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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. All this is possible in and around Lake Baikal, 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 travel to Lake Baikal: 

  • 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 

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.

Tours in Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal cruise, Lake Baikal boat tour

Highlights of Lake Baikal Cruise

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Listvyanka * Circum-Baikal Railway * Peschanya Bay * Maloye Morye

Take to the brilliant blue waters of Lake Baikal, the Pearl of Russia, and be immersed in the wildly beautiful landscapes that surround this extraordinary ‘inland sea’.

3days From(USD) $945 View Tour
Legend of Lake Baikal, Lake Baikal Summer Tour

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 and Ogoy islands, 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.

7days From(USD) $2,450 View Tour
Legend of Lake Baikal, Lake Baikal Tour

Lake Baikal: Two Shores, Four Cultures

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
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(USD) $3,685 View Tour
Lake Baikal Ice Adventure

Lake Baikal Ice Adventure

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Olkhon Island * Ogoy Island * Buguldeika * Peschanaya Bay * Listvyanka

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 - dog sledging, snowmobiling and a "banya".

6days From(USD) $2,690 View Tour
Lake Baikal Photography Tour

Lake Baikal Photography Expedition

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Irkutsk > Olkhon island > Irkutsk

Stay for 5 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(USD) $2,990 View Tour
Kayaking Lake Baikal tour, Lake Baikal kayaking tour

Kayaking Lake Baikal


Discover Baikal's many breathtaking coves and picturesque bays, and feel the energy of the world's deepest lake as you cross its crystal clear waters.

5Days From(USD) $1,490 View Tour

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