On a summer day, Samara's river banks are packed with bathing beauties, in-line skaters and beer drinkers. The lazy Volga is indeed inviting on a hot day, and Samara is the place to jump in. If you're not a beach bum, Samara has a few good museums and also serves as the base for excursions into the nearby Zhiguli Hills.
Samara destination guides
Silk Road - Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan
Welcome to the greatest and most ancient of all trade routes - the Silk Road. For hundreds of years, merchants travelled in caravans of horses and camels, carting their exquisite silks, heady spices, highly prized gems, fragrant teas and other exotic goods.