What is Irkutsk Free Tour?
A global appearance of the companies that offer free city tours inspired a group of locals to use this idea and create a similar service in Irkutsk city in 2017. Since then the popularity of the free walking tour has been growing.
Why Irkutsk Free Tour?
Usually, people don’t have much time when they travel. Everything is tight and depends on the schedule of arrivals and departures. That’s why it is important to have a guide to travel around the location, so that travelers will have a better image. Walking with English speaking local guide is a great chance to learn a lot and chat about subjects of interest.
Where does the tour start and end?
Meeting and starting at the monument to Alexander III, in the very center of the city. All the hostels and hostels are around this location in a 10-20 minute walking distance. The tour ends at the monument to Babr in the 130th district.
Is there a min/max for the group?
There is no minimum, but the tour must be confirmed by the Irkutsk Free Tour manager by e-mail. This tour does not happen automatically on an everyday basis. The maximum group size is 16 people. Groups of 6 and more participants get a private tour automatically.
Is the tour really free?
Travelers who take Irkutsk Free Tour will get the product of high quality and pay the price that they want for this product. This model provides great motivation for the guides who try their best to create a great experience.
Irkutsk Free Tour is supported only by travelers. So participants are very welcome to give gratitudes to the guide if they like the tour.
What if it rains?
The rain is not a problem, it never rains too hard in Irkutsk. So just take an umbrella or a raincoat.
What to bring?
It is highly recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for the season. Wind and rain protecting jacket. Maybe some extra warm clothes and a small backpack in case it gets warmer. It is also good to have personal water.
What if I get hungry?
Along the way, there are many cafes and restaurants as well as shops with all kinds of Siberian treats, meals, and drinks.
What if I get cold?
The tour may be paused at a local cafe with a cup of hot tea and small talk about Irkutsk life. Along the tour, it is possible to visit some buildings like churches, public offices and museums.