Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Russia, and UNESCO World Heritage site. Old Kazan is the historical center of the city and represents a cultural blend of European and Eastern influence. There are beautiful buildings in different architectural styles; palaces of modern art coexisting with Baroque monuments. You can feel an aura of magic from the ancient white walls of the Kazan Kremlin where a splendid view of the river opens. From a distance you can see the red bell tower of the Epiphany Church along the famous pedestrian Bauman Street.
Kazan combines with ease the culture and traditions of East and West: ancient Orthodox churches stand next to minaret towers. With its foods, traditions, and people, the city truly represents a crossroad of Orthodox and Islamic culture.
In 2005 Kazan celebrated its millennium jubilee. Despite its ancient past, the city is also a bustling modern metropolis of nearly 1.5 million people. Contemporary restorations and modern development of Kazan have brought in famous architects from all over the world. Currently there are many projects underway including: the construction of a new high-tech national library in Tukaya square designed by the famous Dutch architect Erick van Egeraata; the reconstruction and expansion of the Kazan Zoo and Botanical Garden planned by the Atkins Design Institute (Great Britain); and the reconstruction of the impressively preserved Medieval “old Tartar quarter” developed by Antoni Acebillo, famous architect from Barcelona.
Kazan is an important educational and cultural center of Russia. There are around 40 universities operating in the city including the famous State University founded in 1804. There are also numerous museums, libraries, concert halls and theaters throughout the city. Two of the most renowned international festivals - the Opera Festival “F.I. Shalyapin” and the classical dance festival “R. Nuriev” - take place in the Ballet and Opera Theater; one of the largest musical theaters of Russia.
The Kazan Kremlin is a unique complex of archaeological, historical and architectural monuments. In the year 2000, the Kazan Kremlin was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Kul Sharif Mosque - the largest mosque in Russia - was built within the Kremlin in 2005 to celebrate the "Kazan Millennium". The Cathedral of the Annunciation is a monument of history and architecture from the 16th century and for centuries the most important Orthodox church in the city. In the Kremlin there is also another important architectural feature: the Söyembikä Tower, also known as the Khan’s Mosque, one of the most famous leaning towers in Russia and probably the most significant landmark of Kazan.
Despite numerous demolitions which took place during the Soviet period, the city still retains important Christian religious buildings such as: The Epiphany Cathedral; The Nicholas Cathedral; The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul; The Church in Memory of the Fallen during the siege of Kazan; The church of Saint Barbara; The church of Saint Nicholas; The Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Catholic); The monastery of Our Lady of Kazan; The Monastery of the Zilantov Dormition; The monastery of Saint John the Baptist;
The Kizichesky Vvedensky Monastery. In the immediate vicinity of Kazan are located: the Raifa Monastery and the Holy Dormition Monastery of Sviyazhsk.
Day 1 Moscow
Arrival at Moscow airport, handling of customs formalities and reserved transfer to the hotel. Check-in and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 Moscow
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to the Moscow city tour. External visits with guide and private transport: Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral, the elegant Tverskaya Street, the Teatralnaya Square and the Bolshoi Theater, the Lubianka - home of the former KGB, Sparrow Hills and Moscow State University. Afterwards, a visit to the Moscow Kremlin and its Cathedrals. The Kremlin has always been the center of political, religious and cultural life of Russia. Visit to some of the cathedrals within the Kremlin. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3 Moscow - Kazan
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to a guided tour of the famous Moscow Metro - a real underground museum! Stops are scheduled in some of the most ornate and significant stations with their stucco, stained glass and mosaics, representing the pride of the Russian capital. The visit will continue on the surface with a walk along the famous Arbat pedestrian street - crowded with antique shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes. Transfer to the railway station. Arrival, accommodation on board the night train bound for Kazan. Overnight on the train.
Day 4 Kazan
Arrival early in Kazan central station and transfer to the hotel. Guided tour of the city of Kazan: Kazan Kremlin, the old Tatar Sloboda, the Tugan Avylym Tatar village in the city center, the ancient Marjani Mosque, the Kamal Theater, the mysterious Kaban Lake, the Kazan Millennium Park, the Liberty Square, the University of Kazan, the river embankment that offers a unique view of the coast, the Cathedral of Peter and Paul, and the miraculous icon of Kazan Mother of God. You will see the Spasskaya Tower of the Kazan Kremiln, the Söyembikä Tower, government buildings, the Kul Sharif mosque and the Cathedral of the Annunciation. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 5 Kazan
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the Raifa Monastery 30 km from Kazan. Among the main buildings of the complex: the Church and the Bell Tower of the Archangel Michael - hich also acts as an entrance to the monastery itself, and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity - which boasts excellent acoustics, so much so that it is said four monks singing in its gallery can be heard from two kilometers away. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 6 Kazan
Breakfast at the hotel. Reserved transfer to Kazan airport.
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→ 2 nights in Moscow;
→ 2 nights in Kazan;
→ 1 overnight stay by train Moscow / Kazan;
→ Breakfast at the hotel;
→ Transfers to and from airports and to and from stations carried out by private car / minivan;
→ Night train Moscow / Kazan;
→ All excursions and scheduled visits made with a local professional English-speaking guide and transport for exclusive use;
→ Admissions, if any, during the excursions;
→ Visa support (a standard «tourist voucher» issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency)
→ Our 24-hour telephone assistance in English, carried out by our office in Moscow.
→ It is possible to extend the number of nights in Moscow or Kazan;
→ It is possible toadd a stay in St. Petersburg or in the Golden Ring.
→ Minimum number of participants is 2 people;
→ The tour can be done throughout the year;
→ The guides in English are limited in number, therefore requests must be made well in advance
→ 2020: While some countries have bilateral agreements in place to allow visa-free travel to Russia for their citizens, most foreign nationals are still required to have an Entry Visa. You will need to complete the application for a visa through a visa center or consulate in your home country and we will provide support in terms of the required standard "tourist voucher" issued by the authorized Russian host travel agency. Please read the information on the Russian entry visa requirements here.
→ 2021: The Russian government has announced its plans to implement simplified Electronic Visas for Russia starting Jan. 1, 2021. Foreign citizens of 53 countries will be able to obtain a 16-day, single-entry tourist visa online.
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