четверг, 6 апреля 2017 г.

One day train to Circum-Baikal railway

We invite you to make an exciting one-day trip by train along the old Circum-Baikal railway. You can see the grand structures of the Circum-Baikal railway, get off the train on the most remarkable sights, walk through the tonnel, visit an old village along the way, may have a swim in the water of Great Lake. Arrival to Irkutsk late in the evening.

For season 2017:
On Thursdays  and Sundays  the excursion program starts at 8-00 am (8.30) from Irkutsk (departure by bus from Drama theatre), then transfer by bus to the village of Listvyanka, then get on ferry from Listvyanka to Port Baikal (started at 10-00). Visit museum in Port Baikal, board on train and start the train ride to Sludyanka village  (arrival at 18.00) and further to Irkutsk train station (arrival at 21.00).

On Wednesdays and Saturdays the tour starts from the central Irkutsk train station at 07.45.  Board on train and ride to Sludyanka (arrival at 10.10) and at 10.45 start to Circum-Baikal railway.
At 19.30 arrival to Port Baikal , crossing by ferry Port Baikal - Listvyanka, transfer by bus Listvyanka - Irkutsk. Arrival to Irkutsk at 22.00.
(time and place of departure to be confirmed by manager. Also other days might be added to the shedule).
During the trip there are several stops from half an hour to an hour and a half with small walking tours, where tourists will learn the history of the construction of the Circum-Baikal Railway. There is also free time for individual walks, the opportunity to be photographed against the background of the magnificent Baikal.
During the day passengers are offered information about Lake Baikal, the nature, flora and fauna of our Siberian region, as well as history of the construction of Circum-Baikal railway. Also movies about Baikal are shown.
Lunch is offered in the train (lunch boxes must be ordered in advance) or at a local lady during the stop in the village on the way.
During the day hot water in available in the train.

Tour cost:
4700 rub per person.
100% guarantee to be seated at Baikal side - extra 500 rub.
Meals on board (extra cost):
Lunch 750 rub
Dinner 650 rub
Luggage bigger that 30*40*50 cm - extra cost 250 rub.
You may visit our web-site to see more tours to Baikal.

среда, 15 марта 2017 г.

Russian folk songs singing

When we welcome foreigners to Baikal lake, we try not just show them the most beautiful places, try the most exciting activities, taste the local food specialties, but also try to make them feel welcomed by our Siberian hospitality. We tell them about our culture, traditions and beliefs. Learning about the local traditions help them to understand the way of our life. On the last day of our tours we usually invite for festive dinner, where we exchange the impressions about the trip, share the experience and knowledge and present souvenirs. We also sing together - sing our Russian songs, simple folklore but so meaningful! We love to share. This is a little peace of our singing in the video. We sing our native anthem to Baikal - Glorious sea, sacred Baikal!

Славное море — священный Байкал
Славное море — священный Байкал,
Славный корабль — омулёвая бочка.
Эй, баргузин, пошевеливай вал,
Молодцу плыть недалечко.

Долго я тяжкие цепи влачил,
Долго скитался в горах Акатуя;
Старый товарищ бежать пособил —
Ожил я, волю почуя.

Шилка и Нерчинск не страшны теперь,
Горная стража меня не поймала,
В дебрях не тронул прожорливый зверь,
Пуля стрелка — миновала.

Шёл я и в ночь, и средь белого дня,
Вкруг городов озираяся зорко,
Хлебом кормили чалдонки меня,
Парни снабжали махоркой.

Славное море — священный Байкал,
Славный мой парус — кафтан дыроватый,
Эй, баргузин, пошевеливай вал,
Слышатся грома раскаты.

And the English version is below.

Glorious Sea, Sacred Baikal

Glorious sea - sacred Lake Baikal,
Glorious ship - barrel full of omul
Hey, Barguzin, move the waves,
The young lad doesn't have to swim far.
I wore heavy chains for a long time,
I spent a long time wandering in the hills of Akatuyev,
An old comrade helped me to escape -
I survived, sensing freedom.
Shilka and Nerchinsk are no longer frightening,
The mountain guards did not catch me,
In the forests the wild beast couldn't touch me,
The shooter's shot missed me.
( I went in the night and in broad daylight,
Looking around the city vigilantly,
The peasants fed me bread,
The lads provided me with tobacco. )
Glorious ship - sacred Baikal,
Glorious sail of mine - many holed kaftan,
Ey, Barguzin, move the waves,
The roars of thunder can be heard.

пятница, 17 февраля 2017 г.

To feel winter go to the mountains...

We had a wondeful weekend skiing in Khamar-Daban mountains. That's the place where you get the feeling of real winter, with snow-covered trees around, frozen river and frost on your face. The feeling of freedom and hapiness comes from the surrounding nature. Once more I thank the Universe for being born here, this place has so much to offer, to teach, to discover and to learn.
A "Winter fairytale" is a name of the tour which we offer to anyone who would like to experience and enjoy real winter! During this journey you'll  plunge into fabulous atmosphere of wintry fairy-tale of southern Baikal shore, you'll fall in love with ancient mountain ridge – Khamar-Daban, ski (or trek) the distance of about 50 km (during 3 days), spend a night in a wooden cabin in the forest, will feel the atmosphere of real winter in all its beauty with snow-capped mountains and cedar-trees deep in the carpet of snow. 
You will climb one of the highest mounts of this area - Peak Cherskogo and enjoy the fabulous view to the surrouning landscape. You will spend one night in a hotel on the shore of Baikal lake and have ice-climbing on icefalls of Sayan mountains, as well as swim in natural hot springs of Zhemchug village. It is possible to do snowmobiling in the wintry taiga forest from Sludyanka to Meteostation. (on demand). Visit our web-site for more info.

пятница, 13 января 2017 г.

Crystal Baikal ice (Le lac Baikal gelé)

We invite you to join us on "Crystal Baikal ice" tour from Feb 19 to Feb 25, 2017. THERE ARE TWO PLACES LEFT! The cost is 56 000 rub. 
Broken ice of Baikal lake in the sunset

During this tour you will explore wintry Baikal lake while snowmobiling in the forest, dog-sledding (optional) on the ice, aeroglisseur ride to the biggest island on the lake - Olkhon, admire the ice-grottoes and laced ice on the rocks, try ice-fishing and relax in steam sauna - Banya, as well as to get familiar with local traditions and cuisine.This is where the snow, ice, wind and frost meet. Significant turquoise ice-blocks, fields of ice, fresh breeze from the mountains near-by, crystalling Baikal ice under your feet is so transparent that the brain refuses to understand that there is a support under your feet, and the sky, which is reflected in the ice. For detailed tour itinerary, please, visit our site.

среда, 12 октября 2016 г.

Video scetches about Baikal lake in winter trips

I am an amateur photographer. And I try to take my camera with me when I'm travelling around Baikal. When people ask me: "Why do you take pictures of this place - is it your first time here?" I say "Just because I love these places so much!" And they are surprised on how excited I get even if I have been there before. Well, enjoy some of my video scetches which i made during different tours to wintry Baikal. And if you may find our winter tours to Baikal lake here.

среда, 14 сентября 2016 г.

Looking for a winter tour to Baikal lake?

Looking for a winter tour to Baikal lake? According to our past experience and positive feedback from our guests we are happy to announce you a new tour to Baikal in winter 2017 " Crystal Baikal ice".
During this tour you will explore wintry Baikal lake while snowmobiling in the forest and over the ice of Baikal, have a hover (aeroglisseur) ride to the biggest island on the lake - Olkhon, admire ice-grottoes an laces oce on the rocks, visit open-air museum of wooden architecture, try ice-fishing an relax in steam sauna - Banya, as well as get familiar with local traditions, meet a shaman and taste local cousine. See you at Baikal!!!

среда, 15 июня 2016 г.

Fresh breath of nature

Listvyanka is getting more and more attractive to tourists. But not everyone knows that just a few kilometers behind it there is taiga forest with a narrow trail which will lead you to Baikal through its valleys, beaches, up and down-hills. It is marvellous there. It is a sip of fresh air, cold and humid, escented with smells of wild flowers blossoming and the smell of wet fir-needles after the rain. It is a sip of freedom which fills your heart while watching the endless waters sparkle under sunshine. It is a sip of magic watching the fog rise up along the rocks from the water. You simply dissolve in the silence around, but sometimes awaken by the boats floating in Baikal waters. I love this place and i thank God for giving us a chance to run away from the city and deep into the woods for just a few hours to be close to nature.