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11 Day Lake Baikal Guided BMW Motorcycle Tour in Siberia, Russia

Irkutsk, Russia

Adventurous Motorcycle Tour in Russia to Lake Baikal

You are invited to ride one of the most fascinating motorcycle routes in Russia with Toursmoto - a trip to the deepest lake in the world! It is held in the Eastern Siberia region of Asian Russia. Drive along the Circum-Baikal Railway - Russian Glasier Express. Experience a tour that will stay with you forever.

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% asphalt, 40% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW G650GS)
  • Mileage: 1550 kilometers / 963 miles
  • Daily rides: 80 - 280 kilometers / 50 - 174 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, elbow, knee, and shoulder protection, boots, gloves, raincoat
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Meet the guides

Viktor
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Irkutsk
  • Visit the magnificent Olkhon Island
  • See the great Lake Baikal, the wonder of nature
  • Ride through shallow rivers on motorcycles
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Try delicious local food
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days
Group size: 6-9 participants
Airport transfer included: International Airport Irkutsk
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Accommodation

The accommodations will be in hotels and guesthouses in shared triple or double room occupancy.

Program

Day 1: Arrival to Irkutsk Airport (IKT)

Toursmoto staff member will meet you at Irkutsk Airport (IKT) and transfer to the city of Irkutsk. Then, you will have time to freshen up at the hotel and have some rest. After lunch, you have an option to walk through the city with a guide.

Later on, you will receive your bike and have some time to test it. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner with all tour participants including guides and the mechanic.

Day 2: Irkutsk - Tankhoj (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

After breakfast, you will get your bikes and at 9:00 a.m. you'll start. You will drive for some time along the Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude Highway. At lunch, you will stop at the cafe to taste smoked omul, the delicious local fish. The quality of the road is good.

In the evening, you will get to the guesthouse on the shore of Baikal Lake.

Day 3: Tankhoj - Ulan-Ude - Ivolginsk (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

Today, you will ride the picturesque road with magnificent views. Arriving at the capital of Buryatia, you will examine the monument listed in the Guinness Book of Records - the huge head of V.I. Lenin.

Then, you will arrive at the center of Buddhism in Russia - Ivolginsk. This is the place where the imperishable body of the famous Lama Itigelov, which leads the world scientific community to the dead-end. The road will be asphalt and crushed stone.

Day 4: Ivolginsk - Ust-Barguzin (270 kilometers / 168 miles)

This day, you will start rather early. After 100 kilometers drive on the highway, you will move back to the shore of Lake Baikal and will drive along the Baikal up to the end of the route. You will stop several times to make magnificent photos. The road along the Baikal Lake is partly asphalt, partly gravel.

Day 5: Ust-Barguzin - Gorjachinsk (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

After breakfast, make a radial trip to the Holy Nose Peninsula, the largest peninsula of Baikal, the cult place of shamans (Trans-Baikal Natural Park). In the second half of a day, head towards the resort of Goryachinsk.

You will swim in the Baikal Lake there and will visit the hot springs with a temperature of 55 degrees. You will experience the magnificent contrast of cold Baikal and hot springs.

Day 6: Gorjachinsk - Olkhon Island (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

This day is a special day. You will experience an eight-hour trip on a ship to Olkhon Island. During the lake trip, you will see wonderful pictures of a huge Lake Baikal. In the second part of the day, you will drive a little to your guesthouse.

Day 7: Olkhon Island (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

The morning begins with a nutritious breakfast. You will have a couple of days to rest on the island. On this day, you will make several radial trips around the island. Olkhon is the largest of 26 islands on Baikal.

Here are the unique and amazingly beautiful landscapes. Most of the coast and its environs were not influenced by civilization and remained in their original form, unchanged for thousands of years. You will examine the bays, beaches, bays of the island.

Day 8: Olkhon Island - rest day (radial rides)

Today, if you wish, you will make some short rides not far from the accommodation. The rest of the day will be free and you can have rest in the resort. The mechanics will do a complete motorcycle maintenance. The following night, you will spend in the same hotel.

Day 9: Olkhon Island - Big Goloustnoe (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

In the morning, leave the island by ferry and drive along the coastal ridge admiring the coastal beauties. You will stop at a historical village founded in the 17th century and have accommodation there.

Day 10: Big Goloustnoe - Listvyanka (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

This is the final day of your trip, so you would spend time on Lake Baikal as long as possible. Visit the Baikal Museum. The farewell evening will be spent on the Great Lakes, in the place where the Angara originates.

You will have a closing dinner, where you will be able to spend time pleasantly and share your thoughts about the tour. All participants will be awarded with certificates and special souvenirs from the head guide of Toursmoto Company.

Day 11: Transfer to Listvyanka - Irkutsk Airport (IKT)

After an early breakfast and saying goodbye, a staff member will transfer you to the airport. Toursmoto Company wishes you a good flight.

Requirements

  • Driving license with motorcycle category
  • Driving experience to participate in such a tour
  • Sports medical insurance (including riding motorcycles)

Bike rental deposit

Toursmoto requires a motorcycle insurance deposit of 350 EUR. The tours pass through difficult sections of roads - gravel and stones, mountain passes, fords, steep descents and ascents. Repair of damage that the motorcycle will receive will be deducted from this amount.

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Viktor Pantykin

Location

Lake Baikal is a unique route that allows you to fully enjoy all the splendor of this region. It is touched with pristine nature, unique hot springs, and the history of Buddhism in Russia. The tour in Lake Baikal will not leave anyone indifferent. Whoever has seen Baikal will forever retain it in the memory as a magnificent and great lake.

Food

Included in your package are breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The food is regular (meat and fish). However, Toursmoto can provide vegetarian food on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bathing in springs
  • Spa

What's included

  • Motorcycle rental (BMW G650GS)
  • 2 guides
  • Entrance tickets to parks and museums
  • Gas
  • Supporting van with an extra motorcycle, mechanic, spare parts, and client's belongings
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Transfer from Irkutsk Airport (IKT)

What's not included

  • Airline tickets to Irkutsk
  • Single accommodation
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses (including extra dishes in restaurants)
  • Riding gear
  • Motorcycle insurance deposit (350 EUR)
  • Extra activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at International Airport Irkutsk (IKT). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Toursmoto will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: International Airport Irkutsk Airport transfer included: International Airport Irkutsk No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
11 days / 10 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Tuesday July 6, 2021
(11 days / 10 nights)

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