Irkutsk City Private Walking Tour

During the walking tour guide will show you around the area, where 350 years ago the city was founded. You will be introduced to the history of Irkutsk and see its main sights: beautiful churches, historical buildings and monuments.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Immerse yourself in the life and history of Irkutsk and Siberia
• Visit the site of the ancient city entrance
• Discover the legends of underground streets in the city centre
• Explore the Old Town of Irkutsk and see it from the inside
• Observe the unique character of the old Siberian city
• Stroll through the narrow wooden streets of the city
• Take a trip to ancient Russia and feel its atmosphere

per adult from

$102

AUD

Duration

3 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pick and drop off
    • Any entrance fees
    • Transport
    • Food / Drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior of the Holy Face
    • Entry/Admission - Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater
    • Entry/Admission - Muzeynaya Studiya Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local Lore
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Skver Im. Kirova, Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, 664025

    Meet your guide in the city centre to start your journey around the city's most memorable and important places.

    Begin at the historical centre of Irkutsk on the Angara coast. The history of the city began on Kirov Square.

    The Square is known for its long history. This beautiful walking area has been around for over 300 years and has been called by twelve different names, changing to reflect the changing city and the changing heroes of Tsarist, Soviet, and modern Russia. During the 17th century Kirov Square, was the center of trade fairs and entertainment in Irkutsk. Products like fur, timber, and tea were sold in in the square. However, now Kirov Square has become one of the main hangouts and event venues in Irkutsk.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Church of the Savior of the Holy Face, Suhe-Batora ul., d. 2, Irkutsk 664011 Russia

    Constructed in 1706, this is the oldest stone-built church in Eastern Siberia and has remnants of the original murals on its facade. Until the late 1990s it housed a museum.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Cathedral of The Epiphany, Sukhe-Batora St., 1A, Irkutsk 664011 Russia

    The Epiphany Cathedral is a true adornment of Irkutsk. This church looks quite unusually. It is colorful and ornate and does not resemble classic orthodox churches. The matter concerns its decoration: the church’s façade and its tholobate are decorated with pictures of the saints in whole-length. Besides, the church is fancy decorated with ornamented tiles, and brightly painted like Russian popular prints.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Roman Catholic Church, Sukhe-Batora St., 1, Irkutsk 664011 Russia

    The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the most beautiful buildings located in the historical part of Irkutsk. The Polish community constructed the cathedral, therefore, it is also known as the Polish Roman Catholic Church. Its history starts in 1819. The construction works were completed by the end of 1825, but the church burned down during the fire in 1879. In 1884, the extant stone Cathedral was constructed at the site of the fire. An organ hall, opened in 1978, operates until now.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Znamensky Monastery, Angarskaya Ulitsa 14, Irkutsk 664000 Russia

    The temple was built between 1757 and 1794 according to the type of Irkutsk architecture of the middle of the XVIII century. The temple was built on the site of a wooden church, cut down in 1693. The temple has preserved objects of ancient decoration: glittering gilt baroque carved iconostasis, icons, salaries of Irkutsk silversmiths. In 1926, the Znamensky Church became a parish church, and from 1929 began to serve as a cathedral. Since 1991, the relics of St. Innocent Kulchitsky are in the Znamensky Church.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Holy Cross Cathedral, Sedova St., 1, Irkutsk 664003 Russia

    Irkutsk's Exaltation of the Cross Church was built between 1747 and 1760 and is one of the most striking examples of the architectural style known as Siberian baroque, characterised by the bright decorations on the church's façade. The church is also unique for Siberian churches in the fact that its original 19th-century interior has been preserved.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater, Karla Marksa St., 14, Irkutsk 664003 Russia

    The first building was built in Irkutsk in 1851. Throughout its history, the theater has gone through 3 fires. In 1897, construction was completed on a stone building designed by the chief architect of the Board of Imperial theaters V.A. Shreter. In 1997 - 99 years the building was reconstructed. It was the largest building in the region in the late 20th century. Today Irkutsk Drama Theatre is one of Russia's best in technical equipment.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Muzeynaya Studiya Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local Lore, Karla Marksa st., 13, Irkutsk 664003 Russia

    It is one of the oldest museums of Russia. It boasts an ethnographical gathering of excavation items, shaman, orthodox and Buddhist religious things, Siberian peoples'clothing, various types of weapons, mineralogical collections and herbaria, rare XVII-th - century documents dated back to the Siberia's exploration times. Nowadays the museum gathering numbers over 300 thousand exhioits.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Nizhnyaya Naberezhnaya Angary, Irkutsk Russia

    Historical center of the city is supposed to be on Angara shores, now it is called Lower Embankment. This area is the most well arranged and has the biggest amount of historical, cultural and architectural monuments. The embankment always attracts city dwellers as well as tourists. The tradition has it that this place is a must-visit for the newly-weds. There are spectacular views from the observation point to Irkut river and Znamenskoye Predmestye.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: 130 Kvartal, Irkutsk Russia

    By the 300th anniversary of Irkutsk, the historic 130th quarter of the city was reconstructed - the Irkutsk settlement. This is a zone of historical buildings: the first wooden houses here appeared at the beginning of the XVIII century. The new urban space is formed on the basis of the existing architectural and historical heritage. Sloboda has become a cultural and tourist mecca of Irkutsk, a place of leisure for residents and guests of the city. Wooden houses of historical value have been restored, and the lost ones are restored. In “Irkutsk Sloboda” there are blacksmith and pottery workshops, souvenir shops, cafes, art galleries and cultural centers.

    Tour concludes in the city centre. The guide will gladly advise you on a nice place for lunch or will help you get a taxi back to hotel.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Duration of the excursion is approximate and may vary according to local conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

6

Organised by U Visit Russia

Activity ID: V-7772P132

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