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TOUR INTO THE BAIKAL DISTANCE ON KHIVUS HOVERCRAFT
 

Cruise program:

Day 1. (29.07) Circum-Baikal Railway
From12:00 -Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships in Listvyanka Settlement
Tourist settlement Listvyanka is located on the southwest shore of Lake Baikal, 65 km away from Irkutsk, at the source of the Angara River. The city and the settlement are connected by picturesque asphalt road.Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships
A passage to Circum-Baikal Railway (CBR)
Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique historical and cultural complex including monuments of history, technology, engineering, nature and absolutely unique landscapes. Constructive works and civilian objects left by past cultural epoch most directly touch with geocomplexes.
Circum-Baikal Railway surpassed all the built rail tracks in the world in the number of various kinds of work per 1 km of track and the difficulty of their implementing. It is indeed considered to be the most beautiful railway in the world. 39 tunnels, 500 gutters, culverts, bridges and viaducts including 6 gutters, 15 stone culverts, 411 small metal bridges and so forth were built on the railway.
The motor ship stops for a night in the convenient bay of Circum-Baikal Railway.
Guided walk through abandoned tunnels and galleries.
Lunch on the board of the ship.
Walking guided tour through abandoned tunnels and galleries of the beginning of the 20th century after dinner. The route starts from Ulanovo station (Khvoinaya 98 km of CBR) and takes place along the lake shore (about 1.5 km) among a most beautiful nature.
Khvoinaya station (Ulanovo). Khvoinaya is the only station that was abandoned after the line had become a deadlock. There are still a few facilities. They are a stone building with a water-lifting pipe and the foundations of lost buildings. Four station buildings of "Nicholas Train Empire" style were re-constructed.
Dinner on board the motor ship
Overnight stay on board the motor ship in one of the convenient bays of Circum-Baikal Railway. The captain can take a decision to bring the motor ship up on the night in Bolshie Koty Settlement located 40 km away from Circum-Baikal Railway due to poor weather conditions.
Bolshie Kotyis a settlement located on the western shore of Lke Baikal, 20 km to the north of Listvyanka settlement. Its name originates from the words kotky or koty. It was a name of wooden shoes that was made for convicts in this place. At first Bolshie Koty was a settlement of gold diggers. Gold mining began there in 1842. Exploration has been conducted in the valleys of the rivers Bolshie Koty, Malye Koty and the river Sennoy. More than 160 kilograms of gold have been mined near Bolshie Koty for half a century. The settlement has become one of the most convenient and popular tourist des-tinations in recent years due to its proximity to Irkutsk and Listvyanka on the one hand and due to its sufficient isolation allowing to preserve the picturesque local nature on the other hand. There is a Mu-seum of Baikal and the Aquarium of the Institute of Biology in Bolshie Koty. One can also buy unusual Baikal souvenirs in local souvenir shops and have interesting walking tours.

Day 2. (30.07) Peschanaya Bay
Start of voyage from lodging place to Peschanaya Bay at about 6 a.m.. The bay is famous for its stilted trees, magnificent sea views from the cliffs surrounding the bay and a great sandy beach.
Breakfast and lunch on board the motor ship.
As an option you can have two-hour walking tour to Sennaya bay, a cordon of Baikal National Park, along the scenic mountain path passing over the lake shore along the spur of the Primorsky Range. On the way you would visit Babushka Bay that is one of the most beautiful on Lake Baikal.
Russian banya on the shore of Lake Baikal in the evening should be paid for separately to maintainer at destination. After good warming up in banya one can take a dip in cold water of Baikal.
Dinner on board the motor ship.
Overnight stop on board the ship.
The distance of the voyage is 100 kilometers, travel time is 6 hours.

Day 3. (31.07) Petroglyphs of the rock Sagan-Zaba
Start of voyage at about 6 a.m. from Sennaya bay along the western shore to the North to Olkhon Island, the largest island on Baikal and one of the sacred places of the Buryat people and shamanistic religion. Travel time is 8-10 hours.
Lake Baikal is a blue heart of Siberia and Olkhon Island is a heart of Baikal. The island is a geographi-cal, historical and sacral center of the lake and the center of ancient legends and historical tales.
Breakfast on board the motor ship.
Passage the strait Malye Olkhonskye Vorota (Small Olkhons Gate) that is the narrow strait between Olkhon Island and mainland.
Disembarkation of passengers at about 2 p.m. in Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement on Maloe More (the Small Sea). As an option one can disembark in Olkhon Island near ferry line (its necessary to notify about it in advance).
Dinner aboard the ship.
The distance of the voyage is 100kilometers, travel time is 8 hours.

Day 4. (01.08) Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea)
Breakfast
A small boat trip along the Little Sea.
About from 12 to 2 pm disembarkation of passengers in the village of MRS (Sahurta).
The end of the cruise Journey to Olkhon.
Around from 2 pm to 3 pm passengers boarding in the village of MRS (Sahurta).
The beginning of the cruise The Mini Golden Ring of Lake Baikal.
Accommodation in cabins of new participants of the cruise. Familiarity with the team, briefing on safety and the rules of conduct on board and on Lake Baikal.
Lunch on board the ship
Crossing the Little Sea from the southern tip of Olkhon Island to the northern one.
If time and weather conditions permit, visit the island of Ogoi
Dinner aboard the ship.
Overnight at the discretion of the captain in one and the gulfs of the Small Sea.
The distance of the voyage is 70kilometers, travel time is 5 hours.

The price includes:

  • excursions
  • accommodation aboard the ship
  • meals (FB)
  • fees for visits to national parks
  • the medical insurance
  • guide services
  • fishing kits
  • on-board sauna use
  • use of the sauna on motor board
     

Discounts:

  • children under 3 years old free of charge (without a seat)
  • children from 3 to 7 years old - 10%
  • children from 7 to 12 years old - 5%
     

Price:

Steam-ship class comfort
Double accommodation
Dates of the tour: from 29th July to 01th August
A single cabin
(dollars per person)
A double cabin
(dollars per person)
single occupancy double occupancy single occupancy
610 610 770
Accommodation in a family cabin
triple occupancy four-seater accommodation
490 450

The time of embarkation and disembarkation can be changed, additionally specify when booking a cruise.
 

 

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