Welcome to Irkutsk

Visiting Irkutsk is not possible anymore because of the pandemic situation. There is no idea how long it will take to change. So please take a look at our virtual tour to Irkutsk. It is available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGE6nSwbx40

Irkutsk had always been a part of the global economy, culture, and political life. Standing on the Transsiberian Railroad, Irkutsk had played a small but key role in the development of the Russian Empire. During the Soviet times, Irkutsk became the center of industrial development of East Siberia and the Far East of the USSR. And now Irkutsk is standing out in the global travel market, Lake Baikal and Siberian nature attract people from all over the globe…


  • Rivers: Angara and Irkut.
  • Important monuments and stories behind them.
  • Explanations of the architecture.
  • Remarkable historical facts and unique personal experience.
  • Local culture and spirituality.
  • Lake Baikal travel information and tours.
  • Solutions about getting around.


Availability: on request every day
Start time: AM 10.45 / PM 6:00
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: < 3 hours
Distance: < 6 kilometers ( < 3.75 miles)
Language: English

Starting location

Center of Irkutsk, beginning of Karl Marx street right on the Angara river embankment. Big monument to Emperor Alexander III.

Alexander III meeting spot
Square in front of the monument

There is a stand with the map of Irkutsk in front of the monument, and it is a great place to start the tour with an overview.

City Map

Address: Monument to Alexander III, where Karl Marx street starts, Angara river embankment.

Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/st2cy9wPxA4KQBBo8

Coordinates: 52.275363, 104.277304


AM 10:45 / PM 6:00
Meet the guide at the monument to Alexander III.
Angara river bank. Hydropower. Gagarin boulevard. Transsiberian Railroad and development of Irkutsk. Geographic society. Open-air stadium. Examples of the best architecture: wooden mansions of the rich, drama theater, railroad administration. Monument to Lenin on a historical road cross of Lenin and Karl Marx streets.

AM 11:45 / PM 7:00
Kirov Square, city and regional administrations, The Church of Our Saviour, The former Roman-Catholic Cathedral, Eternal flame WWII memorial, new river embankment, The Epiphany Cathedral, The Moscow Triumph Arch.

AM 12:35 / PM 8:00
Wooden architecture, buildings of the merchant community of the past, the history behind it, and its role now. Walkthrough the street with historic wooden buildings. The Exaltation of the Cross church.

PM 1:30 / PM 9:00
Finish at the monument to Babr — the symbol of Irkutsk. Entrance to the 130th district.

Note: Time adjustments are possible due to weather conditions and walking speed. Approximate time is provided in the itinerary.

Tour photos

Why Irkutsk Free Tour?

  • Everyday availability
  • FREE of charge for everyone
    based on tips for the guide after the tour
  • Amazing starting location
  • Fluent English speaking guides
  • Great for individual travelers and small groups
  • Meet fellow travelers
  • Go inside some of the buildings on the way
  • No booking fees
  • No cancellation fees
  • No hidden costs

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Online booking is free, no credit card needed.

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