+7 800 555-73-54

Circum-Baikal Rail Road

Destination: Lake Baikal
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
1 Day
Highlights
  • Fascinating discovery of genious architectural constructions of the Circum-Baikal Railway
  • Opportunity to enjoy enchanting Baikal sceneries all along the route
  • Discovery of small traditional villages on the shores of Lake Baikal
Tour Overview

We invite you to take this one-day excursion by the Circum-Baikal Railway, unique monument of engineering art of the end of 19th century. Constructed on the south-western shore of the lake between Port Baikal and Kultuk settlement, a 84-km-long railway (52 mi) includes 424 engineering structures including 39 tunnels with a total length of 8994 m (5.6 mi). Tunnels and stone galleries of the Circum-Baikal Railway are unique because they were constructed upon non-typical projects and were not reconstructed later, so they keep the initial idea of architectures and engineers of the early 20th century.

With respect to volume, complexity and cost of works the Circum-Baikal Railway ranked second to none among railways of Russia. Before the Revolution of 1917 it was called "Golden buckle on the steel belt of Russia": buckle because it connected the Trans-Siberian Railway pulled apart by Lake Baikal, and golden because regarding the cost of works it excelled all railways existing in Russia. This name was also given to the Circum-Baikal Railway thanks to its unique, second to none in the whole world look that combines complex architectural constructions with extremely picturesque shore landscape of the lake.

Nice music sounds in train during the journey, friendly and attentive staff is of service to travellers, and guide tells a fascinating story of the Circum-Baikal Railway construction. On the way several stops are provided in the most interesting and beautiful places with leaving the train accompanied by guide.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Excursion by the Circum-Baikal Railway
    IrkutskIrkutsk
  • 06:35
    Departure of the train from Irkutsk-Passazhirsky station
    Arrival to the railway station of Irkutsk. The boarding starts 15 minutes before the train leaves. The number of the railway line is indicated on the display.above the way out to the platform. The train goes without stops to Slyudyanka.
  • 08:40
    Arrival to Sludianka
    The stop lasts 30 minutes and you have possibility to go for a walk. The interesting fact of Sludianka is that it's railway station building is the only one that built of the pink and white marble.
  • 09:00
    Breakfast Not included
  • 09:10
    Excursion programme
    Here the excursion programme begins — with sightseeing stops and leaving the train accompanied by guide. During the excursion we will visit: the Angasolka village, Polovonnaya station, the unique architectural complex "Italian wall" and the station Ulanovo (Khvoynaya).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 15:20
    Arrival in Port Baikal
    Visit to the old building of the railway station. Taking a ferry to Lystvianka. Boarding bus and departure to Irkoutsk.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 22:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • Russian-speaking guide services
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
Price does not include
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meals
  • Administrative registration
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

THE TOUR IS AVALAIBLE FOR BOOKING FOR ANY DESIRED DATES. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION. DEPARTURES ON MANDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS ARE IN THE OPOSIT DIRECTION. English speaking guide - 9100 RUB per group In summer it is also possible to order meals at the following prices: breakfast - 350 RUB lunch - 950 RUB dinner - 700 RUB

Reviews
4.00
4.00
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
0.00
Quality of accommodation
3.00
Quality of transport / transfers
0.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
0.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Ofer
From 24 July 2015 to 24 July 2015
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and sooke good English. Overall it was a good experience.
4.50
4.50
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
0.00
Quality of accommodation
0.00
Quality of transport / transfers
0.00
Quality of meals
0.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Diana
From 10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
We were not greeted nor was any attempt make to interact with us at all.Maybe because we did not hire an interpreter?. We had your excellent road book.
BaikalNature's reply
Dear Diana, In fact, the excursion takes place in the train and nobody is supposed to meet the participants. The actual excursion (with storie
  Read more
3.83
3.83
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
3.00
Quality of meals
3.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Roy
From 4 January 2014 to 6 January 2014
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Hi - while I did not do a full excursion with Baikal Nature, I appreciated the assistance from the company
No reviews anymore or no reviews at all for this tour. Below reviews for destination:
5.00
5.00
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Bernard
From 12 March 2017 to 20 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourTraversée du lac Baïkal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Superbe voyage très dépaysant. Le guide Igor était très professionnel.
5.00
5.00
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Michel
From 7 March 2017 to 17 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Tout était parfait, les transferts impeccables, Irina, Andrej, Janna et Anna furent des guides de qualité. Vous aviez parfaitement choisi les lieux de séjour et de repas La base Lada à Olkhone nous convenait parfaitement, nous avons eu l’occasion d’y rencontrer un charmant groupe féminin qui était aussi en villégiature pour quelques jours et qui comprenait une ancienne professeure de français…
  Read more
Sign up for our emails!
Why subscribe? First, our newsletters are captivating! We are one of the few tour operators specializing in Russian nature, who invests a lot of resources into photo and video-shooting. That’s why even sitting in the office, you’ll feel like you are making your way among arctic ices, walking along taiga valleys, admiring volcanos or looking in the mirror of crystal Baykal waters. Second, there is lots of useful stuff in our letters. The information about outstanding places, new routes’ descriptions, stories from expeditions and trips. And don’t worry, we write in an easy and entertaining manner. And finally, we’re not pushy. You will get all this beauty not often than once a month or two. So you’re gonna miss us!