Kazan and Muslim-friendly tours

Palaces and Mosques

Tour Description (pdf)
Days: 4 days/3 nights
Start: Kazan
Finish: Kazan

Overview:

You should choose this option of a tour to Tatarstan republic if you are interested in exciting mixture of local cultures and issues of tolerance, multinational dialog and coexistence in the face of controversial history of region. Since early times people living on the territory of the modern Tatarstan have chosen Islam as their faith. Up until XIII century local Muslim state was independent but then lost it and became first a part of the Golden Horne and later a part of the Russian State.
Yet, Tatarstan was able to carefully preserve its traditions through centuries with great respect. We invite you to discover this unique and very special place of abundance, peace and harmony.
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.

Itinerary
(All activities are included, except where marked as Optional, all times are local times)

Day 1 Kazan wonders

1.50 am arrival at Kazan airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast
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 the distinguished Tatar cuisine in the National cultural center.
After lunch we will have a Kremlin walking tour. Kazan Kremlin is one of the most beautiful fortresses of Russia – showing the harmonious mixture of traditional Russian and Tatar architecture and culture, including a Russian orthodox
Annunciation cathedral and the impressive Qolşärif Mosque.
Free time for a nice walk along Baumana and Petersburg’s pedestrian streets.
They are especially atmospheric at evening time with numerous street musicians and open-air cafes.

Day 2 Medieval capital of Bolgar

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. 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. Meals during the day are included: B L

Day 3 Tatar Mosques and traditional arts

Breakfast
Visit to ‘the Church of all religions’ that was built at the initiative of one of the local residents. It is not a traditional church for religious services, but more a symbol of unity of human beings. A symbol of Hope and Faith forming a foundation for mutual understanding and respect between representatives of different confessions.
We will have a bus day trip to the suburbs of Kazan to see several Muslim shrines.
Azimov’s mosque is sometimes called the most authentic mosque of Tatarstan, with stained glass windows, complex design of fence and monumental decor of entrance gate. Shamil’s mosque, famous for its multivoiced healing prayers – is a place of Muslim pilgrimage. Tinichlik mosque imam is mufti (the highest clergyman) of Tatarstan – Kamil Khazrat Simigullin.
We will visit mufti library with some rare versions of Koran.
On the way back to Kazan we will have a stop in College of applied arts to see students’ workshops and learn some technologies of traditional Tatar crafts. You will have a chance to buy some unique local souvenirs. Lunch in a forest hotel. Free time for nice walk around the territory with a park, man-made lake and a private zoo.
The trip will take 6,5-7 hours. Meals included: B L
Free evening in Kazan. We recommend you to visit touristic national village «Tugan avilim» for purchasing best souvenirs in the city.

Day 4 Departure day

Departure day
Transfer to the airport is included.

Price 

Number of people 10 15 20
Price per person
EUR
On request On request On request

Included

4 nights at central-located hotels 3***-4****;
Airport-hotel-airport transfers;
Guided tours and entrance fees;
Headsets and bottles of water;
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches;
Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included

Visa support issues;
International flights;
Domestic flight St. Petersburg – Kazan;
Personal travel insurance.

Included activities:

 

  • Kazan city tour;
  • Kazan Kremlin visit;
  • Volga boat trip to Bolgar (available from May till October, at winter period is changed for a bus trip to Bolgar and dinner in Bolgar);
  • Guided tour in Bolgar with a visit to archeological site, Museum of Bolgar Civilization, Bread museum, White Mosque and Koran museum;
  • Day trip to the suburbs of Kazan with a visit of several Mosques and College of applied art.