This short tour features the main attractions of Irkutsk – the capital of Eastern Siberia and Listvyanka – a tourist mecca on Baikal coast.
The tour includes an unforgettable ride on famous Circum-Baikal Railway, the area of the Trans–Siberian Railroad on the southern shore of Baikal from Port Baikal to Kultuk.
Irkutsk ● Baikal
Day 1: Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. [D]
Day 2: Irkutsk
Enjoy city tour and get to know about Irkutsk historical and architectural monuments. Visit the main churches, streets and squares of the city. Visit the Decembrists’ museum and learn about the history of the Decembrists in Irkutsk and their contribution to the cultural life of the city. Lunch in the city restaurant. [B, L]
Day 3: Listvyanka
Transfer to the ancient settlement on the shore of Baikal – Listvyanka—known for its proximity to the lake and the river head of the Angara. On the way stop for visiting the ethnographical museum Taltsy. This open-air exhibition features the unique monuments of wooden architecture from the 17th to 20th centuries. Upon arrival in Listvyanka village, enjoy lunch in one of the best local restaurants with traditional Siberian cuisine on the lakeshore. Visit the local wooden St.Nickolas church and Baikal museum, and learn about the flora and fauna of Baikal, which has over 3500 species. See real Baikal seals. Continue to the souvenir and fish markets, where you can buy different Baikal souvenirs. [B, L]
Day 4: Circum-Baikal Railway
Enjoy a one-day excursion to the Circum-Baikal Railway, a unique monument of engineering from the end of 19th century. Begin and end the journey sailing on a comfortable, covered vessel which brings you to the side of Port Baikal and back. Enjoy lunch in a first-class compartment reserved just for you. In the evening arrive at the railway station of Irkutsk and transfer to the hotel. [B, L]
Day 5: Irkutsk
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight. [B]
● Arrival and departure transfers ● 3 night accommodation in 4-star hotel Courtyard Marriott or similar in Irkutsk ● 1 night accommodation in 4-star hotel Mayak or similar in Listvianka ● 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner ● Transportation and English speaking guide as per program ● All ferry and jeep transfers mentioned above ● All applicable taxes ● Visa support letter