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Russian Summer in Siberia by Rail

Moscow, Ulan-Ude, Listvyanka, Irkutsk & Olkhon Island

Best time to travel
Jun - Aug
Ideal length
9 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Ulan-Ude, with a stopover in Moscow, and home from Irkutsk.
  • All private vehicle transfers as well as a shared ferry transfer.
  • 9 nights’ luxury accommodation in Ulan-Ude, Listvyanka, Irkutsk and Olkhon Island.
  • Privately guided tours of Moscow, Irkutsk, Baikal and Olkhon Island as well as a speedboat ride to Khuzhir.
  • Authentic experiences including a journey aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, visits to native and rural villages and a Shaman ceremony.
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Introduction

When the summer sun melts away the ice and the freezing temperatures of Siberia’s bitter winter, a verdant paradise is unveiled. Warmer temperatures result in holiday-makers arriving at the glistening shores of Lake Baikal, surrounded by lush taiga forests. The mystical sensibilities of the fascinating towns and historic cities feel all the more magnificent under the warmth of the sun. Your suggested journey starts with a stop-over in Moscow where you will be guided around the onion-domed city before leaving for Ulan-Ude. Explore the city before boarding the carriages of the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. Admire the stunning vistas as you arrive at lovely Lake Baikal. Continue your exploration on Olkhon Island before your journey comes to an end with a final stay in Irkutsk. We have arranged a variety of tours and activities to ensure you to get to know the best of this spectacular thawed oasis.

Not often frequented by tourists, Russia is a destination that can be difficult to navigate, especially in Siberia. Not only do we offer excellent value, but our expertise, 24/7 support and local representatives ensure a seamless luxury experience throughout. We’ll be with you every step of the way, introducing you to destinations we have explored numerous times and have awarded the OROKO luxury seal of approval.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Moscow.

Upon arrival, meet your guide and set out on a tour of the onion-domed city. Marvel at the intricate interiors of the wonder that is St Basil’s Cathedral. Continue to explore the Red Square and Bolshoi Theatre. Then, transfer to the airport where you will depart for Ulan-Ude.

Arrive in Siberia.

Upon arrival in Ulan-Ude, privately transfer to your luxury hotel, your home for the next two nights. Settle in before exploring some of Ulan-Ude’s main sights.

Ulan Ude
Get to know Ulan-Ude.

Explore the city with your private guide, paying a visit to important sites such as the city’s first stone Orthodox church and the biggest Lenin head in the world. Next, tour the Ivolginsk Datsan Buddhist Monastery before experiencing the lifestyles of the Buryat people and Old Believers at their villages.

Get to know Ulan-Ude
Board the carriages of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Privately transfer to the railway station and settle in for a bucket-list journey around the scenic shore of Lake Baikal to Irkutsk. Upon arrival in Irkutsk, your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel with beautiful views of Lake Baikal, your home for the next two nights.

Trans Siberian
Take in Lake Baikal’s spectacular surrounds.

Known as the “Sacred Sea” by the indigenous people, explore the shores of the wonderful lake before taking a boat ride over the crystal-clear waters. Privately transfer to your luxury hotel in Irkutsk, your home for the next two nights. Steeped in history, enjoy a guided tour of the city.

Lake Baikal
Travel to Olkhon Island.

Privately transfer to the port and board a ferry to your luxury hotel on Olkhon Island for a two nights’ stay. Pay a visit to the indigenous Buryats of Ust-Orda Buryat Autonomous District and hop on a speedboat for a journey up to Khuzhir, which has traditionally been used for many years by Shamans for ceremonies.

Olkhon Island
Explore the island.

Spend the day touring Olkhon Island, where the indigenous Buryats believed that the gods of Baikal lived. Highlights include Khuzhir Village, the Olkhon Nature and History Museum, Khoboi Cape and a Shaman Ceremony at Shaman Rock.

Shaman Rock
Journey back to Irkutsk.

Take the ferry back to the mainland and privately transfer to your luxury hotel in the heart of the city, where you will spend one night. Complete your marvellous Siberian experience in complete luxury with a traditional spa treatment and delicious meal.

Journey back to Irkutsk
Privately transfer to the international airport.

Board your flight and 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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Mergen Bator Hotel

Mergen Bator Hotel

Just a short walk from the centre of Ulan-Ude lies The Mergen Bator, an upscale hotel promising modern luxury. It hosts an impressive array of amenities.

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Anastasia Hotel

Anastasia Hotel

Sitting on the banks of Lake Baikal lies the Anastasia Hotel. Perfectly situated, it offers outstanding panoramic views of the Angara River, Shaman Stone and Khamar-Daban Mountain Range.

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Sayen Hotel

Sayen Hotel

Located in the heart of Irkutsk, the Sayen Hotel is a contemporary and hi-tech hotel, designed by Japanese architect Shigeo Nakamura. Take advantage of the traditional Japanese spa.

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Port Olkhon Art Hotel

Port Olkhon Art Hotel

Port Olkhon Art Hotel is located on the shores of Lake Baikal. The property is a completely eco conscious operation and is committed to the preservation of the pristine landscape.

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What people are saying

“I’ve been a customer of OROKO for the last 12 months and have booked family holidays, ski trips and short breaks. The whole experience is brilliant; you explain the type of holiday that you are hoping to have, without specifying necessarily where and the team will present you a series of ideas and options, all costed out. It takes away all the stress of planning a trip. On top of this, you receive a full itinerary, and all activities can be sourced in advance. I’m a big fan.”

Emmet & family – Abu Dhabi, Jan 2018 | Dubai, Apr 2018 | Tenerife, Dec 2018 | Skiing, Megève, Feb 2019

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