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Adventure in Russia’s Siberia

St Petersburg, Olkhon Island & Lake Baikal

Best time to travel
Jan – Mar
Ideal length
11 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to St Petersburg and home from Irkutsk.
  • All private transfers and domestic flights.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in St Petersburg, Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Olken Island.
  • Tailored adventures in Siberia including dog sledding, hovercrafting and sleigh riding.
  • Privately guided tours of St Petersburg, Irkutsk, Baikal and Olkhon Island.
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Introduction

Experience Siberia in the depths of winter, witnessing Russia’s marvellous culture and dramatic landscapes on this tailored adventure. Start in the cultural city of St Petersburg, discovering its iconic landmarks and famed collection of Fabergé eggs. Say goodbye to city life as you set off for Siberia, a destination that has been explored by very few. In the experienced hands of OROKO, delve deep into the snow-covered landscapes and set out on authentic experiences like sleigh rides, lunches with local families and dog sledding on Lake Baikal. For something extra special, we’ve arranged a hovercrafting experience to the mesmerising cliffs of Sagan Zaba.

 

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to St Petersburg.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel in the heart of the city. To make your three-night stay extra special, we can arrange a night at the Russian ballet.

Wander the streets of St Petersburg.

With your expert guide, spend two days visiting landmarks like the Peter and Paul Fortress, St Isaac’s Cathedral and the lavish St Catherine’s Palace. We’ll also take you to the see impressive art collections of the Hermitage Museum and the world-famous Fabergé eggs.

St Petersburg
Depart for Siberia.

Land in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, where we’ve arranged a two-night stay. During your time in Irkutsk, we will take you on a privately guided city tour, introducing you to sites like the Church Belltower & Bell Chimes and the timber neighbourhood of the Kvartel Project.

Irkutsk
Experience authentic Siberian life.

Today will start with a fun three-horse sleigh ride through the taiga forest, followed by lunch with a local family at their dacha (summer cottage). Visit the Angara Icebreaker and ice sculptures of Kirov Square before arriving in the lakeside village of Listvyanka for your three night stay.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Taiga Forest
Snowmobile and sled ride on Lake Baikal. A Snowmobile and sled ride on Lake Baikal. A Snowmobile and sled ride on Lake Baikal.

A fun day awaits, starting with snowmobiling to Chernaya Lodge. Enjoy lunch at a local family home before snowmobiling on Lake Baikal and setting out on a dog sled ride with Siberian huskies. Return to your hotel for a traditional Russian bath before dinner.

Horse drawn sleigh ride
Explore Baikal with your private guide.

Today will be somewhat more relaxed, leaving adventure behind for a cultural exploration of Baikal town and the surrounding area. We’ll also take you to Chersky Mount Viewpoint where you’ll tie a ribbon or prayer flag to represent your wish or prayer.

Baikal
Hovercraft to Sagan Zaba Cliffs.

Another adrenaline-filled day begins, with a hovercrafting experience along the northeastern shores of Lake Baikal. Continue to Peschanaya Bay before arriving on the shores of Olkhon Island, where you’ll spend three nights in an island hotel.

Sagan Zaba Cliffs
Explore Olkhon Island.

Set in the middle of Lake Baikal, it is the third-largest lake island in the world. Today will be spent discovering it with your local guide who will introduce you to Khuzhir Village, Olkhon Nature and History Museum and the picturesque Khoboy Cape.

Olkhon Island
Transfer to Irkutsk.

We are taking you back to Irkutsk for one night so that you can appreciate the nearby town of Ust-Ordynski, the home of the indigenous Buryat people. We’ll take you to its reconstructed Buddhist monastery followed by lunch at a local café.

Irkutsk Town
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Helvetia Hotel

Helvetia Hotel

Helvetia’s luxury hotel is set within an opulent 19th-century mansion in central St Petersburg. Interiors blend modern and traditional styles.

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Historic Hotel Central

Historic Hotel Central

In the centre of Irkutsk lies the Historic Hotel Central. Housed within a 19th-century building, interiors feature a blend of traditional and contemporary design features.

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Krestovaya Pad Hotel

Krestovaya Pad Hotel

Krestovaya Pad is a rustic hotel complex set overlooking Lake Baikal. Spread across eight buildings, it features a selection of spacious accommodations.

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Baikal View Hotel

Baikal View Hotel

Baikal View’s traditional hotel lies on the picturesque island of Olkhon. Set on the shores of Lake Baikal, it offers wonderful views and a peaceful setting.

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What people are saying

OROKO created the honeymoon of our dreams in South Africa. The consultation process was very laid-back and conversational. The whole process overall was really quite quick and smooth. There was no trawling through the internet for hours late at night, weighing up costs and reviews of hotels and transfer companies etc – it was all done for us based on the OROKO travel experts’ experiences – which we found to be absolutely spot on. Choosing a ‘luxury travel’ company was a little daunting: We wanted a special honeymoon without spending silly money – and OROKO worked very well with this brief. Believe me when I say our accommodation could not have been more perfect for us. It really was the holiday of our dreams.

Angharad & husband – Honeymoon 2019

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