Baikal tour

Group size

1

Duration

5 days

Season

May-September

Language

Optional

Trip overview

Baikal is always beautiful: in golden autumn, snowy winter or under the bright March sun. You can go on a trip on any day convenient for you —  we are ready to organize an individual trip for you.

The closest place to Irkutsk, where you can see Baikal is Listvyanka village. This is the most touristic and comfortable places. In the village there is the famous Baikal Museum and a lot of entertainment: you can visit the performance of seals in nerpinaria, ride dogs or ATVs and look at the Holy Sea from the observation platform — Chersky Stone.

 

Dates:  August, 13 (Thursday, depands on a schedule)

Itinerary 5-day program

Day 1 – Arrival (Thur) B,L

ESG 10:00 — 17:00, car 12:00 — 17:00
Arrival in Irkutsk at 07:30, meet your guide and have a transfer to the hotel.
Early Check in. Breakfast. Shower/rest.
10:00 Meet your guide at the lobby and enjoy a 2-hour walking city tour. It starts at the historical part of the city: Epiphany Cathedral, the oldest stone-structure Church of our Saviour and the only Catholic Cathedral in Irkutsk, Polish Roman Catholic Church. The tour leads you through the Kirov Square and circus, taking you to the main street of Irkutsk, the Karl Marks Street. You’ll walk along the street to get to the Angara river embankment, where you’ll see the monument to Alexander III. Complete the tour with the visit to the district of historic wooden buildings.
After city tour enjoy a car trip to Ust-Orda to meet the Shaman and learn about the Buryat nation. The Shaman will show you the rituals and for a moment will let you become a part of it. Visit to the museum of the Buryats — the native Siberians. Enjoy lunch with traditional Buryat cuisine. Return to Irkutsk. Free time. Overnight.
Overnight in Irkutsk.

Day 2 —Listvyanka (Fri) B,L,D

ESG 10:00 — 19:00
Breakfast in a hotel
10:00 Check out from the hotel and have a transfer to Listvyanka from IKT (without a guide)  takes an hour and a half
° The ferry from Listvyanka runs according to a certain schedule and leaves from Listvyanka to the port of Baikal at 11:15
° check in Listvyanka or leave suitcases. A guide will meet you at the hotel, then you will need to walk to the pier and sail to the port of Baikal
° from the Baikal port a walking tour will begin along the Circum-Baikal Railway. There are no climbs
° walk about 1-1.5 hours along the shore of Lake Baikal (about 2.5 km, depending on the pace)
° have a picnic (guide will cook buckwheat with stew, there will also be vegetables and tea with cookies)
° then you can walk to the second tunnel and back to the picnic site. It is about 4 km.
° board the ferry and go back to Listvyanka (approximately 30 minutes)
Check in the hotel.
Dinner in a hotel.
Overnightin Listvyanka

Day 3 – -Listvyanka (Sat) B,L, D

ESG 11:00 — 15:00, car 11:00 — 15:00
Breakfast in a hotel
11:00 Meet your guide in the lobby and enjoy a trip to the wooden architecture museum Taltsy. In the museum you’ll see the settlements of indigenous Siberian people of 17th-20th centuries. Some of the buildings presented in the museum were brought there from the villages that were flooded after building a dam in Irkutsk. Continue with trip to Listvyanka.
Lunch with Baikal cuisine.
Guided tour to the local Baikal museum that has a set of aquariums. There is one with the only mammal representative, the Baikal Seal, in it. Your guide will show you the famous Shaman Rock and tell you the legend about the naughty Angara River. Take a chair-lift to a nearby view point. There you’ll get a chance to take panoramic pictures of Baikal from above. Enjoy your visit to a local 19th century wooden St.Nicolas church and a local fish market where you’ll see a great variety of fish. Return to the hotel.
Dinner in a hotel.
Overnight in Listvyanka.

Day 4 – Listvyanka-Irkutsk (Sun) B, L

Transfer 08:30, ESG 09:00 — 21:00
Breakfast in a hotel
08:30 Check out from the hotel and have a transfer from the hotel to the main pier.
09:00 Meet your guide on the pier and get on the ferry to cross Lake Baikal and get to the old train station named Port Baikal where you’ll start your day-long trip on the historical train. In Port Baikal you can walk around a little or visit the museum of Circum-Baikal Railway before boarding the train. The train will depart from Port Baikal and make stops at historically important villages on the way, which gives you a chance to walk around and take beautiful pictures of the monuments of engineering, architecture and nature. The guide will take you through the longest tunnel on the railway and will show you the water pump towers that used to pump water for the steam train.
Lunch at the Polovinnaya station served by a Babushka (an elderly Russian lady). In the evening the train arrives at the Irkutsk railway station.
20:30 Transfer from the railway station to the hotel in Irkutsk.
21:00 Check in.
Overnight in Irkutsk.
Day 5 —  Departure (Mon) B
Transfer with guide
Breakfast in a hotel
08:00 Check out from the hotel and have a transfer to the railway station with guide to take train №008/048 to Khabarovsk, dep. at 08:59.

The price of the tour is 2 119 USD/person in a group of 1 pax

Tour cost includes:  

-Transfers according to the program

-Tours and trips as listed in the program

-English speaking guide

-Meals as listed in the program (L-lunch, D-dinner)

-hydrofoil tickets

-Museum tickets

-Chairlift return ticket

-Lake view seat on CBRW, steam train

— Luggage transportationon CBRW

-Ferry tickets

-Shaman show

 

NOT included:   

-Air/train tickets

-Porter services

-Everything that is not mentioned in the itinerary

         

 

+  ACCOMMODATION

2n IKT and 2 n Listvyanka–376 USD

Accommodation in Irkutsk (2 nights)

Angara hotel, 3*

Single business standard room – 90 USD/room/night (breakfast included)

Early check in +bf 56 USD

Accommodation in Listvyanka (2 nights)

Demidov’s guesthouse

*Each four standard rooms have common area. That area has a fridge, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Single standard room – 70 USD/room/night (breakfast included)

 

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