Boat and Train Ride around Lake Baikal
Transfer to the jetty to take a 15-minute boat ride to the Port of Baikal. From there board the tourist train for a full day ride along the historical Circum-Baikal or Old Round-Baikal railway - an engineering feat, built under the last tsar at enormous cost and now known as 'a Golden Buckle of Steel Belt of Russia'. The train ride offers great views and stops at interesting and picturesque spots, ending with a village visit and lunch with a local family. Return to Irkutsk for overnight.
Travel from Lake Baikal to Ulan Ude with Sightseeing en route
Travel from Lake Baikal to Ulan Ude, a journey of approximately 380km's following a very scenic route with stops to take photos on the way.
Stop to visit Selenginsk St. Trinity monastery - one of the earliest monasteries in Eastern Siberia. Upon arrival in Ulan Ude check into your accommodation.
Ulan Ude is an important commercial and industrial centre of Eastern Siberia, located on the Trans-Siberian railway. It is the capital of the Buryatia Republic that is a home for Buryat, Evenk, and Russian people. The city itself has a distinct Asian-like feel, perhaps because of the cultural mix and proximity to Mongolia. Eastern Buryats generally converted from Shamanism to Tibetan Buddhism, during the 19th century and Western Buryats generally retained their Shamnic beliefs and ways. Although almost all of the 'datsans' (Buddhist temple) were completely destroyed by the communists in the 1930s, many have been rebuilt, and hidden icons and treasures have been donated by brave monks, keen to keep their religion alive. The city was closed to foreigners until 1987, which explains why so few people visit this most interesting and culturally rich city.
You will be staying at Geser Hotel, Half board