This was our first trip to Siberia. We flew to Novosibirsk, where  we had a masterclass on how to cook real Russian food and then we moved to the village in Altai region for banya and shashliki. We took 30-hours train (a part of the Trans-Siberian Railroad) to Irkutsk, and transferred to minibus to go to Baikal lake. Three days on Olkhon island were not enough to fully experience the magnificent place, but Lake Baikal now will be always in our hearts.


Route: Novosibirsk – Altai – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal.
Duration: 11 days.


During our trip to Siberia 2014 we met some nice-hospitable-just awesome people and we’d like to share their contacts with you. In Novosibirsk, for example, we took some cooking classes at Кулинарный Клуб and learnt how to prepare real Russian food! The organisation and experience we’ve got were beyond our expectations! In case you guys are reading this, we’d like to thank you for hospitality and all that information on Russian traditions you shared with us. 

Russian House (Русский Дом) is kind of a village where we stayed for 3 days. It’s 2,5 hours by car from Novosibirsk, capital of Siberia. Endless forest, absence of wi-fi, Russian home made food, banya, shashliki and hospitable people made our stay here absolutely amazing. Recommended!

We stayed at “Байкальский Плёс” on Olkhon Island. The place is 10 min walk from Baikal Lake, the owners are super hospitable, they have a 3 years old daughter Sophia and 8 dogs! Baikalsky Plyos (Байкальский Плёс) is not a hotel, it’s more like a home stay, where you are treated like a relative.

Thanks to Baikal Top our trip to Baikal was smooth and enjoyable. They organised transport and a tour guide for us.

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