Bol'shie Koty is a small village in the Irkutsk region in Eastern Siberia. The nearest major airport is Irkutsk. When planning your travel, please take into account the following:
- The participants are expected to arrive to Irkutsk on July 12 or earlier. The usual route to Irkutsk from abroad is by plane via Moscow. The flights arrive to Irkutsk early in morning, so be prepared for a night flight. The two major companies which serve several flights per day are Aeroflot and S7 Airlines. Please notice that July is high season, so book your tickets well in advance.
- The local organizers will pick you up at the airport, bring together, and arrange for the boat from Irkutsk to B.Koty. The boat departs on July 12 at 14:00. If you arrive in the morning, you will be met at the airport and brought directly to the boat. Please note: if you arrive very early, be prepared for a long wait for the boat. If you arrive on the previous day, you'll need to book a hotel in Irkutsk. This accommodation is on your charge. It can be booked via booking.com and similar websites; below are some recommended hotels in Irkutsk. if you need assistance with booking, please contact the organizers.
- On the way back, the boat from B.Koty will arrive to Irkutsk in the late afternoon of July 19. If your flight departs in the morning, you will need an overnight stay in Irkutsk, which will again be on your charge.
Here are some hotels in Irkutsk we recommend:
- Irkutsk Hotel *** is situated on the banks of the Angara River and is a short walk from the main historical district of Irkutsk. Free Wi-Fi, air-condition system, airport shuttle or you can get to Irkutsk International Airport in 15 minutes on Taxi.
- Angara Hotel *** is situated not far from the main historical district of Irkutsk. Free Wi-Fi, air-condition system, shuttles to Irkutsk Airport are provided on request.
- Hotel Victoria *** is situated in the centre of Irkutsk nearby the Angara River. Free Wi-Fi, air-condition system, you can get to Irkutsk International Airport in 15 minutes on Taxi.
- Ibis Hotel *** A famous brand at the center of Irkutsk.
- Hotel Baikal Free Wi-Fi, airport shuttle
- Sun Hotel **** is situated in Irkutsk city centre. Free Wi-Fi, air-condition system, airport shuttle or you can get to Irkutsk International Airport in 7 minutes on Taxi.
We expect you to book the accommodation online for your stay. In the case you need assistance, please contact us at baikal.school.hep.astro at gmail.com, and we'll be be glad to help you.