If you're looking for a local guide, you can hardly find anyone more local than me. I've lived my entire life in Irkutsk, 70 km away from the Lake, and I can trace my background to seven generations, all the way down to my first Russian ancestors who ventured to settle down in Siberia, and on Baikal, in particular.
I have been guiding tourists for 3 years. I have a particular interest in local, or how we also put it, provincial history. I'm fascinated that I live a city that played such a crucial role in the Russian turbulent past (don't forget to ask me about it!). However, more than anything, I love Lake Baikal, simply because it's impossible not to love it, and I'll do all I can to make you fall in love with it too. I will introduce you to Baikal's incredible nature, mysteries, and legends; and at the same time, I will show you how people live in this part of Siberia nowadays.
I love spending time with my guests (my youngest client so far being 3 and my eldest 95!), and I always try to make my tours as personal and flexible as possible, adjusting them to my guests' interests and abilities. Apart from walking, which is the best way to see the downtown of Irkutsk, we can take local city buses, noisy trams, or even trolleybuses. For those with less energy or mobility, I can always arrange a chauffeured private car tour.
So let's get touring!
- Certificate of English-speaking Irkutsk and Baikal guide, issued in 2017;
- Diploma of the English-Russian interpreter;
- Valid licenses to all relevant local museums.
I do not drive and guide. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.