From12:00 -Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships in Listvyanka Settlement
Tourist settlement Listvyanka is located on the southwest shore of Lake Baikal, 65 km away from Irkutsk, at the source of the Angara River. The city and the settlement are connected by picturesque asphalt road. Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships
A passage to Circum-Baikal Railway (CBR)
Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique historical and cultural complex including monuments of history, technology, engineering, nature and absolutely unique landscapes. Constructive works and civilian objects left by past cultural epoch most directly touch with geocomplexes. Circum-Baikal Railway surpassed all the built rail tracks in the world in the number of various kinds of work per 1 km of track and the difficulty of their implementing. It is indeed considered to be the most beautiful railway in the world. 39 tunnels, 500 gutters, culverts, bridges and viaducts including 6 gutters, 15 stone culverts, 411 small metal bridges and so forth were built on the railway. The motor ship stops for a night in the convenient bay of Circum-Baikal Railway. Guided walk through abandoned tunnels and galleries.
Dinner on the board of the ship.
Walking guided tour through abandoned tunnels and galleries of the beginning of the 20th century after dinner. The route starts from Ulanovo station (Khvoinaya – 98 km of CBR) and takes place along the lake shore (about 1.5 km) among a most beautiful nature. Khvoinaya station (Ulanovo). Khvoinaya is the only station that was abandoned after the line had become a deadlock. There are still a few facilities. They are a stone building with a water-lifting pipe and the foundations of lost buildings. Four station buildings of "Nicholas Train Empire" style were re-constructed.
Supper on board the motor ship
Overnight stay on board the motor ship in one of the convenient bays of Circum-Baikal Railway. The captain can take a decision to bring the motor ship up on the night in Bolshie Koty Settlement located 40 km away from Circum-Baikal Railway due to poor weather conditions.
Bolshie Koty is a settlement located on the western shore of Lke Baikal, 20 km to the north of Listvyanka settlement. Its name originates from the words "kotky" or "koty". It was a name of wooden shoes that was made for convicts in this place. At first Bolshie Koty was a settlement of gold diggers. Gold mining began there in 1842. Exploration has been conducted in the valleys of the rivers Bolshie Koty, Malye Koty and the river Sennoy. More than 160 kilograms of gold have been mined near Bolshie Koty for half a century. The settlement has become one of the most convenient and popular tourist des-tinations in recent years due to its proximity to Irkutsk and Listvyanka on the one hand and due to its sufficient isolation allowing to preserve the picturesque local nature on the other hand. There is a Mu-seum of Baikal and the Aquarium of the Institute of Biology in Bolshie Koty. One can also buy unusual Baikal souvenirs in local souvenir shops and have interesting walking tours.