Circum-Baikal Railway


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 over the ice by Hivus hovercraft, then travel to the Baikal Dock, near the never-freezing source of the Angara River. Then the route goes along the Circum-Baikal Railway, past bridges and tunnels built during the Imperial Period. We will pass Tolsty Cape and then move to the Shumikha tourist camp where hot meal will be served. After that at the Polovinnaya railway station, we will visit the longest Circum-Baikal Railway tunnel. You will get an opportunity to explore the tunnel and make memento photos. After a short break, you will have a travel back with a spectacular landscape.

Period: February – April;

Tour time: 4-5 hours;

Total length of travel: 80 km.

4 person group:
8,000 rubles per person

8 person group:
5,000 rubles per person

Minimum group: 4 persons

The price includes:
- hovercraft rental;
- lunch.