Heart Of Lake Baikal Cruise

This tour is not available and is archived.
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
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.
  • Discovery of scenic sites of Lake Baikal hardly accessible in summer
  • Possibility to integrate the cruise with a land part of journey
Tour Overview

This cruise operates aboard two cruise vessels, standard-class Tatyana and comfort-class Sibiryak, and takes part of the following itinerary: Listvyanka - Circum-Baikal Railway - Peschanaya bay - Olkhon - Maloye More - Olkhon - Chivyrkuysky Gulf - Maloye More - Peschanaya bay - Circum-Baikal Railway - Listvyanka. In accordance with their point of departure or arrival, they may be preceded or followed by stays on Olkhon Island, in Listvyanka, and other places of Lake Baikal.

The Heart Of Baikal Cruise is ideal for those who spent some time on Olkhon Island and wish to continue to discover the Baikal and participate in a small cruise. This itinerary will take you from Olkhon to Listvyanka from where you can easily get to Irkutsk. Over a short period of time you will visit the sites only accessible by water such as rock paintings of Sagan-Zaba and Peschanaya bay (Sandy bay). You will have the opportunity to enjoy true Russian banya (Russian baths) located on the very shore of the lake in one of the prettiest bays. The voyage will end in the south of the lake with the Circum-Baikal visit to discover this open-air architectural museum.

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Before the cruise : Olkhon Island, Ust-Barguzin and the Zabaikalsky National Park, Severobaikalsk.
After the cruise: old Circum-Baikal railway, Listvyanka and Bolshie Koty villages

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    7/8-hour sail, 120 km/75 mi way Boat embarkation between 11.00am and 12.00am in the village of Sakhurta, in the strait of Maloye More, opposite Olkhon Island. Sail southwards. Weather permitting, stop on the way near Sagan-Zaba cape to discover its ancient rock paintings. Sail as far as Sennaya bay. At will, banya (Russian baths) on the shore of the lake (at extra cost). Night on board.
  • Day 2
    6-hour sail, 100 km/62 mi way At will, 2-hour hike along the Baikal shore from Sennaya bay to Peschanaya Bay (Sandy bay). Peschanaya Bay is known for its trees "on stilts" - raised on their naked roots from where the wind blows away all the sand. Breathtaking view of the rocks and the beach with marble sand. Sail as far as the old Circum-Baikal Railway, historic and architectural monument of the late 18th century. In the evening discovery of the Circum-Baikal tunnels and galleries pierced into the mount. Night on board.
  • Day 3
    After lunch 2-hour journey to Listvyanka, village located in the very place where the Angara River flows out of Lake Baikal. Disembarkation. End of the programme.
        Detailed description
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        Price includes
        • English-speaking guide services
        • Russian-spaking guide
        • Accommodation as per itinerary
        • Transport a per itinerary
        • Meals as per itinerary
        • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
        • Nature reserves and parks entrance permissions
        • Letter of invitation
        Price does not include
        • Visa invitation and registration of passports (for foreign citizens, if necessary)
        • Personal expenses and tips
        • Visa fees and travel insurance
        • Optional activities
        • Transfers
        • Airline tickets
        For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.

        The price is subject to change due to fuel costs. The trip is priced assuming accommodation in 4-berth cabin. Triple cabin supplement is 2500 RUB per person. Twin cabin supplement is 6000 RUB per person.

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