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Sea Kayaking along Lake Baikal shore

The canoe trip from Listyanka to Bolshoe Goloustnoe is one of the most comprehensive, naturalistic and beautiful adventures available to tourists in the relatively short time in Baikal region. The flat surface of the biggest lake looks so vast and unreal that one can hardly imagine it.

From July 1 till August 20

Ages up to 50-55

Strenuous difficulty.

Tour starts in village Bolshoe Goloustnoe, pass Bolshie Koty to end up in Listvyanka settlement. Allthough the 3 villages are not too far from each other, their history and character differ a lot. Listvyanka, the popular tourist destination with developed infrastructure, the quiet and small Koty village, spread out fisherman Goloustnoe settlement. The canoe trip from Listyanka to Bolshoe Goloustnoe is one of the most comprehensive, naturalistic and beautiful adventures available to tourists in the relatively short time in Baikal region. The flat surface of the biggest lake looks so vast and unreal that one can hardly imagine it.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 5 days

Itinerary Hide all details

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: Welcome to Irkutsk

Arrival in Irkutsk, the fabulous capital of Eastern Siberia, where you will be met by your private driver for the transfer to your hotel Mariott. After the time to relax, your knowledgeable and experienced guide will invite you for a glorious overview tour. Irkutsk, known as the "Paris of Siberia", is an unique old city, the ancient crossroads of trade routes. During this 3-hour walking city tour of Irkutsk (in case of bad/cold wheather it is possible to change to private car tour) the guide will show you 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. You will visit one of the most famous museums.
1 night in Courtyard Marriott hotel, Irkutsk

Day 2: Bolshoe Goloustnoe - Kadilny

Morning transfer by private car to the amazing tiny village of  Bolshoe Goloustnoe, located 2 hours from Irkutsk on the shore of the world's oldest and deepest lake, Baikal. This is the place to come for the authentic Siberian experience in a stunning setting. Almost all the buildings in the village are built in the fabulous classic wooden style.  Trekking tour starts from Bolshoe Goloustnoe village and continue along the shore to Cape Kadilny, 18 km. This trip is really scenic. Kadilny Cape is situated between the village of Bolshiye Koty and the settlement of Bolshoye Goloustnoye on the western shore. Before they used to overfire (“thurify”) limestone which are nearby cliffs made of. To thurify means “Kadit” in Russian that is why the cape was called so.The cape itself is quite plain and formed with burden of the Bolshoya Kadilnaya river drift. Near the tourist centre there are caves which are worth visiting. Vast fields of Alpine edelweisses represent one more marvelous attraction of these places. There is a tourist centre with banya and souvenir shop on the cape.
1 night in tents
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Caves and Bolshie Koty

The cape itself is quite plain and formed with burden of the Bolshaya Kadilnaya river drift. Near the tourist centre there are caves which are worth visiting (wherein aboriginal people of the Iron Age once lived). Vast fields of Alpine edelweisses represent one more marvelous attraction of these places. Also gold used to be extracted from there about 40 years ago. Trekking to Bolshie Koty village 15 kmBolshie 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 4: Bolshie Koty

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. Afternoon transfer to Irkutsk by shuttle minibus.  (Or in the evening, if needed).
1 night in Courtyard Marriott hotel, Irkutsk
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Free time in Irkutsk

This day is at your leisure. Following free time, 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 Courtyard Marriott in Irkutsk and at Baikal Chalet in Listvyanka (standard rooms)
Not included in the price
  • Lunches and dinners in Irkutsk and Listvyanka are not included
Additional expenses
  • French speaking guide
  • Single supplement

Additional info
  • Tour price includes accomodation: 1 pax - single room; for 2 and more pax - twin room(s).

Hotels

Courtyard Marriott, Irkutsk
This tall hotel in Irkutsk is just a 3-minute walk from Kirov Square and the Angara River. It offers a free gym and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas. Rooms with large windows and dark wood furniture are offered at the Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk C... 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
Bolshoe Goloustnoe is amazing and unique village, built in the classic wooden style on the southwestern shore of famous Lake Baikal, and is inside the beautiful Pribaikalsky National Park. It is not too far from other villages, but its history and character differs a lot. Bolshoe Goloustnoe is the fabulous place to come for the authentic Siberian experience in a stunning setting. You will admire amazing wooden old buidigs, learn about Buryat cult... Read more
One of the most amazing parts of the world, Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake on the planet. It is beautiful any time of the year, but in summer time especially. Summer travellers enjoy stunning views of the wild nature, untouched Taiga and endless waters of "sacred sea" (as the locals call it). Apart from being the oldest lake in the world at over 25 million years old, Lake Baikal is also home to over two thousand varieties of amazing f... 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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