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Kazan – Bolgar – Sviyazhsk
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    Day 1

  • Meeting at the railway station or at the airport
  • Accommodation in the hotel
  • Bus Sightseeing tour around Kazan. Old Tatar Sloboda – Yunusov Square, the Shamil house, the old houses of the tatar merchants, the oldest stone mosque –Al-Marjani Mosque, Apanaev Mosque, the shortest street of Kazan. Legends of Lake Kaban, the State Drama Theatre of G.Kamal (the history of the foundation of the tatar theatre and its modern life), theatre life and cascade of fountains, the monument “Mysteries Shurale”, the Bolaq River and its bridges. The central streets of the city: Pushkin, Gorky, Karl Marx streets, Gogol and Tolstoy streets. Academic and cultural Kazan. The main buildings of the city and of the Republic, situated in Svobody Square. The Tatar Academic State Opera and Ballet theatre named after Musa Dzhalil
  • Visiting the Church with the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God and the Kazan Cathedral, Church of St. Sophia and Church of St.Paraskeva, the Cathedral of St.Peter and Paul, that was founded in honor of the celebration of 50th birthday of Tsar Peter I in Kazan
  • Park “Black Lake» and Lovers’ Arch, Kazan Campus and rich Kremlyovskaya Street. Visiting Family Center “Kazan” and the most important sports objecst of the city (The Ice Palace, TatNeft Arena, Rivjera Water Park, The Water Sports Palace, Football Stadium Kazan-Arena with the biggest outside screen in Europe, Palace of single combats). Going along the Millenium Bridge. The tales of Feodorovsky Hill and Arshy field
  • Visiting the Tram Museum in the open air, walking near Puppet Theatre “Ekiyat” and National complex “Tugan Avylym” (Native village)
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to the museum –reserve Kazan Kremlin, the object of the UNESCO heritage since 2000. Visiting the main religious cathedrals of the Republic of Tatarstan – Kul Sharif Mosque and Blagoveschensky Cathedral
  • Excursion to the museum chosen
  • Free time
  • Additional excursion “Night lights of Kazan”
  • Day 2

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Bus tour to ancient Bolgar
  • Bus sightseeing tour: Museum of Bulgarian civilization, the Memorial sign, the Bulgarian fortification
  • Lunch
  • Visiting the White Chamber, the Cathedral Mosque, the Assumption Church
  • Visiting the museum of bread (on request)
  • Free time
  • Back to Kazan
  • Free time
  • Day 3

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Bus tour to Sviyazhsk. Sviyazhsk is a fortress city situated on a picturesque island. It was built under the order of Ivan the Terrible in 1551 as a military base of the Russian army during the siege of Kazan. Now it is a unique monument to the Russian Orthodox culture in the centre of the Turkic-Muslim world
  • Visiting the Assumption Monastery and the Monastery of the Holy Trinity
  • Walk around the island to the Sts. Constantine’s and Helen’s church of the 17th century
  • Visiting the Museum of the Sviyazhsk History
  • Free time
  • Back to Kazan
  • Visiting shops of the local producers
  • Transfer to the railway station or to the airport

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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 Museum of Bolgar civilization, where more than 1600 exhibits are found. The museum combines the real exhibits and multimedia means, that helps to create the full picture of the cultural heritage. The architecture of the building goes together with the still existing ancient Bulgarian buildings.
  • The Bolgar hillfort, surrounded by the earth hill and the ditch 5 km long. This is a very precious architectural object represented by a number of stone and brick public and religious buildings dated back to the 13th-14th centuries.
  • The Cathedral Mosque, the main building in the centre of Bolgar of 13th-14th centuries. At the beginning of the 14th century the mosque was reconstructed and rebuilt inside. In the forties of the 14th century corner towers were added to the main building, there were made windows and doors in the side walls, tambours, external decorative niches appeared, the surrounding area was landscaped.
  • The White Mosque — Tatarstan Taj Mahal. It is situated in front of the old settlement and it’s like a symbol of the resurrection of the great Khanate. This architecture monument is rather new but it contains the traits of the great ancient Bulgarian Khanate, so great that managed to win the Golden Horde.
  • The Eastern Mausoleum (“The Church of St. Nicholas”) and the Northern Mausoleum. This is the example of the Muslim architecture and it represents a tent-type tomb. This is the only monument of ancient Bolgar that is almost fully preserved till our days. It is included in the central ensemble of architecture of the city.
  • The Khan’s Shrine, that was built of white limestone in the early XIV century . Later on it was reconstructed to become a complex of four tombs, mentioned in historical sources since the XVIII c. There were found 8 tombs with the boxes in the shrine. Some of them were placed under the brick tombstones. In one part of the mausoleum there was an oven and the floor heating channels.
  • The museum of bread (optional visit), represented by a complex of wooden buildings in the traditional style. Here you can see a windmill with carts loaded with sacks of flour. There is a storage house full of grain, a barn with reaps, a forge, a handicraft market and a pond with geese and ducks and a water wheel.
  • Day 3

  • The Assumption Men Monastery, founded in 1555 by the first Archimandrite Herman, it was the richest and the most powerful monastery in the Kazan eparchy. In the middle of the 18th century it possessed about 50 villages and settlements with thousands of people. In the Soviet times the building of the monastery was used as a concentration camp and a colony for young criminals.
  • The Sviyazhsk Ioanno-Predtechensky Monastery founded in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible. Here we can still find the original wooden trinity church, a rare monument of the ancient times, that was brought here by the order of the Tsar Ivan the Terrible.
  • The wooden trinity church, a unique and the only monument of the wooden architecture of the Volga region. The church was built in honour of the Russian troops when they came to the bottom of the Kruglaya Hill on May 17, 1551. The wood for the building of the church was brought from the forests of the Uglich region to the Sviyaga River. Ivan the Terrible himself used to pray in this church before the final battle for Kazan in 1552.
  • The Church of St Constantine and Helena. In 1551 Ivan the terrible personally ordered to build a wooden church here. The construction started at the beginning of the 16th century after the city of Sviyazhsk was consecrated. So at the end of the 17th century instead of the wooden building a new stone Church with a separate bell tower appeared.
  • The History of Sviyazhsk Museum. It is located in former governmental buildings, dated back to the first half of the 19th century. The exhibitions of the museum show the history of the Sviyazhsk region and its arts and crafts.
  • Interactive program “Armour entertainment” (for extra fee). The duration is 30 minutes, but people get unforgettable impression and great pictures to remember such an interesting event. If you choose this program you will see: demonstration of a real medieval battle, clothes and different kinds of armors, you will hear interesting stories about the life of our ancestors and heroes, who protected our Motherland.
Included in the price:
  • Bus rent for 3 days
  • Excursion program
  • Entrance ticket for the Kazan Kremlin + excursion
  • Entrance ticket for the Bolgar historical-architecrtural museum-reserve + excursion
  • Entrance ticket for the History of Sviyazhsk Museum
  • Lunch in Kazan, lunch in Bolgar, lunch in Sviyazhsk
  • Guide services for 3 days
  • Support for 3 days
  • Insurance
  • For extra fee accommodation in the hotel
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 3 100 2 050
30 people 3 550 2 150
18 people 4 200 2 400
7 people 8 200 6 700
3 people 16 100 5 600

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