New Year selebration
Yes – it is for real! People have been celebrating New Year’s in Thailand or Maldives for quite some time now. And Baikal is just as exciting, especially since our Christmas Trees and snow are 100% real. What can be more beautiful when Christmas or New Years Eve in snowed in taiga?
Dates: December 24th – 26th (Christmas) or December 30th – January 1st (New Year’s)
Route: Listvyanka – Bolshie Koty – Round-Baikal Railroad – Listvyanka
December 30th: Meet up in Irkutsk and transfer to village Listvyanka at Lake Baikal. Accommodations aboard the ship. Breakfast. Walking tour of Listvyanka and a visit to Baikal’s museum. Lunch on the ship and transfer to dive-sites of Bolshie Koty. First dive. Walking tour of Bolshie Koty. Supper and sauna aboard the ship.
December 31st: Breakfast. Dive. Walking/hiking. Lunch. Preparation of New Year’s (Christmas) Tree – decorations, fireworks. Preparation of New Year’s carnival costumes. Night dive to “underwater circus”. Placement of the tree underwater. Underwater carnival, champagne. Outside, on the shore: holiday dinner, fireworks, carnival, bonfire and barbecue. Banya.
January 1st: Breakfast. Cruise along Round-Baikal Railroad. Tour of the tunnels. Lunch. Return to Listvyanka and then Irkutsk. Celebratory tours of Irkutsk, visit of city’s main New Year’s tree.
New Year’s safari can be complimented by several days of safari aboard the ship or two to three day tour program, such as tours of Irkutsk, trip to mountain of Eastern Sayan, stay at ski resort in Baikalsk.
(Vitia Liagushkin. Magazine "DIVETEK" №4 2007)
I was like everyone else,
Drank and worked in fields.
I have read Dao De Jing
And have understood: “I got caught!”
I have burned my penthouse,
I have checked the vines
And I got out to dance
In the fog over Yatszy.
(Artem Melamed. Magazine "Neptune")
People are followed by things to do,
People follow the money,
They try to escape shame and sadness.
And I follow, follow the fog,
The dreams and the smell of taiga.
Saloon of ship “Valeriya” is swaying quietly on the Baikal’s waves; the thoughts start moving quicker through the head hurried by the sound of the motor, and outside the illuminator there is only indescribable beauty. A thoughtful young man is sitting with his laptop, trying to lure in the muse and get some inspiration from her. This is probably the best time to start a ship journal about our adventures. So, get comfortable, pour yourself some tea, take a cookie, and listen.