The capital of Tatarstan is the city of Kazan. Kazan celebrated its 1000 anniversary in 2005, and keeps on growing wealthier and more beautiful. Known as «The Third Capital of Russia» Kazan is a modern and comfortable city offering a wide array of choices to a visitor, from countless cafes, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment malls, to world class sports and cultural events.
1 Day. Kazan Arrival to Kazan. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to hotel. Check-in.
2 Day. Kazan Sightseeing tour across Kazan, including visit to Kazan Kremlin (UNESCO World Heritage Site)/ The stunning white walls of the Kazan Kremlin is the primary attraction point in Kazan. The Kremlin dates back to the XII century and hosts a wealth of sights within its walls. The most obvious one is the blue and white gem of the Kul Sharif Mosque, one Russia’s largest. Next to, it is the Russian Orthodox Blagoveschensky (Annunciation) Cathedral, and the mysterious leaning Tower of Syuyumbike, the legendary last queen of Kazan. Walking tour through the Old Tatar Settlement and the famous street Bauman.
3 Day. Kazan Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the Island-Town of Sviyazhsk. Pushkin’s fairy tales come to life on the Sviyazhsk river island only 60 km from Kazan. Initially a fortress built by Ivan the Terrible to seize Kazan in XVI century, Sviyazhsk has grown through the ages into a quintessential place of Russian culture.
4 Day. Kazan Breakfast in the hotel Tour to the Great Bolgar. A thousand years ago on a tall shore high above Volga, 180 km away from Kazan, there sat the buzzing capital of the thriving and formidable Volga Bolgar Civilization. Here, the ancestors of Tatars adopted Islam in 922, and in the XIII century, Bolgar became the capital of the Golden Horde. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Bolgar remains a sacred pilgrimage place. A visitor can admire the Cathedral Mosque, with its Big Minaret, North and East Mausoleums, Khan’s Tomb, built in the XIII-XIV centuries.
5 Day. Kazan Check out. Transfer to the airport or r/w station.
Prices include guide and transportation services, entrance fees to indicated museums. Price doesn’t include accommodation.