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Siberia: Winter tour features sled dogs and shamans

On Mir Corp.'s Siberian adventure, you can mush over Lake Baikal on a dogsled.
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Hear the word “Siberia” and you think despair and desolation, but hardy travelers on Mir Corp.’s Siberian Winter Escapade will discover that it is actually a land of great beauty.

The eight-day tour begins (and ends) in Irkutsk, one of Siberia’s largest cities and home to beautiful rebuilt churches and 19th century architecture. Then it’s on to Lake Baikal -- the oldest and deepest lake in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- for dogsled racing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and steaming in a traditional Russian banya, or sauna.

Other highlights include a hovercraft ride over Lake Baikal to see Bronze Age petroglyphs, a Baikal horse ranch and sacred Olkhon Island for a sunrise shaman ceremony. Group size is limited to 12.

Dates: Feb. 21-28

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Price: $4,695 per person, double occupancy; single supplement $595. Includes accommodations, most meals, English-speaking tour manager, local guides and entrance fees. International airfare not included.

Info: Mir Corp. (800) 424-7289

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