Total Irkutsk Tour: Baikal Lake and Taltsy Open-Air Museum

Quick Details

  • Take a stroll around the deepest lake in the world and let your breath be taken away by the magnificent views.
  • Enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge and sample traditional local cuisine such as smoked omul fish and some strong Russian-style liquor.
  • Explore an open-air museum of wooden architecture and shaman yurts, and get an insight into the lives of the Siberian people over the centuries.
  • Visit an unusual local museum in the charming village of Listvyanka.
  • Listen to personal stories from your local guide about life in Russia and Siberia.
  • 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.

Taltsy Museum and Listvyanka Tour

A trip to Lake Baikal is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the culture and history of Siberia. Alongside the spectacular views and pretty flora and fauna of the Siberian countryside, you get to visit Russia’s biggest open-air museum of wooden architecture, where you see shaman yurts and typical wooden houses, and you also visit a 17th-century church and orthodox school.

Once we’ve discovered the architectural and historical gems, we head 20 kilometres south to the lakeside village of Listvyanka, known affectionately as the Baikal Riviera, to explore the water. We take a stroll along the bay, visit some spots that only locals know, and have a picnic right on the Baikal Bay. A perfectly picturesque and fascinating day awaits you in beautiful Baikal… And after a day full of impressions, head back to the city to see the nightlife and visit some cool bars and cafes.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, ticket to Taltsy museum, snack in Taltsy museum (pancake with tea), snack of smoked omul fish at the bay of Baikal (there are vegetarian options available), public transport tickets, taxi ride from Taltsy museum to Listvyanka, ticket to museum in Listvyanka, snack (dumplings) in the evening, and drinks in Irkutsk (moonshine)

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tickets for public transport, tips and gratuities for the guide

Schedule details

  • Duration: 10.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Main entrance to Central bus station (Автовокзал). Address: Oktyabrskoy Revolyutsii Street, 11. Your guide will be holding an Urban Adventures sign. Google maps link.
  • Starting time: 10.30 am
  • Ending point: Kirov Square