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About Baikal

During your journey to Baikal  you can’t help admire of beautiful, picturesque nature  and clear lake.       

If you are looking for a big impression for sure you should visit Baikal lake. 

 Our information will help you to know better Baikal lake and if you will choose one of our tours you will get unforgettable impression about Baikal lake.

- Lake Baikal is located in the south of Eastern Siberia, in the Buryat Autonomous Republic and the Region of Irkutsk, Russia. It's the most beautiful and

- It covers 31,500 sq. km and is 636 km. long, an average of 48 km wide, and 79.4 km at its widest point.

- Its water basin occupies about 557,000 sq. km. and contains about 23,000 cu. km. of water, that is, about one fifth of the world's reserves of fresh surface-water and over 80 per cent of the fresh water in the former Soviet Union.

- The average water level in the lake is never higher than 456 m.

- The Baikal is the deepest lake in the world.

- Its average depth is 730 m. and its maximum depth in the middle - 1,620 m.

 

 

How to get to Baikal

The two main points of access to Baikal are Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude cities. You can get to Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude by plane, train, or bus. As Irkutsk is located on the Trans-Siberian Railway you can get here on practically any train heading to Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Ulan-Ude, Ulan Bator or  Beijing. In Moscow trains leave from Yaroslavsky Railway Station. The quickest trains (Rossia, Beijing,Ulan-Bator) take about 3 days. The city is well linked with Moscow - there are about 8 flights a day from all three of Moscow's airports. Most of them leave in the evening or in the night and that is quite comfortable as you do not lose time and in the early morning you can start exploring the city or your adventure to Lake Baikal. The flight takes 5¾ hours.

 

Visa to Russia

To travel to Russia, most foreign nationals are required to have an Entry Visa to Russia. Russian visas can be obtained at local Russian Embassy or Consulate. From January 1, 2021, visitors from 53 countries to Russia will be able to travel to any Russian city using a one-time electronic visa (e-visa).

 

Accommodation in Baikal lake

Most of the travellers visit Baikal in order to explore its magnificent beauty in expeditions, with overnight stays in tents or boats. However, if this type of activity is not your preference, there are small hotels scattered across the shore of Lake Baikal. In Irkutsk the best hotel for business meetings and conference is Courtyard by Marriott.

 

10 must do things in Baikal

Depending on the season of the year, your visit will be filled with various and most interesting activities. Firstly is glass of champagne at Chersky Stone Observation platform to meet with Baikal lake from the best point.

The Second – Meet with a shaman on Olkhon island and tie the tape on Sere pillars to you wishes come true.

3rd – Have a rest at a ship on Baikal lake at sunset time.

4th – Try yourself in winter/ice fishing and have dinner on the Baikal ice from your catching

5th – to see Baikal from high during Helicopter Tour

6th – take Iceboat or Yachting master class

7th – visit to the famous Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture - real wooden village

8th – to have experience of sleeping in a tent on Baikal Ice under star sky

9th – Jeep tour through wild forest and rivers to take photos of wild animals in the natural habitat.

10th - visit Baikal Museum to meet with Ringed seal – the symbol of Baikal lake

 

Sample Itinerary

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 IRKUTSK: Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center Hotel 4*

 

DAY 1 — 28th February 2021, Sunday

 BAIKAL lake – description

 Arrival to Irkutsk Airport

 OPTIONAL: Greeting with Karavay at the Airport

 Afternoon in Ethnopark

 Blacksmith craft Master class

 19:00 Dinner at Ethnic park

 

DAY 2 — 1st March 2021, Monday

 9:00 Departure Irkutsk to Listvianka

 10:00 Taltsy Museum visit — Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture

 12:30 Lunch at Proshly Vek (Last Century) Restaurant in Listvianka

 15:00 Helicopter Tour to Olkhon island

 OLKHON Island

 Ice fishing

 19:00 Dinner in picnic style

 Night on Baikal ice

 

DAY 3 — 2nd March 2021, Tuesday

 Morning Jeep tour

 Iceboat master class

 13:00 Lunch at a local restaurant on the way to Irkutsk

 16:00 Arrival to Irkutsk/ Afternoon free time

 19:00 Farewell dinner at Sobranie Speshilova restaurant

 OPTIONAL: Performance of a cover band including presenter and DJ

 

DAY 4 — 3rd March 2021, Wednesday

 Airport Departure Transfer