➤ Arrive Irkutsk in the morning
➤ Guided city tour in Irkutsk
➤ Transfer to Listvyanka village at Lake Baikal shores (65 km)
➤ Visiting Taltsy Museum
➤ Siberian lunch
➤ Arrive Listvyanka village and check-in at the hotel
➤ Evening free at leisure
➤ Optional Russian Banya
This 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 center is one huge open air museum! Irkutsk is located on the banks of the mighty Angara river
For many, Siberia is still mysterious, uncharted, and therefore frightening land. Oddly enough, to this day there are many notables about Siberia, and these lands are associated with fierce frosts, oil and a Russian man in an ear hat only. In fact, Siberian territories are not only tundra and taiga, but also large cities with a million population, modern enterprises, many attractions and very friendly and responsive people who love this harsh region with all their hearts. We will have Buryat lunch todays to try your first real Siberian meals.
The open-air museum Taltsy is located 20 kilometers away from Listvyanka. The exposition features wooden buildings brought from all over Siberia. Right now, 40 landmarked buildings and 8000 artifacts dated by XVII-XIX centuries are presented as part of the exhibition.
The museum looks like an ancient village with long streets, wooden houses, water mills, and even a small school. It should be noted, that in the past real village “Taltsy” was located here. However, with the construction of the Ust-Ilimskaya hydroelectric power station, a part of the village came under the threat of flooding. Authorities decided to preserve the unique village and turned it into the museum.
Try Russian Banya for quintessential Russian experience.