Irkutsk: Authentic Siberia
*This experience runs daily
3 hours of Siberian sites and bites
Visiting 1 country: Russia
A walking tour is a great way to get a sense of what makes Irkutsk such an interesting city to explore. So get ready for a fun day filled with history, architecture, and local food and drink. We’ll see some of the most important sights in the city and take breaks to sample some Siberian cuisine and drinks while learning about Irkutsk’s rich history. Everyone knows a good drink makes for memorable stories!
History and Architecture
We start our tour in the heart of Irkutsk, the main hub of eastern Siberia. Here you’ll have the opportunity to walk along Karl Marx street, one of the most important streets in the city. Each building has its own history that goes back more than a century, which you’ll learn about as we walk.
We’ll stop at a craft beer bar for a drink, and while trying some local beer you’ll have the opportunity to learn some interesting facts from your local guide about the Decembrists (Russian revolutionaries) and their families, and how their history intertwines with Irkutsk.
Walking further, we’ll observe a unique blend of architectural styles, and check out the only pedestrian street in the city, lined with shops and restaurants.
Next, it’s time to snack on some local dumplings. There are so many types of dumplings all over the world, but the ones that we eat in Siberia are different — and we’re pretty sure you’re going to love them. Try some examples stuffed with different fillings (meat, cheese or potato) and get to know more about Russian and Siberian cuisine.
Full and happy, we’ll continue our walk, learning more about the city as we go, and then make a quick stop at one of the coolest bars in the city: Library Bar, where photos of Russian literary celebrities line the walls.
Moving off of Karl Marx Street you’ll get the opportunity to see something that the city is famous for: its historic wooden houses. There are several streets in Irkutsk where all of the houses are made of wood and beautifully carved, making them a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
Pure Blue Waters
After learning about Irkutsk’s wooden architecture, we’ll head towards Angara River with its pure blue water and pretty whirlpools. Walking along the modern embankment you will see a few more of the city’s sights and experience one of the best ways to spend a laid-back afternoon in Irkutsk.
The end of our tour will lead us right to the place where the city started, a square with three churches, one of which is the oldest stone structure in the city. From here, stay and see more of Irkutsk on your own, or we’re happy to suggest a few more memorable sights to check out.
FOODIE'S DELIGHT: CULINARY JOURNEYS, IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
Less than 1 Day
- Explore one of Irkutsk’s most important streets and see some of the city’s best sights
- Listen to personal stories from your local guide about life in Russia and Siberia
- Sample traditional Siberian cuisine and the strong local liquor!
- Discover the historic wooden houses of Irkutsk and learn more about why they’re such an integral part of the city
- See the Angara river and learn some interesting facts about the place where the city began
Local English-speaking guide, snack (dumplings) and drinks (beer and moonshine).
What’s not included
Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide.
Starting time: 6.00 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Monument to Lenin on Lenin street, located on the crosswalk between Lenin Street and Karl Marx Street. View on Google Maps.
Ending point: Kirov Square.
Child Policy: 18+. Children in between 7-18 years old are allowed on a tour only with parent or guardian and won’t be permitted to drink any of the alcohol drinks.
We can accommodate vegetarians and some other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so by emailing us at email@example.com