Often called the Siberian Paris, Irkutsk is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Siberia, Russia. The city boasts magnificent churches, whose histories date back centuries. If you are planning to have a wonderful vacation in Russia, make sure that the historic city of Irkutsk is on the list of the cities you visit, in Russia. To experience the best of Irkutsk, the best thing you can do is to take any of the following tours:
Have a city tour of Irkutsk by visiting the most popular destinations in the city by car. Some of the tourist attractions you will enjoy include Kirov Square, the area where the most beautiful churches are found, including the Savior Church, the Epiphany Cathedral, and the Catholic Church. You will also have some free time to take a relaxed stroll along the River Angara.
City tour by car
Price: From 1094 RUB (19 USD)
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Website: City tour by car
Duration: 4 hour
This tour will depart from Irkutsk to the new line of the Trans-Siberian and Lake Baikal. Admire the Circum-Baikal railway, which is the most attractive part of the Trans-Siberian Railway and has become a part of Baikal National Park. Walk through the old Trans-Siberian line until the station of Kultuk.
You will get to enjoy Lake Baikal before driving up to the mountain for lunch (not included in the tour price) and have the most breathtaking view of the lake from above.
Duration: 10 hours
On this tour, you will depart from Irkutsk and head to Olkhon, the largest island of Lake Baikal, one of the lakes in the country that will take your breath away. Located in the middle of the lake, Olkhon is called the Small Sea, for its unique water and special microclimate.
On this tour, you will be able to see the rock paintings and the mysterious caves of Olkhon. You will also visit the Shamanka Rock and the Three Brothers, which are the most beautiful places on the island.
Take a guided tour around the city of Irkutsk and gain some knowledge about the history of this beautiful city. Stroll the main streets of the city and observe the unique architecture of the local houses that are made of wood and stone. Your guide will also lead you to the Old Town and some churches, such as Kazan Church and the Raising of the Cross Church.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
The very first destination you will be visiting on this tour is Listvyanka, where you will walk with your experienced guide to drop by the village with the marketplace. You will then stop by the St. Nicolas Church and head to the peak of Chersky, where you will be presented with a magnificent view of Lake Baikal. Before learning about the flora and fauna of Lake Baikal at the Baikal Museum, you will have your lunch first, for free.
Big tour to Lake Baikal
Price: From 3168 RUB (55 USD)
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Website: Big tour to Lake Baikal
Duration: 8 hours
Situated approximately 60 km (37.3 miles) from Irkutsk, the Buryat village in Ust-Orda is the main destination of this tour. You will be invited to participate in the shaman ceremony and, after that, you can enjoy a folk performance. You will also have the chance to visit the Historical Museum, a place for you to gain a better understanding of the life of the Buryats in the Pribaikal region.
One day tour to Ust-Orda, Historical Museum
Price: From 4089 RUB (71 USD)
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Duration: 7 hours
Be ready to begin your trip to Ust-Orda from Irkutsk by boarding a private vehicle. Upon arrival in Ust-Orda, you will first visit the Museum of Local Lore, where you will learn about the history of Siberia from the Stone Age until the present day. Then, you will join a Buryat Shaman cleansing ritual, as well as drink Buryat tea and enjoy a Buryat traditional meal.
The Buryats are the largest indigenous group in Siberia. To participate in the ritual, you will wear a classic Buryat outfit. This tour will give you a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Duration: 7 hours
8. Tour to the Museum of Wooden Architecture Talci
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Situated on the way from Irkutsk to Listvyanka, the Museum of Wooden Architecture Talci is worth visiting. In this museum, you can observe how the ethnic groups living in ancient Siberia lived their lives. Learn about ancient Russian villages from the 78 wooden buildings displayed.
Tour to the Museum of Wooden Architecture Talci
Price: From 1670 RUB (29 USD)
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
For the most amazing vacation you can have in Irkutsk
Every vacation you have should be an amazing one. If you are coming to Irkutsk, the only way to make sure your vacation is going to be amazing is by taking some of the best tours in Irkutsk, offered above. The tours will take you to the best places in Irkutsk and also lead you to the most beautiful places possible, that can be visited from Irkutsk.
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