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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
June - August
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
Departures
June, 03 2018
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June, 03 2018
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Available: 4+
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99 $
Basic price per person
June, 15 2018
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June, 15 2018
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99 $
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June, 18 2018
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June, 18 2018
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99 $
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June, 22 2018
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June, 22 2018
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99 $
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June, 24 2018
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June, 24 2018
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99 $
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July, 01 2018
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July, 01 2018
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99 $
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July, 06 2018
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99 $
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July, 08 2018
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July, 08 2018
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99 $
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July, 13 2018
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July, 13 2018
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99 $
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July, 15 2018
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July, 15 2018
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Available: 4+
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109 $
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July, 20 2018
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July, 20 2018
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Available: 4+
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109 $
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July, 22 2018
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July, 22 2018
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Available: 4+
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109 $
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July, 27 2018
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July, 27 2018
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109 $
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July, 29 2018
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July, 29 2018
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109 $
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August, 03 2018
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August, 03 2018
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109 $
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August, 05 2018
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August, 05 2018
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109 $
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August, 10 2018
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August, 10 2018
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109 $
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August, 12 2018
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August, 12 2018
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109 $
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August, 17 2018
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109 $
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August, 19 2018
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August, 19 2018
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109 $
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August, 24 2018
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August, 24 2018
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Available: 4+
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109 $
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August, 26 2018
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August, 26 2018
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Available: 4+
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109 $
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August, 30 2018
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August, 30 2018
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Available: 4+
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109 $
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August, 31 2018
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August, 31 2018
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Available: 4+
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109 $
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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 MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS ARE IN THE OPOSIT DIRECTION. English speaking guide - 10 100 RUB per group In summer it is also possible to order meals at the following prices: breakfast - 350 RUB lunch - 870 RUB dinner - 600 RUB

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3.00
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5.00
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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.
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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
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3.83
3.83
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4.00
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4.00
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3.00
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3.00
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5.00
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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:
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5.00
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5.00
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4.00
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4.00
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4.00
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Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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BaikalNature's reply
Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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4.67
4.67
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5.00
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5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
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5.00
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YONGCHANG
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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