Introduction to Winter Baikal

4 Days mid-November - March Dog-Sledding Nature Sights

Tours Lake Baikal Tours  Introduction to Winter Baikal

   A winter trip into Siberia to the deepest and purest lake in the world - Lake Baikal. You will spend four days on the southern shore of the lake in the village of Listvyanka which is the main touristic centre on the lake. Most people visiting the lake begin their adventure in Listvyanka and it is understandable why as it has the most developed tourist infrastructure and the settlement itself is located on the very shore of the lake. It is one of the oldest settlements in Siberia and considered the Gates to Baikal as it is located on the source of the River Angara and the beginning of the Circum-Baikal Railway - one of the most picturesque sections of railway in the world.

  When in the heart of Siberia, you shouldn’t miss the chance to go on a dog-sleigh pulled by real Siberian huskies and Listvyanka has the only husky-dog centre around Baikal. You won't just get the chance to go dog-sledding but also find out all about the dogs, who always love receiving guests, especially children. 


Irkutsk → Listvyanka → Irkutsk

 Total distance of the tour:  140km

 DAY1 • ARRIVAL IN IRKUTSK

 Arrival in Irkutsk. A guide with a sign saying will wait for you in the arrival section of Irkutsk Airport or the Railway Station, depending on your transportation.

 Breakfast at a cafe.

 City tour of Irkutsk - the highlights of the tour includes:

  • Irkutsk Decembrist Museum – one of the most famous museums in Russia dedicated to the events of 1825 when a group of officers launched a failed rebellion. Many of the organisers were subsequently exiled to Irkutsk. The museum is located in the historical building of the Volkonsky Estate – home of a leading Decembrist.
  • Lower Embankment – the Angara is the main river in the city and the only river to flow out of Lake Baikal. On the embankment there are lots of monuments reflecting the city’s rich history.
  • Irkutsk Market – the winter market in Irkutsk is completely different from the summer market. Only in winter can you buy real Siberian valenki boots, jam made out of Siberian pinecones, honey with pine-nuts, warm mittens and even Yakutian ‘unty’ boots which can sustain temperatures of -55.
  • 130th Quarter - a must-see area of Irkutsk. It is the historical sector of the city where you can still see many beautiful wooden houses. There is also a monument of the city's symbol here – a ‘babr’, an old-word for an amur tiger, which is depicted on the city's coat of arms.
  • Angara Icebreaker - another must-see sight of Irkutsk: the world's oldest surviving ice-breaker.
 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by a private car

 Transfer to Listvyanka.

 Distance: 70km

 Free time for relaxing and exploring the settlement.

 Night in Listvyanka.


 DAY2 • EXCURSION AROUND LISTVYANKA

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Excursion around Listvyanka. The main highlights of the excursion include:

  • Mount Chersky – one of the summits of the mountains around Lake Baikal, it is the best vantage point for views of Listvyanka and Lake Baikal. It is named after the famous Polish explorer of Baikal Jan Czerski (Ivan Chersky), who was exiled to Siberia for participating in Poland’s January Uprising.
  • Lake Baikal Museum – the interesting expositions here are dedicated to Lake Baikal, its unique features, inhabitants and history. It is divided into several exhibitions which detail the nature of Baikal, its various depths and surroundings, the geodesy of the region and the main creatures which live in the lake. You can also go on a virtual dive and see the very bottom of the lake.
  • Source of the Angara – the Angara is the only river to flow out from Lake Baikal and its source is the largest river source in the world. It is 863 metres wide and its maximum depth is 4.8 metres. It never freezes, even during the coldest of Siberian winters, as water is taken not from the surface of the lake but from below where the temperature is above 0. Therefore in winter there is steam from the river and the neighbouring forest is covered in hoarfrost.

 Duration: 3 hours |  Transportation: by a car

 Free time in Listvyanka.

 Night in Listvyanka.


 DAY3 • DOG-SLEIGHING

  Breakfast at your hotel.

 Transfer to the dog-sleighing centre.

 Tour of the dog-sleghing centre - huskies are one of the oldest breed of dogs and it is believed that dog-sleighing around Baikal can be traced back 5,000 years. Depictions of them with humans have been found on ancient rock engravings around Baikal. However the breed of Baikal huskies appeared only recently and they are only found in Listvyanka at the dog-sleighing centre.

  You will have instructions on dog-sleighing. The instructor will tell you the basics of dog-sleighing and teach you how to harness them and drive them. After the instructions you will have a go on the dog-sled.

 Distance: 10-12km

 Transfer to the hotel.

 Free time in Listvyanka.

 Night in Listvyanka.


 DAY4 • LEAVING SIBERIA

  Breakfast at the hotel.

 Transfer to Irkutsk airport. 

 Distance: 70km

 Flight to Moscow.

 

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 3* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 71268 107720 144988 181304

 COST OF THE TOUR WITH 4* HOTELS 

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 77538 120260 163798 206384


Included
  • Individual excursions according to the programme.
  • Entrance tickets to the museums
  • Transfers in a private car according to the programme.
  • Dog-Sledding for 10-12km
  • Accommodation in a hotel, central location, standard DBL rooms with breakfast.
  • 24h emergency support during the tour
  • Visa support documents
Not included
  • Tips for the guides and drivers.
  • Optional excursions.

  • The tour is available in     other languages upon request.
  • The tour is possible from mid-November to end of March.
  • The tour is not an extreme tour and does not require any special physical preparation.
  • Part of the tour takes place in the open air, therefore you should follow advise in terms of required clothing and provisions for winter tours on Baikal.
  • All excursions/guided tours included in the itinerary are private which means private guides and private transport along the programme - unless otherwise stated.
  • The tour is suitable for travellers with children. 
  • The prices given below are for guidance only. The actual final cost of the tour will depend on availability. Hotel prices and train tickets may increase or decrease in cost depending on how much in advance you book them. 

• CANCELLATION POLICY 

DATE OF CANCELLATION

CANCELLATION CHARGES

FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 10%
FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 30%
FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 50%
LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 100%

• LISTVYANKA •

  KRESTOVAYA PAD 3* or similar

  The Krestovaya Pad hotel complex is located just 50 metres from the shore of Lake Baikal. The hotel can hold 100 people in 72 rooms of various categories. Rooms are located in separate buildings. Located on the hotel's territory are two restaurants which serve European and Siberian cuisine. You can also rent sporting equipment and hire out a sauna. 

         

  MAYAK 4* or similar

  This is the most comfortable hotels in the southern part of Lake Baikal. It has 97 rooms located in two buildings. The hotel has standard rooms as well as apartments with their own kitchens. It is located just 100 metres from the shore of the lake. The hotel has several restaurants including a grill bar which overlooks the lake. Close to the hotel is the Nerpinary, a souvenir market and the cable-car. The hotel has a Finnish sauna and a covered swimming pool. 

         

• IRKUTSK •

  MARUSSIA 3* or similar

  A small, cosy hotel located in the very centre of the city in the main pedestrian zone – the 130th quarter. The hotel is located close to the main street in the city and you can find many cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops nearby. In the hotel there are 14 rooms of two categories. The rooms are designed in the Russian style, mainly out of wood. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there is also a café which serves Russian and European cuisine. 

         

  MARRIOTT 4* or similar

  The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the best hotels in the city, it is part of an international chain. It has an excellent location just a few metres from Ploschad Kirova and the embankment of the Angara. There are three categories of rooms – deluxe, grand deluxe and suite, some of which can be connected with the neighbouring room. The hotel offers the standard high-level quality and comfort expected of international brands of hotels. 

         

 • LISTVYANKA • 

  Circum-Baikal Railway on Snowmobiles 

   The Circum-Baikal Railway is often referred to as a ‘golden link’ of Russia as its construction cost the same amount which was spent on building all other railway lines in Russia at the time. It is a unique monument of engineering: 40 tunnels, 15 stone galleries, 470 bridges and six viaducts, running over 84 kilometres, directly on the shore of Lake Baikal. In terms of its scale, complexity and cost, this section of railway was unequalled in the whole of the Russian Empire. It was part of the Trans-Siberian Railways up until the 1950s when a hydro-electric dam was built which flooded the section of the railway from Irkutsk to Baikal and a new section of the Trans-Siberian was constructed. 

  Now only special tourist trains run on the Circum-Baikal Railway and only in the summer season from May to September. However in winter there is an alternative form of transport on offer: a unique ride along the Circum-Baikal Railway on snowmobiles, allowing you to get a closer look at the engineering masterpiece and the stunning views of frozen Baikal. During the tour you will have a hot lunch and unforgettable impressions. You will travel half of the railway to Cape Polovinny, Making stops on the way at the most beautiful points and the most interesting feats of engineering. The tour is also possible from February to beginning of April by a hovercraft.

        

TWO PERSON ON SNOWMOBILE

PRICE PER GROUP 2 PAX 4 PAX 6 PAX 8 PAX
RUR 17680 35360 53040 70720

ONE PERSON ON SNOWMOBILE

PRICE PER GROUP 2 PAX 4 PAX 6 PAX 8 PAX
RUR 35360 70720 106080 141440

 Duration: 5 hours | from March to beginning of April

  Snowmobile trip to Bolshoe Goloustnoe 

  Bolshoe Goloustnoe is a settlement on the western shore of Lake Baikal which was founded in the 17th century. Its history is connected with the river trade route between Russia and China. Vessels from Irkutsk travelled down the Angara and crossed Lake Baikal and left the lake via River Selenga on towards China. A special wharf was built for ships which led to the establishment of Bolshoe Goloustnoe.

  Now the settlement is one of the tourism centres on Baikal as many tourist bases and guest houses have been built here. In addition, tourists are drawn by the beautiful views of the valley of the River Goloustnaya. Close to Bolshoe Goloustnoe is the border of the Baikalsky National Park. On the excursion, breath-taking views of the frozen Baikal and the beautiful shoreline await you! You will make several stops on the way and have a picnic in Bolshoe Goloustnoe.

  

TWO PERSON ON SNOWMOBILE

PRICE PER GROUP 2 PAX 4 PAX 6 PAX 8 PAX
RUR 22440 44880 67320 89760

ONE PERSON ON SNOWMOBILE

PRICE PER GROUP 2 PAX 4 PAX 6 PAX 8 PAX
RUR 40800 81600 122400 163200

 Duration: 5 hours | from March to beginning of April

  Hovercraft ride to Peschanya Bay 

  Peschanaya Bay is a unique place on Baikal and cannot be reached by car as it is located in thick taiga. You can only get here by boat in summer and by snowmobile or hovercraft in winter. There is a clean sandy beach here (its name translates as Sandy Bay), and in summer the water reaches 22C and so it becomes a popular place for bathing. In winter though it is a completely different picture.

  The bay is located in the Baikalsky National Park so it is a rather wild place where you can see unspoiled nature. You can see here stilted trees affected by the water and the constant wind. Many of the roots have also been exposed as the wind blows away the sandy soil. During the tour you will travel almost 80 kilometres over the ice of frozen Baikal, taking in the views of stunning nature. At the bay you will have a picnic.

  

PRICE PER GROUP 1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 5-6 PAX 7-8 PAX
RUR 54400 58480 65280 73440


 Duration: 5 hours | from February to April