is the most popular place on
Baikal lake. Perhaps, every traveler visits it, because it's the easiest way to
reach Baikal. Listvyanka is located 68 km south-east from Irkutsk, and it takes
about 1 hour to get there by car.
Sent-Nicolas Church As legend says in the beginning of XIX century Russian merchant Ksenofont was wrecked on his ship & just prayer to Sent Nicolas (seafarer protector) saved him life. As a keepsake of this wonderful safe Ksenofont vowed to built a church in honor of Sent Nicolas & began building in 1846. Now Sent-Nicolas church is situated in 500 meters from Baikal in Listvyanka Village & contains icons of XVIII century.
At the end of the 1920s, a Limnological station was founded here, later it became the Limnological Institute of the Siberian
Branch of the Academy of Sciences Its museum is already 10 years in existence and is visited annually by over 50,000 persons The exhibits acquaint visitors with the history of studying and researching Lake Baikal, its fauna and its flora.
Shaman Rock. The Beginning of Angara River is the most wide in the world (863 meters in width, maximal depth - 4 - 6 meters, minimal - 0,5 - 0,7 meters). It is only one river, beginning in Baikal. In the middle of Angara's beginning you can see Shaman Rock. According to legends Baikal tossed this large stone after his daughter Angara, who ran away to his lover Enisey (another Siberian River). Antique people believed in wonderful force of the stone, it was the place of rituals. In the front of Shaman Rock the observing platform is situated, here tourists can buy souvenirs, rent boats, have a rest.
By another legend, the stone marks the sacred center of the Earth Probably it is right that such a center is located in such a unique area as Lake Baikal.
In ancient times the local residents believed that the Shaman Stone had miraculous powers According to ancient beliefs, it was the home of the lord of the Angara Oma Sagan Noyona Important shaman-ist ceremonies took place on the stone, where oaths and prayers were made.
People also brought criminals there and left him for the night, surrounded by the storming, chilling stream If by morning the water had not taken him away and he did not die form fear and cold, he was forgiven.
Boat transfer from Listvianka settlement to Tolstiy cape.
Here you walk along old circum Baikal railroad, built in 18th century. Sightseeing unique railway tunnels. The railroad runs through the shore of Lake Baikal, so your foot trip along railroad consists of 12 km-s. Here you will be offered picnic in the forest .After picnic we invite you to finish our journey boating the" Babushkin ferryboat" and going off shore at Listvianka settlement.
Listvianka settlement - Bolshie Koty bay - Listvianka settlement.
A boat trip from Listvianka settlement to Bolshie Koty bay.
In Bolshie Koty settlement you are offered to visit the museum of Baikal, then a foot trip up to an old gold mine. Due to your wish we may organize going up to Skreper cliff. Returning to Listvianka Settlement.