We start our return to Irkutsk by travelling to The Small Sea (about 1 hour drive) which is actually the straight. Explore another picturesque area and proceed to Irkutsk (3,5 hours). We will also briefly visit Buryat villages en route. Lunch en route.
Irkutsk city tour. The city was founded in the middle of the XVII century. The town is famous for its wooden houses and wooden lace perfectly preserved. In fact, the Irkutsk historic centre is one huge open air museum! Irkutsk is located on the banks of the mighty Angara river and was once used as a place of exile for revolutionary noble men from St. Petersburg and Moscow, for their participation in riots or civil disobedience.
The biggest in Irkutsk’ history new arrival happened after the famous Decemberists riot against the Tsar in December 1825 where some of high-profile rebels ended up travelling to Siberia with wives and families. Decembriest aimed to eliminate the monarchy in Russia.
“Winter is probably the best time of year to go and discover the spirit of Lake Baikal. More than 400 km of the way by frozen lake, astonishing!!!”
Alana & Friends
“Amazing colors, fantastic landscapes, perfectly organized trip! Great experience, certainly recommend”