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Just Starting

Joined: 05 May 2008
Posts: 1
Location: Scotland

PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 12:42 am    Post subject: Listvyanka Reply with quote

hello all - I am going to be in Listvyanka for 3 days in June before heading off to Ulan Bataar and would be grateful for any recommendations for things to see and do - I would like to know if it's worth heading into Irkutsk for a day, and, if so, how to do this..and I would like to know about taking a trip on the Baikal railway or taking a tour on the lake (are there day tours to the island)?
Finally - where are the best pubs ? ! Very Happy
Slainte !
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Joined: 17 Jan 2008
Posts: 14

PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just spent 2 weeks in Listvyanka, so I think I can give you some ideas of what to do!!! One of the first things I would do is go to the little information center across from the ugly orange hotel..they speak English there, and they are helpful. There is a museum you can visit with a room full of old specimens from the lake and a small aquarium with Nerpa seals swimming around. Across from that, a glass bottomed boat leaves off the little dock that is down there. From the museum, walking away from Listvyanka there is also a Nerpa aquarium..the animals look much happier there! Behind the museum up a huge hill is a ski lift, which boasts one of the best views of the lake. There are also several other boat tours which leave from the main dock next to the information center. You can also do rides on quads through the mountains, although it is expensive. There is also a sun observatory which you can go to.

"Teremok" a little cafe by the souvenir/fish market has delicious borscht, plov-rice with meat, and kabobs, I would recommend eating there...its cheap and good. They also have all the alcohol you could ever want, so that answers that question to!

Getting to and from Listvyanka is pretty have 2 options- a regular bus which leaves 3 times a day or marshrutka (minibus) which leaves approx hourly, which leaves from the "Avtovokzal" in Irkutsk and arrives in front of the information center.

If you have any more questions ask away! If you need a place to stay I can also recommend a couple of places...
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Just Starting

Joined: 03 Mar 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:13 am    Post subject: Shopping & gifts - homestay in Listvyanka Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I will do a trip to Russia in May (as part of a longer trip with the Transsib). We have booked a homestay in a Russian family located in Listvyanka at Lake Baikal via a travel agency.

We are now wondering what the place Listvianka is like? Are there any shops to buy food, souvenirs etc.? Is there maybe even a bike rental? Are there local tour operators that arrange day tours, like walking tours or something similar? We've tried to find an official website for the village but haven't found anything...

Plus: What kind of gifts should we bring with us from Germany for the guest family?

Thank you for your answers in advance!
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Just Starting

Joined: 10 Nov 2011
Posts: 5

PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listvyanka is a small village on the southern shore of Lake Baikal, located near the head of Angara. In the past the main occupations of Listvyanka inhabitants were crafts, hunting and fishing. Later the village became a significant transportation hub.
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