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Circumbaikal Railway

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Address: Kultuk (Sluydyanka) and Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka 664025, Russia
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A must see in Irkutsk, esp in fall

The road is beautiful, train trip along the shoreline is great. My advice- best time to go is end of summer or early fall, nature here is beautiful this time

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 April 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

The road is beautiful, train trip along the shoreline is great. My advice- best time to go is end of summer or early fall, nature here is beautiful this time

1 Thank Irina_Leo
Tallinn, Estonia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

We were not lucky with the weather, but we still liked it. The route was interesting with nice views, the guide was very good, there was enough stops... The guide was talking only in Russian and there was really a lot of information the gave and she did it in a very interesting way. I understand Russian and it was... More 

4 Thank ullake
South West Scotland
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012

Of particular interest to rail enthuisiasts, this line is now a branch and is only a tourist railway with one return journey daily leaving Irkutsk around 0800 and taking all day with various stops along the way, including a 2 hour one for lunch which can be prebooked (not sure where as this was part of a package booked in... More 

9 Thank Englischer
Darlington, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

We enjoyed aspects of the circumbaikal, the scenery was stunning and the line itself is a marvel of engineering, what we found EXTREMELY unpleasent however was that most of the local were so drunk that they couldn't even stand a few of them even had to be carried onto the train, there were a couple of violent altercations in the... More 

5 Thank Shaun M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

the service was very good, it was also possible to go for a short part on the locomotive. this train stopps very often and you have the chance to explore around.

6 Thank sabine_trails
Arlington, Va.
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

We traveled on the Circumbaikal Railway, a twelve hour trip on the rails that took four years to build in 1900. I had read about the lake and the Circumbaikal Railway. I grew up at the tip of Lake Superior, a beautiful lake, and had always wanted to see Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest lake. That is one of... More 

8 Thank Wima
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

Each meter of Circumbaikal Railaway is a brathtaking view of Baikal impossible to forget. I travelled by the local train from Sludyanka in June 2009. One way trip takes about 4 hours 30 minutes so it makes sense to stay for at least 1 night in Port Baikal (final station) and to enjoy local nature and hospitality. Circumbaikal Railway was... More 

7 Thank natic
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

travelled along the road by boat - the best way to see its beauty. Take a private boat and you will get unique experience and photos

1 Thank Lildangel
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73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

We booked this railway tour with the local agent who arranged our lodgings and everything for our TranSiberian trip. The train moves slowly around the lake, bringing you various views of the lakes and the surroundings. There are stops to venture the villages and other scenic spots. Though the tour comes with a sandwich pack, we prefer the local meals... More 

8 Thank sweet_mermaid
North Wales
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

Travelling on the original Circumbaikal line was a spectacular experience. We were travelling on the "Zarengold" and found the journey, at very slow speed to be one of the 'journeys of a lifetime'. We readily took advantage of paying a few Euros to ride on the outside of the engine for part of the journey - something that will live... More 

6 Thank Sionnw

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