Duration: 6 days/5 nights
The route: Irkutsk - Listvyanka settlement - ? altsy - Circum-Baikal Railway - Irkutsk
Would you like to see the miracles of Baikal Sea? It`s easy to do in Listvyanka. Listvyanka is traditionally called the touristiccapital of Baikal region because the most interesting, curious and amazing attractions are located here. You will “dive”to the bottom of the famous lake, enjoy the picturesque views from the Cherskii Stone and watch Baikal nerpas (seals).
The tour cost (min. 4 pax in the group):
single accommodation - 690 euro / person
double accommodation - 505 euro/ person
Discount for accommodation of the children under 12 years - 10%
The tour program:
Arrival to Irkutsk. Meeting with the guide at the airport or railway station.
After that you`ll have a tour round Listvyanka settlement.
Arrival to Listvyanka. Check in at the 3* hotel «Baikalskie Terema» .
* Listvyanka attracts tourists by its proximity to the lake and the river head of the Angara. In this locality you can visit wooden St. Nikolas church and Baikal museum featuring Baikal nerpas (seals). The most famous sightseeing in Listvyanka is Shaman-rock wrapped into a wonderful but very sad legend.
In the local market you will have the possibility not only to buy different kinds of souvenirs and hand-made crafts from stone, wood, glass and birch bark made by Siberian artists but also to taste cold and hot smoked Baikal fish - omul, umber and white-fish.
Lunch at the local restaurant.
* Here you`ll taste the most famous dishes of Baikal cuisine.
After lunch you will visit Cherskii stone offering a splendid panoramic view upon Baikal and the upper stream of the Angara River.
* Cherskii stone is the observing point over the Baikal shore at the altitude of 700 m. You can get there either by chair-lift or on foot. The walking will take about 40 minutes.
Returning to the hotel.Spare time. (Russian banya for extra payment)
Breakfast at the hotel`s restaurant.After breakfast you`ll visit Baikal museum.
*The exhibition at the museum offers all diversity of wildlife and vegetation of the Lake. You will watch genius nerpas (Baikal fresh water seals) splashing in the aquarium of the museum. Besides, you can take part in the interactive expedition on deep water boat - bathyscaphe (paid for extra).
Lunch at the local restaurant.
After lunch an exciting activity will be awaiting you - visiting the Dog-Sledge Center in order to get instructed and start a dog-sledge tour in taiga either across the Black pass or on the ice (depending on snow and ice conditions). A lot of fun both for adults and kids!
Returning to the hotel.
After breakfast you`ll visit an open-air museum of wooden architecture Taltsy.
*Taltsy is a real treasury of cultural and historical monuments of the Eastern Siberian peoples. The museum is located on the picturesque right bank of the Angara, 47 km from Irkutsk en route to Baikal
There are the old streets, the administration building, the school, the chapel, the original residents` houses, the household buildings and the household items of the previous centuries. At your disposal there are Russian folk winter amusements and entertainments. For example: sliding down the biggest ice-hill on cow-hides. If you can walk on stilts - you`ll be the hero of the day! If you can`t - it`s just the time to learn to do it!
Returning to Listvyanka. Overnight at the hotel. Russian banya for extra payment.
After breakfast you`ll be transferred to the shore of Baikal to cross the lakeby the amphibious vehicle “Khivous-10” which will bring you to the starting point of the exciting tour along the Circum-Baikal Railway.
Amphibious vehicle “Khivous-10” is destined for a year-round transportation. It glides with equal ease both over water and ice. The hovercraft is able to conquer scours, fissures, shallows, coastal slopes. It can in principle travel over any relatively smooth surface such as shoals, deep snow or marshland. Due to these peculiarities the vehicle can be used in the seasons of impassable roads (early spring or late autumn), when common water transport stops running and the ice is not thick enough to bear a car.
Traveling along the Circum-Baikal Railway.
*The Circum-Baikal Railway is 84 km long. It was constructed in the end of the 19th century as a part of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The first train arrived in Irkutsk on August 16, 1898. After construction of the Irkutsk hydropower station, Circum-Baikal railway was deadlocked. Nevertheless, its uniqueness and exceptional beauty still attracts tourists and historians. 39 tunnels cut through Baikal cliffs, lots of galleries, viaducts and support walls are harmonized with the beauty of Baikal shores.
Lunch - packed meal from lunch box.
Arrival to Irkutsk railway station at about 10.00 p.m.
Transfer to the hotel in Listvyanka.
On this day you`ll have a lot of spare time and spend your time as you wish! You can enjoy slow walking along Baikal shore, snow-mobiling in Russian winter forest or go shopping to the local market place where you can buy different kinds of souvenirs and hand-made crafts from stone, wood, glass and birch bark made by the Siberian artists.
Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Check out.
Transfer to the airport or railway station.
The tour cost include:
Airport pick-up/send off
All transfers according to the program
Dining within the program (breakfast ?5 times, lunch ?2 times, dinner ?1 time)
Tour-guide service throughout the whole tour
Accommodation at the hotel «Baikalskie Terema» 5 nights
All excursions according to the program including the entrance fees.
The Circum-Baikal Railway ticket (in addition with the included lunchbox we recommend to have some snacks with you (biscuits, nuts, drinking water & so on) .
Rent of sledge dogs.
Training time and practical control of a dog-sledge.
The tour cost doesn`t include:
Additional services not mentioned in the program
We recommend to have with you comfortable and warm clothes as well as shoes.
The travel company reserves the right to make some changes in the tour program: the order of the days, showing tour objects or the hotels and tourist centers (for similar ones or those of higher quality).
Attention! Please consider possible delays of flights and trains when planning the trip! The company will not be liable to refund the money in case of the tourist's failure to appear!
We`re ready to organize your exciting and unforgettable journey to the Siberian land with great pleasure!