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Many useful tips and ideas from locals about travelling in Russia in our blog.

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Why travel to Irkutsk?

First People care about how the city looks and feels. It is really one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. Maybe because it is a well-traveled location for the last 100 years since Transsiberian Railroad was finished. Even before it had more attention from the government, church, and people because everybody understood that this … Continue reading Why travel to Irkutsk?


Best Train Food Ever

Tasty, healthy and super easy to prepare. Get it as soon as you reach Irkutsk city. Great for all kinds of travel. Fall in love with your Trans-Siberian Train even more. The following information significantly improves the quality of your train travel and other trips in Russia, Mongolia, and China. Made in Irkutsk, here space … Continue reading Best Train Food Ever


Shamanka Hike

3-hour hike in 1-hour drive from Irkutsk. Totally the trip takes 6 hours, from downtown of Irkutsk and back. Map of the location Shamanka settlement Photos along the trip


Digitally-guided Irkutsk

During these days everybody has a powerful tool in their hand. And it comes in very handy when you travel. How can you travel without it now? Now its the new level. We have apps which become guides to the cities we visit. And this is great! All these products are still kind of raw, … Continue reading Digitally-guided Irkutsk


Omul fish

Omul is the type of fish that lives in Lake Baikal. It is an endemic species. And this is the most popular and the tastiest fish from the Lake. On this image, you see the grilled Omul. A very fast and delicious way to cook fish from Lake Baikal.


Russian Spicy Mustard

There is not much spicy food in Russia. Usually, people just add fresh garlic or onions to their meals. But be careful, homemade spicy mustard is as spicy as Japanese wasabi. Usually spicy mustard is served as a sauce for lard or meat jelly. Some people who like a lot of spicy put mustard on … Continue reading Russian Spicy Mustard


Taxi in Russia

How to use taxi services in Russia? Is there Uber in Russia? There is a very simple solution. Using the application on your smartphone you can easily call for a taxi in almost every city in Russia. It is very similar to Uber, it is called Yandex Taxi. Application is available for Android and iOS. … Continue reading Taxi in Russia


Baikal Jet Fest

On August 2 and 3, 2019, an international aquabike festival will be held. The second international Baikal Jet Fest aquabike festival will be held on August 2 and 3 in Irkutsk, in the water area near the Angara icebreaker. Amateurs, athletes, reigning champions and freestyle stars will come to Baikal from 15 countries to show … Continue reading Baikal Jet Fest


Lake Baikal Quick Start

Irkutsk Traveling to Russia it is necessary to visit Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal trips usually start in Irkutsk city which is 70 kilometers away from the Lake. Irkutsk is located in the middle of Russia, almost equally remote from West and East ends. It is very popular to take Transsiberian Railroad from West of Russia … Continue reading Lake Baikal Quick Start


Irkutsk to Lake Baikal

Irkutsk city is only 70 km away from Listvyanka, a small settlement on the shore of Lake Baikal. Listvyanka is the most popular destination, because of the distance, the most crowded in summer. Don’t be scared, there are still moments when a traveler can enjoy a quiet moment with nature. Usually, it is a day … Continue reading Irkutsk to Lake Baikal