I think this three days sightseeing tour to Baikal lake is perfect for guests who are short in time. It includes visit to ethnographical museum of wooden architecture " Taltsy", ski lift to observation point of Cherskiy rock in Listvyanka, cruise on the lake to Circum-Baikal railway (old part of Transsiberian railway), Baikal museum with aquarium of Baikal seal - Nerpa and sightseeing Irkutsk (with visiting Decembrists' museum on your demand). Here is a program inself in case it might be useful for someone. If you want this tour - please, don't hesitate to contact me for more information
Day 1. Arrival to Irkutsk in the morning. Transfer to Listvyanka. Taltsy museum. Lunch with tasting the local cuisine. Ski lift to observation platform of Cherskiy rock.
Day 2. Sightseeing Listvyanka. Baikal museum. Cruise to Circum-Baikal railway.
Day 3. Transfer to Irkutsk. Sightseeing Irkutsk. The Decembrist’s museum.
Day 4. Departure
Day 1. (20.08.16). Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka, Taltsy museum. Cherskiy rock. Accommodation in hotel
Welcome to Siberia! Arrival at Irkutsk airport in the morning. Transfer to the hotel, time for rest after the flight. At 10 (or 12am) Transfer to Listvyanka. On the 47th km of Baikal highway you will visit the open air Taltsy museum of wooden architecture which is located at the picturesque shore of Angara river. It will give you an idea of life of Siberians from 16-20th century. Lunch with tasting the dishes of local cuisine. In Listvyanka you will visit the Cherskiy rock which will give you an amazing view to Port Baikal on the opposite shore and Angara river outflow. The ski lift will bring you to the top of the hill with and you may walk (or ride the ski lift) back to the car. Accommodation in Listvyanka, hotel 4*, twin/double rooms. Dinner. (-, L, -).
Day 2. (21.08.16) Baikal museum. Cruise to Circum-Baikal railway.
In the morning you will visit Baikal museum where you can get familiar with Baikal nature, geological structure, fauna and flora. Aquarium with alive Baikal seal - Nerpa, imitational diving to the bottom of Baikal, fish exponents will give you an idea of how unique the lake is. Lunch. After lunch you will have a cruise over the clear and transparent waters of Baikal lake. You will visit the Circum-Baikal railway – the old part of Transsib railway and walk to one of its tunnels.. It is an architectural-landscape reserve, where numerous engineer constructions are located at the 80-km shoreline of Baikal. Before revolution this part of Transsiberian railway was called “The golden buckle of Russian steel belt” due to enormous costs spent on its construction. To get there is the same as to make a time journey 100 years back, everything is preserved the same way it used to be. Please, don’t forget warm clothes for the cruise part.
After return to Listvyanka you may visit the fish and souvenir market where locals smoke and sell famous Baikal fish - “Omul” and grayling.
Return to the hotel. Dinner. (B, L, D).
Day 3 (22.08.16) Transfer to Irkutsk. Sightseeing. Decembrists museum.
Morning transfer back to Irkutsk. Today you will feel the atmosphere of Irkutsk - the capital of Eastern Siberia. It is a small Russian city with more than 355 years old history, located on the bank of Angara river, 70 km away from Baikal Lake. Irkutsk used to be wooden in the past. Even nowadays it is one of not many Siberian cities which preserved its wooden outlook. The city has mysterious charm: quiet shady streets with different carved decorations get on nowadays with many-storied modern buildings. Famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov compared Irkutsk to Paris. He said: “As England created London and France - Paris, the same Siberia created Irkutsk”. You’ll visit the historical heart of Irkutsk - the place where it was founded in 1661 and where the fortress was built at the shore of Angara river. You’ll see the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk - the church of the Saviour, visit the war memorial with an eternal flame which burns in the memory of Siberians fought in the World War II, walk along the streets to the embankment of Angara river. After lunch you will visit the Decembrist museum which will give you a little glimpse into the past with fascinating story. Accommodation in hotel. (B, L, D).
Day 4. (23.08.16). Departure
Transfer to the train station. Departure. (B, -, -)
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Tour cost includes:
-English –speaking guide service during the program
-meeting from/to the train station (airport)
-transfer Irkutsk-Listvyanka-Irkutsk by private car (Renault traffic)
- ski lift to Cherskiy rock in Listvyanka
- cruise to Circum-Baikal railway by ship (8 or 10 places), duration 3 hours
- National park entrance fees
- all meals mentioned in the program (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- accommodation in hotels (Mayak 4* hotel in Listvyanka, Zvezda 4* hotel or Courtyard Marriott in Irkutsk), double/twin rooms.
- sightseeing Irkutsk
-Decembrists museum in Irkutsk
Tour cost doesn’t include:
-additional services not mentioned in the programme (ATV’s, horse-riding, diving, etc)
-transfers not mentioned in the programme (taxi rides)
-bank transfer fees
Extra service (not included):
-folklore show (extra cost of 8000 rub), ordered on demand
-Banya (sauna) in hotel in Listvyanka (extra cost of 3000 rub per hour)