United Tours russia presents:
"Photo Expedition to winter
Lake Baikal"

with Anton Agarkov
This Photography Workshop has been designed by one of the Top-Rated photographers in Russia - Anton Agarkov.
10 years of traveling and expeditions into the wildest corners of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan; South-East Asia, Latin America.
Anton is a member of Russian Geographic Society, working with Nikon, Tamron, Fujifilm. Winner of national photography pageant "Wild Russia" and "Best of Russia".

Tour program
February 7th - 15th
February 7th
February 7th
Day 1
8:30. We meet at Irkutsk airport, get on the minibus and go to our hotel for early check-in. After that you'll have free time to rest after long flight.

At 11:00 we depart for a bief city tour over Irkutsk which will take two hours and lead us to the most interesting historical sights of the city and end on the promenade of Angara river.

After lunch in restaurant next to our hotel we'll take minibus and depart to museum of wooden architecture Taltsy. This museum holds most interesting old houses of Irkutsk which are neatly fitted into landscape and thus look quite nice on pictures

After visiting Taltsy we'll go a bit thurver to see the beginning of the only river that originates from Baikal - Angara river. The speed of water here is so high it doesn't freeze even in the coldest days. And if we'll be lucky we'll see fog rising from the open water into winter air and distant mountains lit by the sitting sun!

After that we'll return to Irkutsk to have supper and back to hotel.

Adviced flight Moscow-Irkutsk by Aeroflot SU-1442 departing March 14 in 21:45
February 8th
February 8th
Day 2
We have our breakfast at 8:00 and at 8:30 get on the minibus and drive in the direction of lake Baikal. The road will take about 5 hours. Lunch in cafe along the way. Around 14:00 we drive to the shore of lake Baikal. Here we first step onto ice of Baikal and go to the island Olkhon - the biggest island on lake Baikal. Check-in to hotel in Khuzhir . Our hotel is ten minute walk from the shores of lake Baikal, double occupancy, each room has an individual shower. In this hotel we will live all the time, so make yourself comfortable. After check in we go to get acquainted with Baikal. Today we'll see the main attraction of the great Baikal - Shaman rock - and will meet the sunset with the view on that rock. Our photo guide will show you the most interesting perspectives on this powerful place. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
February 9th
February 9th
Day 3
Up at 6:00. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the southern tip of the island Ogoy - sharp rock, which rises above the ice like the dragon ridge. The sunrise at Ogoi.

Return to hotel, Breakfast and rest. Analysis of dawn photos and review of processing techniques of a landscape, filmed in direct sunlight.

14:00 - lunch. 15:30 - depart for sunset shoot on the rock Trident.

Sunset shooting at the Trident. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
February 10th
February 10th
Day 4
Up at 5:30. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the island Ezhelhey or Elenka. This island is very different from all other Islands in the Small sea of lake Baikal. It seems that the powerful underground forces squeezed out from the bottom of lake Baikal, a piece of rock slabs so the correct form, on the one hand, the island looks like a perfect pyramid. Sunset shooting. Return to the hotel. Breakfast. Rest.

14:00 - lunch. 15:30 - departure from the hotel on sunset shooting to kape Khoboi - the most northern part of Olkhon island. Here pressure of expanding ice forms huge chunks of ice local people call toros. We will shoot this toros with might walls of Khoboi on background. After sunset we return to hotel for dinner and rest.

February 11th
February 11th
Day 5
Up at 6:00. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the Cape Tsagan-Khushun. From the lookout on the headland overlook the impressive panorama of the Small sea and Islands, and at its foot is a quaint stone arch.

Return to hotel, Breakfast. Rest.

Lunch at 14:00. 15:30 - depart for sunset shoot on the caves on the Peninsula Mare's Head where we can shoot picturesque views from the high viewpoint and beautiful ice caves. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
February 12th
February 12th
Day 6
Up at 5:30. Today we are going for the sunrise shooting to one of the desolated villages of Olkhon - Uzury which is situated on the shore of Great Baikal. Here we will shoot not only the sunset but also view over Baikal lake from viewpoint. After shooting we return to our hotel for breakfast and rest.

Lunch at 14:00. 15:00 - departure to the shooting. On the way we will stop at Kurumkan wall - an ancient stone structure that insulates the part of kurumkanskiy Cape. The sunset we will meet in the Gulf Noor. Here from the bottom of lake Baikal, rise tens methane bubbles, which freezes into ice and remain in this fanciful patterns. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
February 13th
February 13th
Day 7
Wake up at 9:00. Today is a special day. You have already seen all the major sights of the small sea, and we want to show you something special. On our jeep we will go to pad Tashkeney, on the shore of a Great Baikal. Of the hundreds of tourists coming to lake Baikal, only few get here. But here you can find some of the most impressive ridges - huge ice blocks taller than a man! Here we will arrange lunch and wait for the sunset. Return to the hotel. Dinner.

February 14th
February 14th
Day 8
This morning we'll depart from hotel for morning shooting in the caves of Khoboi point. Here you'll find great opportunities for sunrise shots whith sun lighting directly into the cave! But also Khoboi is well known for great ice fields and huge ice cracks and chunks of ice!

After shooting we'll return to our hotel for breakfast, pack our gear end depart for Irkutsk with a brief stop for lunch in cafe along the way.

We'll return to Irkutsk in the evening check-in in hotel and then go for farewell supper in restaurant close to our hotel
February 15th
February 15th
Day 9
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to airport. Flight to Moscow.
Top 3 reasons to choose us
Accommodation, Transport, Safety
We do not save on your accommodation. All group members are accommodated in comfortable double rooms with shower in each room.
We don't save on transport. On the lake you will travel in comfortable SUVs Mitsubishi Delica.
Your safety is paramount. Our drivers are real professionals who perfectly know the Baikal ice. They know how to avoid the danger of cracks and where to find the most beautiful ice!
Professional approach
We will help you to make the best photos. Our guide Anton Agarkov - one of the best Russian landscape photographers. He was frequently on the lake and knows the best places to shoot. It's not only will help you with choosing the best locations and equipment for shooting, but also show interesting methods of processing a landscape photo.
Unique Experience
This trip is unique in a sense that no other tour companies provide you with such an interesting trips in Russia. We keen to explore with you hidden gems and give you a deeper understanding of Russian culture and people.

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PRICE: $3600
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Make prepayment by transferring deposit to our corporate dollar account and start preparing for an unforgettable experience on winterlake Baikal
Bookings are available till October 15th.
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- Accommodation throughout the itinerary, including accommodation at the hotel on the last day of the tour
- Transfer from Irkutsk to Khuzhir and back
- All logistics for the Small sea
- All meals
- Workshops on landscape photography with Anton Agarkov
- Visa support
Not included
- Single occupancy
- International and domestic flights
- The cost of mobile communications and the Internet
- Accommodation in Irkutsk at the beginning of the tour and after
- Personal expenses
- Insurance
- Everything else not mentioned under "Included"
Payment policy
To book a trip 30% non-refundable deposit must be transfered.
The rest 70% must be paid not later than 2 weeks before the trip.

Payment option: transfer USD to our corporate dollar account.
Cancellation policy
30% deposit is non-refundable.
If you have paid the rest 70% and you can't join because emergency circumstances such as:
- if you or close members of your family got seriously sick
we will refund 63% and 7% goes for bank conversion commission.

Photo Gallery
by Anton Agarkov
Who will you travel with?
Anton Agarkov
Travel photographer
Anton is a member of Russian Geographic Society, working with Nikon, Tamron, Fujifilm. Winner of national photography pageant "Wild Russia" and "Best of Russia". Editor in VGTRK Russia channel.
Founder of White Road Expeditions.
One of the top-rated landscape photographers in Russia.

Julia Im
Founder & CEO of United Tours Russia
Julia worked in USA, studied in UK, traveled Europe and backpacked Southeast Asia.
Now she wants to open Russia to foreign guests, make it easier, more affordable and interesting to travel across! By founding United Tours Russia her mission is to unite cultures from all over the world during her tours around Saint-Petersburg and Russia, giving the best unforgettable moments to travelers.
[ Photo Expedition to winter Lake Baikal ]
[ Photo Expedition to winter Lake Baikal ]
"Photography is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures." Don McCullin

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