Make the most of the splendor of Siberia! In this tour you will visit three of the most lush parts of the mighty Siberia. It wouldn’t be a YPT trip however, if we didn’t spice it up with a hefty dose of soviet wonders so we’ll take you from Stalin’s fish gulags to the best-preserved Siberian gulag, in Magadan.
In this tour, we will see some of Russia’s most beautiful sceneries and meet the Buryats an ethnicity of Russia which shares common ancestors with the Mongols. as we make our way from Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia by train to Irkutsk and the stunning Lake Baikal. This section of the Transsiberian railway is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful so we’ll take the day train to see it properly. Train enthusiasts will rejoice! We’ll be exploring the city of Irkutsk, Siberia’s second city after Vladivostok, and one with an amazing history and culture of St Petersburg exiles and local ethnic groups.
We’ll be spending 3 nights in and around Lake Baikal on Olkhon Island, the biggest lake island in the world, its various villages and islands, including a visit to Stalin’s ‘fish gulag’ at Peshchanaya village, and a bonfire meal and drinks with the local Shamanistic Buryat people! We’ll ride around untouched sceneries of extreme beauty on the world’s biggest lake island. Hiking on scenic coasts and climbing up the dramatic Burkhan Cape.
From there, we’ll visit the inherently dark regions of Magadan and the Kolyma. As a hub for gulags during the most terrifying years of Soviet Rule, it became home to ‘’the Road of Bones’’, a highway stretching thousands of miles and costing thousands of lives. Prisoners who died simply buried on the spot and became part of the road. To this day, the area is still littered with remote gulags, ghost towns and other Soviet relics left abandoned during the collapse of the USSR.
Sunday 16th July – Ulan Ude
Monday 17th July – Train/Irkutsk
Tuesday 18th July – Listvyanka
Wednesday 19th July – Olkhon Island
Thursday 20th July – Olkhon Island
Friday 21st July – Olkhon Island
Saturday 22nd July – Olkhon/Irkutsk
Sunday 23rd July – Irkutsk/Magadan
Monday 24th July – Magadan
Tuesday 25th July – Magadan
Wednesday 26th July – Magadan Gulag
Thursday 27th July – Magadan
Friday 28th July – Magadan
Saturday 29th July – Magadan
Sunday 30th July – Magadan
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– YPT tour leader and English-speaking local tour guides
– Russian letter of invitation
– All land transportation to complete the tour
– Accommodation in twin-share basis
– All breakfasts and camping meals
– Visa fees if required
– Travel insurance
– Single supplement at hotels if desired (€480)
– Pre-tour accommodation (€50)
– Lunch and dinner
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.