Private Tour Irkutsk City with Visit to the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross

During the tour you will get acquainted with the history of Irkutsk and will see the city's main streets, churches, famous buildings and monuments. The city tour includes visiting the historic centre of Irkutsk. The duration of the city tour is 4 hours. You will visit the location of Irkutsk fort building, some orthodox churches, the historic quarter with its wooden houses built in Siberian style. You will be impressed by seeing the Roman-Catholic Church that was built in memory of Polish rebels in Siberia and many more.

We invite you to discover the history of the city with us!

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  • What's included :
    • Roundtrip transportation to and from your central hotel (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
    • Entry/Admission - Holy Cross Cathedral
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Personal expense
    • Gratuities
    • Entrance fees
    • Entry/Admission - Roman Catholic Church
    • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior of the Holy Face
    • Entry/Admission - Cathedral of The Epiphany
    • Entry/Admission - House of Europe
    • Entry/Admission - Znamensky Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater
    • Entry/Admission - Bely Dom
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Memorial Eternal Flame, Lenina St., 1A, Irkutsk 664027 Russia

    Irkutsk's main memorial to the fallen of the Second World War is located in front of the Irkutsk Region Administration building and consists of an eternal flame. The flame was ignited on 9 May 1975 on the 20th anniversary of the end of the war using a torch which itself was lit from the eternal flame in Moscow. Names of those citizens of Irkutsk who never returned are inscribed on the wall behind the flame.

    Duration: 10 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: 10 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: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, ulitsa Nizhnyaya Naberezhnaya, 2, Irkutsk 664011 Russia

    The monument to the founders of Irkutsk was unveiled on September 14, 2011. This was the date of the celebration of the city’s 350 years anniversary. The monument is located on the banks of the River Angara, near the Cathedral of the Epiphany. It is a collective representation of the Cossacks, pioneers of Siberia. On the pedestal one can read “To the founders of Irkutsk, from the citizens”.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Triumphal Arch Moscow Gates, Moskovsko-Laninskaya St., Irkutsk Russia

    Standing on Irkutsk's lower embankment of the Angara is a triumphal arch which is known as the Moskovskie or Moscow Gates as it marks the entrance to the city if coming from the European part of Russia. Construction of the gates began in 1811 to mark the 10 year anniversary of Emperor Alexander I's reign. Due to their imperial connection the gates were demolished in 1928. However in 2009 on the 350th anniversary of Irkutsk work began on reconstructing the Moscow Gates which were finally opened in 2011.

    Duration: 5 minutes

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

    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: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Tourist Monument, Litvinova St., 1, Irkutsk 664003 Russia

    The bronze tourist was installed on September 27, 2011, on World Tourism Day, and represents a collective image, personifying the lovers of travel and active recreation. The height of the bronze figure - 2.2 meters, weight - almost 300 kilograms. The author of the sculpture is Ilya Stavsky. The tourist's face is drawn to the building of the former Grand Hotel, one of the most prominent old buildings on Karl Marx Street, built in 1899-1902.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Labor Square, Irkutsk Russia

    Labor Square is located in the historic center of the city and is one of the oldest in Irkutsk. Before the revolution, the area was called Ivanovskaya and was almost twice the size of modern. One half of the square adjoined large profitable houses of wealthy merchants, the other since the end of the 1780s acted as a trading platform for small traders. On the territory of the former trading part now stands the building of the city circus, built in 1964. A new name - the square of Labor - the square received in 1920. In 1955 a building of the House of Science and Technology in the neoclassical style was erected on the square. On October 10, 2012, a monument to Leonid Gaidai was installed on the square next to the circus.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: House of Europe, Friedrich Engels St., 21, Irkutsk 664007 Russia

    The House-Estate of A.I. Shastin, the House of Europe, “Lace House”. The so-called “Lace House” was built in late XIX century and acquired its modern look in 1907, when it was bought by the merchant A.I. Shastin. It received his name for skilful carvings covering the building from top to bottom. In addition to the house itself, the entire estate is interesting, its represents a real architectural ensemble with several houses, a barn and an alley.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Monument to Wifes of Decembrists, Militseyskiy Lane, Irkutsk Russia

    The monument to the Russian women who followed their husbands, who were exiled to Siberia after an uprising on Senatskaya Square, was erected in a public garden restored to the 350th anniversary of Irkutsk near the house of Decembrist Sergei Volkonsky. The contemporaneity knows the names of eleven women - companions of the first Russian revolutionary Decembrists. They abandoned luxury, left their children, relatives and friends and went to Siberia. The sculpture depicts Maria Volkonskaya with a candlestick standing at her feet with lighted candles. The monument is made of bronze by the project of sculptor Mikhail Pereyaslavets and architect Yuri Volchka.

    Duration: 5 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: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Monument to Admiral Alexander Kolchak, Angarskaya st., 14, Irkutsk 664001 Russia

    The opening of the monument was timed to the 130th anniversary of the birth of Kolchak. This is a sculpture by Vyacheslav Klykov, a national artist of Russia. The height of the monument is more than five meters. The monument was erected not far from the place where in February 1920 this active participant of the Russian-Japanese and First World War, the Honored Polar Researcher was shot by decision of the Revolutionary Committee as the leader of the white movement. His body dropped into the ice-hole of the Angara.

    Duration: 5 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: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Bely Dom, Gagarina Blvd., 24, Irkutsk 664025 Russia

    White House is a former mansion of Sibiriakov who was Governor General of Eastern Siberia. For quite some time this building served the needs of Irkutsk State Library.

    Duration: 5 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: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Monument to Alexander III, The Embankment of the Angara, Irkutsk Russia

    The monument to Alexander III was installed in 1908. On the four sides of the monument are placed bronze high-reliefs of historical figures who left a noticeable mark on the development of Siberia. On the eastern side of the pedestal there is a two-headed eagle with a scroll in its claws - with a royal rescript addressed to Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich about the beginning of the construction of Transsib (1891). The figure of the king stood until 1920. Then, by a decree on the monuments of the republic, the statue was removed, but the pedestal, as a highly artistic part, was preserved. Later, the monument was reconstructed, completing the concrete pyramidal spire, and renamed the monument to the discoverers of Siberia. In 2003, by the centenary of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the monument to Alexander III at the initiative of the East-Siberian railway was restored to its original form.

    Duration: 5 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.

    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: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You will be picked up from any hotel of Irkutsk
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A headscarf is advised for women
    • Duration of the excursion is approximate and may vary according to local conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • 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
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • 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
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Activity ID: V-7772P128

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