52°17' – Lake Baikal Tours3-day tour & transfer Ulaanbaatar - Kyakhta - Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk | 52°17' - Lake Baikal Tours

3-day tour & transfer Ulaanbaatar – Kyakhta – Ulan-Ude – Irkutsk Going from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar (or vice versa) is quite popular route for Transsiberian travelers.

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This tour starts every month on 19th. Since Kyakhta is located close to the border, it is mandatory to get special paper from the government for visiting it. It takes 40 days to get it for the foreigner. Please book this tour in advance, otherwise we will just pass it!Going from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar (or vice versa) is quite popular route for Transsiberian travelers. The most usual way is by train, but we offer to you something special: to see and explore Southern part of Baikal, Ulan-Ude, the capital of Republic of Burytia and great border town of Kyakhta, which had been crowded by merchants and tavellers during times of The Great Tea Way. Visit bird ringing station, Baikal Sanctuary, the biggest buddhist temple in Russia and Old-Believers village. Despite of 2 days in the train, we will visit the most interesting off-the-beaten-path sights of history and nature. This tour is also possible vice versa - 3-Day Tour & Transfer Ulaanbaatar - Kyakhta - Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk

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day 1

Ulaanbaatar • Russian-Mongolian • Ulan-Ude

9:00

Departure from Ulaanbaatar by bus

The bus departs from the Central Bus Station.
13:00

Crossing Russian-Mongolian border

We will cross the border, lunch on Mongolian side before crossing.
19:00

Arrival in Ulan-Ude

We arrive to the capital of Russian nomadic life, Buryatia republic. Check-in at hotel, free time in the city.

day 2

Ulan-Ude • Ivolginskiy temple • Temple of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov • Old-Believers village • Ulan-Ude

9:00

Breakfast

Good morning! Today we start our tour with the world's biggest Lenin's head, located at the very center of the city.
10:00

Arrival in Ivolginskiy temple and tour around

Tour around the temple (which is huge and even has its own university) with a local monk
11:00

Temple of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov

Visit to the temple with the body of the deep-meditating monk Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, which gives special feelings and memories. You can also donate a prayer scarf for a good luck there
12:00

Arrival to Old-Believers village

Transfer to Old-Believers village, which probably you will determine as different from others, visit to the family museum and Old-Believers church, which is still on renovation. You will get understanding who are Old-Believers and why they were settled there.
14:00

Lunch and folk performance

Lunch with delicious (really) home-cooked food, all products were gathered from local farms. After lunch folk performance, you will see traditional dances and marriage of Old-Believers, all sincere and fun! Folk songs and poetry belong to UNESCO verbal world heritage and give you good understanding what is their life about.
16:30

Walk around the village

After a walk by well-decorated village street we will head back to Ulan-Ude with a stop at hill lookout point.
17:30

Arrival to Ulan-Ude

We will drop you off at any requested place of the city.

day 3

Irkutsk • Posolskiy male monastery • Posolskiy Bay • Baikal Sanctuary in Tankhoy • Tankhoy Nature Trail • Irkutsk

9:00

Breakfast and departure to Irkutsk

After breakfast we depart to Russian-Mongolian border.
11:00

Posolskiy male monastery

Arrival to the monastery, which is famous by its story of Russian ambassadors arrived here in 17 century for a night and were killed by local band of brigands (actually ‘Posolskiy’ in Russian means 'ambassodorial'). Tour around the monastery and its holy places.
13:30

Baikal Sanctuary in Tankhoy

Arrival to Tankhoy sanctuary (Protected National Park). We will explore small but interesting museum at the visitors centers, one located close to the shore dedicated to the history of Circum-Baikal Railway (in the past the town was a place for the icebreaker ferry connection), another one dedicated to the forest inhabitants. During time from May to October it is possible to arrange visit to the bird ringing (banding) station, which should be booked in advance and it is not included into the price.
15:00

Tankhoy Nature Trail

After we will have a very relaxing walk by wooden nature trails for 1-2 kilometers (two ways up to you!) exploring the forest and its inhabitants. After that we head to Posolskiy bay, with a stop for lunch on the way (not included).
17:00

Stop at the most southern point of Lake Baikal

We will see the southern part of the lake from the height, and then we will follow it for several hours by the road, offering magneficient views (we can stop at any point, of course).
19:00

Arrival to Irkutsk, check-in at the hotel. Rest and free time

After full of impressions day we arrive in Irkutsk, and check-in at the hotel.

Why 52°17’ Tours?

Certified local guides

Our guides are locals truly in love with Baikal, who are eager to share their knowledge with you!

Travellers to travellers

We have extensive traveling experience and try to tailor all our services to travellers like us!

Off the beaten path

We choose the most interesting, not just the most popular, and know when it’s the right time.

Handcrafted adventures

We aim for quality — so we only make tours in small groups and adapt them on occasion.

Convenience is a key

From special diets to any place pickup/dropoff and comfy cars — we care for your best comfort.

Truly local business

We involve local businesses and individuals as much as possible to support the place we live at.

More about the company

Certified local guides

Our guides are locals truly in love with Baikal, who are eager to share their knowledge with you!

Travellers to travellers

We have extensive traveling experience and try to tailor all our services to travellers like us!

Off the beaten path

We choose the most interesting, not just the most popular, and know when it’s the right time.


Handcrafted adventures

We aim for quality — so we only make tours in small groups and adapt them on occasion.

Convenience is a key

From special diets to any place pickup/dropoff and comfy cars — we care for your best comfort.

Truly local business

We involve local businesses and individuals as much as possible to support the place we live at.

More about the company

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