Vacation on Lake Baikal
Vacation on Lake Baikalin in Listvyanka means, above all, affordable accommodation and rooms for rent with all the amenities of home to provide you with a comfortable stay. To make your vacation into unforgettable memories we have prepared a list of suggestions and ideas of surrounding areas that make a vacation on Lake Baikal any time of the year to an interesting and innovation experience.
The vibrant life around Lake Baikal and Listvyanka and its surroundings, region doesn’t stop all year round.
What to do here except for hiking along the shores of Lake Baikal or wandering in the fabulous forests and breathtaking mountains with its wide vistas!?
Active vacation in Listvyanka
Listvyanka is a microcosm of islands of silence and a sparkling thriving community that go hand in hand. House on Lake Baikal is situated in a quiet part of the village.
The focus of tourist life you will find around the harbor. Restaurants that will serve you a wide variety of menus while you nourish your intellect overlooking the water, or just sit in one of the gazebos on the waterfront.
Buy a gift for a friend in one of the numerous souvenir shops, sign up for one of the tours. In walking distance there is a pine forest with a picnic area and an observatory.
In the opposite direction of the pine forest there are Krestovaya Pad, the retro museum under the open sky, the beautiful St. Nicholas Church and the river Krestovka where the miners washed out gold in days long passed.
Museums in and around Listvyanka
Want to learn everything there is to know about Lake Baikal? About on a fifteen minutes’ drive from our house near the source of the Angara river you will find the “Baikal limnological museum”. After an extensive visit of the exhibitions with all his charts, explanations and reports behold the giant aquarium with the inhabitants of the lake. Step into the simulation submarine that will bring you to the bottom of the lake (in the process listen to the guides explanation on what you are seeing all around you). When you exit the building, you will be treated on a very nice arboretum. 20 km from Listvyanka you will come across the Taltsy open-air Architectural-Ethnographic Museum. A real town as out of the ancient tales: Manor houses, towers, wooden chambers and yurts as a representation of how the Russian ancestors lived and work in historic past. The venue is used as a movie set as well that the big national holidays are celebrated in the historic setting. The museum organizes master classes and workshops of traditional craftsmanship for the older as well as younger visitors.
Traveling over Lake Baikal as a different form of vacation in Listvyanka
From the dock in Listvyanka’s harbor there are dozens of cruises offered by the loudly advertising venders trying to lure the passing visitors on their ships. Do not refuse! Walk up to the big ship at the end of the pier called the “Barguzin” (Баргузин). After buying a boarding ticket walk to the upper deck complete in a nostalgic retro style that reminds of the old days and for some of the older generation bring back childhood memories. Or if preferred board on the fast hovercraft “Raketa” (“Rocket”). Combine the trip with a visit to the village Bolshie Koty (Big Cats). The more independent tourist can rent a ship that provides the freedom of the destination. Popular are trips into the bay called “Peschanaya” (Sands). Due to its splendid sandy beaches and the warm temperature of the water swimming is recommended at any time. They nicknamed it the Siberian Riviera. An excursion by boat or a trip on the very to the railway station that offers a 14-hour train ride around Lake Baikal. Do not forget to bring warm clothing. Trips on the open water can chill you up to the bone.
Hiking in Baikal is the main component of vacation in Listvyanka
There are tourists who seek to get away from civilization and all day and night wander about a taiga and mountains. Hiking is an integral part of the ecological vacation in Listvyanka. One of the popular trekking routes passes from Listvyanka to the settlement Bolshie Koty. This route, by the way, is a part of the international project “The Great Baikal Trail”, on which Russian and foreign volunteers work. Their goal is to create the Russia’s first system of ecological trails.
Diving on the Baikal
Diving in tropical waters sooner or later can get boring. Thousands of divers have chosen Listvyanka with its diving centers as an alternative to dive on the Baikal. Despite what most people like to believe the fauna in Lake Baikal is all but monochromatic or dull. The ancient lake is filled with underwater caves and canyons, hardened volcanic deposits and formations as well as wrecks. It’s what attracts scuba divers from around the world to Listvyanka. Between Listvyanka and Bolshie Koty you will find the largest underwater submerged cave that ends up in a gigantic chamber. Divers love the steep underwater “wall” along the western shore of the Baikal: it is experienced as the amazing feeling as flying over the abyss. It is considered the most beautiful wall along the banks of the Circum-Baikal Railway line. The submerged canyons reach a depth up to 70 meters.
Circum Baikal Railway around the Lake
Perhaps one of the most exciting and romantic excursions you can make on the Baikal. If you talk about a relaxing way of recreation this is one for the bucket list. Part of the trans-Siberian railway, it was built before the revolution and is called “zolotaya pryazhka (Golden Buckle) of Russia”. Enormous sums were invested in its construction. But the gold in this case points to the extradentary beauty: a retro train gliding over the dotted railway clinging to its rocky cliffs and skirting along the shores of Lake Baikal.
Enjoy looking out of the window or watch the inside cabin movie about Lake Baikal. During the stops small hiking trips are hosted to have a closer look at the tunnels and galleries are considered architectural masterpieces.
!! Note of attention!! These round trips need reservation. Specially in season be sure to arrange tickets timely.
However, if you are not interested in a full round trip with the train you can visit the sites on own provision by crossing by ferry from the port in Listvyanka to Port Baikal.
Vacation on Lake Baikal in Listvyanka. Price List
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