Fairy Tales of Lake Baikal
Fairy Tales of Lake Baikal

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Fairy Tales of Lake Baikal
3 days/ 2 nights
A memorable taste of Russian culture and nature

Get to know Baikal in just three days! Each day of the tour will be fulfilled with excitement and joy; fascinating water journeys, incredible stories, breathtaking walking tours and unforgettable experiences at Listvyanka, the Baikal Museum, Taltsy, Krugobaykalka and Sandy Bay.

The tour can be combined with Trans-Siberian Tailor Made Tours. Speak with our destination experts to create a journey of a lifetime!

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Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of the Pearl of Siberia. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. It stretches for 636 km longwise and 80 km widthwise. The Baikal’s maximum depth is 1,637 m. It is known as a "laboratory of biodiversity" as it is home to nearly 3,000 species of animals and plants, many of which are found nowhere else, such as a unique breed of freshwater seal.

Listvyanka
Listvyanka

Listvyanka village is located on the shore of Lake Baikal 65 km away from Irkutsk city. This village was founded in the18th century and got its name from larch trees growing on the nearest cape. At the end of the 1920s, a Limnologicalstation was founded here; later it became the Limnological Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences. Its museum is already 10 years in existence and is visited annually by over 50,000 people. The exhibits acquaint visitorswith the history of studying and researching Lake Baikal, its fauna and its flora.

Circum Baikal Railway
Circum Baikal Railway

The Circum-Baikal Railway is a historical railway in the Irkutsk region of Russia. It runs along the Northern shore of the Southern extremity of the lake from the town of Slyudyanka to the Baikal settlement. Until the middle of the 20th century the Circum-Baikal railway was part of the main line of Trans-Siberian Railway; later on, however, a duplicate section of the railway was built. Sometimes called a unique achievement in engineering,the Circum-Baikal is one of the picturesque sights of the area around Lake Baikal.

Day 1, Irkutsk - Listvyanka

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The day will start with Irkutsk city tour. Discover the history of this ancient merchant city, see the main sightseeing places, and hear the stories about people whose life was closely connected with Irkutsk. On the way to Listvyanka you will stop at the Taltsy Museum of Ethnography. Here, under the open sky, 40 historical and architectural monuments are collected, including 37 wooden structures of the XVII-XIX centuries and more than 20,000 exhibits. The museum will acquaint you with the lifestyle and spiritual culture of not only the local Russian population, but also the indigenous peoples of the Baikal region - Buryats and Evenks. After lunch you will visit famous village Listvyanka, located near Angara River, the only river flowing from Baikal lake. Later today: Observation platform of Chersky Stone with the stunning view of Lake Baikal, Baikal Limnological Museum and Aquarium with show of Baikal’ seals. The perfect way to finish the busy day is Russian Banya (optional) and testy dinner at your hotel.

Day 2, Lake Baikal cruise - Sandy Bay

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The exciting mini cruise on Lake Baikal will be a highlight of the day. Sandy Bay is one of the most famous and picturesque places on the lake. You will enjoy view of stunning white sandy beach, taiga forest, and unique stilted trees. The bay is guarded by two cliffs: Big Bell Tower and the Small Bell Tower. You can go ahead and clime one or even both of them. In the evening coming back to Listvyanka, dinner.

 

Day 3, Circum Baikal Railway

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Today you will discover Circum-Baikal Railway, the historical Russian Railway which runs along the Northern shore of the Southern extremity of the Baikal Lake. Its outstanding example of construction and engineering art. The railway was built as continuation of the Trans-Siberian railway and was mainly used between 1904 until 1950, when the new railway from Irkutsk to Slyudyanka was built. Today is a quiet railroad with only a couple of trains a week. Lunch- picnic at the shore of Baikal Lake. Transfer to Listvyanka and after Irkutsk.

Fairy Tales of Lake Baikal


 The tour is available all year round on enquiry basis.

Please get in touch with our Destination Managers and they will put together a perfect holiday for you.

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Lake Baikal Cruise is available on enquiry basis. 

Please get in touch with our Destination Managers and they will put together a holiday of a lifetime for you.

Standard Package Include:

•  Full Board accommodation

•  Excursions as per itinerary

•  English speaking guide services

•  Transfers as per programm

•  Accommodation for 2 nights

•  Russian Visa Support

Package Does Not Include:

•  Flights (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)

•  Russian visa fees

Contact us by phone or email today with any queries, to book, or for excellent rates and service on add-ons to your trip.