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Listvyanka – The Circumbaikal Railway – The Small Sea

  • 7 Days
  • Group : 1-20 People
  • Min Age : 8+

This tour will help you see the Small Sea is one of the most popular tourist places on Baikal. It is famous for its bays and coves with sandy and pebble beaches, where the water warms up to +22…+24 C in the summer time. Famous Circumbaikal Railway and beautiful Listvyanka village.

Price Includes

  • Transfers
  • 3 course meal
  • English-speaking guide’s service
  • Visits and excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • Tickets for the Circumbaikal train, 1st class
  • Accommodation (6 nights)


  • Horseback riding lessons with professional instructors, walking over the vicinity, and radial horse trips
  • Hiking, automobile and water tours to the most remarkable places of the Small Sea (Sarminskoye Gorge, Glacier, Lake Meteorite, Kurykanskyie walls, Laninskaya Mountain, cave “Dream”, Kurminskyie grottoes) and Olkhon
  • Water activities in Mukhorsky bay (riding on an inflatable banana, rental of boats, wave runners)
  • Children’s playground (sandpit, swings, horizontal bars)
  • A summerhouse for barbecue, area for campfire
  • Services of Paintball club, shooting range
  • Dance floor, fitted with modern lighting and sound equipment; in the daytime it is a place for playing table tennis. It may also be used as a room for seminars
  • Russian bath, hot shower on the territory

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 1

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;
Lunch at the restaurants of Listvyanka;
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. Hotel accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 2

At 10-45 – departure by the motor ship from a pier in Listvyanka, a visit to the museum of the railway, boarding on the train, start of the excursion to the Circumbaikal Railway
The excursion lasts from 11.00 to 20.00. The route is supposed to be an excursion program with stops at the most interesting places, accompanied by a guide: 166 km / Slyudyanka, 102 km / retaining wall “Italian”, 110 km / Polovinnaya Fall, 123 km / Complex Kirkireysky, 130 km / Shabartuisky complex of artificial structures, 149 km / Old Angasolka.
Arrival to the Railway station of Irkutsk at 21.30-22.00. Transfer to the hotel for accommodation. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 3

At 9.00 – departure by bus to tourist complex “Baikal Dar” situated on the Small Sea of Lake Baikal (250 km – 4.5 hours). Accommodation in double comfortable room (triple and quadruple accomodation is also possible). The full board is offered to the guests in a café-bar.

Days 4-6

The Small Sea of Lake Baikal – translating from Buryat into English it stands for “narrow sea” – the strait separating Olkhon Island from the mainland. The Small Sea is one of the most popular tourist places on Baikal. It is famous for its bays and coves with sandy and pebble beaches, where the water warms up to +22…+24 C in the summer time. The beginning of the season: June, 20 – July, 5; the middle of the season: July – August ; the end of the season – August, 31
Having rest at “Baikal Dar”

Day 7

Checking out at 12.00, transfer to Irkutsk (by bus at 13.00-14.00). Arrival in Irkutsk at 18.00-19.00. If necessary – accommodation at a hotel.


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.

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