15 sports and cultural events will be held within the framework of the “Zimniada” festival on Lake Baikal.
The Baikal skating marathon and interregional festival of winter wizards “The Ice Fairy Tale of Baikal” will be held for the first time. The International Winter Games Festival will be held for the 15th time in February-March of 2018 in Irkutsky, Olkhonsky and Slyudyansky districts. The main goal of the project is to increase interest in winter sports. “Zimniada” has been attracting people’s attention to winter recreation on Baikal and solving the problem of tourism seasonality during 15 years.
With the cultural heritage of its aristocratic exiles, the Asian influence of nearby Mongolia and China and the easy accessibility of the Lake Baikal, Irkutsk is one of the most appealing cities in Russia. Certainly, the biggest attraction in Irkutsk is Lake Baikal, which is near enough for a day trip. The lake is world famous for its pure cold waters, unique flora and fauna and unforgettable views of the biggest water body in the continent. There are also nature reserves around the lake, which total more than a million hectares. In 1996, UNESCO declared the lake and its surrounding basin to be a National World Heritage Site.
Moreover, the city of Irkutsk is worth visiting as well. The city has a number of old churches, museums and other historic buildings.
How To Get There And Away
There are two or three flights a day to Moscow (6 hours) and three a week to St. Petersburg (6,5 hours). Siberian connections include daily flights to Novosibirsk (2,5 hours), six flights a week to Bratsk (1 hour) and five to Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk. There are also flights to Petropavlovsk –Kamchatsky, Magadan and Yakutsk. International connections include weekly flights to/from Niigata in Japan and Shenyang in Korea.
Irkutsk is 88 hours from Moscow by the daily express train A good choice is Baikal Express, which departs from Moscow’s Yaroslavl Station every other day.
One of the best ways is to book a transfer to Irkutsk Airport online in advance, when you have time to choose the right taxi-company providing English-speaking drivers.
You can catch a taxi upon your arrival right at the airport, but you should always beware of riding an unlicensed taxi. Remember, that riding an unlicensed taxi may be dangerous, besides, the prices asked before and after the ride may vary greatly.
Booking a transfer to Irkutsk Airport online is especially convenient if you have a late flight, as you may feel sure you'll not get stuck in a traffic jam at night.
Russia-IC recommends Kiwi transfer service and transfers from/to the airport. Here
you can make a booking to Irkutsk Airport and choose the car you like including the class of the car, standard or business.
All cars are equipped with GPS, and are constantly checked, all drivers are licensed. Most cars are equipped with terminals, so you can pay taxi with credit card (American Express, Visa, Master Card etc.).
1. Find the route you want
Choose Irkutsk Airport, city or train station in the search box.
2. Book transfer online
Specify the date and time of the transfer, the flight number, the hotel address or name and other details of the trip. Leave your contact details and make a prepayment. As soon as you do it, the car is booked.
3. Driver will meet you
At the appointed time and place, our driver will pick you up. He will be with your nameplate and all necessary information about the trip. He will help you with the luggage and comfortably take you to your destination.
Author: Anna Dorozhkina