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Plan your trip to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
How do I get there?You can get to Irkutsk by airplane or by train on the Trans-Siberian railway. There about 10 daily flights from many destinations: Moscow, Frankfurt (over Moscow), Japan, China and Mongolia.
By Trans-Siberian you can come from Moscow (4 days), Ekaterinburg (2,5 days), Vladivostok (3 days), Peking (2 days), Ulan-Bator (1 night). See further information below. The village of Listvyanka on the Baikal shore is an hour by car from the city of Irkutsk. From Listvyanka you can reach remote areas of the lake by hydrofoils or by private rental boats.
When is the best time to come?Most tourists come in summer, when the temperature rises to as high as 35-40 degrees Celsius. Spring is a very nice and green time, when the endemic Baikal flowers are blooming and the Taiga smells so fresh. And you may want to consider coming in the magnificent Siberian winter with its ice patterns, bright sun, and vast blue skies. All public and private buildings have very good central heating, as do the trains on Trans-Siberian. Go fishing, wear furs and enjoy Russian winter! WWW Irkutsk Web Forum Tour operators Trains & flights Russian visa Before leaving home Quality services Prepaid GSM Satellite phone Maps Hotels Climate by seasons Internet roaming
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