This morning our train rolls into the Siberian city of Irkutsk. You will be met and transferred 60km south-east to the small town of Listvyanka which sits both on the banks of the Angara River and the shores of Lake Baikal. UNESCO heritage listed Lake Baikal is the oldest, largest and deepest lake on earth, reaching a depth of more than one kilometer and holding one-fifth of all the planet’s fresh water. Throughout antiquity, the indigenous people living on its shores have revered this majestic body of water. The Buryat-Mongols tell of Baikal's creation in stories and legends, of the spirits and gods who inhabit its waters and of the mighty conqueror Genghis Khan who roamed the region. More recently, Russian literature has celebrated the lake through poetry, fiction, and song. National Parks and nature reserves line the east and west shores of this sparsely populated region, encompassing a landscape of dense forests, snow capped mountains, grassy steppes, lush wetlands, harsh deserts, rocky islands and rugged cliffs. Upon arrival in Listvyanka you will check into the hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.