This easy and intense route suits perfectly for the first acquaintance with Siberia. Travellers will enjoy the beauty of real Siberian taiga and admire amazing views of Lake Baikal – from both the water and the shore. You'll experience unforgettable romantic feelings from fantastic Baikal's sunsets and learn many interesting facts about the nature and history of this famous lake.
Arrival to Irkutsk by a morning flight, meeting a tour guide at the airport.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Irkutsk 3-hour sightseeing tour. The history of this wonderful city will open for you via events, monuments and faces: brave earliest explorers, merchants, Decembrists, the contrast between wooden architecture of the past centuries and modern buildings.
Lunch at the national restaurant in the historic quarter of the city, a district with traditional Siberian wooden buildings. There are many restaurants of Russian cuisine, souvenir shops, as well as a modern shopping complex and a planetarium.
Departure to Baikal, visiting Taltsy Museum on the way – the largest architectural and ethnographic open-air museum in the region, where we will learn about the material and cultural values of Pribaikalye nations.
Arrival in Listvyanka. Dinner in the hotel restaurant
Transfer to the water pier. Boarding the motor ship to the Circum-Baikal Railway, which is a reserved section of the existing line of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. You will see monuments of architecture, engineering and technical art, created almost a century ago.
Stop at the picnic area Silver Key. Walking tour (2.5 km) to the nearest tunnel and back.
Lunch-picnic with delicious specialities of Siberian cuisine.
After lunch transfer by motor ship to the Central pier in Listvyanka village.
Optionally: visit the acting Russian orthodox Svyato-Nikolskaya Church; the Baikal Museum; see Nerpa show (a show of trained seals); climb by cable car to the observation platform Chersky Stone with spectacular view to Angara River and South Baikal; or sunbathe on the pebble beach in the village all day.
Lunch in any restaurant of your choice.
Dinner - barbecue on hotel site.
Overnight at the hotel.
Riding on forest roads through Siberian taiga by off-road vehicles (Jeeps Ford Expedition, Toyota land Cruiser 80, Nissan Safari, Toyota Helix Surf). You can learn more about fauna of Lake Baikal and take great panoramic pictures.
Arrival in the aviary type farm. You'll have a rare opportunity to observe animals in their natural habitat (without cells).
Picnic by the water. You'll taste delicious taiga dishes, tea and homemade cakes. All meals and tea are cooked over an open fire. As an option, you can take part in the cooking process.
Return to Listvyanka in the afternoon, at about 17:00. Dinner. Overnight.
Today you'll learn more about Great Baikal Trail (GBT) – a non-profit environmental organization, which created one of the most beautiful routes, running along almost the whole shore of lake Baikal. In a perfect picturesque village, one can relax from the hustle and bustle of big cities and commune with the nature of Lake Baikal.
The distance from Listvyanka is 18 km. We'll pass the most difficult areas of the route by motor ship. The starting point will be determined on agreement with all participants of route. Usually it is 9 km. The luggage is delivered directly to the hotel. Trekking under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Picnic with cooking on the fire. Arrival at the wooden cottage hotel in Bolshie Koty.
The ancient village Bolshie Koty is located on the shore of the famous lake. Gold dust was mined here, a glass factory was located on the shore of the lake and a biological station has been operating for more than a century.
We will take a walk to the old wooden gold-mining dredge. On our way we there are the first 3-4 forest lakes in the valley of 33 lakes.
We'll be back to hotel by lunch. Rest.
Boarding a regular high-speed hydrofoil motor ship at 17:00. Departure to Irkutsk.