Kazan is the “third” capital of Russia, modern and archaic at the same time. Perhaps this is the most unpredictable city in the whole country, because it is not only the mixture of the Eastern and the Western cultures, but also a variety of different religions, mentalities and history.
On one bank of the Kazanka River, there is an ancient Kremlin, founded in the 12th century. Futuristic skyscrapers of the 21st century are on the other bank. A mosque and an Orthodox church are standing side by side. Come to Kazan, and you will see it all with your own eyes, as well as visit the Sviyazh Island and an ancient city of Bulgar.
Meet a guide in the airport, transfer to the hotel. Check-in.
Today we will stroll through the streets and squares of Kazan, try the national cuisine, learn about the history of the Volga region and enjoy the local hospitality.
The tour will start in the Kazan Kremlin, which was included into the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. This is a huge complex spread over 1,500 square meters where Russian and Tatar cultural traditions are harmoniously combined. Behind the walls of the Kazan Kremlin, there are plenty of architectural objects - both historical monuments and modern sights: Syuyumbike Tower, a symbol of the Kazan Kremlin; Kul Sharif Mosque, the youngest and most elegant structure of the Kazan Kremlin.
Then we will take a walk around the city, hear many legends and get lots of great photos. During the stroll we will see the Old Tatar Quarter (“Staro-Tatarskaya Sloboda”). Over the centuries, a unique ensemble of national Tatar architecture has been formed here, becoming a center of public and religious life. Every house is associated with Tatar history and culture.
Today we will also have a culinary master class at the Tatar Estate restaurant, when you will learn how to cook a traditional “Ochpochmak” (a three-corner pie).
Transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast. Transfer to the Great Bolgar (apprx. 3-hour trip).
The Great Bolgar is a religious shrine and the historical homeland of the Volga Tatars. The town was considered one of the centers of handicraft. It was home to many skilled craftsmen, jewelers, blacksmiths and tailors.
Many ancient architectural monuments survived till this day: the White Chamber - the Khan's baths, the large and small minarets. One modern building of and oriental beauty also appeared in Bulgar - the White Mosque. The largest Quran book is stored in it.
We will explore The Great Bolgar during our sightseeing tour.
After a lunch at the local café there will be some options for you: the Museum of Bolgar Civilization, the Commemorative Sign monument in honor of the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bolgars, the Museum of the Koran.
Transfer back to Kazan. Overnights in Kazan.
Breakfast. Check out from hotel. Transfer from Kazan to Sviyagsk Island (1 hour).
The town of Sviyazhsk stands on the island. It was built by Ivan the Terrible during the capture of Kazan. There is a wooden church, built in 16th century without a single nail. Here are monasteries with stone walls 3 meters thick. We will take a short sightseeing tour to see all this beauty and experience the atmosphere of medieval Russia.
Then you will have a free time to explore the island. For instance, take a visit to ‘Konniy Dvor’ and ride a horse, or visit one of the numerous museums. If you travel with children, you will also enjoy the Lazy Torzhok cultural center, stylized as a medieval town. Here you can compete in archery and try on real armor.
A visit to Sviyazhsk can give you an exclusive immersion into Tatarstan’s history and provides an excellent opportunity to see the beauty of its nature.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.
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|Price per person 3* hotel||$321||$364||$440||$545||$988|
|Price per person 4* hotel||$375||$399||$507||$581||$1068|