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Kazan – Sheremetev Castle – Yoshkar-Ola
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In a picturesque place where the Vetluga River flows into the great Volga River, on the border of the Nizhny Novgorod Region and the Republic of Mari El, the village of Yurino, formerly called Arkhangelsk, is situated. Here there is a unique castle, which is called “the pearl of the Volga region”. The castle looks like a fabulous medieval castle with cogged towers, colour stained-glass windows and a limpid dome of the Winter Garden. You will admire its mysterious halls and rooms, amazing forms of the passages and balconies. For the recent years some of the rooms and halls of the castle have been restored, and it gives us a chance to evaluate the original structures of the Sheremetyev time.

There are about one hundred rooms in the castle: “Picture gallery”, “Eastern cabinet”, “Oak room”, “Skobelevsky hall”. Besides the castle, we can also see a stone fence and service buildings, the parterre and landscape parks with ponds that are preserved till our days. The total area of the estate with the park is more than 45 hectares. The majestic façade facing the Volga is decorated with black tuff, brought by the Sheremetyevs from Italy. The windows are decorated with white stone. Besides the castle itself, you should also see great gate- towers of the fortress wall that used to surround the estate. The castle now is a historical and architectural monument. A lot of tourists come here to admire the castle with its beautiful park and the beach near the boat station. And of course you can’t leave place without souvenirs, pictures, photos and books about the Sheremetyev Castle.

The Historical and Art Museum is situated in the western part of the castle. The tourists are greatly interested in the collection of things of the Sheremetyev family – old photos, furniture, statues and household items of the estate owners. Not far from the castle there is the Archangel Michael Church that was built in 1889. Near the church the tomb of Petr Sheremetyev – the last owner of the Sheremetyev Castle – is found.

After the revolution, the castle was used as a sanatorium, a rest house. During the Great Patriotic War, there was a hospital here and relatives of senior officials were evacuated from Moscow to the castle. Among them there was, for example, Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva.

    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
  • Leaving for the Sheremetyev Castle
  • Excursion in the Sheremetyev Castle with its parks. You will admire its mysterious halls and rooms, amazing forms of the passages and balconies. For the recent years some of the rooms and halls of the castle have been restored, and it gives us a chance to evaluate the original structures of the Sheremetyev time. There are about one hundred rooms in the castle: “Picture gallery”, “Eastern cabinet”, “Oak room”, “Skobelevsky hall”. Besides the castle, we can also see a stone fence and service buildings, the parterre and landscape parks with ponds that are preserved till our days. The total area of the estate with the park is more than 45 hectares
  • The majestic façade facing the Volga is decorated with black tuff, brought by the members of the Sheremetyevs family from Italy. The windows are decorated with white stone. Besides the castle itself, you should also see the great gate- towers of the fortress wall that used to surround the estate. The castle now is a historical and architectural monument. A lot of tourists come here to admire the castle with its beautiful park and the beach near the boat station. And of course you can’t leave place without souvenirs, pictures, photos and books about the Sheremetyev Castle
  • Lunch
  • Visiting the Archangel Michael Church, that was built in 1889. Near the church the tomb of Petr Sheremetyev – the last owner of the Sheremetyev Castle – is found
  • Leaving for Yoshkar-Ola city
  • Accommodation in the hotel
  • Day 3

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Bus sightseeing tour around Yoshkar-Ola
  • Obolensky-Nogotkov Square with the monument to the first Governor of the city, a famous big clock with the donkey carrying the icon. National Gallery, the Tsar-Cannon, the monument to St. Leonid, the town Cancel of Yoshkar-Ola, the building of the government of the Mari El Republic
    Uspenskaya Street, the biggest and the most modern Hotel in the city Ludoviko Moro, Gagarin Prospect, the sculptures of the Yoshkar-Ola Cat and a Lady-Cat, Lenin Square, The National Mari Theatre named after Shketan, The University VOLGATECH building
  • Gogol Boulevard, the monument to Gogol, Amsterdam Embankment, the beauty of which you will admire the monument to Pushkin and Onegin, Archangel Sloboda, Republic Square, Virgin Mary Square, The Italian Park, the Spasskiy Tower (the smaller exact copy of the Moscow Tower), The Russian Drama Theatre named after Konstantinov
  • Voznesenskaya Embankment, Patriarchal bridge, Patriarch’s Square, the composition of 12 apostles that you can see when the clock strikes in the Square, the modern Puppet Theatre, Fountain of Peter and Fevronia devoted to the Russian protectors of love, family and faithfulness, Brugge Embankment, the National President School with the monument to young Empress Elizabeth nearby, the monument to the Russian Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to the National Museum named after Evseev. The museum is famous for its scientific research work. In the museum you can learn about the flora and fauna of the region, its history and ethnography, material and spiritual culture of the Mari people and other Finno-Ugric peoples, here you can visit a lot of educational, cultural and musical-theatrical performances, museum evenings of ancient folk rites and traditions. In the museum you can see ancient folk costumes of the people living in the Republic. Here you have a chance to go on the interactive excursion called “Traditional culture of the Mari people and rituals of the life cycle”. The unique ethnographic expositions tell you about the traditions of the life of Mari people from birth to death, you will learn about calendar ceremonies, traditional Mari works (beekeeping, hunting, fishing, agriculture, crafts), their religions, house-building ceremonies. Their traditional culture is represented by the example of the life of a Mari woman that we see in different life situations – in the family, in society, at work and leisure. The expositions contain real household things, decorations, national costumes, and religious objects of the 19th-20th centuries
  • Visiting shops of the local producers
  • Transfer to the railway station of Yoshkar-Ola or coming back to Kazan

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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

  • Sheremetev Castle, a real masterpiece of the architects of that time, who did their best to realize the ideas of the owner. There are about one hundred rooms in the castle; each of them is unique in interior decorations. Here you can admire beautiful rooms decorated with magnificent Arabic ornaments. In some halls visitors find nice fireplaces decorated with tracery bars.
  • The museum of personal things of the Sheremetev Family, this place is of great interest among the tourists. Here you can see the old photos of the family, their furniture, statues and household items of the estate owners.
  • Park of Sheremetev castle, this place attracts by its service buildings and landscape parks with ponds, designed according to all the rules of those times. Here you see birch trees and pine-trees and a lot of beautiful flowers that are different in color, shape and flowering time. The footpaths go along the evergreen lawns; everything is well kept all the year round.
  • The tomb of Peter Sheremetev, the last owner of the castle, who lived here not more than a year after the construction was over. The father and the son were buried near the Archangel Michael Church.
  • Archangel Michael Church, one of the most beautiful churches in the Republic of Mari El. It was built instead of the old wooden building from 1869 till 1989 on the Makovka hill on the money of usual people. Quite a big some was donated by the Sheremetev family.
  • Day 3

  • Obolensky-Nogotkov Square, an example of the Venetian style in the architecture. The main attraction for the tourists here is a famous big clock with the donkey carrying the icon every hour, when the clock strikes. You can also see here the monument to Ivan Obolensky-Nogotkov, the first governor of the city and a copy of the Tsar-Cannon. National Art Gallery, that is the main exhibition hall of Yoshkar-Ola, is also situated here.
  • The sculptures of the Yoshkar-Ola Cat, the symbol of the city. The guests of the Mari capital traditionally take pictures near the sculpture and rub the nose of the bronze statue – for luck. The bronze cat weighs 150 kg.
  • Amsterdam Embankment goes from Pushkin Street to Gogol Street along the bank of the Kokshaga River. Here you can see the sculpture of Alexander Pushkin talking with his famous character Eugene Onegin. Not far from them you can see the monuments to Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol and to the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. All in all the architecture of this part of the city is very similar to the architecture of Amsterdam, all the buildings are designed in the Dutch style.
  • Patriarch’s Square, situated in the very centre of the city of Yoshkar-Ola on the bank of the Malaya Kokshaga River. It appeared in 2010. The main attraction of the square is a statue of Patriarch Alexey II made of granite. In one hand of the patriarch there is a stick, the other one is raised up to the sky with a pigeon.
  • The composition of 12 apostles, a very interesting attraction. Every 3 hours from 9 am till 9 pm when the clock strikes you hear the church songs and the bells ringing and on the balcony you can see the figure of Jesus Christ riding a donkey and the figures of his disciples – 12 apostles following him.
  • Fountain of Peter and Fevronia is placed in Patriarch’s Square. The legend says that Knyaz Peter governed in Murom in the 13th century, and he married a poor peasant girl Fevronia, who cured him of a terrible disease. The rich and noble people of Murom were against this misalliance and they tried to destroy it. But Peter refused his title and position and stayed with his wife. Together Peter and Fevronia spent a few years in exile but later they returned to the city of Murom and governed there for many years. Peter and Fevronia died in one day and one hour on July 8th, 1228. It’s a miracle but after the death their bodies were found in one coffin. So they were buried together.
  • Tsarevokokshaiskiy Kremlin was built in 2009 in the place of medieval defensive buildings, their remains were found during excavations. It is a closed complex of four red brick towers, joint by the walls and forming a rectangle. This is the place for city holidays, fairs, and agricultural exhibitions.
  • The National Museum named after Evseev. The unique ethnographic expositions tell you about the traditions of the life of Mari people from birth to death, you will learn about calendar ceremonies, traditional Mari works (beekeeping, hunting, fishing, agriculture, crafts), their religions, house-building ceremonies. Their traditional culture is represented by the example of the life of a Mari woman that we see in different life situations – in the family, in society, at work and leisure. The expositions contain real household things, decorations, national costumes, and religious objects of the 19th-20th centuries.
  • The museum of valenki. Here you can see a great variety of models of these boots. The excursions for children and adults are held here, where you can find out about the history of valenki and to see how they are made by hand.
  • The museum of cheese. It is a very interesting place, where you will find out about the history of the cheese products, you will try different kinds of cheese, you will learn some recipes etc. The dairy products that are produced in the Mari Region and that you can see in the museum of cheese are of excellent quality and ecologically pure. You will surely like milk, kefir, ryazhenka, yogurt, sour cream and cheese that are very good for health.
Included in the price:
  • Bus rent for 3 days
  • Excursion program
  • Entrance ticket for the Kazan Kremlin + excursion
  • Entrance ticket for the Sheremetev Castle + excursion
  • Entrance ticket for the museum of personal things of the Sheremetev Family + excursion
  • Excursion for the Park of Sheremetev castle
  • Entrance ticket for the National Museum named after Evseev + excursion
  • For extra fee the interactive excursion called “Traditional culture of the Mari people and rituals of the life cycle” (200 rub.)
  • Lunch in Kazan, lunch in Yurino, lunch in Yoshkar-Ola
  • 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 3 000 1 690
30 people 3 580 1 840
18 people 4 420 2 320
7 people 8 400 3 920
3 people 9 650 5 390

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