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Glimpses of Baikal

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Listvyanka is the most convenient destination for the first acquaintance with Baikal lake.  This village is located just 70 km from Irkutsk  and it makes  an hour drive from the airport or railway station to get to the nature beauty.  Three  days are not enough to explore Baikal and enjoy its magnetism but just enough to keep a few glimpses in mind to come back for a longer trip.

 Day 1

Meeting with a guide at the airport or the train station. The guide will be holding a sign Bridge to Moscow
Breakfast in Irkust followed with a sightseeing tour of Irkutst, de facto capital of Estern Siberia
On the city tour ( 3 hours) you will see Znamensky convent, the oldest one in this region where some Decembrists were buried including Russian Columbus G. Shelekhov,  stroll along the Angara embankment to see the Moscow gate.
On the way to Listvyanka village (1 hour) you can visit the Taltsy -the museum of wooden architecture where a unique collection of Siberian houses as old as of 18th century are put on display in the landscape. All these wooden buildings are a good illustration what was the life in Siberia back in times.
Upon arrival to Listvyanka you will head to the market to enjoy local specialty- omul- whitefish species of the salmon family endemic to Lake Baikal.
Tour duration:6 hours

Day 2
Meeting with a guide at the hotel to see some of the highlights of Listvyanka village
The tour includes:
The observation platform over the delta of the Angara which is the only river flowing from  Baikal Lake.  From there you will see  the Shaman-rock, the sacred place for shamans' rituals was flooded with the construction of Irkutsk Hydro-electric station.
Visit Limnological museum to learn more about flora and fauna of Lake Baikal as well as gaze at charming fresh-water seals known as "nerpa".
Another site for breathtaking views over Baikal  and surrounding mountains is Chersky Rock (728m) named after geographer and explorer of Sibiria. You can get there by a chairlift.
Visit St. Nicolas Church- the patron saint of  all travellers.
Tour duration: 3 hours

Day 3
Free day for some optional tours and activities

Transfer to the airport/train station

*The itinerary  can be customized upon request

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