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Adventure tour to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk

Hiking part of the tour from Listvyanka to Bolshie Koty is about 22 km. Both villages, Listvyanka and Bolshie Koty are located at the shore of Lake Baikal, 20 km from each other. Nevertheless they differ a lot: Listvyanka is one of the mostly visited places on the lake with cafes, hotels, tourist attractions; Bolshie Koty - quiet and peaceful place, it is ideal against stress, for getting in shape and rest from the city noise and traffic. This guided soft adventure tour offers a good combination of sightseeing in famous Listvyanka and trekking to a peaceful remote area of Bolshie Koty.

From June 1 till September 20

Ages up to 45-50. Moderate difficulty.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 5 days

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Day 0: Getting to Irkutsk

The fastest way is to get to Irkutsk by plane from Moscow. There are 6 direct flights per day, duration is 5h 40m.
Usually travellers to Russia visit Moscow for several days before a trip to Baikal. Moscow is the capital of Russia and transport hub for journeys to the rest of Russia. UVisitRussia recommends our partner Aeroflot Russian Airlines for your flight.

If you want to have a fun, memorable and completely unique Russian experience - we would recommend you to get to Irkutsk by train from Moscow. There are 3 to 6 direct trains per day, duration is 3 - 3.5 days. UVisitRussia recommends our partner Russian Train Schedule for your train travel.

If you need assistance in getting to Irkutsk, please contact us and our travel professionals will help you gladly.

Day 1: Starting with Listvyanka

Arrival in Irkutsk at about 09:00 am, transfer to the start point of the Great Baikal Trail -settlement Listvyanka Village, one of Siberia’s most glorious and famous places, situated on Lake Baikal shore at the outlet of the Angara River. Your visit to this charming Siberian village takes in the most significant sites and museums in this fascinating settlement, including an exploration of the classic wooden architecture with its intricately carved lace-like decorations that has given many of this region’s buildings such a distinctive and unique appearance. The natural beauty of this clean and peaceful village will charm you and leave the peace of mind and unity filling deep in your sole. Feel the local flavor staying overnight at chalet in Listvyanka Villagebuilt in the traditional Russian wooden architecture style. It is situated in Listvyanka settlement, 750-800 m up valley from the lake, surrounded by gardens and cabins of the local people. A spectacular view to the Lake Baikal's blue mirror opens from windows of the lodge. Lovely hills with silver birch, pines and larch trees start beyond our garden. It's a great place to admire the outstanding nature of the greatest lake, feeling real Russian countryside atmosphere. All rooms with the view to the lake Baikal. Breakfast is included and on your wish traditional  Siberian lunch and dinner (for an extra charge), with Baikal omul fish, are served. Spacious dining room and a balcony welcome you for a cup of tea or a sit outside with a great view to the lake. 
1 night in Baikal Chalet Listvyanka
Meals: -

Day 2: Hiking from Listvyanka to Bolshie Koty
Try a traditional Russian cuisine during breakfast. Hiking from Listvyanka Village to Bolshie Koty.  Both settlements, Listvyanka and Bolshie Koty are located at the shore of Lake Baikal, only 20 km away. Nevertheless two settlements differ a lot: Listvyanka is one of the most visited places on the lake, Bolshie Koty is much smaller, clean and peaceful village. There is no highway to Bolshie Koty, so one can reach the place only by feet or by boat. Quietness and the natural beauty of the area will charm you and leave the peace of mind and unity filling deep in your soul. Ideal place to relax and take a break from city life and traffic noise to simply enjoy the beauty and serenity of this region.  Usually the hike takes about 5-6 hours with a lunch break. Main part of your luggage is kept in Listvyanka; you need to carry a daypack with personal gear.  Bolshie Koty is a remote and isolated village (reachable only by feet or by boat, no road) where one can relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this region. Overnight in a cozy Siberian chalet,  built in the traditional Russian wooden architecture style, packed full of gorgeous features which make the property truly unique. Great view to the lake from all rooms, spacious dining room, superb cuisine are the most remarkable advantages of the Koty Chalet. Peaceful atmosphere, bright colors, forests full of mushrooms and wild berries, sunsets over the great lake will take your heart forever. All rooms with balconies and view to the lake.
1 night in Baikal Chalet Koty
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Sightseeing around Bolshie Koty
Breakfast. Sightseeing around Bolshie Koty - this part of the Great Baikal Trail offers a very scenic hike through Siberian forests and along the shores of Lake Baikal. Nowadays this tiny, picturesque village is home to less than 70 people, mostly retired, living from agriculture and fishing. Food, products and materials are brought by boats from Irkutsk or Listvyanka. Surrounded by woody hills and picturesque cliffs this solitude place has its own life rhythm measured not by hours and days but with the sunshine and seasons. Crime free and healthy microclimate, Bolshie Koty is ideal against stress, for getting in shape and having rest from the city noise and traffic. Quitness and the natural beauty of the area will charm you and leave the peace of mind and unity filling deep in your sole. Evening transfer from here to Irkutsk by hydrofoil Raketa. Transfer  to  the hotel Victoria 3***,  small but classy modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Irkutsk City. Comfortable and spacious rooms, European cuisine, helpful and freindly staff.  

1 night in Victoria hotel, Irkutsk
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Exploring Irkutsk

Free time in Irkutsk - the capital of the Eastern Siberia with its numerous museums and old architecture, known as the "Paris of Siberia", is an unique old city, the ancient crossroads of trade routes. You will be able to see the city's beautiful historical center, you will get acquainted with the history of Irkutsk and will see the city's main streets, amazing churches, traditional wooden buildings and incredible monuments. There are many great museums keeping historical and cultural heritage of the city.
1 night in Victoria hotel, Irkutsk
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Transfer
You will be transferred to Irkutsk train station/airport to begin your journey home.

MealsBreakfast

What's included

  • Transfers from/to Irkutsk railway station or airport
  • Transfers according to the itinerary

  • English/German speaking guide

  • Accomodation and breakfasts at hotel Victoria 3*** in Irkutsk and Accommodation and breakfast in Bolshie Koty and Listvyanka chalet (standard rooms)
Not included in the price
  • Lunches and dinners are not included There are a lot of places to eat in Lisvyanka
  • Porter service is not included
  • Additional expenses
    • French speaking guide
    • Single supplement
    • It is possible to rent a private boat for the first half of the journey and cover the heaviest part of the trail. If we rent a boat for 1 hour, the walking part is about 10 - 12 km
    Additional info
    • Tour price includes accomodation: 1 pax - single room; for 2 and more pax - twin room(s).

    Hotels

    Baikal Chalet Koty
    "BOLSHIE KOTY CHALET" is located in Bolshie Koty village 20 km north from Listvyanka. The lodge build in 2005 out of siberian pine logs combines the simplicity and traditions of Siberian wooden architecture and comfort of the modern house. There are ten twin rooms with the balcony, shower ... Show more
    Baikal Chalet Listvyanka
    "BAIKAL CHALET LISTVYANKA" is a cosy wooden chalet for inquisitive travellers at lake Baikal, built in the traditional Russian wooden architecture style. It is situated in Listvyanka settlement, 750-800 m up valley from the lake, surrounded by gardens and cabins of the local people. A spec... Show more
    Victoria, Irkutsk
    Hotel Victoria is a small but classy modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Irkutsk City. Comfortable and spacious rooms, European cuisine, helpful and freindly staff - here is everything so you can make yourself at home whether you are on holidays or on a business trip. We will make your... Show more

    * Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

    Visa

    Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

    Sights included in program

    Baikal : Irkutsk
    An unique old city, Irkutsk was known as «Paris of Siberia» in the middle of the 19th century. It plays a remarkable role in the Russian history and it's not accidentally called the city-museum. Irkutsk saves many ancient monuments, romantic look, church cupola's lighting upon the blue current of Angara River. This incredible city is called the midst of the Earth, since it's equidistant from the three world's oceans: the Arctic, the P... Read more
    Listvyanka is perhaps one of the oldest Russian settlements on the shore of the great Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. It is a charming village dotted with traditional Siberian wooden houses, with a main road that runs right along the shore of fantastic lake, making it the perfect base to explore this picturesque region. This old-style Siberian village is one of the most visited places in Siberia. Everything about it impresses our imag... Read more
    Baikal : Bolshie Koty
    Bolshie Koty is an ancient settlement on the shore of fabulous Lake Baikal. One of the most picturesque places on the lake, Bolshie Koty is a remote and isolated village (reachable only by feet or by boat, no road) where one can relax and take a break from city life and traffic noise to simply enjoy the beauty and serenity of this region. The warm hospitality, the beautiful location and the peace and quiet the village offeres is compelling reason... Read more
    1/7th of the World : Baikal
    Lake Baikal in Siberia is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site and was also voted as one of Russia's Seven Wonders. It's not hard to see why. Baikal is one of those rare spots on the earth where nature has still remained genuine and untouched. The magnificent landscapes – the lake is surrounded by high mountain chains - and the unique clarity of the crystal-clear water, which runs into a darkness teeming with fish. Siberians believe that ... Read more

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