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Address: Kultuk (Sluydyanka) to Baikal Stations, Slyudyanka, Russia
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Wonderful journey, great scenery

Originally a double tracked railway and part of the main line, it is now a single track and used only for tourist trains. This meant plenty of stops along the way to photograph... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2013
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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403 reviews 403 reviews
186 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Originally a double tracked railway and part of the main line, it is now a single track and used only for tourist trains. This meant plenty of stops along the way to photograph the views and wander through disused tunnels. There is a long stop for lunch. Our tour had pre-booked a meal at a local Babushka's house but there... More 

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Irkutsk, Russia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Easy hiking waits for you if you choose to travel this part of railway. On the one hand you'll have beautiful and clean Baikal lake, on the other hand you'll have some rocky walls to climb or just admire. Many places to install a camp and spend few days here. It's windy and sunny here at summer, usually. And in... More 

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Irkutsk
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Need to bring your own food and drink. There isn't any entertainment in the cars, as the goal is to enjoy the view. There are stops for history lessons and a chance to explore. Unfortunately it rained when I went, but the fall colors were still beautiful.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

The road is beautiful, train trip along the shoreline is great. My advice- best time to go is end of summer or early fall, nature here is beautiful this time

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Tallinn, Estonia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We were not lucky with the weather, but we still liked it. The route was interesting with nice views, the guide was very good, there was enough stops... The guide was talking only in Russian and there was really a lot of information the gave and she did it in a very interesting way. I understand Russian and it was... More 

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South West Scotland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Of particular interest to rail enthuisiasts, this line is now a branch and is only a tourist railway with one return journey daily leaving Irkutsk around 0800 and taking all day with various stops along the way, including a 2 hour one for lunch which can be prebooked (not sure where as this was part of a package booked in... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We enjoyed aspects of the circumbaikal, the scenery was stunning and the line itself is a marvel of engineering, what we found EXTREMELY unpleasent however was that most of the local were so drunk that they couldn't even stand a few of them even had to be carried onto the train, there were a couple of violent altercations in the... More 

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Bergen
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

the service was very good, it was also possible to go for a short part on the locomotive. this train stopps very often and you have the chance to explore around.

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Arlington, Va.
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We traveled on the Circumbaikal Railway, a twelve hour trip on the rails that took four years to build in 1900. I had read about the lake and the Circumbaikal Railway. I grew up at the tip of Lake Superior, a beautiful lake, and had always wanted to see Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest lake. That is one of... More 

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Moscow
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Each meter of Circumbaikal Railaway is a brathtaking view of Baikal impossible to forget. I travelled by the local train from Sludyanka in June 2009. One way trip takes about 4 hours 30 minutes so it makes sense to stay for at least 1 night in Port Baikal (final station) and to enjoy local nature and hospitality. Circumbaikal Railway was... More 

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