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Omsk and Omsk region individual tours at a glance
We amuse ourselves when we read what numerous specialists and advisers abroad write about Omsk. Never believe them as they get their impressions mostly sitting in front of a computer or just travelling once and making the conclusions forever. Just do the opposite and you will be rewarded with unusual experience. As every shelf article has its buyer- also Omsk has its own special client.

With this site on the web from 2003, we state a stable growth of interest for Omsk. Especially interesting was the year 2016 as we had an increase of 500%! Of course it is also due to the ruble weakness and Omsk's 300-th anniversary in 2016. But still, it is quite a remarkable achievement. The main tourist flow comes with the Transsib with not only individual tourists but also more and more groups from all over the world. Why this?

Something special for culture and history lovers:
Omsk is an ideal stop on the Transsib from Moscow to Irkutsk or the other way round not just because it is in the middle of the route: first and formost Omsk is a must see for culture and history lovers as it was for so many years under the Zars the capital of Siberia, being at the top of the five most important capital cities of the Russian empire.

In August 2016, as it was stated above, Omsk celebrated its 300-th anniversary. St. Petersburg companies, French urban architects and Gasprom helped with reconstruction of downtown. It looks now splendid!!! 2017 it is planed to extend the reconstruction up to the end-line of the historical center merging with the pedestrian Valikhanova street where the Consulate General of Kazakhstan is situated.

Fine and unusial cuisine:
As per capita Omsk has even more restaurants than Moscow. It is also a place where you can taste dishes you can see nowhere on the Transsib ( mainly because of Omsk proximity to Kazakhstan and Middle Asia). You can also taste cuisine of local Germans during your visit to Asovo area.

Beautiful combination of forest and steppes:
Once tourists venture out of Omsk: we have probably unique combination of birch-trees and steppes on the route. Also a must see for nature lovers.



Picture: golden autumn and beautiful birch-trees near Blumenfeld, 90 km away from Omsk.

HOME STAY IN OMSK AT THE VERY HEART OF THE CITY
For your stay in Omsk we propose a room with a guest family at the very heart of the city of Omsk just 300 meters from the most beautiful church in Siberia: Dormition cathedral.

This is the so- called Stalin- Brezhnev house. It was built in 1953 - the year Stalin passed away. During the Brezhnev time of the SU the first man in the Omsk region, Mr. Manyakin, lived here for many years.

Price: 20 euros per person in a group of two persons.

What's included:
- room for 2 persons for individual use


Note: the apartment has three rooms, WC, washing machine, fridge and all necessary things to arrange a nice stay for you while in Omsk.



From this house we propose the following tours:

TOUR 1. OMSK CITY TOUR
You can also pay any of our short tours in Omsk upon arriving here. Be sure to contact us at least a month or two months in advance in order we make necessary arrangements.

1.Walking tour of the historic center of Omsk:
3 hours and for a distance of some 2,5 km.

Price:
1 person: 50 euros
2 persons: 25 euros per person

What's included:
- personal guide ( English, German, French, Spanish)


Picture: the Dormition Cathedral of Omsk- the recovered heart of the City.

TOUR 2: GERMAN HOUSE & VALIKHANOV STREET TOUR
We have here at least three major stories to tell about three great humans who spent their time in Omsk:

The German House of Omsk:
One is based on the origin of the house which flourished in Omsk before the Russian Revolution of 1917 and was the center of German community at that time.

Siberian Art:
Another- the house remained intact through the Soviet times and in the 70-s was the atelier of one of the greatest Siberian painters - Kondraty Belov.

The Great Man of the Steppe:
The German House is situated on the Valikhanov street within the stone's through from the Valikhanov corner. After the tee ceremony in the museum we make a tour of Valikhanov street where the Kazakhstan Consulate is situated. We will tell you about this Great Man of the Steppe and his breath-taking travel on the Silk Road. Then we visit the pedestrain Valikhanov street.


Duration: 2 hours

Tour costs:
1 person: 50 euros
2 persons: 25 euros per person

What's included:
- personal driver for coaching you in Omsk;
- tour guide ( English)
- museum tickets;
- walking tour of the pedestrain Valikhanov street.

Optional:
- tea ceremony with Samovar and delicious cookies


For more information please go to:
Stumpf and Belov- great people of Omsk

The Great Man of the Steppe

TOUR 3: DOSTOEVSKY TOUR
On the night of January 6, 1849, Dostoevsky-was sent from Petersburg to Siberia in a prison convoy. He was to spend four years in Omsk Prison: 'I spent the entire four years in prison without going out, behind walls, and went out only for work.

In Omsk the writer worked in a brick factory, baking and grinding alabaster; he labored in an engineering workshop and also shoveled snow from the city streets. Since it was forbidden to - write in prison, Dostoevsky's main creative work in Omsk was planning his future novels. All around him was a limitless supply of material for such plans. His first work, which he had been absorbing throughout all his four-year experience in prison, was a novel openly dedicated to the theme of the Russian prison, Notes from the House of the Dead. No city in which the writer lived was investigated and described in such detail as Omsk.
Life in prison for him was often unbearably difficult. When he returned to normal life, he didn't like to recall those years. In 1876, in Diary of a Writer, Dostoevsky admitted, 'To this day that time comes back to me in my sleep sometimes and I know of no dream more tormenting'.

During the tour we visit all the places in the city associated with the name of the Great Writer. including the museum of the writer.

And we also see the historical center of Omsk.

Duration: 2 hours

Tour costs:
1 person: 50 euros
2 persons: 25 euros per person

What's included:
- English speaking guide during the whole tour
- museum tickets

Optional:
During summer when it is warm we can have a tea ceremony in the court of the museum ( Dostoevsky was a dedicated tea-trinker) and discuss with some people of the museum stuff his life and works.

TOUR 4: GENSE BOTANICAL GARDEN TOUR
In 1960-70, Omsk got the nickname “garden city”. City owes this title to great extend to the German agronomist Herbert Gense.

On the territory of the botanical garden of Omsk he collected his most valuable collection of trees and shrubs.

Gense has been working on the introduction and acclimatization of plants of Ural- Siberian region. All in all, he created and introduced about 30 new species of trees and shrubs, which are widely used in landscaping of Omsk, in other cities and regions of Siberia and Northern Kazakhstan.

As the garden is situated out of city's center we have to drive there using public bus.

Duration: 2 hours

Tour costs:
1 person: 50 euros
2 persons: 25 euros per person



What's included:
- bus tickets
- English speaking guide during the whole tour.

An entry into a guest book:

Just unbelievable - Mr. Gense war a genius! At the same time it is a great pity that he is practically unknown to the outer world. He deserves to be world-known!

We loved the place. All the best to this splendor in Omsk.

Udo and Judith, Dresden/Germany.

October 2014


TOUR 5: THE THREE GULAG SITES OF OMSK & ACHAIR
Five hour tour of Gulag sites in Omsk and Achair:

We first visit the three Gulag sites of the City which form a triangle: the Gulag Chapel, the Gulag Stone and the Dormition Cathedral - the heart of the City, listed as one of the world's greatest attractions, and you will be told a story which resembles very much ( although being quite different) the story of the Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche) in Dresden/Germany.

After visiting the Gulag sites of Omsk we drive to Achair monastery-former Gulag camp ( 60 km one way). More than 200 000 prisoners lost their lives there.

Cost of the tour: 55 euros per person in a group of two persons

Package includes:
- car with a driver
- English speaking guide during the whole tour.

P.S.It's a creapy feeling to visit the site in winter ( picture) and to imagine what the victims felt with practically no warm clothes and thin barrack walls.

TOUR 6: VISIT THE CAPITAL OF SIBERIAN GERMANS
In the whole vast world there are just two national districts of ethnic Germans: one is in the Altai region far away from the Transsib and the other- what luck- within the stone's throw from Omsk.

Distance we travel: 55 km one way

Tour duration:5 hours

Advantages: after congested train compartments, smells and crowded cities you indulge in real Siberian life, see great open spaces with practically no people at all and talk to the natives who are just unaware how happy they are to live so close to nature and so far from political upheavals.


Highlights:
- Visit of Asovo- the capital of Siberian Germans;

- Discovering Siberian Cuisine with lunch including dishes the locals like most of all. We taste local beer ( optional);

- On the way to and from Asovo we admire beautiful birch-tree groves and fine corn fields ( the Sosnovka area). The Asovo National District is the biggest production area for hard varieties of wheat in Siberia. The wide open landscapes will remind you Chile or Argentina and ( some parts) of Canada and the US.

Costs of the tour per person in a group of two persons: 60 euros

What's included:
- car with a driver
- English speaking guide during the whole tour
- lunch

Optional:
Tasting local beer


TOUR 7: FORMER GULAG AND ASOVO
We have a combination of two tours in one day. Nowhere at the Transsib you will have this unique experience and this unique price!

Four hour tour of Gulag in Achair and a four hour tour to Asovo:

Part 1:

First we visit the Achair monastery-former Gulag camp ( 60 km one way). More than 200 000 prisoners lost their lives there.


Part two:
From Achair we drive back to Omsk and before reaching the City turn left a drive on one of the longest motorways in the world ' Vladivistok -Moscow'.
Then we head straight for Asovo.

Highlights Asovo:
- visit the capital of Siberian Germans and taste their food and drinks ( optional);
- on the way to and from Asovo we admire beautiful birch-tree groves and fine corn fields. The Asovo National District is the biggest production area for hard varieties of wheat in Siberia. The wide open landscapes will remind you Chile or Argentina and ( some parts) of Canada and the US.


Costs of the tour per person in a group of two persons: 75 euros

Package includes:
- car with a driver
- English speaking guide during the whole tour
- lunch

Optional:
tasting local beer direct from the brewery.

TOUR 8: PROLONGED VISIT OF SIBERIAN GERMANS
Day' s tour to the German district

Alexandrovka
Emerged as a German settlement more than 100 years ago near the Kazakh border, it is still a neat place. Alexandrovka is the oldest German village in Siberia. We visit there a local museum and see how the Germans lived here in the past.The museum has also a nice collection of pictures depicting the beauty of the local nature and also the cruel deportation of the Volga Germans to Siberia in September 1941. The painter Wormsbecher was among those who were expelled.

The village has beautiful, colorful wooden houses.


We round up our trip with the visit of Asovo- the center of Siberian Germans in the region where we taste their food and drinks ( optional).


Cost of the tour per person: 75 euros in a group of two person



Package includes:
- personal driver for the whole tour;
- Siberian meal;
- English speaking guide for the whole tour;
- tickets to German museum in Alexandrovka

TOUR 9: VISIT MENNONITES IN SIBERIA
First there is a good link to start with:
How the Mennonites settlers came to Omsk

Day's tour to Solntsevka (Rosenort):

We start the tour at 10 o'clock and drive along the Isilkul motorway. On the way we pass a number of Mennonite communities. As we reach Morgenau the Mennonite presence becomes obvious. At 12 o'clock we arrive in Solntsevka, visit the Mennonites and talk to them.

This is practically the only corner in the vast region where Low German is widely spoken in the streets, in families and among children. A must see!

We drive back to Omsk at 5 pm. The distance we travel in both directions will be 300 km.


Cost of the tour:

99 euros per person in a group of two persons. Including personal driver and English-speaking guide.
Lunch is also included.

Please note:
The motorway we travel along runs alongside the Southern trunk line of the Transsib ( which is in fact the original line built around the year 1900). This is also the former famous defense line against the Dzhungars who were posed to attack the Cossacks as they conquered for the Tsar this part of the world some 300 years ago. In scientific circles this is the so-called 'Salt-Line' which was built under the wise guidance of General Kinderman. Not much has remained out of these forts but you will be told numerous stories and legends about this time.

This is also the route of the grain belt of the Omsk region with huge grain elevators and vast well tended grain fields. We travelled with Ron and his wife from Kansas ( accompanied by his Australian friends ) in August 2015 along this route and he said that the landscape is 'awesome' and reminded him very much the beloved fileds of Kansas.

Picture:spring crop of the local mennonites