THE CIRCUMBAIKAL RAIL ROAD
with Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
4 Days/3 Night

Package Description:

In the morning you travel by train to the southern region of Lake Baikal. This journey takes about 2.5 hours to arrive at a station called, "Black Valley". From here you walk for an hour down a valley to the shores of Lake Baikal. At the lakeshore you have some time to explore the lake beach, or walk to the nearest tunnel and have lunch. From this point you then take either the old ORR (Circumbaikal Route) local train or the modern tourist train. The old local train has only two passenger carriages and one or two cargo wagons. The modern tourist train has more carriages 7/8 carriages in summertime and 2 carriges in wintertime. One of the carriages has a bar with some food. Both trains go very slowly, about 25-30 km/hour and make long stops. The route runs along the shore of Lake Baikal 5 to 20 metres from the Lake itself and passes through many tunnels. You can open the doors while the train is moving and take photos of Lake Baikal, tunnels, bridges and railway stations. In the evening, the train arrives at Port Baikal.

From here you can either be transferred back to Irkutsk, or stay at the lake shoe village of Lystvyanka

Departures:
Using the Old local train:
Awaiting news of schedules if any!

Using the Modern tourist train:
From mid-May to the end of September:
S
aturday: Irkutsk Sludyanka - Port Baikal; Sunday: Port Baikal Sludyanka Irkutsk.
An additional train is scheduled to run: The end of May to 30th September Wednesday: Irkutsk Sludyanka - Port Baikal; Thursday: Port Baikal Sludyanka Irkutsk

At this stage we have been advised that the usual reduced frequency winter schedule has been cancelled due to lack of numbers and local government funding.

Costs:

To add this package to one of our published train programmes you will have to ask us to check costs. There is uncertainty about timetables. Also there are so many stopover options for this region that is is quicker for us to simply work out the extra cost to include this railway excursion into whatever main programme you have. We can also then check the other train connections you have as it often happens when adding in this option you also need an extra night to make the departure train that yuo wnat from Irkutsk

NOTES:

  • Due to the Odd and Even date system for train departures along the main Trans Siberian rail route you might require an extra night in Irkutsk to make this programme work for your individual plan. We will advise you if this is required when you make a booking.

  • Dependant upon the above train schedule and season, you could be on either the old local train, or the modern tourist train.

  • Dependant upon the above train schedule the overnight is arranged at Listvyanka (if the train departs before lunchtime) or at Port Baikal (if the train departs after lunch). The transfer from Port Baikal to Listvyanka is made by local ferry.This price is as an 'ADD On' to our existing train journey packages.

  • If you want this option then we have to recalculate your total train package as we need to cut out the costs already incorporated into the train package and then add in these programme costs.

If one was looking for the shortest stopover time in this region and to include this special rail option the following may work DEPENDING on you dates of arrival into Irkutsk and ultimate departure date.

Basic Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrival Irkutsk. Transfer from airport/station to accommodation B+B. 3 hours guided walking tour of city centre including entry to one museum.

Day 2:

Early morning (8-9 am) local train on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Irkutsk to southern Lake Baikal (near the town of Sludyanka. Walk about 1 hour to the shores of the Lake. Meet the Circumbaikal train and travel to Port Baikal - 4 hours. Lunch on the lake shore. Overnight at homestay (Listvyanka/Port Baikal). Meals:  Packed lunch + Dinner at homestay/hotel.

Day 3:

Full day walking excursion in Listvyanka, visiting the Museum of Lake Baikal and wooden Russian church. Breakfast and lunch at homestay in Listvyanka. Transfer by public bus to Irkutsk then transfer to your accommodation. B+B.

Day 4:

Breakfast. Transfer to station/airport. Departure from Irkutsk.

Included: Accommodation. Breakfasts in Irkutsk. Full board at homestay. Guide. Transfers by private car, local trains and ferry. 3 hours walking city tour inc two museums.

View From Train

 

View of the Public Tourist Train at a Stop