Tour Programs for Lake Baikal Area

Monkey Business offers a variety of activities in Siberia, staying in traditional Siberian Villages of Listvyanka or Bolshoe Goloustnoe on amazing Lake Baikal - the deepest lake - to the wooden City of Irkutsk. There are camping trips on Olkhon Island, winter ski trips, and trips around the shore of Lake Baikal on the Circum-Baikal.

Read some background on these areas on the Lake Baikal Introduction page.

  • Irkutsk
  • Listvyanka
  • Bolshoe Goloustnoe
  • Circum-Baikal Train
  • Olkhon Island


Irkutsk is the drop off point to visit Lake Baikal, but it is an interesting City to explore in it's own right, especially the older part of the City which has been restored and has some excellent Siberian wooden architecture. There is also a modern feel to the City with a cafe culture and shopping arcades which are comfortable to wander around, whatever the weather outside.

Most of our tours include one or two nights in Irkutsk, depending on arrival/departure train schedules. We offer the Angara Hotel on most of our trips or the Uzori Hotel for our basic tours.

Angara 3* Hotel
Angara Hotel, twin room

Angara Hotel Twin Room

The Angara Hotel is a large Soviet style hotel on the Kirov Square in the centre of Irkutsk (note the train station is the other side of the river).

We only book the renovated rooms in this hotel which are on the 5th/6th floors which all have private bathroom, TV, phone, safe and air-conditionning.

There is a bar on the 6th floor and there are two restaurants. A buffet breakfast is also served.


€ 75 - Renovated Twin / Double Room
€ 100 - Renovated Single Room

All prices per person, per night and includes breakfast.

Uzori Hostel

This small hotel is in the centre of Irkutsk, just 500m from Karl Marx street and the Decembrists Museum. It is also close to the mini-bus stop, making it very convenient for the trip down to Listvyanka and Lake Baikal.


€ 25 - Standard Room

All prices per person, per night and includes breakfast.

Irkutsk Hostel

This small hostel located in the centre of Irkutsk a short walk to the main street with a number of shops, cafes, river embankment & other historical & cultural places close by. This is our budget option on basic trips - don't expect too much from a Russian hostel.


€ 25 - Dorm Bed

All prices per person, per night and includes breakfast.



Random Photo

Views along the Trans-Siberian Railway