Tour Irkutsk and Baikal Lake

Guaranteed Departures: 5-day trip

Visit Irkutsk and explore Lake Baikal in 5 days. It is possible to include overnight stays in Moscow on arrival or departure including excursions

Irkutsk is the historical "de facto" capital of eastern Siberia, popularly known as "the Paris of Siberia", it is by far the most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and the far east. Even if the comparison with the French capital seems far fetched, in a Siberian context, the city of Irkutsk defends itself quite well with its noble palaces of the late nineteenth century - a period in which the city began to thrive - and its lively atmosphere particularly along the riverfront in the summertime.

 

With Lake Baikal only 70 km away, the city is the best base from which to visit this natural wonder. Owing to the beautiful 19th century architecture, churches, museums, classy restaurants and numerous hotels, Irkutsk is experiencing a tourist boom in recent years. The 130 Kvartal is an entire neighborhood characterized by typical Siberian wooden buildings that host popular new restaurants, bars, breweries and cafes.

 

Also fascinating is the walk along the Angara river where you can admire the statue of Alexander III - the only tsar to have set foot in Irkutsk - dedicated to the workers who worked on the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway.

 

Baikal is the deepest and oldest lake in the world - with a depth of 1,642 m. and an estimated age to be between 25 - 30 million years old. Baikal is the largest lake in the world by volume, holding an estimated 20% of all the freshwater on Earth. In 1996 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and every year more and more tourists visit it. It is located on the border between the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatiya.

 

The lake is surrounded by mountains and contains 27 islands. Of the 27 islands in Lake Baikal, the largest is known as Olkhon.The plants that grow there are rare and highly endemic. Baikal is a sacred place for those who live there. It is often called "the sacred sea", "the Blue Eye of Siberia", or "the Diamond of the Planet".

 

Almost 300 rivers and streams flow into Baikal, but only one river, the Angara, flows out. This river, which originates near Listvjanka, is the largest tributary to another Siberian river: the Yenisei, which is considered to be one of the largest rivers in the world!


2020

 

period

double

single

itinerary

16.07–20.07

805 USD

+155 USD

5 days Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

06.08–10.08

805 USD

+155 USD

5 days Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

13.08–17.08

805 USD

+155 USD

5 days Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

 

The price includes:

→  Accommodation in standard double room at a Irkutsk 3 * hotel or similar

→  Treatment: 4 breakfasts in the hotel + 2 lunches

→  Transfer to/from Irkutsk airport - hotel

→  Walking tour of Irkutsk with English-speaking guide

→  Circum-Baikal by boat, 'Taltsy' Museum, Limnological Museum of Lake Baikal

→  Assistance in English 24/7

 

Optional and extra supplements to be requested before departure:

→  English speaking assistant for transfers: 90 USD per service and one way

 

Commissionable rates for travel agencies and tour operators.

 

For quotes and information: info@incoming-russia.eu


Travel program

Day 1   Moscow - Irkutsk

Arrival at Moscow airport and handling of customs formalities. Night flight to Irkutsk (not included in the fee).

 

Day 2   Irkutsk

Arrival to Irkutsk in the morning and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in reserved rooms and enjoy breakfast. In the afternoon, visit the city by foot. Irkutsk is famous for its trade with Mongolia and China and was called the "Paris of Siberia" for its colorful life. You will visit the old town (on foot) with its vast neighborhoods which still consist purely of emblematic wooden houses. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight stay.

 

Day 3   Circum-Baikal (by motorboat)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the excursion by motorboat along the section of the "Circum-Baikal", once an integral part of the Trans-Siberian railway, today only a destination for tourists. Lunch included. Return to Irkutsk. Dinner included and overnight stay.

 

Day 4   Lake Baikal

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Listvyanka, the most famous coastal tourist center of Lake Baikal. Going on, visit the Limnological Museum and the "Taltsy" open-air museum of wooden architecture. Lunch in a restaurant. Return to Irkutsk. Free dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5   Irkutsk - Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. Reserved transfer to the airport. Flight to Moscow (not included in the fee) and continuation to Italy or stay in Moscow (to be quoted separately upon request).


Important Information

General conditions

Please read carefully the general conditions relating to the booking procedure, payments and cancellations as described under the heading "Tour with guaranteed departures": click here to read

 

Essential information

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Visa

→  2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa.  You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.

 →  2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online. 

Caution: The Russian Parliament has yet to approve the law that would put into effect the Electronic Visa program of 2021. While it is likely to pass, the hearing on the law is expected soon, therefore please contact us at info@incoming-russia.eu to clarify the current status.

 

Minimum number of participants:

Tours with guaranteed departures will be confirmed upon reaching a minimum of 2 participants.

 

On-site assistance in English

Incoming Russia provides all customers with a 24/7 assistance number to contact in case of problems and need to use medical insurance: +7 916 9337089.