Tunnels of Tsarist days


Circumbaikal Railway (CBRW) is a part of the Great Trans-Siberian railway. In 1891 Tsar Alexander III issued the edict to construct the Trans-Siberian Railway from Chelyabinsk to Vladivostok. In 1902 the construction of CBRW started. It was called as “Golden buckle on the steel belt of Russia”. The buckle as it connected parts of the Trans-Siberian Railway pulled apart by Baikal Lake, and golden as it exceeded all the engineering works existing in Russia.   Bonds were performed by Italian and Albanian builders who used elements of Cyclopean masonry, when the bricks were not worked, but roughly fitted together. There were built 39 tunnels in total. The longest tunnel is located at Polovinnaya Station with a length of 778 m (2552 ft). Nowadays CBRW represents a complex historical and architectural as well as engineering and landscape monument of federal significance located in the Pribaikalsky National Park. 


Departure on the high-speed boat from the mooring in Listvyanka settlement to the famous Shaman Stone.  After listening a short story we are destined for Port Baikal. Further the route runs along Circumbaikal Railway (CBRW), passing bridges and tunnels constructed in tsarist days. Here you will have a possibility to explore the tunnel and take several pictures. Further we will head for Polovinnaya Station where you are to have a hot meal. A short rest is followed by a return trip with a beautiful panoramic view.

Period: May - September;

Tour time: 4-5 hours;

Total length of travel: 85 km.


5,000 rubles per person

Minimum group: 5 persons

The price includes:
- high-speed boat renting;
- lunch.