Welcome to Lake Baikal


Banana-shaped Baikal is 636km from north to south and up to 1637m deep, making it the world’s deepest lake, containing nearly one-fifth of the planet’s unfrozen fresh water. Despite some environmental concerns, it’s pure enough to drink in most places, but use common sense. Fed by 300 rivers, it’s drained by just one, the Angara near Listvyanka.


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$105 Day Trips & Excursions

Tour to Circum-Baikal Railway

Program: • 09:00 Departure from Irkutsk. We pick you up from any point you requested • 11:00 Arrival in the starting point of trekking. From here we will start walking part of the tour. We will go downhill from the new line of the Transsiberian through the valley to Lake Baikal • 13:00 Coming to the lake, village of Staraya Angasolka. Staraya Angasolka is a small station and few buildings, there are art galley and good eatery with tasty pancakes during summer! • 13:15 Picnic (not included) and walking by the old Transsiberian line till the station of Kultuk.After the village we will follow the tracks, coming through three tunnels, several bridges and small stations (4 km). We will also see some leftovers of disassembled second line of Transsiberian. • 16:00 Lunch at cafe (not included). Our guide/driver will wait for you at the Circum-Baikal Railway monument, which is built right on the railway. After the final shots of the lake we will drive to the top of the mountain, where we can have a lunch (not included) with a beautiful view of the lake. By the way, "kultuk" in turk language means "dead-end". • 16:30 Departure from Kultuk • 18:30 Arrival in Irkutsk. We arrive to Irkutsk and drop you off to where you need

$60 Tours & Sightseeing

2.5-Hour Irkutsk City Walking Tour

Irkutsk is often called "Siberian Paris" in old books, and bloggers call it similar to Barcelona. Start your tour at noon from Moscow gates. Moscow gates, which are now reconstructed, used to be the historical point of city entrance of all travelers and merchants of the past. See the Monument to the founders of Irkutsk afterwards. Irkutsk was founded in 1661 by cossacks, built the first ostrog (wooden kremlin) here. This is the place of many inportant events for the city. Continue your walk to the Main Square. The main square of the city was built on the place of swamp, is surrounded by buildings of different times of the Old and New Histories. Next is the Old houses of Zhelyabov street. Vtorov mansion, Rogal House, museums and hotels, old and new buildings of Irkutsk. Flea market and city fire of 1879. After that you will see Karl Marx street, which is the main street of the city and used to be a part of ostrog wall, the border of the town.Next the tour will visit Kazan church. Called by some tourists Notre-Dam de Kazan, this church has very beautiful and impressive decoration. Walk to Old Town and see the protected Gryaznova street, saved part of the medieval wood and stone Irkutsk. See also the Raising of the Cross Church. This unique church combines elements of Orthodox Christianity and Buddhism. See a restored part of Old Town area, which was newly built several years ago and has many historical buildings before your tour ends.

$438.73 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tour to Arshan

Day 1 You’ll be picked up from any place in Irkutsk at 10 am. Vehicle: a 8 sit minibus or a car. Distance between Irkutsk and Arshan is 250 km (150 miles) one way.in 2 hours, you’ll start a Circum-Baikal Walk – without a guide, using the prominent path – down the valley through the forest. You will reach Old Angasolka village, located on lake Baikal.Then you turn right, and start walking along the Circum Baikal Railway. You will be seeing an Angasolka Bridge, and 3 tunnels, and, of course, a magnificent view of Baikal.You will reach the village of Kultuk in 3-4 hrs, depending how much time you spend on taking photos or exploring the tunnels. Total walking distance is around 12 km. You will need a lunch box and water.Then, we will be continuing our tour. After a short while, we’ll see the 200 km long Tunka Valley. The valley is 50 km wide, stretches along the Mongolian border. Northern edge of the valley is guarded by the magnificent – 3000 meters high – Sayan Mountains.We’ll reach Arshan by late afternoon. Arshan is a small resort town. The “Arshan” means a mineral water source. There are two arshans in Arshan – the testy cold one and less testier but probably more healthy warm source of free mineral water.We go for introduction walk around the town after check in. Day 2 You’ll be picked up from any place in Irkutsk at 10 am. Vehicle: a 8 sit minibus or a car. Distance between Irkutsk and Arshan is 250 km (150 miles) one way.in 2 hours, you’ll start a Circum-Baikal Walk – without a guide, using the prominent path – down the valley through the forest. You will reach Old Angasolka village, located on lake Baikal.Then you turn right, and start walking along the Circum Baikal Railway. You will be seeing an Angasolka Bridge, and 3 tunnels, and, of course, a magnificent view of Baikal.You will reach the village of Kultuk in 3-4 hrs, depending how much time you spend on taking photos or exploring the tunnels. Total walking distance is around 12 km. You will need a lunch box and water.Then, we will be continuing our tour. After a short while, we’ll see the 200 km long Tunka Valley. The valley is 50 km wide, stretches along the Mongolian border. Northern edge of the valley is guarded by the magnificent – 3000 meters high – Sayan Mountains.We’ll reach Arshan by late afternoon. Arshan is a small resort town. The “Arshan” means a mineral water source. There are two arshans in Arshan – the testy cold one and less testier but probably more healthy warm source of free mineral water.We go for introduction walk around the town after check in.

$1443.18 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Baikal Explorer

Day 1 Arrival to Irkutsk. Meeting with the guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Departure to Listvyanka (65 km from Irkutsk, 1 hour on the way). Excursion to Taltsy Architectural and Ethnographic Museum. Lunch at the restaurant on the Baikal shore. You will taste Baikal fish dishes. Excursion to the Baikal Museum. Ascent to Chersky stone observation deck via aerial lift (728 meters of height). Listvyanka sightseeing tour. Visiting the fish and souvenir market. Dinner at city restaurant. Return to the hotel. Day 2Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Check-out. Departure to the island of Olkhon (250 km from Irkutsk, 5-6 hours to go). Lunch at the Yelantsi café (Buryat cuisine). Arrival to the village of Sakhyurta. Crossing to Olkhon island. Arrival to Olkhon. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Walking tour to Shamanka rock. Return to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Day 3Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Excursion to Cape Khoboy. Off-road car tour through northern part of the island. Arrival to Cape Khoboy. Baikal ukha picnic. Return to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Day 4Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Excursion to Ogoy island. Travel along the picturesque islands and bays of the Maloe More and a visit to the Holy Spring. Baikal ukha picnic. Return to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Day 5Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Check-out. Departure to Irkutsk. Lunch at the café on the way to Irkutsk or on Olkhon before leaving the island. Arrival to the hotel. Accommodation. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Day 6Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Irkutsk sightseeing tour. Lunch at city restaurant.Visiting sealarium. Free time (including guide and transport). The return to the hotel. Dinner at the restaurant. Day 7Breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Transfer to the airport

$1082.39 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Winter tour to Lake Baikal

Day 1 Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting at the airport or at railway station. Accommodation in the hotels or mini-hotel. At 10 a.m. begins excursion in Irkutsk. Day 2At 9.00 a.m. we depart to excursion CircumBaikal railway , by bus the Baikal highway to Listvyanka, 10-15,10-30 water crossing to port Baikal, Board Express. Theexcursion lasts from 8 a.m. to 20 p.m. The route includes the excursion tour with stops in the most remarkable places with guide: 102 km retaining wall “Italian”; 110 km Half Pad; 123 km complex Kirkerensky; 149 km Old Angasolka.Arrival to Irkutsk railway station at 22.00 -22.30 p.m. Transfer to hotels.Breakfast, lunch and dinner aren’t included. Day 3In the morning we are going to Olkhon island to Khuzir (300 km) by mini-bus. When you arrive at the island, you will have dinner. Accommodation in mini-hotel “Baikal”, distance to the Baikal is 150 meters, economy rooms( toilet and shower on the floor for 4 rooms), or standard rooms( toilet and shower in the room).Excursion to Burhan cape( Shamanka rock)- one of the nine sacred place for shamans of Asia. Dinner.Lunch and dinner are included, breakfast isn’t included. Day 4 Breakfast. Excursion to the Khoboy cape is waiting for you. This is the most famous cape on the Island. Khoboy is the north cape of Olkhon. On the way we visit the rocky complex Saagan Khushun, picnic outdoors. You will see beautiful winter landscapes. Also you have unique opportunity to see ice grottoes and coves, which you can’t see in summer time. Lunch in the outside. Return to Khuzir.Dinner. Free time.Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included. Day 5Breakfast. Departure to Irkutsk by mini-bus. Accommodation in hotels or mini-hotel in advance.

$652.32 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tour to Olkhon Island

Day 1 Irkutsk - OlkhonWelcome to Baikal! We meet you at the airport or at the railway station of Irkutsk in the morning. Minibus departure to Olkhon island at 10.00 a.m., way time is about 6 hours. Arrival at Olkhon island, accommodation for choice: "Sunny" guest house – accommodation in economy rooms (shower and toilet are at the camp territory) The mini-hotel "Baikal" – accommodation in standard rooms (rooms with toilet and shower) After dinner, you have free time till the evening. After Supper, we prepare for you small evening excursion to one of the most known sights of Baikal – to Burkhan cape. Day 2 Khuzhir - The north of the island - KhuzhirAfter breakfast, the group goes on excursion to Khoboy cape , with visit ravine of Uzura.This tour passes through the most beautiful and picturesque places of the island. The way will pass through Bukhta Peschanaya (Sandy Bay), Sagan-Khushun or White cape(Three brothers). In the north of the island you will see magnificent panoramas and vicinities of Baikal. Khoboy cape is a sacred place for locals, here special energy and inspiring nature. After supper outdoors for you– tasty Baikal omul broth(fish soup) . Further according to the program it’s visit Shunte cape , our guide will tell you about an origin of this name.Return to camp, for supper. Day 3 Olkhon - IrkutskToday after a breakfast the group comes back to Irkutsk. Departure on minibuses, dinner at roadside cafe, arrival in Irkutsk. According to the preliminary request, we can book for you accommodation in hotel or in hotel apartments in Irkutsk.