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Why travel to Lake Baikal

Imagine gazing through metre-thick ice sheet so clear you can behold the profound darkness of the world’s deepest and most ancient lake beneath. Or, envision yourself as a witness to one of the world’s oldest surviving shamanic rituals. Our Lake Baikal Tours make this possible in and around the pearl of Siberia. Located on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and known as the “Gateway to Lake Baikal”, Irkutsk itself is a jumping-off point for Siberia’s main attraction - Lake Baikal, 70km to the east.

Why you should visit Lake Baikal, Russia?

  • Ancient and mysterious, Lake Baikal holds deep spiritual and historical significance for the four indigenous cultures that inhabit its shores. Travel to Olkhon Island, the “capital” of shamanistic culture, to discover what makes this island such a sacred place for the native Buryat people 
  • Cross the crystal-clear frozen Lake Baikal during winter and capture award-winning photos of its enchanted ice caves, glittering grottoes, and mysterious lands such as Cape Shaman, Cape Sagan Khushun and Cape Khoboy
  • Experience the natural allure of Lake Baikal's picturesque views and landscapes on a relaxing cruise, from stunning mountainous landscapes and virgin taiga forests to quaint Siberian villages dotted around the lake's shores
  • Get acquainted with Baikal's diverse flora and fauna on a kayaking tour around the lake and visit its many breathtaking coves, pristine golden beaches and get up close and personal with the beloved Baikal seals 
  • Visit the many fascinating destinations around Lake Baikal, such as the Valley of Volcanoes, the open-air Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography, spiritual Ogoy Island and sunny Ulan-Ude
  • Discover the unique charm of Irkutsk, an atmospheric Old Town known as Baikal's unofficial capital. Visit its many attractions, such as the Irkutsk Museum, 17th-century churches and its collection of attractive wooden houses 
  • Try your hand at a variety of unique snow-filled activities and experiences on offer with our Lake Baikal winter tours, such as riding a hovercraft past the picturesque Peschanaya Bay, dog sledding through spectacular taiga forests and ice rafting across the lake in Listvyanka 

Lake Baikal Tours take you back to Nature

Literally meaning “Nature Lake,” Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an astounding 25 million years old, plummeting 1,642m down at its deepest point. Baikal’s depths hold over one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen surface freshwater. It’s so large, ancient Chinese travellers called it “The North Sea.” The Baikal region is an easily accessible and fabulously scenic place to get acquainted with a world of uniquely Siberian thrills.

Go dog sledding in spectacular taiga forests, play a round of ice golf or tackle the challenging sport of snow-kiting. Come to Lake Baikal to slake your thirst for adventure, relaxation, and stunning scenery - its depths will astound you.

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Lake Baikal Ice Photo Tour Russia Siberia

Lake Baikal Photography Tour

Group tour
Irkutsk * Listvyanka * Olkhon island

Stay for 4 days on the famous Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal. Walk on the glass-clear ice and catch the perfect shots of this amazing frozen beauty! We will spend plenty of time on the ice, crossing the lake in vehicles and stopping at various spots such as ice grottos, huge ice blocks and beautiful ice mounds.

8days From(AUD) $4,259 View Tour
Lake Baikal Ice Winter tour Siberia

Lake Baikal: Ice, Sun, Snow & Fun

Private tour | Set your own dates
Irkutsk * Listvyanka *Peschanaya Bay

Tour Russia's Lake Baikal in just four days, on a guided small group tour that offers the perfect combination of adventure, culture and relaxation. You will depart in mid-winter, when the sight of the world's deepest lake, transformed into an endless expanse of mirror-clear ice is nothing short of breathtaking.

4days From(AUD) $1,775 View Tour
Lake Baikal Ice Winter tour Russia Siberia

Lake Baikal - Frozen beauty of Olkhon Island

Private tour | Set your own dates
Olkhon Island * Ogoi island * Irkutsk

Step foot on Siberia’s most famous attraction, Lake Baikal – see its clear-as-a-mirror waters which reflect Siberia’s wildness, vastness and natural beauty. Explore the ice grottoes, caves and ice bubbles of the iconic Olkhon island and Maloye More on hovercraft and jeeps.

5days From(AUD) $3,792 View Tour
Lake Baikal ice adventure, Lake Baikal Russia tour

Lake Baikal Ice Adventure

Private tour
Ikutsk * Listvyanka * Olkhon Island * Ogoy Island

Feel as though you have stepped into a fantasy novel as you experience a magical adventure, one that you will never forget. You'll explore the frozen beauty of Olkhon Island by crossing the lake by ice roads, and experience real Siberian fun - snowmobiling and ice skating.

7days From(AUD) $3,345 View Tour
Discover Baikal's Secret Gems
Lake Baikal Cruise

Lake Baikal Cruise - 6 Days Exploring Islands of the Sacred Sea

Leisure cruise | M/S Imperia
Listvyanka > Ogoi island > Ushkany Islands > Zmeinaya Bay > Olkhon Island (overland) > Peschanaya Bay > Listvyanka

Journey to the centre of the world’s deepest lake on this breathtaking 6-day cruise of Lake Baikal. Go beyond the reach of the day-trippers to the wildest corners of its majestic islands, hidden wildlife havens and sacred cultural sites.

6days From(AUD) $2,274 View Tour
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Lake Baikal Summer Tour Russia Siberia

Legend of Lake Baikal

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Irkutsk * Listvyanka * Tankhoi * Olkhon * Khoboy

Experience the main sites of Lake Baikal just in one week. Visit Irkutsk and Listvyanka village, explore the iconic Olkhon island, learn about a local Buryat people culture and enjoy a mini-cruise across the lake to enjoy the tranquillity of the greatest lake on Earth and its surroundings.

6days From(AUD) $2,432 View Tour
Private tour
Lake Baikal Tour Siberia Russia

Lake Baikal: Two Shores, Four Cultures

Private tour | Set your dates
Irkutsk * Olkhon * Ogoy * Maksimikha * Barguzin * Ulan-Ude

Get acquainted with the fascinating history and different cultures of people inhabiting the shores of Lake Baikal. In just 9 days you will explore two shores of Baikal: see the wooden Irkutsk and sunny Ulan-Ude, and open the curtain of the spiritual world of Asia where you will learn the principles of Buddhism, the basics of Shamanism, the culture of the Buryats and immerse yourself in the Old Believers way of life.

9days From(AUD) $4,844 View Tour

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