1. Russia
  2. Siberian Federal District
  3. Irkutsk
  4. Lake Baikal

Irkutsk: Small Group 6.5 Hour Lake Baikal Discovery Tour

Product ID: 381279
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Discover the wonders of Lake Baikal on this small group adventure from Irkutsk. Visit Russia’s biggest open-air museum of wooden architecture, soak up stunning views of the lake, stroll along the bay, and enjoy a delicious picnic of local dishes.
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Duration: 6.5 hours
Starting time 10:30 AM
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  • Take a stroll around the deepest freshwater lake in the world
  • Soak up magnificent views of the lake from Dendro Park
  • Enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge and sample traditional local cuisine
  • Explore an open-air museum of wooden architecture and yurts
  • Visit an unusual local museum in the charming village of Listvyanka
Full description
Meet your friendly guide then depart Irkutsk on the Baikal motorway, learning about the local area, history, and culture along the way. After about an hour of driving, arrive at Taltsy, a charming open-air museum dedicated to the wooden architecture of Old Siberia. Listen to stories of the different cultures that have settled or passed through the area over the centuries, and their unique ways of living.

Explore the wooden church of Kazan next, built in 1679, followed by a traditional wooden fortress. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a snack of Siberian herbal tea and pancakes with honey and sour cream. Afterwards, hop in a taxi towards the world’s deepest freshwater lake, Baikal, known to be a sacred place. Visit Dendro Park’s observation point and soak up breathtaking views of the lake and photo opportunities galore.

Stroll along the glistening shore line as your guide shares fascinating legends of the lake, then stop at an unusual museum to uncover some curiosities. After the museum, your guide will purchase fresh fish along with other local treats, then set up a picnic along the lakeside (weather permitting.) Once you’re full up from lunch, head back to the city via public transport, which takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Public transport tickets
  • Taxi ride from Taltsy to Listvyanka
  • Entry ticket to Taltsy Museum
  • Entry ticket to the museum in Listvyanka
  • Snack (pancake with tea)
  • Picnic lunch (smoked Baikal fish at the bay)
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for your guide
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the main entrance to the central bus station (Автовокзал) in Irkutsk (Oktyabrskoy Revolyutsii Street, 11.) Your guide will be holding an Urban Adventures sign.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
Know before you go
• This tour operates with a maximum of 12 people
• If you’d like to go inside the Russian Orthodox Church, please be sure to wear clothing that covers your legs and goes below the knees. Women must also wear a scarf to cover their head
• The tour can accommodate vegetarians and some other dietary restrictions. When booking, please notify of any dietary requests
• This is a child-friendly tour and there is no age limit. Children between the ages of 7 and 11 inclusively are permitted on the tour at the rate listed. Please select ‘Child’ when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6

From US$ 111.51 per person

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Product ID: 381279