Kazan and Muslim-friendly tours

The stars of Tatarstan

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

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 city 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 Russian Fortress-island Sviyazhsk

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.
The trip takes 5 hours. Meals included: B L

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;
  • Guided Sviyazhsk city tour with a visit to the handicraft village and local historical museum.