The stars of Tatarstan

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Duration

4 D / 3 N

Tour Type

Cultural

Tour season

Summer

Autumn

Spring

Destination

Kazan

Overview

For your first meeting with Tatarstan republic we have chosen the most important sights, marked as the part of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. In Kazan we will visit Kremlin with its famous Qolşärif Mosque, will taste traditional Tatar food and will have a nice walk in Tatar district. We will also travel along the Volga river to medieval Muslim capital of Bolgar and visit historical island-town of Sviyazhsk.

We offer this tour as a part of a trip to Russia and combine it with a visit of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Please contact us for details.

Tour season

Summer
Autumn
Spring

Tour type

Historical
Cultural
Muslim-friendly

Itinerary Download the itinerary

Day 1 "Kazan wonders" - Arrival - Transfer to the hotel - Breakfast - City tour - Lunch - remlin walking tour - Free time - Transfer to the hotel - Check in

Arrival at Kazan airport

Transfer to the hotel

Breakfast

City tour. Welcome to Kazan, a thousand-year old city and the capital of Tatarstan republic. Let’s feel the difference between Russian regions. During our city tour we will visit the main sites of the city as well as very authentic Tatar district and try a distinguished Tatar cuisine in a Na-tional cultural center. Midday prayer Zuhr.

Lunch

After lunch we will have a Kremlin walking tour. Kazan Kremlin is one of the most beautiful fortresses of Russia, showing a harmonious mixture of traditional Russian and Tatar architecture and culture, including Russian orthodox Annunciation cathedral and the impressive Qolşärif Mosque. Midmost prayer Asr. Free time for a nice walk along Baumana and Petersburg’s pedestrian streets. They are especially atmospheric in the evening, with numerous street musicians and open-air cafes.

Transfer to the hotel

Check in

Day 2 "Medieval capital of Bolgar" - Bolgar - Lunch - The Bread Museum - Transfer to the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel

Meeting with your guide at the lobby

After breakfast we will travel along the Europe longest Volga River by a local vessel to see Bolgar, the medieval capital of Volga Bulgaria and one of the biggest cities of the Golden Horde. Let’s admire the greatness of Volga in its widest part with picturesque sceneries around. Volga Bulgars are considered to be the ancestors of Kazan Tatars. They have chosen Islam as their religion and laid the foundation for the very specific Tatar culture. The city of Bolgar was destroyed in early 15th century by an army of Moscow duke and since that time Kazan started to be a new capital of Volga Bulgaria and Kazan Khanate. Nowadays Bolgar is listed as a UNESCO heritage site where visitors can admire the architectural memorials of 13-14th centuries. There are some modern objects as well. An elegant White Mosque was built to celebrate the date of adoption of Islam in a region and to host the world’s largest printed Quran with 2 meters’ tall pages and solid malachite cover. Midday prayer Zuhr.

Lunch

At the end of the tour we will visit the Bread Museum, with functioning wind and water mills, miller’s house and bakery. The trip takes about 12 hours.

Transfer to the hotel

Overnight

Day 3 "Russian Fortress-island Sviyazhsk" - Tour to Sviyazhsk - Lunch - Transfer to the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel

Meeting with your guide at the lobby

Day trip to Sviyazhsk, one more UNESCO heritage site of Tatarstan republic. The Island-town of Sviyazhsk was founded by Moscow Tsar Ivan the Terrible to conquer Kazan and to join Kazan Khanate to Moscow Rus. Located at the confluence of the Volga and the Sviyaga the fortress since that time became the center of Russian culture in the region. The small island with less than 300 residents has 37 cultural sites. No industry or public transport is allowed here, which makes the atmosphere very special.

Lunch

Transfer to the hotel

Overnight

Day 4 - Check out - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel

Check out

Transfer to the airport

Departure

Included/Excluded

Accommodation in ½ TWN BB in the chosen 3* or 4* hotels
English-speaking guide’s services as per the program
Comfortable transportation with A/C
Admission fees to all museums according to the program
Water in the bus
E-visa/Visa support
Meals and beverages except mentioned
Tips for guide and driver
Photo and video shooting fees
Portrage
Visa fee

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