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Hero Cities of Russia from Kazan to Volgograd (Stalingrad)
Day 1 - Arriving in Moscow
Transfer to the hotel in the city centre. After some rest, there will be a quick meeting explaining the tour details, itinerary, as well as some advice on rules and customs in Russia. Then we set off on a walk to explore Moscow, and have Russian dinner in a nice restaurant near the Kremlin.
Day 2 - Moscow - Vladimir - Nizhny Novgorod, 450 km
In the morning we will visit the Red Square and will have plenty time to take photos even on the bikes. After we will leave Moscow and drive through Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod. In Vladimir, we will make a stop to see the Assumption Cathedral, a great architectural wonder of the 12th century. This is one of the few temples which preserved the unique frescoes by Andrei Rublev, who is considered to be the greatest medieval Russian painter of Orthodox icons and frescos.
Then we will leave Vladimir for Nizhny Novgorod, another historically significant city in Russia, which has existed for over 800 years and has a large number of monuments of history and culture.
Day 3 - Nizhny Novgorod - Kazan, 400 km
Today we will drive along the Volga River through Kozmodemyansk and Cheboksary to Kazan. An interesting road awaits us: stunning scenery, the museum of Tatar culture, the unique fortress town of Sviyazhsk, which is situated 30 km away from Kazan at the confluence of Volga and Sviyaga Rivers, and majestic Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Tatars represent the largest group in Russia professing Islam. In Kazan, we will get acquainted with the history of the people, religion, traditions, legends and, of course, taste Tatar dishes: balish (summer food cake), echpochmak (hot, succulent, spicy patties with potato and mutton filling), qistibi (an unleavened bread stuffed with mashed potatoes or millet porridge) and chak-chak (a dessert food made from deep-fried dough drenched in a hot honey syrup).
Day 4 - Kazan
We will visit the Kazan Kremlin, Russia's second largest Kremlin after Moscow, which has been added to the List of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Its origins date back to the 10th century. For six centuries the Kremlin has absorbed many cultures: Bulgar, Golden Horde, Italian, Medieval Kazan-Tatar, and Russian culture. Today on its territory you can find the monuments and artefacts of each of these cultures, which we will see during the excursion.
Day 5 - Kazan - Samara, 370 km
The first half of the day we will spend on the road along the banks of the majestic Volga. We will pass through the Central Volga Region; we will see many authentic villages and beautiful scenery. We will buy home-grown fruits and vegetables in the villages along the way.
We will arrive in Samara around 5-6 p.m., after checking in at the hotel we will go for a walk around the city. We will start at the Samara embankment, since the Embankment is one of the most beautiful places not only in the city but also in Russia. It is more than 5 kilometres long and here the old pre-Revolutionary brick buildings coexist with modern buildings and monuments.
We will try the legendary Zhigulevskoye beer, which can be bought at the brewery situated on the Embankment. We will also try some delicious Volga fish!
Day 6 - Samara – Saratov, 420 km
Today we will visit Saratov - yet another beautiful city on the Volga River. The city’s coat of arms features three sterlets, representing the variety of fish in the rivers of the region. The city has several interesting museums, the Victory Park with the collection of wartime machines. The city was badly damaged during the World War Two but was rebuilt to become a modern thriving city. We can buy souvenirs here and have dinner in a fish restaurant on the main street called Kirova ave.
Day 7 - Saratov – Volgograd, 380 km
Today we visit Volgograd, also known Stalingrad during the Soviet times. Volgograd is a legendary city. The Battle of Stalingrad took place here from August of 1942 to February of 1943. It is often regarded as the largest and bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, which marked a turning point in the war against fascists. The Mamayev Kurgan, a memorial complex devoted to the heroes of the World War II, where an 85 meters tall statue "The Motherland Calls" is located, a mother asking her sons to fight the enemy.
Day 8 - Volgograd
In the morning we will have a boat trip along the Volga River, and afterwards we continue to explore the Mamayev Kurgan, visit the military machines museum, the alley of glory, and other places. In the evening we will dine at a restaurant on the bank of the Volga River.
Day 9 - Volgograd – Tambov, 530 km
Today we proceed with our trip to Tambov. It is a small town, where we will walk through the embankment along the Tsna River, visit the Cathedral of the Ascension, and the Wolf Museum. There is an idiom in the Russian language: "Tambov wolf is comrade for you", it is tied with the history of the region. At the end of our tour through the city we will buy some Tambov honey and continue our journey.
Day 10 - Tambov – Moscow, 460 km
In the morning we leave for Moscow and ride through Ryazan and Kolomna. We are going to make several stops to see city centres of these towns. In Ryazan we will see the Ryazan Kremlin and try traditional Ryazan’s medovukha – a Slavic honey-based alcoholic beverage with an alcoholic strength of 5 to 16 percent, which has been produced in Russia since the 18th century. In Kolomna we will visit the Pastila (a kind of marshmallow) Museum and have a final coffee break before Moscow.
Upon arriving to Moscow we check-in at the hotel and have a walk in the very heart of Moscow, the Red Square. It’s less crowded in the evening and very peaceful. We will finish the day at the best beer restaurant in Moscow.
Day 11 – Moscow
Today we will have an excursion around the city. Starting with Kremlin and Red Square, we will see GUM (main shopping mall) and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Later on we will explore the local metro which is considered an art gallery itself and have a walk on Arbat, the most famous pedestrian street in Moscow, where you can buy authentic Russian souvenirs.
Day 12 - Departure
Transfer to the airport. If your departure is rather late, we could visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, Bolshoi Theatre or Central Park.
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