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Classic Baikal

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
7 Days
Highlights
  • Simple and basic itinerary for reasonable price
  • Visit to Old Circum-Baikal Railway
  • Visite of Olkhon, the largest island of lake Baikal
  • City tour of Irkutsk
Tour Overview

Classic itinerary based on our long-term experience - the best solution to discover the basic places of the lake for a reasonable price. It includes visit to Listvyanka, famous Circum-Baikal Railway, and of course visit to Olkhon Island, compulsory point of the travel. The trip provides with different means of transport: bus, hydrofoil, Circumbaikal train, 4x4 and walks. You will discover the beauty of majestic Baikal nature, learn about history and culture of the region and also cross the half of the lake by boat!

This tour is also a good opportunity for those who travel on Trans-Siberian and do not want to leave Lake Baikal through the train window: the best stop during crossing of Russia.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Discovery of the Irkutsk city
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    Circum-Baikal Railway
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 3
    Discovery of the Irkutsk city
    Listvyanka
  • Day 4
    Arrival to the Olkhon island
    Listvyanka — Olkhon island
  • Day 5
    Northernmost point of Olkhon
    Olkhon island
  • Day 6
    Day in Baikal village
    Olkhon island
  • Day 7
    Return to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • 09:00
    Breakfast Not included
  • 10:00
    Arrival in Irkutsk
    Meeting with your guide at the airport at 10:30 am.
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the hotel
    Check-in, rest after flight.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the restaurant
  • 15:00
    Excursion in the city centre of Irkutsk
    Excursion with the guide in the city centre of Irkutsk. You will visit the most worth seeing places of Irkutsk: the Decembrists' museum, Orthodox churches, quay of the Angara river, wooden houses, central markets. You will feel the particular atmosphere of the city.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Imperia
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  • 07:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 08:00
    Transfer to Listvianka village
  • 09:45
    Ferry Listvianka - Port Baikal
    After getting Listvianka village we embark on the ferry to cross the source of the Angara river. Arrival in the Port Baikal.
  • 10:40
    Circum-Baikal Excursion
    Boarding on the the Circum-Baikal Railway famous for its history and beautiful landscapes. From one hand, you will see changeable landscapes of the lake, from the other hand – tunnels and high rocks. The train makes about 4-5 stops from 20 minutes to 1 hour and a half.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the train
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the excursion
    Arrival in Slyudyanka, village on the south of the lake. We will change the train and will take now another direction - Trans-siberian one. You will see Irkutsk outskirts, dachas, railway stations, forests through the window.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the train
  • 22:00
    Arrival in Irkutsk in the evening
  • 22:10
    Transfer to the hotel
  • Overnight in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Listvyanka
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the Baikal museum
    In the museum we can learn more about the Baikal fauna and flora.
  • 12:00
    Chairlift to the Chersky rock
    Will take a chairlift to the Chersky rock to discover the lake and Angara river panorama.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Lunch at restaurant where you will taste the Baikal cuisine based on omul, the lake's endemic fish.
  • 15:00
    Free time
    After check-in in the hotel, free time. Walking with your guide, visit of fish and souvenir markets. Free time. Optionally you can go to the nerpenarium (seal park show) or take a boat excursion (extra charges).
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Baikalskiye terema
Twin standard room
Note

1 h transfer  (69km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Deaprture to the Olkhon island
    Leave for the island by private car (293 km/182 mi, 5-6 hours of journey). We will stop to blandish the local spirits, to ask their benevolence during the trip.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe en route Not included
  • 15:00
    Arrival to Khujir
    Accommodation at the resort.
  • 16:00
    Excursion on foot around the village
    Discovery of the Burkhan Rock, "place of residence of the Baikal's God" and one of the nine sanctuaries of Asia.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on the resort
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the resort
  • 10:00
    Olkhon island excursion
    After breakfast excursion by boat to Khoboy Cape, the northernmost point of Olkhon, sacred place of shamans. The trip will allow you to discover the beauty of the Maloye More (Small Sea) and its islets, also places of worship of shamans.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 14:00
    Сome back to Khujir
  • 19:00
    Dinner on the resort
  • Overnight on the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
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Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free day
    Optionally: Excursion by 4X4 to the south of the island to discover the remains of ancient walls of the Kurykans. Excursion by boat on the Ogoy Island, mountain bicycle, horseback ride (extra charges).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 19:00
    Dinner at resort
  • Overnight on the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
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Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Meals in train
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure from 4 participants. The price includes breakfast on Day 2-7, lunch on Day 1-5 and dinner on Day 4-6. The price includes the excursion on the Circumbaikal Railway. Banya is included on Day 4. Single supplement – 12 350 RUB / pers. (for days 1-6). We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure.

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4.00
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4.00
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4.00
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4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Francis
From 2 July 2016 to 8 July 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
J'ai particulièrement apprécié la gentillesse des guides et leur disponibilité pour répondre à toutes mes questions J'ai également très apprécié la disponibilité de l'équipe de baikal nature qui sait réagir rapidement en cas de changement de programme ou de nouvelles demandes de ma part Si je devais retourner au baikal je n'hésiterai pas à recontacter baikal nature pour toutes les questions
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4.00
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4.00
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5.00
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Heinz
From 23 July 2016 to 29 July 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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Isabelle
From 8 August 2015 to 14 August 2015
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? No
Le programme du séjour a été globalement conforme à ce qui était prévu. Toutefois, l'ordre des diverses étapes a été modifié et nous n'avons pas reçu la réactualisation du déroulement du séjour. Ceci a été compliqué par le fait qu'à notre arrivée le guide francophone qui nous a accueillis n'avait le programme que des 2 premiers jours pour un groupe de 9 personnes, dont 2 non-francophones. Le transport
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BaikalNature's reply
Bonjour Isabelle, Tout d'abord, nous tenons à vous remercier pour la confiance que vous avez accordée lors de la préparation de votre séjour, mais aussi d'avoir pris le temps de nous faire part de votre avis. Nous sommes désolés du désagrément que vous avez subi, il est possible que le programme soit changé au dernier moment en cas d'impossibilités techniques de l'exécuter, mais vous et le guide auriez dû être prévenu le plus tôt possible. Concernant l'absence de guide et le dîner à votre charge, ces points étaient prévus dans le programme initial pour la journée Khoujir - Irkoutsk, le programme ayant été décalé, mais ne vous ayant pas été transmit, nous comprenons votre surprise et sommes encore une fois désolés. Nous mettons tout en œuvre pour améliorer la communication entre nos différents services pour qu'une situation similaire ne se reproduise plus. Votre remarque sur le nombre de pique-nique trop important a été pris en compte et nous ferons en sorte de le réduire. Nous sommes ravis de savoir que l'hébergement et la prestation de nos guides vous a satisfaite et nous espérons vous revoir parmi nous pour un prochain séjour en Russie.
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4.00
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4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
4.00
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4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Сергей
From 8 August 2015 to 14 August 2015
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
В целом отличное впечатление от путешествия. Получили то, что ожидали и даже больше. Большое спасибо всем гидам которые работали с нами. Больше всего впечатления получены на острове Ольхон, было даже жалко уезжать. Особый драйв от поездки на северный мыс о. Ольхон мыс Хобой. Может нам с водителем так повезло, но таких сибирских ралли нет ни где точно. Проблем с организацией не было ни разу. В качестве
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Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
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5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Sabrina
From 25 July 2015 to 30 July 2015
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
J'ai réellement apprécié mon voyage avec Baïkal Nature, je voulais vous féliciter pour la qualité des guides, que ce soit Nadiéjda qui m'a fait découvrir Irkutsk de manière approfondie ou Mark qui nous a apporté beaucoup tout au long de notre séjour dans le Baïkal. Leurs compétences en guidage et leurs qualités relationnelles et humaines ont rendu ce séjour très riche, merci à eux. C'est assez rare de
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