Here you can watch wild animals, touch the pristine nature as it is, bathe in holy water of Lake Baikal.
Peschanaya Bay is the most famous place on Lake Baikal, where there are the famous “stilted” trees, from under which water and wind constantly wash and blow away the sandy soil.
Rout: Irkutsk – Listvyanka village – Peschanaya Bay – Irkutsk.
After arrival – meeting by the company representative (at the airport or the railway station), departure to Listvyanka settlement (70 km from Irkutsk) with the stop at 47th km of Baikal tract (40 minutes) in architectural-ethnographic museum “Taltsy”, in which the exposition of culture and everyday life of peoples of East Siberia is presented: Evenki summer and autumn camp, Cascade of three water mills, Ilimskaya Kazanskaya Church (chapel), Trinity Church and others. Arrival in Listvyanka settlement (the nearest tourist center to Irkutsk), accomodation at hotel; Visiting of Limnological museum (the main kinds of Baikal fish and Nerpas are represented in its aquariums);
You can see specially trained Nerpas in Nerpinary (for extra pay);
Meals at cafes and restaurants of Listvyanka at your own expense;
You can watch famous Shaman stone from the viewing point of Chersky peak. You can rise there by cableways (by yourself for extra pay) or by feet. At the local market you can also buy souvenirs made by local Siberian masters or try Baikalian smoked fish: omul, whitefish. In the evening – return to Irkutsk and accomodation in “Irkutsk” hotel in standard rooms.
Breakfast in the hotel; Transfer to the River Station. 10.30 Landing on a launcher and crossing Baikal to Peschanaya Bay; 4 hours of water trip will pass unnoticeably while you watch local beauties and take pictures of them;
Upon arrival – meeting with the staff of recreation center “Baikal Dunes”, accommodation in the rooms, having rest and dinner.
These days are fully dedicated to having rest! Well-cared-for territory and comfortable beach area of recreational center “Baikal Dunes” in combination with new wooden cottages, organically inserted into the landscape of Academicheskaya Bay, leave a pleasant impression. The recreational center is surrounded by the rocks and beautiful Siberian taiga from one side and by Lake Baikal from the other side; its guests are offered accommodation in one of the most beautiful places on Lake Baikal, where everything keeps you in great mood: taiga slopes of Primorsky range, plenty of small and big rocks, cedars, larches, the cleanest beach covered with quartz pebble. Here you can watch wild animals, touch the pristine nature as it is, bathe in holy water of Lake Baikal.
Peschanaya Bay is the most famous place on Lake Baikal, where there are the famous “stilted” trees, from under which water and wind constantly wash and blow away the sandy soil. Unique taiga slopes of the Primorsky Range with spectacular groups of rocks go down to Lake Baikal. A sandy beach of the bay is framed by picturesque pyramidal cliffs – Large Belltower (80 m above the lake level) and Small Belltower (60 m). The sandy beach, which is in the shape of a semicircle, has length 750 m and width from 15 to 20 m, gives a picturesque view on the bay. The bay has name “Siberian Riviera”, and it was declared a monument of nature. Its photographs often decorate publications of Lake Baikal. Mild climate and large number of sunny days per year in Peschanaya Bay is the same as in the resorts of the Black Sea coast. This is the only place in Eastern Siberia, where the average annual air temperature is positive (+0,4 ° C). The water temperature in the bay is low all summer long, and only tempered people can swim here.
You can do amazing hike trips every day. You don’t need to have special physical training for such trips, but still you will get lots of bright impressions and emotions! A professional guide will show you all these unique places and tell you many interesting things about the nature and the inhabitants of Peschanaya Bay. Walking around the bay, you can get to cedar forest, to the plantation of rare medicinal plants, to the dwelling site of ancient people which is not far from Viewing Cliff overlooking a magnificent view on Babushka, Peschanaya and Academicheskaya Bays.
Cedar passage of Primorsky range (by feet, duration – 4-5 hours); the route is like a long ascension. Reaching the passage, you will get to cedar forest, the plantation of rare medicinal plants, such as bergenia, magnolia-vine and so on…
Viewing Cliff (by feet, duration 2 hours 30 minutes); you can observe a beautiful view on Babushka, Peschanaya and Academicheskaya Bays as well as Lake Baikal. This place is amazing: the dwelling site of ancient people was here!
Baklanyi Stone Cliff (by feet, duration 2 hours); the route runs along the shore, you will see Baklanyi Stone Cliff overtopping Baikal level in 15 meters. The cliff has no greenery, the top of its eastern part looks like a tower. This place is very gorgeous and you can see it in the pictures and in paintings of artists dedicated to Baikal. It was a place of nesting of cormorant till the middle of XX century.
Dolgaya Fall (by feet, duration 2 hours 30 minutes); it is a picturesque place with spurs of rocks and cuspate shores. Here you can see a long nick Dolgy, starting from the shore of Baikal and ending in the top of Primorsky range. The route ends in a small bay full of biological energy, where you may recover your forces.
Today you will say “good bye!” to beautiful Peschanaya Bay. After lunch you will go by launcher to Irkutsk, where your trip started. Total travelling time is 4 hours. Arrival in Irkutsk at is. If necessary, there will be accommodation in one of the hotels of Irkutsk (extra pay).
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.