We recommend you to stay in Irkutsk for a day or two. The city was founded in July 6, 1661. It is about 50 years older than St. Petersburg. It is famous for its log houses of 18-19 centuries, the Decembrists museum and the Angara River embankments.
How to get there
The fastest way is to travel by plane or train from Moscow.
Moscow Time zone + 5 hours. When it’s 15:00 in Moscow, it is 20:00 in Irkutsk.
Hotels in Irkutsk
We wish your stay to be comfortable and offer you to be accommodated in one of the hotels below:
— Irkutsk as a historical architecture monument. Mentions of merchants
— Museum of the Decembrists
— Znamensky convent
— Place of Admiral Kolchak death, Admiral Kolchak monument
— Karl Marks street. Irkutsk Drama Theater
— Walking along the embankment of the Angara River. Monument to Alexander III. “White house”. University
— You can also visit the museum of local lore, museum of Irkutsk’s history, homestead of Vladimir Sukachov.
— In addition, you can visit the Holy Cross church, one of the highest points of the Irkutsk City. There is a great panoramic view of the city from this place. Here you will have an opportunity to see how the bell-ringer works and listen the old church bells ringing.
Ethnographic Excursion to Ust’-Orda Village
Duration: 6hours, bus+walking
The Buryats are one of the largest nationalities inhabiting Siberia. The Ust’-Ordinskiy region is famous for traditional Buryat culture which survived across the generations.
The excursion will give you a chance to get acquainted with Buryat folklore, national games and shaman rites, as well as to taste the national dishes of the Buryat cuisine.
— Departure to Ust’-Orda , Buryat village 70 km away from Irkutsk
— Visiting the ethnographic museum of Ust’-Orda to get acquainted with one of the most ancient Siberian people’s culture and customs
— Meeting a shaman. Purgation ceremony
— Lunch including dishes of Buryat cuisine (by request)
During your stay in Irkutsk you have a chance to continue your tour to the Far East and visit Khabarovsk and Vladivostok.
Another option for your travel which seems to be more exotic is a train trip along the Trans Mongolian railway to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia.
If you are interested, please, don’t hesitate to ask us about these options.