The Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique monument of architecture and engineering that runs along the coast of the Southern Baikal. This is the most expensive and most beautiful railway, built back in imperial times (1896 - 1905). Architects and engineers from Russia, Italy, Latvia, Poland and Albania worked on the project.In two years and three months, 39 tunnels, 16 stone galleries, 248 bridges and viaducts were built. The railway was laid along the very edge of the coast, through the slopes of the Primorsky ridge. Prior to the launch of the Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station in the 1950s, the Circum-Baikal Railway was part of the main Trans-Siberian Railway. Now most of the time it is used only for tourist trains.
Meeting in the morning at the Listvyanka Pier. Taking a speedboat for the Circum-Baikal Railway (travel time about 1 hour). Exciting speedboat trip along the coast to the source of the Angara, seeing the structures of the Baikal port and engineering structures of the Circum-Baikal Railway from the seaside.
Landing in one of the most interesting sections of the road with a maximum concentration of tunnels, galleries, retaining walls, bridges and viaducts. Start of a sightseeing hiking trip, the history of construction and the features of the Circum-Baikal Railway.
A stop in one of the picturesque places for a picnic lunch. The instructor will prepare a delicious forest lunch on fire.
Optional after lunch: relaxing on the beach or hiking. Toward evening, the boat picks up the group and goes back to the Listvyanka Village.