Rolling Steppe, Lakeshore and Taiga

Near the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, survey the Mongolian, Cossack, Buryat and Buddhist heritage of south Siberia, and admire its overwhelming natural beauty. Take a short trip on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and continue to Listvyanka, a small village situated on the shore of Lake Baikal. Explore Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic and center of Buddhism in Russia.

7 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Spin a prayer wheel at a Siberian Buddhist monastery
    Honor the chanting monks, townspeople and pilgrims at Ivolginsk Datsan, center of Buddhism in Russia, decorated with beautiful silks, precious stones, and painted...
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  • Enjoy a home-cooked meal with Siberia’s Old Believers
    Make a village visit to enjoy a home cooked meal and hear the powerful centuries-old songs of Old Believers, learning about their unique history and traditions...
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  • Skirt the shore of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal for spectacular views
    Spend a day admiring UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal on the fabulous Circumbaikal Old Railway, one of the most complicated and beautiful rail routes in the world...
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  • Appreciate the carved filigrees of Siberian architecture
    Enjoy a tour of the classic wooden architecture of one of Russia’s loveliest cities, Irkutsk...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Russia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • MIR affiliate offices in the Siberian cities of Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers whom clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Ulan Ude

Arriving in Ulan Ude in south Siberia’s Buryatia, note the world’s largest Lenin head still adorning the main square. Drive outside of town to explore the lovely Ivolginsk Datsan Buddhist monastery, and pay a visit to a village of Old Believers to enjoy their 17th century songs.


  • Ulan Ude, capital of the Buryat Republic with the world’s largest Lenin head
  • Ivolginsk Datsan, center of Russian Buddhism
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Days 3-7: Irkutsk, Listvyanka, Lake Baikal

Take the day train to Irkutsk and drive to Listvyanka, a village on the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, where you can bask in the heat of a traditional banya, a Russian bathhouse. Visit the Baikal Museum and (weather permitting) enjoy a boat ride on the clear waters of the oldest and deepest lake in the world. On the way back to Irkutsk, tour the open-air museum of authentic houses and community buildings from early times. Explore the Irkutsk neighborhood of original wooden buildings, decorated with the lacy wooden fretwork typical of Siberian architecture. Learn about Siberian cultures at the Regional History Museum.


  • Short section of the world-famous Trans-Siberian rail line to Irkutsk
  • Little Listvyanka Village on the shores of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on earth
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 7 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $2,595
  • Single Supplement $395

2020 Dates

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  • $2,595
  • Min 2 Travelers

Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in superior tourist class hotels.
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, per the itinerary. Most meals are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers and other staff.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers available at additional cost.) MIR will arrange for travelers to be met upon arrival and seen off on departure, whether we make your air arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party).
  • Day train ticket from Ulan Ude to Irkutsk, seated class.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international air fare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (if applicable to your itinerary; please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for a pre- or post-tour extension in Western Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg) or Eastern Russia (Vladivostok or Kamchatka). All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are generally comfortable, they will vary from tourist class hotels in Ulan Ude and Irkutsk to a guesthouse/lodge in Listvyanka village. It is important to keep in mind that parts of Siberia may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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