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Excursion to Listvyanka village

Most travelers start the acquaintance with Baikal in Listvyanka village. This is the most popular holiday place at Baikal, it is 70 km from Irkutsk, it is 1 hour’s car ride. Excursion to Listvyanka village usually takes about 4 hours or more.

47You`ll start excursion to Listvyanka in the morning in Irkutsk. You`ll make your first stop in Listvyanka village at the observation area opposite the famous Shaman Stone. The guide will tell you the legend about Baikal and his daughter Angara.The observation area is always crowded with people and local trades people. 

Then will go to Baikal Museum that will make you acquainted with the history of Lake Baikal studies, its flora and fauna. There are expositions of stuffed birds and animals, samples of bottom sediments and Baikal minerals found during scientific expeditions. During the excursion you will see a film “Planet’s Well” with unique underwater shooting at the maximal depth of Baikal – 1637 m. Various Baikal species live in the aquariums of the museum including seal, Artic cisco, Baikal oilfish. 

48After visit of Baikal Museum you will go to the Mountain Chersky by chair lift from where a wonderful view to the peaks of Khamar-Daban ridge, settlement Port Baikal, Shaman Rock, the source of the River Angara, Baikal Astrophysical Observatory, and the boundless Siberian taiga opens. 

After admiring the most beautiful sights of Listvyanka village we’ll go to a local restaurant to have a meal, to taste some dishes from baikal fish and have a rest. 

Our excursion to Listvianka village will be continued by a walk around Krestovka village where we’ll visit St. Nicolas Church. The guide will tell a nice legend about the construction of the church, we’ll see wooden houses of local people, enjoy the beautiful creek valley in the settlement.

Then you`ll visit a local fish and souvenir market and it will be the end of the excursion to Listvyanka. You’ll be able to purchase souvenirs, buy and taste famous fish of lake Baikal - omul of hot or cold smoking. 

After the excursion you will be able either to stay at one of Listvyanka’s hotels or return to Irkutsk.

 

Program of excursion to Listvyanka village (example): 

10.00 Departure from Irkutsk
11.00 On the road visit to the museum of wooden architecture `Taltsy`
13.00 Arrival at the village Listvianka, stop at the observation platform opposite Shaman Stone
13.30 Visit to the Baikal Museum 
14.30 Visit to the Mountain Chersky by cable car
15.30 Walking tour at the village Krestovka with visit to the Saint Nicolas church
16.30 Visit to the fish and souvenir market
17.00 Return to Irkutsk
18.00 Arrival in Irkutsk

If your excursion to Listvyanka does not include visit of Taltsy museum, so excursion will be ended at 17.00.

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