Irkutsk used to be wooden in the past. Even nowadays it is one of not many Siberian cities which preserved its wooden outlook. The city has mysterious charm: quiet shady streets with different carved decorations get on nowadays with many-storied modern buildings. Famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov compared Irkutsk to Paris. He said: “As England created London and France - Paris, the same Siberia created Irkutsk”.Irkutsk can join incompatible things together: asphalt and wooden pavements, domes of beautiful churches and grey boxes of administrative buildings, cultural level and penal experience, the past and the present…
Ride over ice of Baikal by hovercraft, snowmobile or dogsledding in wintry forest, overnight in wooden hotel in quiet remote place, ice-grottoes and frozen shores of Baikal, shaman and hot Banya!
Trekking along the shore of Great Siberian lake. Both in taiga forest and along the beaches. Overnight in tents (or wooden houses on your demand). 3 or 2 days are possible.