Founded by Golden Horde on the banks of the Volga river Kazan is one of the oldest city in Russia. It's the home of 115 nationalities and 5 religious confessions coexisting peacefully.
During this 4 days tour you will see beautiful mosques and unique churches, traditional Russian wooden houses along with modern skyscrapers.
Kazan is just 820 km away from Moscow and the flight is just over 1 hour. Take you hotel room and meet your guide to have a nice stroll through 2000 years of history of this amazing city.
Your will admire the beauty of the Kazan Kremlin, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Built as a fortress over 1,000 years ago it is still towering over the city. You will see the Peter and Paul Cathedral, Azimovskaya and Marddjan mosques, Freedom Square, Lake Kaban, Kazanskii Posad, and the University. Vladimir Lenin was a student here.
In the evening take walk down Bauman Street, known as Kazan’s ‘Arbat’, and feel the atmosphere of spicy mix of East and West. Have a dinner in in the restaurants here and try delights of the local Tatar cuisine.
Today we will take you to the island town of Sviyazhsk (60 km). It has been built in 1551 by Ivan the Terrible's troops in only 4 weeks. The historical and architectural complex of Sviyazhsk includes monasteries, cathedrals, churches and a bell tower. After visiting the sights, we will find a spot with a stunning view and will have a picnic while looking across the surrounding expanse of water. We are coming back to Kazan by boat along Volga, the longest river in Europe.
In the evening we recommend to book tickets to the Kazan Theatre of Opera and Ballet to enjoy the world class music and dance.
Today we are going to have 130 km drive to visit Bolghar, the region’s ancient capital. The town was the capital of of Volga-Bulgaria in the mid centuries and also once the capital the Golden Horde. Bolghar is home to a stunning white stone mosque. It houses the world’s largest Quran, which has been encrusted with jade, silver, and gold. Muslims who could not make the pilgrimage to the Mecca, travelled to Bolghar instead. It is the best place to get a real feel of Tatar culture and antiquity.
If possible catch a match at the Kazan Arena Stadium in the evening. The Kazan Arena is a state of the art. It has a capacity of 45,000 people, and during the 2018 world cup it hosted several games, including a quarter-final.
In the morning visit Kazan Central Market that gives you a good idea of the atmosphere of the real Tatar bazar. Grab some souvenirs and take your transfer to the airport to fly back.
KAZAN TRAVEL TIPS:
When: all year around, but the best period is May-September
Duration: 2-5 days
Transportation: Flight or Train from Moscow (12 hours). Flight from St.Petersburg
Optional: Kazan can be a part of Trans-Siberian Journey.
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