Pobeda, the biggest low-cost airline in Russia announced about 50% discounts starting June 1 this comming summer for all in-Russia flights. Some tickets prices will go under 10 USD.
Irkutsk Free Tour is experiencing a total lack of customers right now. People stopped travelling to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, unless there is a private airplane to use. My friend Alexander Konkov who lives on Olkhon island was happy to meet traveler from USA, who landed there for fuel and fun on the island in the middle of Lake Baikal, on the April 29th few days ago.
Any other way to travel to Lake Baikal is not available, so I have decided to teach myself to make virtual tours in form of videos and video streams on Youtube. It seems the easiest way, and I like it, it’s fun.
So please take a look at what I got ready so far. I promise to develop skills in the future, it is very interesting for me. Here is the link to my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/soyhim
I hope you can take a look and see that it is not very bad after all. Sorry for the quiet sound, I will fix that in future. Please write to me if you want to learn something special about Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.
Also I am thinking about live streams, where I can make a virtual tours with live communications. Let me know if that is what may be interesting.
Because travelling in the world has stopped Irkutsk Free Tour cannot stop working. Please take a look at the first virtual tour to Irkutsk.
It is a random photo slideshow with comments from a local guide.
One of the oldest souvenir shops in Irkutsk located on the road cross of Lenin and Karl Marx street offers 10% off for the visitors of our website. Khudozhnik shop, which means ‘artist’ in English.
They have a great variety and prices, Russian and Siberian souvenirs, and the most welcoming sales staff even though they don’t speak English.
The coupon is available at this link: https://irkutskfreetour.ru/souvenirs-with-discount/
The season of dogsledding in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal has started, so welcome to experience this exciting activity.
We offer private and group trips to dogsledding locations. The prices start from 1800 RUB per person for a 10-minute ride. There are 3 main locations, later we will create a special page for that.
But if you don’t want to wait, just call us or write a letter and we can discuss the price and make it happen. Everyday availability. Dogs are waiting and happy to run!
Every dogsledding company is unique and located in a great natural place with forests, rivers, lakes. And lots of snow. Great stuff for nature lovers.
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, and time will pass when they will be full of content, or other powerful players will enter the market.
Here is an example 1
And here is an example 2
Check out two different approaches. Both projects have apps both for Android and Apple.
I like the idea that anybody can create his own tour. It is like the youtube for local guides. Let’s see how it is developing.
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.
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 their skills and exciting stunts on jet skis and flyboards.
Russia will be represented by more than 40 athletes from all over the country, including Primorye. And the festival will end with a unique night flyboard show with flamethrowers and concerts of stars.
Their participation in the event was confirmed by the world stars of a jetski: Rashid Ali Al-Mulla (UAE), Alessander Lenzi (Brazil), Tanner Thomas (USA), Niels Willems (Belgium), Abraham Hochstrasser (Mexico), and world champion Lee Stone ( Great Britain).
Competitions will be held in three spectacular disciplines:
- Circuit racing (race with a common start),
- Slalom (time trial with two athletes),
- Freestyle (demonstration of tricks).
On the official website of the festival you can still have time to apply for participation. For the audience there are many entertainment areas that will operate on both days of the festival. Active fans are waiting for the SUP RACE BJF support race. You can participate alone, as a couple, as a company or as a family. Register online at www.baikaljetfest.com. A series of workshops awaits professional athletes from Nikita Martyanov, 13-time champion of Russia, European champion and bronze medalist of the World Wakeboard Championship, as well as the current world champion in aquabike Lee Stone. Anyone can attend the event as a spectator for free from 11:00 in the morning until the evening. See you on August 2 and 3!