A day dedicated entirely to enjoying blissful Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Surrounded by snowy mountains, the clear, deep, aquamarine and blue waters glitter in the winter sun. The lake’s frozen sections are like perfect glass, imbuing a near-total stillness. Ride in a horse-drawn troika sleigh before switching to a motorized sled that takes you across the lake’s icy surface. Climb higher by cable car (seasonal opening conditions allowing), arriving at a spot with spectacular views of the chilly waters below. This vantage point is known for blustery and bitter cold temperatures – so bundle up for what might be the deepest chill you have ever experienced! After a warming meal with a local family, learn about the lake’s unique ecosystem at a nearby museum. After an unforgettable day, return to Irkutsk, where you spend the night at your centrally-located hotel.
(Meals: B, L, D)