среда, 15 марта 2017 г.

Russian folk songs singing

When we welcome foreigners to Baikal lake, we try not just show them the most beautiful places, try the most exciting activities, taste the local food specialties, but also try to make them feel welcomed by our Siberian hospitality. We tell them about our culture, traditions and beliefs. Learning about the local traditions help them to understand the way of our life. On the last day of our tours we usually invite for festive dinner, where we exchange the impressions about the trip, share the experience and knowledge and present souvenirs. We also sing together - sing our Russian songs, simple folklore but so meaningful! We love to share. This is a little peace of our singing in the video. We sing our native anthem to Baikal - Glorious sea, sacred Baikal!

Славное море — священный Байкал
Славное море — священный Байкал,
Славный корабль — омулёвая бочка.
Эй, баргузин, пошевеливай вал,
Молодцу плыть недалечко.

Долго я тяжкие цепи влачил,
Долго скитался в горах Акатуя;
Старый товарищ бежать пособил —
Ожил я, волю почуя.

Шилка и Нерчинск не страшны теперь,
Горная стража меня не поймала,
В дебрях не тронул прожорливый зверь,
Пуля стрелка — миновала.

Шёл я и в ночь, и средь белого дня,
Вкруг городов озираяся зорко,
Хлебом кормили чалдонки меня,
Парни снабжали махоркой.

Славное море — священный Байкал,
Славный мой парус — кафтан дыроватый,
Эй, баргузин, пошевеливай вал,
Слышатся грома раскаты.

And the English version is below.

Glorious Sea, Sacred Baikal

Glorious sea - sacred Lake Baikal,
Glorious ship - barrel full of omul
Hey, Barguzin, move the waves,
The young lad doesn't have to swim far.
I wore heavy chains for a long time,
I spent a long time wandering in the hills of Akatuyev,
An old comrade helped me to escape -
I survived, sensing freedom.
Shilka and Nerchinsk are no longer frightening,
The mountain guards did not catch me,
In the forests the wild beast couldn't touch me,
The shooter's shot missed me.
( I went in the night and in broad daylight,
Looking around the city vigilantly,
The peasants fed me bread,
The lads provided me with tobacco. )
Glorious ship - sacred Baikal,
Glorious sail of mine - many holed kaftan,
Ey, Barguzin, move the waves,
The roars of thunder can be heard.

пятница, 17 февраля 2017 г.

To feel winter go to the mountains...

We had a wondeful weekend skiing in Khamar-Daban mountains. That's the place where you get the feeling of real winter, with snow-covered trees around, frozen river and frost on your face. The feeling of freedom and hapiness comes from the surrounding nature. Once more I thank the Universe for being born here, this place has so much to offer, to teach, to discover and to learn.
A "Winter fairytale" is a name of the tour which we offer to anyone who would like to experience and enjoy real winter! During this journey you'll  plunge into fabulous atmosphere of wintry fairy-tale of southern Baikal shore, you'll fall in love with ancient mountain ridge – Khamar-Daban, ski (or trek) the distance of about 50 km (during 3 days), spend a night in a wooden cabin in the forest, will feel the atmosphere of real winter in all its beauty with snow-capped mountains and cedar-trees deep in the carpet of snow. 
You will climb one of the highest mounts of this area - Peak Cherskogo and enjoy the fabulous view to the surrouning landscape. You will spend one night in a hotel on the shore of Baikal lake and have ice-climbing on icefalls of Sayan mountains, as well as swim in natural hot springs of Zhemchug village. It is possible to do snowmobiling in the wintry taiga forest from Sludyanka to Meteostation. (on demand). Visit our web-site for more info.

пятница, 13 января 2017 г.

Crystal Baikal ice (Le lac Baikal gelé)

We invite you to join us on "Crystal Baikal ice" tour from Feb 19 to Feb 25, 2017. THERE ARE TWO PLACES LEFT! The cost is 56 000 rub. 
Broken ice of Baikal lake in the sunset

During this tour you will explore wintry Baikal lake while snowmobiling in the forest, dog-sledding (optional) on the ice, aeroglisseur ride to the biggest island on the lake - Olkhon, admire the ice-grottoes and laced ice on the rocks, try ice-fishing and relax in steam sauna - Banya, as well as to get familiar with local traditions and cuisine.This is where the snow, ice, wind and frost meet. Significant turquoise ice-blocks, fields of ice, fresh breeze from the mountains near-by, crystalling Baikal ice under your feet is so transparent that the brain refuses to understand that there is a support under your feet, and the sky, which is reflected in the ice. For detailed tour itinerary, please, visit our site.

среда, 12 октября 2016 г.

Video scetches about Baikal lake in winter trips

I am an amateur photographer. And I try to take my camera with me when I'm travelling around Baikal. When people ask me: "Why do you take pictures of this place - is it your first time here?" I say "Just because I love these places so much!" And they are surprised on how excited I get even if I have been there before. Well, enjoy some of my video scetches which i made during different tours to wintry Baikal. And if you may find our winter tours to Baikal lake here.

среда, 14 сентября 2016 г.

Looking for a winter tour to Baikal lake?

Looking for a winter tour to Baikal lake? According to our past experience and positive feedback from our guests we are happy to announce you a new tour to Baikal in winter 2017 " Crystal Baikal ice".
During this tour you will explore wintry Baikal lake while snowmobiling in the forest and over the ice of Baikal, have a hover (aeroglisseur) ride to the biggest island on the lake - Olkhon, admire ice-grottoes an laces oce on the rocks, visit open-air museum of wooden architecture, try ice-fishing an relax in steam sauna - Banya, as well as get familiar with local traditions, meet a shaman and taste local cousine. See you at Baikal!!!

среда, 15 июня 2016 г.

Fresh breath of nature

Listvyanka is getting more and more attractive to tourists. But not everyone knows that just a few kilometers behind it there is taiga forest with a narrow trail which will lead you to Baikal through its valleys, beaches, up and down-hills. It is marvellous there. It is a sip of fresh air, cold and humid, escented with smells of wild flowers blossoming and the smell of wet fir-needles after the rain. It is a sip of freedom which fills your heart while watching the endless waters sparkle under sunshine. It is a sip of magic watching the fog rise up along the rocks from the water. You simply dissolve in the silence around, but sometimes awaken by the boats floating in Baikal waters. I love this place and i thank God for giving us a chance to run away from the city and deep into the woods for just a few hours to be close to nature.

четверг, 26 мая 2016 г.

Baikal lake summer sightseeing 3 days

I think this three days sightseeing tour to Baikal lake is perfect for guests who are short in time. It includes visit to ethnographical museum of wooden architecture " Taltsy", ski lift to observation point of Cherskiy rock in Listvyanka, cruise on the lake to Circum-Baikal railway (old part of Transsiberian railway), Baikal museum with aquarium of Baikal seal - Nerpa and sightseeing Irkutsk (with visiting Decembrists' museum on your demand). Here is a program inself in case it might be useful for someone. If you want this tour - please, don't hesitate to contact me for more information

Short itinerary:
Day 1.  Arrival to Irkutsk in the morning. Transfer to Listvyanka. Taltsy museum. Lunch with tasting the local cuisine. Ski lift to observation platform of Cherskiy rock.
Day 2. Sightseeing Listvyanka. Baikal museum. Cruise to Circum-Baikal railway.
Day 3. Transfer to Irkutsk. Sightseeing Irkutsk. The Decembrist’s museum.
Day 4. Departure
Day 1. (20.08.16). Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka, Taltsy museum. Cherskiy rock. Accommodation in hotel
Welcome to Siberia! Arrival at Irkutsk airport in the morning. Transfer to the hotel, time for rest after the flight. At 10 (or 12am) Transfer to Listvyanka. On the 47th km of Baikal highway you will visit the open air Taltsy museum of wooden architecture which is located at the picturesque shore of Angara river. It will give you an idea of life of Siberians from 16-20th century. Lunch with tasting the dishes of local cuisine. In Listvyanka you will visit the Cherskiy rock which will give you an amazing view to Port Baikal on the opposite shore and Angara river outflow. The ski lift will bring you to the top of the hill with and you may walk (or ride the ski lift) back to the car. Accommodation in Listvyanka, hotel 4*, twin/double rooms. Dinner.  (-, L, -).

Day 2. (21.08.16) Baikal museum. Cruise  to Circum-Baikal railway.

In the morning you will visit Baikal museum where you can get familiar with Baikal nature, geological structure, fauna and flora. Aquarium with alive Baikal seal - Nerpa, imitational diving to the bottom of Baikal, fish exponents will give you an idea of how unique the lake is. Lunch. After lunch you will have a cruise over the clear and transparent waters of Baikal lake. You will visit the Circum-Baikal railway – the old part of Transsib railway and walk to one of its tunnels.. It is an architectural-landscape reserve, where numerous engineer constructions are located at the 80-km shoreline of Baikal. Before revolution this part of Transsiberian railway was called “The golden buckle of Russian steel belt” due to enormous costs spent on its construction. To get there is the same as to make a time journey 100 years back, everything is preserved the same way it used to be. Please, don’t forget warm clothes for the cruise part.
After return to Listvyanka you may visit the fish and souvenir market where locals smoke and sell famous Baikal fish - “Omul” and grayling.
Return to the hotel. Dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 3 (22.08.16) Transfer to Irkutsk. Sightseeing. Decembrists museum.

Morning transfer back to Irkutsk. Today you will feel the atmosphere of Irkutsk - the capital of Eastern Siberia. It is a small Russian city with more than 355 years old history, located on the bank of Angara river, 70 km away from Baikal Lake. Irkutsk used to be wooden in the past. Even nowadays it is one of not many Siberian cities which preserved its wooden outlook. The city has mysterious charm: quiet shady streets with different carved decorations get on nowadays with many-storied modern buildings. Famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov compared Irkutsk to Paris. He said: “As England created London and France - Paris, the same Siberia created Irkutsk”. You’ll visit the historical heart of Irkutsk - the place where it was founded in 1661 and where the fortress was built at the shore of Angara river. You’ll see the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk - the church of the Saviour, visit the war memorial with an eternal flame which burns in the memory of Siberians fought in the World War II, walk along the streets to the embankment of Angara river. After lunch you will visit the Decembrist museum which will give you a little glimpse into the past with fascinating story. Accommodation in hotel. (B, L, D).

Day 4. (23.08.16). Departure
Transfer to the train station. Departure. (B, -, -)

For the tour cost, please, contact me directly.
For more tours please visit our web-site

 Tour cost includes:
-English –speaking guide service during the program
-meeting from/to the train station (airport)
-transfer Irkutsk-Listvyanka-Irkutsk by private car (Renault traffic)
-Taltsy museum
-Baikal museum
- ski lift to Cherskiy rock in Listvyanka
- cruise to Circum-Baikal railway by ship (8 or 10 places), duration 3 hours
- National park entrance fees
- all meals mentioned in the program (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- accommodation in hotels (Mayak 4* hotel in Listvyanka, Zvezda 4* hotel or Courtyard Marriott in Irkutsk), double/twin rooms.
- sightseeing Irkutsk
-Decembrists museum in Irkutsk

Tour cost doesn’t include:
-additional services not mentioned in the programme (ATV’s, horse-riding, diving, etc)
-transfers not mentioned in the programme (taxi rides)
-Nerpa show
-bank transfer fees
-airplane tickets

Extra service (not included):
-folklore show (extra cost of 8000 rub), ordered on demand
-Banya (sauna) in hotel in Listvyanka (extra cost of  3000 rub per hour)