Departure from Irkutsk
We pick you up from any point you requested and start tour around Irkutsk.
Moscow gates, monument to the founders of Irkutsk
Moscow gates, which are now reconstructed, used to be the historical point of city entrance of all travellers and merchants of the past. It is also place where ancient town of Irkutsk was founded by cossacks more than 350 years ago.
Main square of the city, built on the place of swamp, is surrounded by buildings of different times of the Old and New Histories.
Karl Marx street
Main street of the city, used to be a part of ostrog wall, the border of the town. Its people and stories.
Visit to Znamensky female monastery and Kazan Church
You will visit the most beautiful and peaceful places of the city.
A restored part of the Old Town
The Old Town area is a good place for walking. From here we start to Olkhon Island.
Arrival in sacred Yord mountain. Lunch at the road cafe.
Yord mountain is a place where ethnic locals come together for Yord (Yordin) games taken now every 2-3 years, celebrating the coming of summer and ledding round dances by thousands of people around the mountain. Also if the road conditions allow we visit petroglyphs (cave drawings) at the hill beside the way. Then we will arrive to the ferry, the only way between mainland and island during most of the year (except February and March, when we'll just cross the lake by the official ice road)
Arrival in Khuzhir village. Shamanka Rock
Khuzhir is located in central part of the island. It is convenient to travel to any place of the island from here. Just next to the village is Shamanka Rock, the most energetic place where local shamans still carry out their rituals. We will see many colorful stripes attached to 13 polls, symbolising the most powerful family of Eagles, lived at the island long time ago. For us, modern people, it's more place to take classic view photo, but maybe you will also feel something peaceful and good in the mind and soul. We will have free time after the walk to the rock. Dinner at 19-00 (included). Traditional Russian sauna (optional, 200 rub per person).