Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Lake Baikal: Cruising the Blue Heart of Siberia, Russia (8 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Kadil'naya Valley , Russia To Akademicheskaya Bay, Russia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Kadil'naya Valley , Russia
None Dinner

Hop aboard the Imperia, your palatial floating home for eight days of exploring in Lake Baikal, the blue heart of Siberia. Set sail for the beautiful Kadilnaya Valley for a relaxing sauna and local cuisine. Visit the stunning caves and rock formations and take a picnic on the lake shore before sailing to Akademicheskaya Bay for its sand dunes and Russian baths. Enjoy dinner onboard the Imperia as you sail for Olkhon Island.

Day 2
Olkhon Island, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast onboard, disembark at Olkhon Island, the largest in Lake Baikal and an important center of ancient traditions. Visit the sacred rock and witness a shaman ceremony before exploring the flora and fauna. After lunch on board, explore the island in a Russian UAZ jeep and relax with a picnic of traditional fish soup cooked on an open fire. Enjoy leisure time aboard the Imperia for the evening.

Day 3
Zmeinaya, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early risers have the opportunity to visit a rookery of Baikal seals around the Small Ushkaniy Islands, a heavily protected nature reserve. During breakfast onboard, enjoy the scenery as you sail for Chiwirkuyskuy and Zmeinaya Bay, famous for its healing hot springs. Enjoy a swim or on-deck entertainment in the evening as you sail onwards.

Day 4
Sosnovka, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast onboard with the Barguzin Mountains overhead. Disembark at picturesque Sosnovka Bay, with a picnic lunch, ready for an excursion up the creek, between the peaks, glaciers and waterfalls. After an exhilarating day, enjoy dinner back on board and unwind in the ship sauna or your cozy cabin.

Day 5
Ayaya Bay, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Have a leisurely breakfast as the Imperia docks at Avaya Bay and disembark ready for another day trip. Take the hike inland to the sparkling Frolikha Lake, enjoy a picnic lunch on the shore and perhaps a refreshing dip. Pass the evening with a little entertainment on board as you sail onwards.

Day 6
Ayaya Bay, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast. Disembark and enjoy a guided tour around the naturally beautiful Davsha settlement for the morning. Hop back onboard the Imperia for lunch and pass a relaxing afternoon to yourself enjoying the views and facilities as you sail back towards Akademicheskaya Bay.

Day 7
Akademicheskaya Bay, Russia
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Known as the Siberian Riviera, the bay is one of the most scenic parts of Baikal, with its sculpted cliffs. Arriving after lunch, enjoy exploring this exquisite spot and take the hike from Peschanaya Bay to Observation Rock for a stunning panoramic view of the lake. Alternatively take the less strenuous Bell Tower walk for a view of Babushka Bay.

Day 8
Akademicheskaya Bay, Russia
None Breakfast

Enjoy your final breakfast aboard the Imperia as you sail for the Listvyanka settlement at Irkutsk. Here you will say goodbye to beautiful Lake Baikal and depart for the airport or your next exciting destination.

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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The world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake, Baikal is a destination packed with jaw-dropping scenery, ancient mysteries and natural wonders. Embark aboard the ship Imperia for an eight-day tour of Baikal’s treasures, in floating comfort and luxury. Explore the mainland bays and sacred islands on this memorable adventure. From the sand dunes and curved cliffs of Akademicheskaya Bay, the soaring peaks at Sosnovka and the view from Observation Rock to Russian baths and healing waters of the area’s natural hot springs, there’s recreation and relaxation for all. The same goes on board; boasting four-star facilities including swimming pool, sauna and on-deck entertainment, the Imperia is a floating hotel with all the amenities.


  •     Explore the lake’s most sacred island of Olkhon and experience an ancient shamanic ceremony

  •     Take the path from Avaya Bay to Frolikha Lake, and enjoy an exhilarating dip

  •     Climb to the top of Observation Rock and gaze at the endless blue of Lake Baikal from above

  •     Enjoy the comforts of a cruising hotel for eight nights of luxury

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
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  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

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Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

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