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Irkutsk – Port Baikal
7:42 – departure from the train station.
10:00 – arrival in Slyudyanka.
10:30 – departure from the station Slyudyanka.
On the way:
4-5 excursion stops from 20 minutes to 1 hour.
18:25 – arrival at Port Baikal.
Port Baikal – Listvyanka
19:30 – 20:00 Arrival in Listvyanka.
Сrossing by the ferry of each group takes about 20 minutes. In winter, crossing the lake by hovercraft (hivus)
Listvyanka – Irkutsk
Until 21:00 arrival in Irkutsk to the railway station by bus.
You can additionally order breakfast lunch or dinner.
The only station building on Circum-Baikal, faced with white and pink marble. By the way, marble was mined at the local quarry and there is still debate about who built this station.
Not far from Slyudyanka, the Talovskiye Boloty ornithological reserve, where you will see rare migratory birds (dry goose, black and white swans, gray and black cranes, etc.) and a red-white water lily, is pure white.
The next village along the route is Kultuk. This is one of the oldest villages on Lake Baikal.
Here begins the section of the Circum-Baikal Railway, the most saturated with engineering structures. Here you will see stone and reinforced concrete viaducts across the Angasolka River of two periods of construction. A cozy and very tiny village, which now houses a large cultural center. Nicholas Roerich and children’s climbing camp.
Landscaped complex with a gazebo and a plaque. This place was one of the most difficult sites during construction. The builders had to cut through two parallel tunnels, one of which turned out to be temporary, and an aqueduct had to be built above the second to tame the obstinate stream Kirkirei.
Two sets of engineering structures, surprisingly laconicly inscribed in the valleys of the rivers Bolshaya and Malaya Shumikh. Single-track galleries, a picturesque stone pipe, a bridge and a viaduct, retaining walls, one of which is the famous arched designed by the Italian engineer Ferrari, are a kind of visiting card of Circum-Baikal.
Relaxation on a small sandy beach, where a convenient descent to the water will allow you to swim in the holy sea, will complement your experience of the trip.
At Ulanovo station, you will go down to the shore along a perfectly preserved stone staircase, which, by the way, has been strolling along the shore of Lake Baikal for more than 100 years. Consider a 1902–1904 stone-hoisted building with a stone pipe. In the second half of summer, you can pick up a basket of mushrooms.
Baikal port is located at the foot of Cape Baranchuk at the source of the Angara River. Initially, this station was the end point of the Irkutsk-Baikal branch. Ferries – icebreakers that connected the torn Transsib before the construction of the Circum-Baikal ferry – left from here. Now you can see the preserved station complex, the restored station building, the lighthouse and visit the museum of the history of the Circum-Baikal Railway.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, all the restaurants provide vegetarian menu.
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.
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).
Yes, we have some special tour discounts. Besides, we can provide an individual discount after we discuss your program details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.