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Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft

Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraftDuration: up to 9 hour
Group: up to 8
Season: Late January – April
Language: English
Tour type: Adventure, Nature and Wildlife, Winter tour
Tour price: from 7 500 rub per person




Russian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Albanian engineers were constructing the longest and the most eye-filling Russian railroad from 1896 until 1900. Nowadays, the Circum-Baikal Railway comprises 4 stations, 1 passing place, 38 tunnels, and 16 stone galleries. Along with the architecture monuments of the Railway guests will see amazingly transparent ice of the Baikal.

“Khivous” is an amphibious air-cushion vehicle designed for all-season operation to the places where there is no way to travel by land. It is capable to reach the Circum-Baikal Railway during the period when its trains are not operating (October – May). Gliding over ice by hovercraft is safest way to travel by the winter Baikal. Unlike cars, the air-cushion vehicle, does not risk getting into a fissure and escapes all winter ice-traps. On the smooth ice “Khivous” moves 60-80 km/h. Its cabin is warm and comfortable.

The Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft begins in Listvyanka village.

We offer two options of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft:

1. Group tour. Tour is held jointly with other tourists.
9.15 – Group gathering at the square in front of the Drama Theatre (14, Karl Marx str.).
9.30 – Transfer to Listvyanka village by bus.
10.30 – Arrival in Listvyanka.
11.00 – Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft. There will be two stops along the way: at Tolstiy Cape (40 min) and at Polovinniy Cape (60 min). Lunch at Polovinniy Cape.
17.00 – Arrival in Listvyanka. Transfer to Irkutsk.
18.00 – Arrival in Irkutsk (at the square in front of the Drama Theatre).

2. Individual tour. You rent the hovercraft for your group only.
The short version lasts roughly 1 hour. You will see a part of the Circum-Baikal Railway (until Cape Polovinniy). The 1-hour tour doesn’t imply disembarkation. On the 5-hours tour, tourists will be able to disembark and walk around the most attractive spots of the Railway. You can also book a full-day tour by “Khivous” and see the whole Circum-Baikal Railway with disembarkation on the most important sites (from 45000 rub).
Booking the individual tour, you can choose the date and the time of the tour.

Indicate in the booking form “Comments” what kind of the “Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft” you choose.


Price of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft (Group): 7 500 rub per person.

The price includes:
– Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft
– Transfer to/from Listvyanka
– Lunch
– Guide service (Russian language)

The price does not include: English – speaking guide (from 6000 rub per day).


Price of the Circum-Baikal Railway tour by hovercraft (individual): from 8 500 rub per hour. Pricing is based on one vehicle, which can accommodate up to 8 people.

The price includes:
– Rent of a hovercraft
– Guide service (Russian language)

The price does not include:
– Transfer IrkutskListvyanka (from 3000)
– English – speaking guide (from 6000 rub per day).
– Lunch (from 500 rub per person)



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