Tuva & Lake Baikal

July 10 - 22, 2017

HMSC Study Leader: Nina Tumarkin
Group Size: 8-25 guests
Pricing: $7,995 double occupancy

Journey into South Siberia and the remote republics of the Russian Federation to discover a fascinating cultural heritage and unexpected natural beauty. The Tuvan people of the region are similar to the Mongols, and many of the historically seminomadic population still tend herds of yaks, goats, sheep, cows, and reindeer. See the ancient burial mounds of Khakassia; explore Shushenskoye, where Lenin was exiled; attend a shaman ceremony; and visit Siberian families in their homes. Listen to the eerie sounds of Tuvan throat-singing and enjoy a concert of chimes by a master bell ringer at an Orthodox church in Irkutsk. At Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world, travel by hydrofoil and 4x4 vehicles during your exploration of Olkhon Island.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Khakassia where ancient archeological sites includes Scythian race mounds called kurgans
  • Visit a buddhist temple and get the chance to meet with a local monk for a conversation
  • Participate in shaman ceremonies in Tuva and on Olkhon Island in UNESCO-Lake Baikal
  • Visit a nomadic family and learn about their unique way of life

Schedule by day

  • July 10: Depart U.S. for Moscow, Russia
  • July 11: Arrive Moscow / connect to Abakan
  • July 12: Arrive
  • July 13: Abakan / Shushenskoye
  • July 14: Shushenkoye / Kyzyl
  • July 15: Kyzyl / day trip to Samagaltai
  • July 16: Kyzyl
  • July 17: Kyzyl / fly to Irkutsk
  • July 18: Irkutsk / hydrofoil to Olkhon Island
  • July 19: Olkhon Island
  • July 20: Olkhon Island / drive to Irkutsk
  • July 21: Irkutsk / day trip to Listvyanka
  • July 22: Depart Irkutsk for flights home


  • $7,995 double occupancy
  • $695 single supplement


  • 1 night at Hotel Anzas
  • 3 nights at Hotel Odugen
  • 1 night at Marriott Courtyard Hotel
  • 3 nights at Baikal View Hotel
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