There is a queue of millionaires and stars of show business for the cakes of “star confectioner” Renat Agzamov. It is difficult to say what more value are its desserts, culinary or architectural. To see it with your own eyes and taste it, you do not need to send a charter plane for the cake. Renat with his team will fly himself. He will make another masterpiece specially for you on the ice of Lake Baikal or at the foot of an Icelandic volcano.
performance of singers
performance of singers
All world
We cooperate with the concert and tour Agency. We organized events with the participation of famous musicians: Morcheeba, Garou, Limp Bizkit, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Kingdom Come, SCORPIONS. We can arrange a performance of Justin Timberlake and Elton John in the Altai taiga or on the shore of Lake Abrau.
security
security
All world
We have our own security service that will accompany you throughout the trip. It will check the security of the places of stay along the route, provide verification of third parties and limit their access to you if necessary.

All security officers served in the Federal Security Service, the SOBR or the GRU, have weapons and a license to carry them. On request, they can comply with your dress code.
the bath attendant of the president
the bath attendant of the president
All world
Nikolaev Gennady Vladimirovich the professional bath attendant since 1985. He knows how to treat and relieve stress with the steam, brooms and decoctions of medicinal herbs. In his arsenal: ointments and infusions, from raspberries, mint, chamomile, dog-rose, wormwood and brooms of all kinds: juniper, aspen, oak and fern. Gennady Vladimirovich will teach how to go to the banya with health benefits and enjoy the process. Among his clients are heads of state, famous businessmen and stars of show business.
helicopter ride over baikal
helicopter ride over baikal
Lake Baikal
To reduce the time of travel by car, take a day trip by helicopter. You will see from the air the old Circum-Baikal Railway, a snow-white marble quarry, alpine meadows with grazing horses and the islands of the Maloye More. You will land on the sacred Island of Ogoy and the largest island of Baikal — Olkhon.

The trip takes about six hours. Along the way, the pilot makes landings in the landmarks. In the afternoon you will stop for lunch and refueling. The flight schedule can be changed depending on your wishes.

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Day 8

Walk along Irkutsk

After a week of traveling to secluded places of Baikal, we will take you to Irkutsk. There will be a whole day to walk through the main streets with lacy merchant mansions. Here you will find cozy restaurants and noisy pubs, quiet streets and an embankment full of young people. If you wish, we will take you to the chocolate factory, where they make the best cedar roasting or show you how to cook local ice cream. We advise you to spend the evening in the art gallery, walking with a glass of wine past the works of Siberian artists and the world famous Buryat sculptor Dashi Namdakov.

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Merchant mansions in Irkutsk
Merchant mansions in Irkutsk
Embankment of the city of Irkutsk
Embankment of the city of Irkutsk
Beautiful places in Irkutsk for walking
Beautiful places in Irkutsk for walking
Walks in Irkutsk
Walks in Irkutsk

DAILY SCHEDULE
09:00–10:00 Breakfast at the hotel
10:00–10:30 Check-out from the hotel
10:30–13:30 Transfer by car to Irkutsk
13:30–14:00 Arrival in Irkutsk, check-in at the Kupechesky Dvor Hotel
14:00–15:30 Lunch at the restaurant of your choice
15:30–19:00 Walk in the historic city center
19:00–20:00 Dinner at the restaurant of your choice

Irkutsk City

Irkutsk is the sixth largest city in Siberia with a population of more than six hundred thousand people. It is located on the banks of Angara river, 70 km from Lake Baikal. Since the beginning of the 17th century, merchants conducted trade with China and mined gold. There was an office of the Russian-American Company — monopolist in fur trade in the East of Russia.

There were Chekhov, Fidel Castro, Indira Gandhi, Kim Ir Sen and Tsarevich Nicholas in Irkutsk. Here, the Decembrists served the penal servitude and Admiral Kolchak was shot. In the Irkutsk drama theater actors Leonid Bronevoy, Mikhail Svetin, Gleb Strizhenov and film director Leonid Gaidai worked.

You can spend a day walking through the main streets with historical buildings and the embankment, to drink coffee in the picturesque 130th quarter among the merchant estates. The city has many restaurants, cafes and pastry shops, there are modern shopping malls with brand stores. You should also go to the Angara Chocolate Factory and Angaria Ice Cream Factory. Among the cultural objects of interest is the gallery of Victor Bronstein there are works of the world famous Buryat sculptor Dashi Namdakov.


Kupechesky Dvor Hotel

Kupechesky Dvor Hotel is a modern reconstruction of a merchant's estate. It is located in the historical center of Irkutsk. The windows from rooms overlook a pedestrian street with shops, pastry shops and restaurants. The hotel has fourteen rooms of three categories: “standard”, “junior suite”, “studio”.

ROOM FACILITIES
  • Double bed or two single beds
  • Bathroom and toilet
  • Kettle and tea accessories
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Air-conditioner
  • Mini-bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Wi-Fi

Breakfast is included in the room rate.


Day 9

Departure

DAILY SCHEDULE
08:00–09:00 Breakfast at the hotel
09:00–09:30 Collecting things, check-out from the hotel
09:30–10:00 Transfer by car to Irkutsk airport
12:05 Departure to Moscow

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Winter 2019 — remove the unnecessary!
For a month we had to organize an extreme Olympiad for programmers, a test drive of Cordiant tires and a family adventure in the taiga. I won't tell about each project separately, as I usually do all the applications of this season intersected and followed one after another. These three events are in one report.
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Summer is a small life
During the festive evening in honor of the birthday, we should have a concert of a famous artist on the shore of Lake Baikal. In the report, we conducted a step-by-step review of the event, starting with the signing a contract with the artist, ending with an analysis of the mistakes and the options for solving them in the future.
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Spring Baikal for two
Our task was to organize an individual trip for two, to show the most interesting places of the spring Baikal with sum limit of 5,000 dollars. Before calculating and approving the program, we called to all the hotels and transport to make sure that they were available for the right dates. There were no rooms in the hotel, snowmobiles were occupied, the biosphere reserve did not work — holidays on March 8.
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The course to the North
We planned to cross Lake Baikal by SUVs on ice and make the show of this. We started to prepare for half a year — re-equipped cars, picked up the equipment and the team. During the week of travel, we covered about 1,000 km, saw the nature of Baikal, tested the SUVs and shot a film about it.
Lake Baikal
33 shamanic curses
Even before the start of the tour, problems began to arise: the engine had been torn off by the airboat, the chef had disappeared, and the car had been crashed. After the start of the event, the situation did not improve. The guests' suitcase had been opened, their glasses had been stolen, the guide's eyebrow was cut — definitely something was wrong. Despite the difficulties, in 8 days we traveled half of Lake Baikal and visited the Circum-Baikal Railway, Mamai Mountain, Sobolinie Lakes and the Islands of the Maloye More.
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Conference in the taiga
For 4 days it was required to hold three presentations of new computer equipment and combine them with an entertainment program in nature. In two weeks, we went through six versions of the programs. The final included: a water walk, a banya with the best banya attendant of Russia, spa treatments, a trip to Sobolinie Lakes, fishing, a masterclass in cooking pilaf on a Finnish candle and dinner on the bank of the Angara.
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Gastrotour on Baikal
For 12 days the guests changed 9 locations and tried Siberian-Baikal cuisine. A total of 112 dishes and snacks, accompanied by 32 drinks. We cooked in the taiga, arranged a culinary masterclass, got food by SUVs, on water, and by helicopter. Because of the lightning that hit the transformer, we were left without a refrigerator and electric stoves. In the intervals between changes of dishes, we went up to the mountains, floated on a mountain river, rode jet skis and steamed in the bath.
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Swiss President at Lake Baikal
Our old friend called us and said that he was taking the president of the most famous in the world watch brand to Baikal. We had to plan the event in places where there is no tourist infrastructure. For four days the guests rested leisurely — they drank red wine, crossed Baikal by yacht, breathed the mountain air and tasted dishes of Siberian cuisine.
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