First meeting with Baikal (Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Baikalskiy Museum)
Location: Russia, Irkutsk region, Listvyanka
Languages: Russian, English; German is also possible upon request
Duration: 2 days
1st day - Excursion in Irkutsk
Irkutsk was founded in 1661 and is the centre of East-Siberia. The city is situated at the intersection of major trade routes and quickly developed soon after its foundation. Irkutsk proudly bears the title "Paris of Siberia," and here you can find old churches and buildings with original architecture.
In this excursion you will see beautiful old churches and cathedrals, wooden houses, and other places of interest. You are sure to enjoy a walk along the bank of the Angara or walk into the historical centre of the city.
Also, you can visit the city’s museums, the most interesting of which are: the Irkutsk Museum of History or the museum of Regional Studies.
2nd day - Excursion to lake Baikal
The village of Listvyanka, located only 60 km from Irkutsk, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Baikal. Unlike other locations on Baikal, Listvyanka has established tourist infrastructure, making it easy to find transportation, a cozy restaurant, an opportunity to try Baikal’s omul fish, and unique souvenirs.
During the excursion you will visit the Baikalskiy Museum and its interesting exposition in which there is a show-room, a bathyscaphe reaching a depth of 1637 meters, an arboretum, and an aquarium with living inhabitants of Baikal. Here you will learn a lot about the lake and also see a nerpa – a unique freshwater seal.
There is also an interesting open-air museum Tal’tsy on the way to Listwyanka. The collection of this museum contains unique historical monuments, authentic architecture, and an ethnography of the 17th-19th centuries. It attracts its visitors with an opportunity to experience the material and spiritual culture of the people of Baikal’s region.
The museum contains four reconstructed historical-cultural zones of the Baikal area: Russian, Buryat, Evenkian, and Tofalarian. Only here can you feel the true spirit of Siberia through its historic wooden architecture.