Travel with a guide like a local by a hidden railroad. Stay one night in the village of the cultural underground. Baikal settlement is well known for the popularity among artists, musicians, and writers.
100 km along the West shore of Lake Baikal by train. The old Circum Baikal Railroad with tons of tunnels and stone bridges across beautiful river valleys. Stay one night in a tiny and quiet Baikal settlement at the end of the railroad tracks.
Use small ferry ship to get across Angara river the next morning and spend a day in Listvyanka, before the road back to Irkutsk.
Seasonal availability: From June 17 to September 15.
Availability: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday.
Type of travel: public transportation with a guide.
Types of transportation: suburban train, ferry ship, public minibus.
Total Distance: 350 km (220 miles).
Duration: 2 days.
DAY 1 Summary: Travel by train (3,5 hours) to Sludyanka 1 hour break Travel by train (4,5 hours) to Baikal Stay one night in Baikal AM 8:45 Check in at the Trainstation AM 9:00 Train from Irkutsk to Sludyanka PM 12:30 Arrive to Sludyanka town Lunch in cafe PM 1:30 Train from Sludyanka to Baikal Along Lake Baikal Shore PM 5:00 Arrive to Baikal settlement Check in to Guesthouse PM 7:00 Homestyle dinner DAY 2 Summary: Take ferry across Angara river to Listvyanka Spend a day in Listvyanka Road back to Irkutsk AM 9:00 Breakfast AM 10:45 Ferry to Listvyanka AM 11:30 Lake Baikal Museum (optional) Taxi to Listvyanka center Explore Listvyanka PM 1:00 Lunch in Listvyanka restaurant or cafe Optional activities: Hike in the woods Outdoor picnic Visit local artist house Horseback ride Street market Small ship or motor boat ride PM 5:00 Public minibus to Irkutsk PM 6:00 Arrive to Irkutsk
Map of the trip
Pick up from any location in Irkutsk
Transfer to the Irkutsk train station
Train from Irkutsk to Sludyanka (suburban electric train)
Train from Sludyanka to Baikal (suburban diesel train)
Dinner on Day 1
Breakfast on Day 2
1-night accommodation in Baikal (shared bathroom)
Ferry transfer to Listvyanka
Public minibus from Listvyanka to Irkutsk
Transfer to traveler’s location
Ticket to Lake Baikal Museum
Optional activities in Listvyanka (prices on request)
Lunch on Day 1
Lunch on Day 2
What to bring
Comfortable walking shoes
Extra clothes (sweater, wind and water protection)