Historical Baikal Railway
The Circum-Baikal Railway is historic line and part of the main Trans-Siberian route until the middle of the 20th century. It was completed in 1905, when the Western and Eastern parts of the railroad were finally connected. The regular service on the Circum-Baikal Railway was stopped in the late 1950s, when Irkutsk’s hydro-electric power station was built on the river Angara in 1956, and the adjoining area was unexpectedly flooded. The main Trans-Siberian railway route was redirected but the line Slyudyanka - Port Baikal became a single dead-end line. Subsequently the second track was dismantled and the railway was converted into a museum and major tourist attraction, as it is today. The total length of the Circum-Baikal Railway is 84 km.
The train travels at a leisurely pace right along the shore of the lake, stopping at the most significant architectural sites and at popular viewpoints, where you can take some great photos. You’re bound to be impressed by the stunning views of Lake Baikal, its magnificent beauty and the surrounding hills. 39 tunnels, many stone galleries, bridges and viaducts will strike your imagination. The personal courage and the unique skills of the engineers and workers will amaze you; at the end of XIX century, the majority of the construction was carried out by hand and in severe weather conditions, both hot summers and extremely cold winters. The rocks and mountains made the engineers lay the greater part of the railway on artificial structures in tunnels, strengthening the sides of the lake shore, and directing the small rivers that flow into the lake through special stone viaducts.
- Price from 120 Euro per Person. Includes train-ticket, ferry transfer Port Baikal - Listvyanka, Bus transfer to Irkutsk.
- Additional services - English, German speaking guide (other languages on request), breakfast, lunch or dinner in train, transfers to train Station of Irkutsk.