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Cruise «The Golden Ring of Lake Baikal»

  • 8 Days
  • Group : 1-15 People
  • Min Age : 2+
  • 18.07.2020 — 25.07.2020 / 29.07.2020 — 05.08.2020 / 08.08.2020 — 15.08.2020

Route: Listvyanka Settlement – Circum-Baikal railway (CBR) – Peschanaya Bay – Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement – Maloye More(the Small Sea) – Olkhon Island – Chivyrkuisky Gulf- – Maloye More(the Small Sea)

Group Discount

Accommodation in a single cabin

(rubles per person)


Accommodation in a double cabin

(rubles per person)


Accommodation in a double cabin

(rubles per person)


Accommodation in a family cabin

(rubles per person)


Accommodation in a family cabin

(rubles per person)


single occupancy

double occupancy


single occupancy

triple occupancy

four-seater accommodation


85 000

85 000

155 000

69 000

59 000


Price Includes

  • Excursions
  • Accommodation aboard the ship
  • Meals (FB)
  • Fees for visits to national parks
  • The medical insurance
  • Guide services
  • Fishing kits
  • On-board sauna use
  • Insurance
  • fishing equipment
  • Use of the sauna on motor board
  • Use of a motor boat in good weather
  • Information material provided prior to travel

Extra charge

  • Flight or transfer to Irkutsk from the place of arrival, and further, departure or transfer to the next place of arriving after the end of the program
  • Saunas
  • Alcohol
  • Food, excluding those in the program
  • Additional services listed in the program for an additional fee or not specified in the program

Day 1Circum-Baikal Railway

From12:00 -Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships in Listvyanka Settlement
Tourist settlement Listvyanka is located on the southwest shore of Lake Baikal, 65 km away from Irkutsk, at the source of the Angara River. The city and the settlement are connected by picturesque asphalt road. Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships

A passage to Circum-Baikal Railway (CBR)
Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique historical and cultural complex including monuments of history, technology, engineering, nature and absolutely unique landscapes. Constructive works and civilian objects left by past cultural epoch most directly touch with geocomplexes.
Circum-Baikal Railway surpassed all the built rail tracks in the world in the number of various kinds of work per 1 km of track and the difficulty of their implementing. It is indeed considered to be the most beautiful railway in the world. 39 tunnels, 500 gutters, culverts, bridges and viaducts including 6 gutters, 15 stone culverts, 411 small metal bridges and so forth were built on the railway.
The motor ship stops for a night in the convenient bay of Circum-Baikal Railway.
Guided walk through abandoned tunnels and galleries.
Dinner on the board of the ship.
Walking guided tour through abandoned tunnels and galleries of the beginning of the 20th century after dinner. The route starts from Ulanovo station (Khvoinaya – 98 km of CBR) and takes place along the lake shore (about 1.5 km) among a most beautiful nature.
Khvoinaya station (Ulanovo). Khvoinaya is the only station that was abandoned after the line had become a deadlock. There are still a few facilities. They are a stone building with a water-lifting pipe and the foundations of lost buildings. Four station buildings of “Nicholas Train Empire” style were re-constructed.
Supper on board the motor ship
Overnight stay on board the motor ship in one of the convenient bays of Circum-Baikal Railway. The captain can take a decision to bring the motor ship up on the night in Bolshie Koty Settlement located 40 km away from Circum-Baikal Railway due to poor weather conditions.

Bolshie Koty is a settlement located on the western shore of Lke Baikal, 20 km to the north of Listvyanka settlement. Its name originates from the words “kotky” or “koty”. It was a name of wooden shoes that was made for convicts in this place. At first Bolshie Koty was a settlement of gold diggers. Gold mining began there in 1842. Exploration has been conducted in the valleys of the rivers Bolshie Koty, Malye Koty and the river Sennoy. More than 160 kilograms of gold have been mined near Bolshie Koty for half a century. The settlement has become one of the most convenient and popular tourist des-tinations in recent years due to its proximity to Irkutsk and Listvyanka on the one hand and due to its sufficient isolation allowing to preserve the picturesque local nature on the other hand. There is a Mu-seum of Baikal and the Aquarium of the Institute of Biology in Bolshie Koty. One can also buy unusual Baikal souvenirs in local souvenir shops and have interesting walking tours.

Day 2Peschanaya Bay

Start of voyage from lodging place to Peschanaya Bay at about 6 a.m.. The bay is famous for its stilted trees, magnificent sea views from the cliffs surrounding the bay and a great sandy beach.
Breakfast and dinner on board the motor ship.

As an option you can have two-hour walking tour to Sennaya bay, a cordon of Baikal National Park, along the scenic mountain path passing over the lake shore along the spur of the Primorsky Range. On the way you would visit Babushka Bay that is one of the most beautiful on Lake Baikal.
Russian banya on the shore of Lake Baikal in the evening should be paid for separately to maintainer at destination. After good warming up in banya one can take a dip in cold water of Baikal.
Dinner on the board of the ship.
Supper on board the motor ship.
Overnight stop on board the ship.
The distance of the voyage is 100 kilometers, travel time is 6 hours.

Day 3Petroglyphs of the rock Sagan-Zaba

Start of voyage at about 6 a.m. from Sennaya bay along the western shore to the North to Olkhon Island, the largest island on Baikal and one of the sacred places of the Buryat people and shamanistic religion. Travel time is 8-10 hours.

Lake Baikal is a blue heart of Siberia and Olkhon Island is a heart of Baikal. The island is a geographi-cal, historical and sacral center of the lake and the center of ancient legends and historical tales.

Breakfast on board the motor ship.
Passage the strait Malye Olkhonskye Vorota (Small Olkhon’s Gate) that is the narrow strait between Olkhon Island and mainland.
Disembarkation of passengers at about 2 p.m. in Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement on Maloe More (the Small Sea). As an option one can disembark in Olkhon Island near ferry line (it’s necessary to notify about it in advance).
Supper aboard the ship.
The distance of the voyage is 100 kilometers, travel time is 8 hours.

Day 4Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea)

A small boat trip along the Little Sea.
About from 12 to 2 pm disembarkation of passengers in the village of MRS (Sahurta).
The end of the cruise “Journey to Olkhon”.
Around from 2 pm to 3 pm passengers boarding in the village of MRS (Sahurta).
The beginning of the cruise “The Mini Golden Ring of Lake Baikal”.
Accommodation in cabins of new participants of the cruise. Familiarity with the team, briefing on safety and the rules of conduct on board and on Lake Baikal.
Dinner on board the ship
Crossing the Little Sea from the southern tip of Olkhon Island to the northern one.
If time and weather conditions permit, visit the island of Ogoi
Supper aboard the ship.
Overnight at the discretion of the captain in one and the gulfs of the Small Sea.
The distance of the voyage is 70 kilometers, travel time is 5 hours.

Day 5Bays of Chivyrkuisky gulf

Breakfast on board the ship
Passage through Chivyrkuisky gulf
Visiting Zmeinaya Bay during the day
This bay is famous for its healing sulphurous baths with water temperature from +41 to +45 degrees.
Dinner on board the ship
Visiting islands of Chivyrkuisky gulf. Sightseeing of great cormorant nesting place from the water
Visiting Krohalinaya Bay
Supper aboard the ship.
Banya on board the ship as an option
Overnight stay on board the ship in one of the bays of Chivyrkuisky gulf.
The distance of the voyage is 110-120 kilometers, travel time is 8-10 hours.

Day 6Rest in Chivyrkuy Bay

Breakfast on board the ship
Walking along the Gulf of Chivyrkuya, fishing will be organized for everyone. Who is not interested in fishing can lighten the day for rest, bathing or simply to ride a boat across the bay. Possible spinning fishing for pike, perch and carp. Our cook will gladly cook for you for lunch your catch
Dinner on board the ship
Waterway to the island of Bolshaya Baklaniy. There are seven islands on the Chivyrkuisky Bay. And the largest of them, the island of Bolshaya Baklaniy (Shimai), which is listed in the state monuments of nature (landscape monument). Sometimes on the island you can meet an elk.
Walking along the island, it is possible to arrange spinning fishing for grayling, pike. For lovers of beach rest and tanning, a magnificent beach and warm water.
Supper aboard the ship.
Overnight stay on board the ship in one of the bays of Chivyrkuisky gulf.
The distance of the voyage is 20-30 kilometers, travel time is 1-2 hours.

Day 7Ushkan Islands

Breakfast on board the ship
Passage to Ushkan Islands
Tour around the islands
The rocky shores of the islands are rookery of the unique Baikal mammal Baikal seal or nerpa. The largest Baikal rookery of nerpa is located on the western side of Tonkiy Island. According to scientists, the number of nerpas at the rookery ranges from 2,000 animals and it hasn’t changed since 1934. Nerpa is cautious. If one speaks loudly and makes noise approaching nerpas, they dive from stones. Usually there aren’t nerpas at the rookery right after storm or in case of waves on the water (as an option you can visit the island at an additional cost).
Dinner on board the ship
Further visiting the islands
Supper on board the ship
Overnight at the discretion of the captain in one and the gulfs of the Small Sea.
The distance of the voyage is 120 kilometers, travel time is 8-10 hours.

Day 8Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea). Olkhon Island

Breakfast on board the ship
The end of the cruises «Golden Ring of Baikal” and “Mini golden ring of Baikal».
Disembarkation of tourists in the village of Sakhurta (MRS).
After disembarking passengers, departure to one of the bays of the Small Sea.

The beginning of the cruise «The Heart of Baikal».
Embarkation is from 2 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Sakhyurta (MRS) wharf on Maloe More (the Small Sea)
Dinner on board the ship
Having passed the strait the motor ship goes to the Great Baikal, the lake’s middle basin with a maximum depth of 1400 meters, and passes along picturesque western lake shore to the south.

If the water is calm sightseeing stop at the white marble rock “Sagan-Zaba” and viewing rock paintings (petroglyphs) of III-V centuries AD are possible on the way. The academician Okladnikov says: “petroglyphs of Sagan-Zaba are the real pearl of ancient culture and art of the peoples of Eastern Siberia. They are the most complex of all known rock paintings on the entire territory from Ural to the Pacific ocean due to their composition, writing and diversity of scenes.”

Arrival in Sennaya Bay which is a cordon of Baikal National Park is in the evening. In the evening one can visit Russian banya located on the shore of Lake Baikal.
Supper and overnight stay on board the motor ship.
The distance of the voyage is 120 kilometers, travel time is 8-10 hours.


I’m a solo traveler can I join a group?

Yes, we can offer you a SINGLE room accommodation at the hotels.
We can also join you in a group. Please, send us your desired travel dates.

How can I book this tour?

Please, send us the desired travel dates, number of persons, your passport and flight details. We sign a contract with you, and on the basis of the contract we will send you the invoice for the prepayment. You can pay by credit card (VISA or MASTER CARD) and in cash. After we receive the prepayment we will send you the confirmation of the program.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

The price is fixed in RUB. The price in EUR/USD changes every day according to the current exchange rate. All the payment details we will send you by e-mail.

Do the restaurants provide vegetarian menu?

Yes, all the restaurants provide vegetarian menu.

When is it necessary to book a tour?

The best time to book a tour is 1-2 months in advance. Please note that almost all the tours require the Early Booking. The earlier you book the tour and pay for it, the better price you will have. For individual programs the booking time is 2-3 months before the start of the tour. June – September (summer) and January – March (winter) is a high season, so you should take care of your vacation in advance. In this case, you will get the best hotels, the best guides and the best programs. However, if you decide to go to Lake Baikal on the eve of your planned vacation, we will still be glad to offer the best program and services due to our vast experience in this field.

Who will meet us in Irkutsk?

Before you arrive in Irkutsk we will already have all your travel details. So you will be met by a company representative (tourist guide) with the sign “BaikalNova” or your “NAME” at the airport (or at the train station).

Do you have a discount system or any special offers?

Yes, we have some special tour discounts. Besides, we can provide an individual discount after we discuss your program details.

What kind of transport do you provide?

We always provide a safe transfer of the passengers to Lake Baikal on comfortable buses (45 seats, 35 seats, 21 seats, 19 seats, 12 seats, 7 seats, private cars and Jeeps) with comfortable seats, large windows, air conditioning / climate control and professional drivers.

Do you have a German speaking guide?

Yes, you can be accompanied by a German speaking guide. Our company works with French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish and English speaking guides. All our guides are certified for the guiding practice and accredited in the museums of the city. They are all in love with Lake Baikal and their native land. So, they are sure to help you discover traditions and the unique beauty of our Siberian land.

What's the difference between an electric train and a retro train?

Difference between the trains is that the retro train has a real steam locomotive at the head of the train. This fact makes the train more authentic. The carriages of both trains are almost the same, except that the electric train has two classes of carriage.

What kind of services affect the cost of the program?

The price depends on the hotel you choose. We can offer you homestay, guesthouse, hostel, hotel *** or hotel ****. The price depends on the kind of transfer you prefer (individual or group), accompaniment of the guide throughout the whole program of the tour. We can offer you excursions with a local guide for each part of the Baikal.

What should we take for a winter trip?

Participants of the tour must have adequate warm clothes for winter expeditions and additional equipment: a sleeping bag, a down jacket, insulated coveralls, a fleece jacket, a warm hat, 2 pairs of warm socks and gloves, winter boots, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, a personal flashlight, personal first aid kit, a large towel for bathing in the springs.

Is tick vaccination necessary?

It is strongly recommended to have vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis. Ticks are active from early May to mid-July. Although we avoid visiting places of greatest tick-borne activity, insurance of encephalitis is included in the cost of our active tours.

The time of embarkation and disembarkation can change, additionally specify when booking a cruise.
To know all the current prices refer to the managers
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