Irkutsk – the spiritual capital of Siberia

from 3950Р (13 hours) 7+

8:00-9:00 Meeting at the railway station or at the airport by a guide with the sign. Breakfast in one of the cafes in the city center of Irkutsk.
9:00-12:00 Sightseeing tour around Irkutsk. It is with this excursion that we begin our acquaintance with the Baikal region. Irkutsk is the spiritual capital of Siberia. One of the five oldest places of permanent human settlement on the planet. The marine city although not near the ocean. The city of contrasts where the traditions of East and West are closely intertwined. A place that for centuries has been a center of science. The most educated city of Siberia. In the past, the center of the largest separate territory in the world. A place blessed with the footsteps of ten Russian saints and with the talent of hundreds of writers, poets, artists, scientists and public figures. We learn about the main points from his mysterious history, we will visit the most interesting sights.
12:00-13:00 Visit to the museum of local lore of Irkutsk – the oldest provincial museum of Russia in the building of the “Moorish castle”. We will walk through the old premises of the “Moorish Castle” previously the department of the Russian Geographical Society, which have witnessed the many geographical discoveries. After all, in this building once read scientific reports such scientists as admiral Alexander Kolchak, first Siberian geologist Vladimir Obruchev, famous archeologists Michael Gerasimov and Alexey Okladnikov. They have helped to collect a unique collection of the museum. The exposition by itself will acquaint us with the history of the Irkutsk land from the time of the Stone Age to the present.
13:00-14:00 Lunch in one of the cafes on the territory of the "Fashion Quarter" in the 130th quarter of Irkutsk.
14:00-14:30 Visit to the Irkutsk botanical garden. Together we will marvel at the strength of plants, their diversity and great benefits, which underestimated by man to this day. Walking along one of the best dendroparks and greenhouses of Siberia, we will learn not only to practically use plants, but also to ways of taking care of them properly.
14:30-15:15 Excursion to the children's contact zoo or a master class on drawing on sand in the one of the greenhouse of the Botanical Garden.
15:15-16:15 Visiting the Irkutsk Nerpinarium. Meeting with the charming Queen of Baikal, one of the three freshwater seals on the planet – the Baikal seal. After this excursion, you will not only learn all the secrets of her underwater life, but also appreciate her natural talents to show tricks and amaze the public with her insight.
16:30-18:00 Visit to the planetarium and museum of the noosphere in the 130th quarter of the city of Irkutsk. During the excursion we will penetrate into the most interesting secrets of the space, we will see how the Universe and its part – the Solar system – was born. For a start, we will visit the noosphere museum and learn about the origin of life on Earth. We will meet real aliens from outer space –meteorites and we will touch the real asteroid and see what the astronauts eat. In the star hall of the planetarium, we will see the popular science film with a full-screen 360-degree view. On the fourth floor of the complex we will find an old telescope made in 1909 by order and with money of Irkutsk maecenas specially for the first observatory of Eastern Siberia. In good weather, we will observe the planets and the Moon and also will see solar prominences and the chromosphere of the Sun.
18:00-19:00 Dinner at one of the cafe in the city of Irkutsk.

19:00-20:00 Evening walk on the river tram on the Angara River. In the course of a one-hour boat ride you will see the graceful bends of the Irkutsk river bow and understand why many travelers and explorers admired the beauty of this place. We will begin our journey from the Moscow Gate, where once there was the famous Libhardt praam. Further, we will have to make our way upstream to Sibiryakovsky Island. We will swim under the oldest bridge in Irkutsk and admire the panoramic view of the Academic Bridge and the Irkutsk Dam. Then we will return to Moscow gate and from there we will sail to the mouth of the river Ushakovka, where towering the walls of Our Lady of the Sign nunnery monastery. (In winter, spring and autumn we will have another program with skating in the Irkutsk Ice Palace).
20: 00-21: 00 Transfer to any part of Irkutsk. Souvenirs to commemorate the visit to Irkutsk.

Attention! We reserves the right to make changes in the time of the excursion program (including the weather conditions reasons), change the order of showing of excursion objects, the order of stops along the route.

Main Attractions: the oldest in the city Savior Church, Epiphany Cathedral, the Eternal Flame Memorial, Veterans Avenue, the oldest in Siberia nunnery monastery called Our Lady of the Sign, the only one in Russia monument to Admiral Kolchak, the Our Lady of the Sign monastery necropolis, Irkutsk prison castle, the most beautiful in Siberia Kazan Church, wooden house of Europe, the house-museums of the Decembrists princes Volkonsky and Trubetskoy, the best in Russia monument to Emperor Alexander III, Alexander Square, Moorish Castle, the White House, Irkutsk Sloboda (130th quarter), the monument to the Irkutsk coat of arms, the famous Cross Exaltation Church.

Duration: 13 hours.

Visit to the museum: Department of History of the Irkutsk museum of local lore, Botanical Garden of Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk Children's Contact Zoo, Irkutsk Nerpinarium, Museum-Planetary Complex “Noosphere”.

The cost of the excursion includes:
  • rent of comfortable transport for 13 hours,
  • service of a qualified guide for 13 hours.
  • three meals a day in the cafes of Irkutsk.
  • all tickets to museums and places of rest.
  • free participation for one accompanying person (when group is more than 15 persons).

Price list:

Number of people in the group 1 2 3 4 5 6 7-10 11-13 14-18 19-23 24-32 33-39 40-49
Adult, RUB 13330 10560 8970 8110 7250 6670 6760 5840 5530 5250 5130 4870 4770
School, RUB 12500 9730 8140 7290 6420 5850 5940 5020 4700 4430 4310 4050 3950