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Irkutsk

Federal District: Siberian
Founded: 1661
Population: 623 424 (2016 Census)
Area: 277 km2
Federal City Day: 1st Saturday of June

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia and is located on the Angara River. It is the starting point for many who adventure to the Lake Baikal area because it is a main transit point on the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian train route. Lake Baikal is situated just an hour away from Irkutsk by train. Founded by Russians in 1652 as a major fort beyond the Ural Mountains, it was populated by exiled political prisoners sent by the tsars and communists. Due to the number of exiled intellectuals the city’s culture developed richly. Irkutsk is definitely a place where the old meets the new as 19th century wooden houses are next to multi-storey buildings. Today, the city is a university students’ town due to the large number of universities there.

There are direct flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg but most people arrive in Irkutsk by the Trans-Siberian railway, before they visit Lake Baikal – a definite must if you have travelled all this distance.

There are several beautiful churches and museums on the history of the area, but the more notable destinations are described below.

Places of Interest

Cathedral of the Holy Sign

Cathedral of the Holy Sign

Apart from ornate and rich iconostasis, the cathedral is famous for its graveyard containing the graves of the Decembrists Mukhanov, Beschasnov, Trubetskaya and the Russian Columbus Shelekhov.

Museum of the Decembrists

Museum of the Decembrists

The museum is housed in a mansion belonging to one of the leaders of Decembrist revolutionaries - these were Russian aristocracy who were banished to Siberia after their ill-fated attempt in December 1825 to overthrow the Russian Tsar in favor of a Constitutional regime. The museum is truly evocative of 19th century Russia.

Taltsy Ethnographic Museum

Taltsy Ethnographic Museum

This architectural and ethnographic museum opened its doors to the public in 1980. On the territory of 67 hectares there are over 40 architectural monuments (fortress wall, churches, barns, water mills, parish school, peasant houses) and over 8,000 exhibits that tell about life in the Siberian villages XVII-XIX centuries. The museum often hosts folk festivals, and is also often used by filmmakers because of its authentic look.

Tours in Irkutsk

Great Russia by train, 12 days/ 11 nights

12 days and 11 nights

This tour will take you along the full route of the Trans-Siberian railway to 3 of Russia's most interesting cities - Moscow with its Kremlin and Cathedrals, Irkutsk located in the heart of Siberia and home to the great Lake Baikal and Vladivostok - the King of the East with its harbor of the Golden Horm and Amursky Bay.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Irkutsk - Vladivostok
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2046 From/Per person

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The Great Journey - East to West, 15 days/ 14 nights

15 days and 14 nights

This trip lasts for 2 weeks and passes through 6 fascinating cities. Starting in Vladivostok with its harbor of the Golden Horn and passing through the Buddhist city of Ulan-Ude, then to Irkutsk - home to Lake Baikal and onto Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg - very dynamic Siberian cities, and finally ending in golden-domed Moscow.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Vladivostok - Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk - Novosibirsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2722 From/Per person

Details

Trans-Sib - four cities, 14 days/ 13 nights

14 days and 13 nights

On this great Eurasian journey from West to East you will cover the entire route of the Trans-Siberian Railway, visiting four major cities along the way: Russia's capital Moscow, Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Irkutsk with incredible Lake Baikal, and finally Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean, at the very edge of Russia.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk - Vladivostok
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2506 From/Per person

Details

Trans-Siberian 3 in 1 tour, 10 days/ 9 nights

10 days and 9 nights

This is our shortest version of our Trans Siberian railroad tours but it covers some of the most interesting cities. The trip begins in Moscow, the capital of Russia, then continues on to Yekaterinburg, located in the Ural Mountains and at the edge of Siberia. The tour ends on the shores of Lake Baikal.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$1777 From/Per person

Details

Lake Baikal, 3 days and 2 nights

3 days and 2 nights

This is our shortest tour of Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. You will start with Irkutsk city tour and then go to Listvyanka Village to explore the Lake. On the way to Baikal you will make a stop in Taltsy Ethnographical museum to learn about life of people who populated this area.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day
  • Route

    Irkutsk - Listvyanka - Irkutsk
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$425 From/Per person

Details

Lake Baikal, 6 days and 5 nights

6 days and 5 nights

We invite you on an exciting trip to Lake Baikal - the youngest ocean of the world. Leave all of your stress back in the city while exploring incredible Baikal nature and enjoying magnificent views.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any day from June 1st to September 30th
  • Route

    Irkutsk - Ust-Orda - Listvyanka - Olkhon - Irkutsk
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars - tourist lodge
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$1134 From/Per person

Details

5 stars - East to West, 15 days/ 14 nights

15 days and 14 nights

This tour covers the highlights of the Trans-Siberian railway - the 5 main cities along the route. You will admire cultural masterpieces in Beijing, learn about nomadic life in Mongolia, see amazing Lake Baikal in Irkutsk, learn about the fate of Last Tsar in Yekaterinburg, and see Russia's capital Moscow.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any Sunday
  • Route

    Beijing - Ulan Bator - Irkutsk - Yekaterinburg - Moscow
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2882 From/Per person

Details

Highlights on the Trans-Sib, 13 days/ 12 nights

13 days and 12 nights

This tour is a nice choice to see the highlights of Russia, Mongolia and China. From Gold-Domed Moscow you will continue on to Irkutsk and see Lake Baikal. Mongolia will greet you with its endless steppes and the Goby desert. Finally, you will reach China and visit the magnificent Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Forbidden city.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any Tuesday
  • Route

    Moscow - Irkutsk - Ulan Bator - Beijing
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2445 From/Per person

Details

Journey of a lifetime, 16 days/15 night

16 days and 15 nights

The tour is a great opportunity to visit three countries on one trip. You will be delighted with the capital of Russia, see the border of Europe and Asia in Yekaterinburg, admire beautiful nature in Krasnoyarsk, see the world's largest lake Baikal, steppes od Mongolia and China's cultural heritage.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any Saturday
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Krasnoyarsk - Irkutsk - Ulan Bator - Beijing
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2947 From/Per person

Details

Trans-Sib through Russia - Mongolia - China, 16 days/15 nights

16 days and 15 nights

This tour includes three countries. From Moscow you will proceed to Siberian cities of Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk with Lake Baikal. Then you will reach Mongolia with its endless steppes and the Goby, and finally China with the Great Wall and more.

  • Schedule

    Tour can be started on any Saturday
  • Route

    Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Novosibirsk - Irkutsk - Ulan Bator - Beijing
  • Languages

  • Accommodation

    The following hotel options are available:
    3 stars
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
$2806 From/Per person

Details

Group tour Great Trans-Siberian Journey from Moscow to the Pacific Ocean, 13 days 12 nights

13 days and 12 nights

This group tours includes Moscow - Russia's vibrant capital, Lake Baikal - the largest, deepest and oldest lake in the world, and Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean - the Lord of the East.

  • Route

    Moscow - Irkutsk - Listvianka (Lake Baikal) - Vladivostok
  • Languages

    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • Accommodation

    This tour includes accommodation in 3-star and 4-star hotels.
  • Group Tour

    This is a group tour. There will be other people in your group.
$2363 From/Per person

Details

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