Kazan Tours & Add-ons
Kazan is a fascinating stop between Moscow and Ekaterinburg. Capital of Tatarstan province there is a discernible Muslim influence not least in the city’s Kremlin which contains both a church and mosque. A one night 2 days stop her fits the train timetables well and allows enough time to see the best of the city as well as a half day trip to a monastery in the countryside. Contact us with any questions you have.
Standard Kazan Stopover 1 night
Day 1 - Arrive Kazan
Tour to Timeless Sviyazhsk ‘island’
Arrival in Kazan a wealthy city considered the “Third Capital of Russia” that successfully manages to blend both Islamic and Christian culture – even its Kremlin has both an Orthodox Cathedral and Mosque within its walls. With this blend the city has a colourful past and an optimistic future. Head by car to Sviyazhsk ‘Island’ about an hour from the city centre. Located at the strategically important confluence of the Volga and Sviyaga Rivers, Sviyazhsk was founded in 1551 as a fortress. Today a visit here is like stepping back in time to an older, pre-Soviet Russia. Return to the city to check-in to your hotel with free time for the rest of the day.
Meals Included: None Today.
Day 2 - Depart Kazan
Walking Tour of the City’s Highlights Including the Kremlin & Visit Raif Monastery by Car Before Departure
Start today with a 4 hour walking tour of the city focusing on some of the Kremlin and some of the oldest streets including the Bauman, Karl Marx and what is known as the Big Red Street to see the Peter & Paul Cathedral. You will also see Mardzhani Mosque, Sultal-Galeev Square and the Virgin Monastery where the Kazan Virgin icon is housed. After the walking tour head out of the city 30 km by car to the Raif Monastery. Located on a legendary lake within a conservation area it dates back to the 17th century with its Georgian Virgin Temple and the miracle-making Georgian Virgin Icon and Trinity Cathedral. You will also see the Holy Spring, Monastery Bell Tower, Sun Dial and the Churchyard. Return to Kazan with free time before a transfer to the train for your onward journey.
Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.