of difficulty: easy (sightseeing)
cost: available on request.
The price includes: Accommodation
(3 nights in hotels B&B, 6 nights in trains), Train tickets
Novosibirsk – Irkutsk, Listvyanka – Slyudyanka, Slyudyanka
– Ulan Ude, Ulan Ude – Vladivostok; Transfers according to
the itinerary; All excursions, entrance fees and tours according
the itinerary, including city tours in Irkutsk and Listvyanka;
Lunches and dinners according to the itinerary (1 lunch on
the way to Listvyanka, 1 dinner in Ulan Ude).
Airplane tickets, Insurance, Visas, Tips
*Schedule of the sightseeing train down
the Round Baikal railway is subject to changes so some changes
may be required to Irkutsk section of the itinerary.
**Note that if you have more time than
just 14 days, you can continue your adventure. You can take
the advantage of the fact that Vladivostok, the final point
of your journey, provides easy access to many coastal destinations:
you can go to Kamchatka or Chukotka with Wild Russia, or we
can organize for you shorter tours to some of the numerous
Far East nature reserves so that you can spent a day or two
in famous Ussuriland taiga. Optionally you can just take a
rest in a wooden cottage and experience true Russian banya
— being one of the famous Russian extremes, it is a real fun,
especially in winter.
Also we can arrange extensions to the
route — for example, you can start from Helsinki, Saint-Petersburg,
in the western Siberia and finishing at its south-eastern
end — that is, at the Japan Sea coastline, this tour is
designed for those who are particularly interested in Siberian
section of the railway.
You will see highlights of all four cities, the Lake Baikal
and surrounding mountain ranges, travel by Round-Baikal
Railway; you will see the funniest monument of the communist
era — gigantic stone head of Lenin: placed in Ulan Ude,
capital of Buryatia, it certainly has some Mongolian features.
Folklore village: Russian and Buryat
Smoked Baikal omul
Traveling by Round Baikal Railway
Lenin’s head — the funniest monument
of the Soviet era
Ivolginsky datzan — center
of Buddhism in Russia