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Discovery of Bolshiye Koty Village

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
  • Discovery of an authentic village far from civilization
  • Tour allowing meeting local people
  • Cruise along the western Baikal shore
  • One-day excursion accessible for everybody
Tour Overview

This day tour allows you to discover Bolshiye Koty, a small typical village located 18 km (11 mi) north of Listvyanka. No road links these two villages but a trail, thus Bolshiye Koty is far from usual tourist routes.

At first, Bolshiye Koty was a settlement of gold diggers when gold mining began in 1842. Some vestiges of this activity still can be seen here: the valley with hills and even... two dredges almost demolished. Today the village is noted for its biological station. Here, there is a museum devoted to Lake Baikal, which owns a quite rich collection of dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, crawfish, algae, fish...

To discover other sights of the place you can also climb a hill to enjoy a celestial silence and to take beautiful pictures (1/2 hour ascent).

The excursion starts in Listvyanka village where we will get a scheduled ship: within half an hour along the coast we are on site! For travelers who want to start in Irkutsk city, it’s possible to take a boat ticket Irkutsk – Listvyanka - Bolshiye Koty (optionally).

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Excursion to Bolshiye Koty village
    Listvyanka — Bolshiye Koty
  • 12:30
    Departure by noat to the village Bolshiye Koty
    Meeting with the guide at a pier of the village Listvyanka. Departure by boat to the village along the Baikal coats.
  • 13:00
    Home-made lunch
    An inhabitant will prepare for us a hot lunch with the dishes of the local cuisine.
  • 15:00
    Excursion
    We will climb the mount wit ha great viewing point to the lake and the village. Your guide will tell you about the history of the village and the particularities of the local life. Then, we will go for a walk along the Baikal shore and streets of the village woth it4s wooden houses.
  • 18:30
    Return to Listvyanka village
    On boat we come back to Listvyanka village. *For those who want, it's possible to continue the cruise till Irkutsk city.
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — Bolshiye Koty
Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • Lunches
  • English-speaking guide
  • Boat trip
Price does not include
  • Optional activities
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The indicated price is for the group of 4 participants minimum. If there are less persons in the group, the small group supplement is applied: - for a group of 3 participants, a supplement is 1 200 roubles / per person - for a group of 2 participants, a supplement is 2 800 roubles / per person - for an individual tourist , a supplement is 7 800 roubles. The excursion can be organised any dates from mid-May to mid-September.

Reviews
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5.00
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3.00
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4.00
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4.00
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5.00
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5.00
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Veronika
From 29 July 2021 to 3 August 2021
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourBaikal tour
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
The trip was exactly prepared how we wanted :))
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Thank you!
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Claire
From 25 February 2021 to 2 March 2021
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourVoyage au Baïkal en famille
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Nous avons vraiment passé un excellent séjour au Baïkal et en gardons tous de merveilleux souvenirs.
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Nous vous remercions vivement pour votre confiance. Au plaisir de vous revoir parmi nos voyageurs !
4.67
4.67
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5.00
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4.00
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Peter
From 27 February 2021 to 6 March 2021
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourKingdom of Ice Individuel
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Une expérience de voyage fantastique. Guidé par des professionnels Bon rapport qualité-prix. Je recommande absolument ce voyage
BaikalNature's reply
Merci, Peter, pour l'appréciation du travail de notre agence. Au plaisir de vous revoir parmi nos voyageurs !
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Nathalie and Frederic
From 15 February 2021 to 19 February 2021
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
It was a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and magnificent landscapes. Our guide, Maria, was really great with a lot of useful explanations and kindness. Sasha, the owner of the buggy was also very kind and allow our kids to drive and to enjoy our trip. We definitely recommend Baikal Nature and this tour in order to mix the discovery of Baikal lake and to feel as the only ones on the ice.
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Dirk
From 4 March 2020 to 11 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourIndividual Grand Crossing Tour
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
This was a very good organised trip over the lake. I worked very well with Olga. It was a nice cooperation. some remarks: - The homestay in Ust-Barguzin could have been better. If I knew that there were two families and how the beds were divided, then I could have prepared the group and it would be less chaotic. - Some of the group were disappointed that we didn't walk all the way. On the first day
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BaikalNature's reply
Thank you for your feedback! We would like to give you some comments about the tour. - Large groups always have to be divided into several houses, since it is not a hotel, it's a house of a local. Such number of places can’t be provided by one homestay. Please, feel free to ask us a better hotel, we are always ready to follow your requests. -Perhaps the drivers misunderstood you because of the lang
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