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 18th - 24th
February 18th
February 18th
Day 1

8:30. We meet a group at Irkutsk airport, get on the minibus and drive in the direction of lake Baikal. The road will take about 5 hours. Lunch at a roadside cafe.
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 be live all the time, so make yourself comfortable.
After check in we go to get acquainted with Baikal. Today we'll get the main attraction of the lake-sea - Shaman rock - and will meet the sunset on that rock. Our photo guide will show you the most interesting perspectives on this powerful rock.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
February 19th
February 19th
Day 2
Up at 6:00. Check out at dawn shooting on the southern tip of the island Ogoy - sharp rock, which rises above the ice as the dragon ridge. The sunrise at Ogoja.
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 20th
February 20th
Day 3
Up at 5:30. Check out at dawn shooting on the Cape Khoboy - the Northern tip of Olkhon island. But we will shoot not only the Cape and powerful waves, but the ice caves, which are in abundance at the foot of the steep banks of Olkhon. Dawn in the ice caves, which warm light floods the sun - an unforgettable experience! After shooting we return to the hotel. Breakfast. Rest.
14:00 - lunch. 15:30 - departure from the hotel on sunset shooting on the island Ilha 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. Dinner.
February 21st
February 21st
Day 4
Up at 6:00. Check out at dawn shooting on 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. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
February 22nd
February 22nd
Day 5
Up at 6:00. Check out at dawn shooting on the Cape.
Return to hotel, Breakfast. Rest.
Lunch at 14:00. 15:00 - departure to the shooting. On the way we will stop at Kurumkanskogo 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 23rd
February 23rd
Day 6
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 Cascina, on the shore of a Large lake. 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 24th
February 24th
Day 7
You can go on the rock Shaman at dawn shooting. After Breakfast we pack everything up, check out from hotel and depart to Irkutsk. The road will take about 5 hours, lunch on the way. Returning to Irkutsk. Before move in we will go to the local market to buy Souvenirs - candy, pine nuts and smoked omul. Check in to the hotel. A farewell dinner.
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: $2099
30% prepayment to save your spot
Make prepayment by transferring deposit to our corporate dollar account and start preparing for an unforgettable experience on winterlake Baikal
Bookings are available till DECEMBER 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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