Go to travel from the eastern to the western shore of Lake Baikal by land. Start in Ulan-Ude and finish in Irkutsk.
First the road leads to the settlement of Ust-Barguzin, right on the shore of Lake Baikal. This destination is away from the mass tourism, it has preserved something special. Spend 2 days exploring the area, visit both parts of the national park: Barguzin bay and the valley.
The buddhist capital of Russia – Ulan-Ude city. Important city on the border of Siberia with Asia.
Explore Irkutsk and finally take a one day trip to Listvyanka.
Combination of private and public transportation.
Available all year round.
Day 1 Road to Ust-Barguzin
AM 10:00 Departure from Ulan-Ude
Private transfer to Ust-Barguzin (237 km / 147 mi). Pick-up form the travelers location.
Small wooden hotel in the center of the settlement. Near the river. Food is cooked and served on site. Traditional Russian home style.
Short sunset tour to the shore of Lake Baikal.
Day 2 The Bays
AM 10:00 Off road tour into the nature or Lake Baikal, Barguzin bay and Chivirkuy bay, numerous rivers and tiny lakes.
Visit many different locations near Holy Noze Peninsula.
Day 3 The Valley
AM 10:00 Go into the Barguzin valley. Typical excursion in the National Park is very impressive. See absolutely beautiful nature landscape views with mountains and rivers and flat lands. Visiting holy Buddhist places.
Making stops along the way to enjoy the view and take pictures.
Chance to swim in the hot springs.
Day 4 Back to Ulan-Ude
AM 10:00 Departure from Ust-Barguzin
Private transfer to Ulan-Ude (237 km / 147 mi).
Walking tour in the downtown before dinner.
Day 5 Train to Irkutsk
Pick-up form the place of stay and guided transfer to the train station. Local guide does not follow you on the train ride.
7-hour train to Irkutsk, during the day with the view on Lake Baikal along the way.
Arrival to Irkutsk, meet local guide at the train station and transfer to the place of stay.
Day 6 Irkutsk
Guided explore of Irkutsk by foot. It is fun and active. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Siberia. Famous for the numerous wooden building in the historical part. Relatively clean and has lots of colorful churches and traditional wooden architecture.
Recommended activities in Irkutsk:
Admission fees and consumables are not included in the price of this tour.
- Soviet Retro Museum
- Picnic on Angara river
- Traditional dinner and party in a historical house in downtown
- Music event
- Pub crawl
Day 7 Listvyanka
Visit Lake Baikal one more time from the west shore of Irkutsk Oblast’. Traditional daytrip to Listvyanka is always fun and there are many things to do, or just relax and enjoy the views.
- Private tour.
- 7-hour daytime train ride (second class) from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk.
- Airport/train station taxi service.
- Comfortable accommodation (hotel-type).
- All tours and door-to-door transportation with fuel and driver.
- Home-cooked meals during stay in Ust-Barguzin settlment.
- Full time, everyday English speaking guide.
- All necessary payments.
- National park fees.
- Visa registration.
- Meals and food during stay in Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude.
- Meals, drinks and food on the roads and on the train.
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