TOUR INTO THE BAIKAL DISTANCE ON KHIVUS HOVERCRAFT
Day 1. (29.07) «Circum-Baikal Railway»
From12:00 -Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships in Listvyanka
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 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
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
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 Olkhon’s 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 (it’s 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) »
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
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
The distance of the voyage is 70kilometers, travel time is 5 hours.
The price includes:
- 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
- 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%
Steam-ship class comfort
Dates of the tour: from
29th July to 01th August
|A single cabin
(dollars per person)
|A double cabin
(dollars per person)
|Accommodation in a family
The time of embarkation and disembarkation can be changed, additionally
specify when booking a cruise.
You are welcome to Siberia: Irkutsk and Baikal Lake!