Irkutsk is called the “Paris of Siberia”. It has gained this name due to the fact that many intelectuals, nobels prize winners and artists were sent there in exile, especially in the 19th century, and they were key to turn the city in a cultural, educational and artistic centre of Russia. Irkutsk is the most popular stop on the Tras-Siberian Railroad, because of its cultural and artistic treasures, and also because of the Lake Baikal which is one of the largest lakes of the world. It is said that the lake is a spiritual centre too. Being a magical place, it is also called the “Sacred Sea”. A must do in a Russia tour, as you can deep dive in Russian culture and arts and also discover the astonishing lake and surroundings which will make you fall in love with Siberia. The three different cuisines you must taste here are: Siberian, Baikal and Buryat, and you also need to try a cup of Siberian Herbal Tea.