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Kazan – Bilyar
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The city of Bilyar is situated in the place of the ancient capital of Volga Bulgaria. This is a very powerful place recognized by the people of different religions and beliefs. About 800 years ago Bilyar was the name for one of the biggest cities of the Middle Ages having the territory of 800 hectares and with the population of 70 000 people. The ancient city was much bigger than Paris and London! It used to be one of the main centers of industry, crafts, trade and culture.

In the Russian chronicles, it was also known as “Great City”. People of different professions such as metallurgists, blacksmiths, masons, tanners, jewelers, carpenters lived here. Here the trading routes from Central Asia and Iran, Russia and the Baltic, the Caucasus and Byzantium were joint. Nowadays we can still see the ruins of the sheds, where the merchants used to stay many-many years ago.

The modern city of Bilyarsk was built on the ruins of the ancient city of the 9-10th centuries. Old Bilyar used to be a huge metropolis, second after Bolgar, much bigger than Paris and London. The symbol of the city became the gates made of pure gold. The stories about the beauty of those gates are still known today. But the city of Bilyar itself was fully destroyed in the 13th century during the Mongol invasion.

Nowadays only a small part (around 0,1%) of the territory of the Bulagarian capital is uncovered during excavations. And of course the scientists are to make a lot of interesting discoveries.

    Day 1

  • Meeting at the railway station or at the airport
  • Accommodation in the hotel
  • Bus sightseeing tour around Kazan
  • Old-Tatar Sloboda, where the original tatar people had lived since the XVI century, the oldest Marjani Mosque, the Fountain Cascade, Lake Kaban– its mysteries and legends, Cloth Hall – the industrial transformation of Peter I, the stylish little village “Tugan avylym” (native village), the Puppet Theatre, The tram Museum in the open air
  • Svobody Square and its attractions – The City hall , the Concert hall, the Opera and Ballet Theatre, “The White House ” of Tatarstan, Black Lake. From the Square near the National Culture Centre there is a magnificent view to the sporting facilities of Universiade 2013.
    Cathedral of St.Peter and Paul built in 1723- 1726 in memory of the visit of Peter I. Bogoroditsky Monastery  and the miraculous Kazan Icon of Mother of God, that was returned from Vatican to Russia under the will of Pope of Rome. Kazan University, Kremlyovskaya Street, Millenium Park.
    The tour along Peterburgskaya street and Bauman Street: Church of the Epiphany, The Kazan Publishing House, a sculpture of the Kazan Cat, the carriage of Catherine II, the Shalyapin Chamber Hall, the “navel” of the city of Kazan
  • The tour along Bolaq and its bridges (Lozhkinskiy, Lebedevskiy, Romanovskiy), the Palace of Farmers, the banks of the Kazanka River.
    The excursion to the Kazan Kremlin – the heart of the Republic of Tatarstan: May 1 square, the National Museum, The city Hall , Kremlin Spasskaya Tower, The Savior’s Transfiguration monastery, the Cannon Yard Museum, The Governor’s Palace, Cathedral of the Annunciation(with the excursion), Leaning Suyumbike Tower, mausoleum of the Kazan khans. You will see a magnificent panorama of the city and the rivers around it. You will hear the legends of the city, you will see its unique monuments. The culmination of the excursion program is the pearl of the Kazan Kremlin – the main mosque of the Tatar Republic – Kul Sharif Mosque (with the excursion inside)
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to the museum chosen
  • Free time
  • Additional excursion “Night lights of Kazan”
  • Day 2

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Bus tour to Bilyar
  • Arrival in Bilyar, bus sightseeing tour, visiting the stone of worship “Khujalartau” and “Holy Spring” – the place of pilgrimage for believers, the excavation place of the ancient city: “Caravan Saraj” and “The House of Feudal”
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to the Historical – Archaeological Museum-Reserve
  • Visiting the Arbuzov House-museum
  • Free time
  • Back to Kazan
  • Visiting shops of the local producers
  • Transfer to the railway station or to the airport

Hotel The cost
from 850
from 1 200
from 1 360
from 1 400
from 1 500
from 2 100
from 2 300
from 3 700
from 4 000
You will visit:

    Day 1

  • Old-Tatar Sloboda, one of the famous sights of the city. It was built by Ivan the Terrible after the siege of Kazan in 1552. The first people living here were tatars who took part in the siege
  • Lake Kaban where the chest with innumerous treasures is situated. The legend says that the chest was hidden on the bottom of the lake during the siege of Kazan
  • The central streets of the city of Kazan that were visited by Pushkin, Gorky, Tolstoy and other outstanding people of culture and art
  • The Exaltation of the Cross Church with the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, one of the most revered shrines in Russia. In 2004 Vatican returned the Kazan Icon to Patriarch Alexy II and since that time thousands of pilgrims and tourists come here to touch the miraculous icon
  • National complex “Tugan Avylym” that means “Native Village” in the Tatar language. Here you can find a restaurant with the traditional tatar cuisine, a pancake café with the Russian stove and guest houses decorated in the Tatar style, you can attend different master-classes and interactive programs
  • The Kazan Kremlin is the chief sight of the Republic of Tatarstan, now it is the object of the UNESCO heritage. The whole territory of the Kremlin is the museum-reserve where a lot of museums, Kul Sharif Mosque, Suyumbike Tower and other historical places are found
  • Day 2

  • The Bolgar hillfort, the archeological rests of the ancient capital of Volga and Kama Bulgaria of the 10th-13th centuries
  • “Holy Spring” – the place of pilgrimage for believers
  • Rests of the ancient city
  • The Arbuzov House-museum. Arbuzov was the founder of the scientific chemistry school, his scientific discoveries made Russia famous all over the world
  • The Historical – Archaeological Museum-Reserve . Here you can find a rich collection of Bilyar antique things, you will learn about national clothes, ancient household items, expensive vessels made in Central Asia and in the capitals of the Golden Horde
Included in the price:
  • Bus rent for 2 days
  • Excursion program
  • Entrance tickets for the program
  • Lunch in Kazan, lunch in Bilyarsk
  • Guide services for 2 days
  • Support for 2 days
  • Insurance
  • For extra fee accommodation in the hotel
  • For extra fee excursion program «Night lights of Kazan»
The cost of the tour
The cost of the tour for 1 person
The size of the group Transport company The transport of the customer
40 people 1 950 1 200
30 people 2 250 1 300
18 people 2 700 1 450
7 people 5 300 2 200
3 people 11 000 3 750

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