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Russia Siberia (Eastern) / Lake Baikal Ring

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Route: - Lake Baikal Ring - Irkutsk
Code:IRK-010
Duration:see options
Date:upon request
Discounts:for groups of 3+ tourists please request a quote
Difficulty:Not applicable
Cost:381 USD
[ option 1 ]
NO tour guide
by sedan vehicle
1-2 passengers
price per transfer

494 USD
[ option 2 ]
NO tour guide
by sedan vehicle
1-3 passengers
price per tour

718 USD
[ option 2 ]
WITH tour guide
by sedan vehicle
1-2 passengers
price per tour

139 USD
[ option 3 ]
Arshan Lodging
1 guest/dbl room
per room/night

85 USD
[ option 4 ]
Public Bus
one way fare
per 1 person

Hotel Princess Krestina

Tunka Valley

  Arshan - the Saint Springs of Siberia

 Bathing in hot springs

Arshan is a small village and resort famous for its hot springs located at the foot of the Sayan Mountains in Tunka Valley about 210km/130mi south of Irkutsk city. The word Arshan comes from Buryat language and means "Saint Spring". The place is very popular among local residents because of the healing properties of mineral springs, and majestic views of Tunka Valley. Visitors are welcomed by comfortable hotels and basic resort infrastructure. Trip to Arshan is a great option for folks who like to actively experience nature's wonders, explore new places, and mingle with local culture and life.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experience true Eastern Siberia.
  • Soak in the natural hot carbonate springs.
  • Climb the Love Peak (2144m high), takes from 3 to 5 hours.
  • Visit Zhemchug village (~38km) to see geyser gushing 766m
  • Explore Kyngarga River and its 12 waterfalls.
  • Visit local Buddhist Datsan (Temple) of Buryat people
  • Embrace yourself into the ethnic mosaic of the rural Siberia.

    TRAVEL OPTIONS:

    Destinations: Irkutsk city - Arshan village (210km one way)

    [Option 1] - 10-12 hours: pickup / drop off transfer
    This option is for folks who want to spend few days at Arshan resort, or take a bus one way and return by a private car. The driver will pick you up from the hotel in Arshan resort or Irktusk city and bring you same day to where you need to be.

    [Option 2] - 2 days/1 night, driving tour
    This is most popular option, overnight trip. Our driver will meet you at the hotel in Irkutsk city in the morning. After brief introduction, start driving toward Arshan resort. The drive takes about 4-5 hours (250km to the resort). The driver will stop for you to take pictures or lunch. Upon arrival, check into hotel. Free time. Overnight (including driver) in Arshan resort at one of the local hotels there. Next day, explore surroundings, bath in hot spring, hike, walk, enjoy the scenery. Later in the afternoon, the driver will pick you up and drive back to Irkutsk city. Bilingual tour guide is optional (see prices)

    [Option 3] - Lodging at the Arshan Resort
    For your stay at the Arshan resort we recommend hotel "Princess Krestina". Good service, helpful. Double rooms are spacious and comfortable. Chek Princess Krestina on youtube

    [Option 4] - 6-7 hours, public bus option
    There is a public bus between Irkutsk city and Arshan village. It departs in the morning, around 8-9AM, and travels for 6-7 hours (one way). We can only pre-book a bus to Arshan village. Return tickets can be purchased only at the bus kiosk in Arshan village on the first come first served basis. Note that there is a hike from the bus stop in Arshan village to the Arshan resort.

    Included:

  • Private vehicle with personal driver, gasoline;
  • Room and board for the driver (option #2)
  • Bilingual escort guide incl. food & board (optional)

    Not included:

  • Meals/Drinks/Snacks;
  • Entrance fees to museums, sites, exhibits
  • National Park fees;

    Related Tours:
    Circum-Baikal (Golden Buckle) Rail Tour
    Custom: Classic Trans-Siberian RR (3 stops)
    Custom: Russia-Mongolia-China RR (3 stops)
    Irkutsk & Lake Baikal highlights
    Listvyanka ToDo List
    Olkhon Island-the Siberian Alcatraz
    Trekking Baikal
    Where Cultures Meet

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