A historic and legendary route, that once connected China and Siberia with European Russia, was one of the world's longest trade arteries. This tour not only for experts of tea and history. It is an adventure for those who are eager to launch something new, for those who appreciate the moments of each day. The Great Tea Route tells not only about the history of the tea trade but also about the history of merchants and philanthropy, the development of diplomatic relations between Russia and other states, the construction of cities and spiritual centers, as well as the culture of the peoples living in the territories through which caravans of tea passed. You can repeat the route of great travelers, breathe in the air of the steppes and mountains and enjoy the aromas of Chinese, Mongolian, Buryat and Russian tea.
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Season: June - September
Group size: no limit
Notes: no age limit
Physical training: no special physical training required
Welcome to Buryatia!
Our guides will meet you at the airport or railway station and then accompany you to the hotel. Today you will have an exciting excursion to the Ivolginsky Datsan - the heart of Buddhism in Russia.
You will see temples unusual in architecture and interior decoration, unhurried Buddhist monks, hear the mesmerizing sounds of Buddhist services, rustle of khi morin flags in a birch grove behind the datsan, and also visit the Palace of Imperishable body of Khambo-Lama Etigelov.
Then you will visit historical sites, architectural objects of the "Great Tea Road", merchant streets, a museum of the history of the city. We will also visit the Ethnographic Museum of the Peoples of Transbaikalia - an open-air museum, where items of culture and everyday life of the peoples of Buryatia are presented: Evenks, Buryats, Semeiskiye, Cossacks. The museum has a small pets' corner where representatives of the local fauna are gathered - bears, wolves, roe deer, deer, foxes, lynx.
Delicious dinner in a country cafe: decoration in the Buryat style, traditional Buryat cuisine (meat, dairy dishes), rituals, " Buryat tea ceremony". Transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel, lunch and dinner at the cafe.
After breakfast, we go to the Kyakhta city - a key point of the “Great Tea Road”, a city on the border with Mongolia. We stop at the house-museum and the sacred spring of Etigelov. We have a guided tour in the house-museum of the Startsevs in Novoselenginsk village (Museum of the Decembrists). After arriving in Kyakhta you find a delicious lunch “Merchant Tea Ceremony” in the Kyakhta Museum of Local Lore named after Obruchev A. Then you have a tour of the museum "Kyakhta - Russian capital of tea", sightseeing tour of the city with historical places – trading places, churches, merchant estates. In the evening you have dinner in Kyakhta. Then we return to Ulan-Ude and check into a hotel. Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at the museum, dinner at the cafe.