Olkhon Island Extension
We invite you to visit the heart of the lake Baikal - the island of Olkhon, glorified in many legends. It is the largest of the lake's 30 islands and it contains 143 unique archaeological objects – graves, remains of ancient settlements, ruins, shaman worship monuments and many others. You will also be able to enjoy magnificent natural views, sandy beaches and even swim in the lake (average water temperature in July – August 18 degrees C).
Note: Most people visit Olkhon because of unique nature and spectacular views and do not really need services of an accompanying guide. There are no professional English speaking guides on the island, so a guide will have to travel from Irkutsk and stay with you on the island making the whole trip rather expensive. The most challenging part of travel arrangements in Olkhon Island is transport logistics and accommodation. With this in mind we have developed the below itinerary where your private driver will transfer your from Irkutsk and back and you will join a day long Russian group tour on the island visiting the main highlights of Olkhon.
If you prefer, we can arrange a private English speaking guide who will travel with you from Irkutsk. Your sightseeing tour on day 2 will also be with your private guide. The guide will leave the island in the morning on day 3, as on day 3 you have free time.
The tour price depends on the number of participants on your Go Russia booking. All prices are per person.
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Irkutsk - Olkhon Island
Arrival on Olkhon IslandOur driver will transfer you from your accommodation in Irkutsk to the Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island. It takes about 3-4 hours to get to Maloe More - the bay near the Olkhon Island where you will take a ferryboat to get to the Island.
On the opposite shore there will be Russian military 4WD vehicles waiting to bring you to your accommodation in Khuzhir village (it will take about 1 hour) - the main settlement of the Island.
Free time in the afternoon. You can enjoy the sunset on the Shaman cape near the Khuzhir village.
Accommodation will be provided in a cosy and stylish Olkhon Story Guesthoue, located just within a 5-minute walk from the sandy Saraiskiy beach of the island. The guesthouse consists of four comfortable eco-friendly wooden houses, equipped with everything you need. Each room has a double / twin bed, a wardrobe, private facilities with a shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.
Group trip to the northern part of the Olkhon IslandToday you will enjoy a group day long trip by car to the northern part of the Olkhon Island. You will visit the main highlights of the island: Peschanaya Bay, Sagaan Khushun cape and the mysterious Khoboi cape. You’ll be taken to the best view points of Olkhon Island.
Enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to the village. Overnight.
Free timeFree time on your own to explore Khuzhir village and surrounding area. Overnight.
Olkhon Island - Irkutsk
Depart Olkhon IslandCheck-out from the guesthouse in the morning. Our driver will transfer you to Irkutsk. Arrival in Irkutsk in the afternoon.
- All transfers as per the programme
- Russian speaking driver
- Meals: daily breakfasts, lunch on day 2
- Group tour to the northern part of the Olkhon Island on day 2
- National Park entrance fees
- English - speaking guide surcharge (if a guide is required).