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Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake and one of the oldest geographical features, formed millions of years ago. It is believed to contain almost a fifth of our planet’s unfrozen fresh water. Located in the remote Siberian highlands, its ancient legacy lends it an air of mystery. The spectacular landscape of the deep blue lake framed by the rugged Siberian ranges is a paradise for photographers and nature lovers alike. Outdoor sports lovers have much to do all year round with wildlife tours, biking and hiking along the many trails in the summers. You could go ice skating and dog sledding in the bitter winter months. The main city connected to the lake is Irkutsk. It lays on the banks of Angara River, which feeds into Lake Baikal and is about a 50 minute drive from the lake. It is the perfect base to exploring the region, having easy access to the lake as well as shops and restaurants in town.

Highlights

  • Olkhon Island
  • Irkutsk
  • Ivolginsky Datsan
  • Great Baikal Trail

Places to Stay

Enchanting Travels Russian Tours Amurskiy Hotel
Hotel Amurskiy

Style: Boutique

Hotel Amurskiy enjoys a convenient location at the edge of the Old Town in Irkutsk in eastern Siberia, just 70 km from Lake Baikal. Each room of this exclusive hotel features arched-shaped windows, tall ceilings, oak floors and is elegantly decorated with eco-friendly materials.

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Enchanting Travels Russian Tours Anastasia Hotel
Hotel Anastasia

Style: Lodge

Hotel Anastasia is located in Nicola village on the shores of Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake. This nautical themed hotel offers stunning views of Lake Baikal and the surrounding mountainous area.

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Enchanting Travels Russian Tours Sayen International Hotel
Sayen International Hotel

Style: International

Sayen (which means beautiful blossoming garden) is a modern hotel designed by the renowned Japanese architect Shigeo Nakamura. It is situated in the heart of Irkutsk’s downtown area. Stay in spacious rooms with stylish decor, fitted with most modern amenities.

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