Upon meeting your friendly local guide, we’ll head out of the historical centre of Irkutsk onto the Baikal motorway in a public minibus. The journey to our first stop will take about an hour, which is a perfect amount of time for your guide to introduce you to the area and its people.
Our first stop is Taltsy, a wonderful open-air museum dedicated to the wooden architecture of old Siberia. Your guide will regale you with stories of the different cultures that have settled or passed through the area over the centuries and their way of living. We’ll explore the lives of local people and their house arrangements, from the Buryats and Evenks to the Tofalars and the Russians.
Next up, we’ll check out the wooden church of Kazan, built in 1679, and check out a traditional wooden fortress. It’s interesting to find out what’s inside many of these Siberian ostrogs, as many of them went on to form the framework of the cities we know today.
You’re probably feeling peckish around now so we’ll take you to a tea room to try Siberian sbiten (herbal tea with berries) and pancakes with honey and sour cream. So yummy!
Full, warm and happy, we’ll hop in a taxi and head towards the world’s deepest freshwater lake. It’s not a secret that Baikal is a sacred place and you will have the opportunity to feel the rejuvenating water on your skin. We’ll arrive in the lake’s most popular village, Lisviyanka, and head straight to Dendro Park’s observation point for spellbinding views and photo opportunities galore (that Instagram feed isn’t going to fill itself!).
Our adventure continues with a stroll along the shore as your guide tells you about some of the legends of the lake. We’ll also talk about conservation, why this site is so unique, why it needs our care and respect and what the local community are doing to protect it for future generations. We’ll then make our way to an unusual local museum. Small but absolutely worth visiting!
Picnic time is next! We’ll buy some fish and maybe one or two other local treats and, weather permitting, set ourselves up at our favourite picnic spot along the lakeside (if the weather s bad, we’ll head into a cute little café instead).
After a delicious, local meal, we will head back to the city via public transport (the journey will be about 1 hour 30 mins), arriving at the central bus station. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in Irkutsk.
Local English-speaking guide, ticket to Taltsy museum, snack in Taltsy museum (pancake with tea), snack of smoked Baikal fish at the bay of Baikal (there are vegetarian options available), public transport tickets, taxi ride from Taltsy to Listvyanka, ticket to museum in Listvyanka.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: If you’d like to go inside the Russian Orthodox Church, please be sure to wear clothing that covers your legs to below the knees. Women must also wear a scarf to cover their head.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: No age limit: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 7 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.