Welcome to Kazan
Kazan (meaning a cooking pot in Tatar) is the Istanbul of the Volga, a place where Europe and Asia curiously inspect each other from the tops of church belfries and minarets. It is about 150 years older than Moscow and the capital of the Tatarstan Republic (Республика Татарстан) – the land of the Volga Tatars, a Turkic people commonly associated with Chinggis (Genghis) Khaan’s hordes.Tatar autonomy is strong here... Read More
Top experiences in Kazan
Midnight St Petersburg Cruise
Meet your guide at midnight near Kazan Cathedral, and then hop aboard your sightseeing boat for your midnight cruise through St Petersburg. Take a seat out on deck or inside the lower saloon, and then sit back and relax as you cruise around the city, learning about its sights from your onboard guide.The city is latticed with canals that feed off from the romantic Neva River, and each night the drawbridges are raised to allow larger ships to pass. See the raising of the bridges as you glide around the canals, admiring the illuminated sights of St Petersburg reflected on the water. Pass underneath Trinity Bridge, admiring its Art Nouveau design, and gaze out toward the northern St Petersburg to see Vasilyevsky Island across from the Winter Palace. Head into the widest part of the Neva River and pass Peter and Paul Fortress, the vast estate that looks magical lit up at night. Cruise alongside Mikhailovsky Castle and hear how the hulking structure was built for Tsar Paul I in the late 18th century.After cruising around the canals of the city, admiring the sights, return to Kazan Cathedral and disembark your boat. Your nighttime tour finishes at the waterside.
Private 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour of St Petersburg and Optional Boat Cruise on the Neva River
St. Petersburg is a pilgrimage site for lovers of beauty. Explore St. Petersburg with a local guide and spend 4 hours driving the streets of this magnificent city, stopping at its major monuments and landmarks. In addition to the major attractions, your guide will show you some off-the-beaten track sites. Take a ride along its main streets, including Nevsky Prospect, and see the numerous cathedrals with golden domes. Admire elaborate churches, such as St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, and the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood. Be amazed by magnificent palaces, once occupied by the greatest Russian noble families, and enjoy the beauty of serene rivers and canals, linked by romantic bridges. See stunning palaces and golden-domed churches. You will also visit the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac Cathedral during this tour in order to get properly acquainted with one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and one of its greatest sights.If you want even more than upgrade your city tour with 1 hour river & canals boat cruise on a common boat. You will see a lot more unique architecture, many more bridges, more 18th and 19th century palaces and parks and architectural landmarks, like the domes and spires of churches and cathedrals you had already been to!Your tour ends near St. Isaac Cathedral, or after canal boat cruise near the pier (if option is chosen).
St. Petersburg Cathedrals Tour
St. Isaac's CathedralSt. Isaac's Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive facades and interiors.The cathedral's facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite), while the interior is adorned with incredibly detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. Church of Savior on the Spilled BloodChurch of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is known to Petersburgers as the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood - or even just the Church on the Blood - as it marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, the Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture.One of the most impressive elements of the church is the extravagant shrine constructed on the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded, which has maintained a special place within the church's interior.The church has an outstanding and varied collection of mosaic icons. Several icons were completed in the traditions of academic painting, modernist style and Byzantine icon painting. The Cathedral of Our Lady of KazanThis is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Nevsky Prospekt. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia.It was modelled by Andrey Voronikhin after the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Although the Russian Orthodox Church strongly disapproved of the plans to create a replica of a Catholic basilica in Russia's then capital, several courtiers supported Voronikhin's Empire Style design.After Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, and the commander-in-chief Mikhail Kutuzov asked Our Lady of Kazan for help, the church's purpose was to be altered. The Patriotic War over, the cathedral was perceived primarily as a memorial to the Russian victory against Napoleon.
City Sightseeing Kazan Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Hop aboard the open-top, double-decker city sightseeing bus at any of the 11 stops around Kazan. Sit back and relax as you travel through the city, enjoying 360-degree views and informative commentary on board. You'll discover why Kazan is considered a city where Europe meets Asia, where two cultures (Tatar and Russian) combine and two of the world's major religions meet. Stay on board for the entire 1-hour loop, or hop on and off as you please to explore by foot. Visit the city's main sights and landmarks including the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Kremlin of Kazan, the Volga River, Kazan State University, the Our Lady of Kazan holy icon and many legendary performing arts centers. City Sightseeing Kazan Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops: Gabdulla Tukay SquareYunusov SquareKombinat ZdorovyeBaumana StLobachevsky StPervogo Maya SquareGogol StTolstoy StSultan-Galiyeva SquareBaturina StSvobody Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral Early Opening Private Tour
The Red Square is known as the "signature" of Russia and has been in the very centre of Russian history since the 15th century. It has witnessed such events as Ivan the Terrible’s confession of his misdeeds to the people in 1550, great demonstrations of the Soviet Union Era, executions and the great parades. In Russia the Red Square is called "Krasnaya Ploshad" which originally meant beautiful square.At the southern end of the Red Square there is St Basil’s cathedral with its onion-like domes, looking almost like something from a fairy-tale. It was commissioned in 1552 by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquering of Kazan. According to the legend, the architect was later blinded so that he could never create another building of similar beauty and traditional Russian design. It is built from brick and comprises many colourful asymmetrical domes over nine chapels. The interior is decorated with 16th and 17th century icons, frescoes and ceiling paintings. Your professional private guide will accompany you during the tour will tell you many interesting and little-known facts about the cathedral.
ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR OR THE WHOLE OF THE CITY IN ONE DAY
The journey starts from your hotel, where you will meet your guide and driver. In this tour you will get acquainted with the city as a whole, learn about its role and place in the history of Russia. Special attention will be paid to such important monuments and museums as the Saints Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, Cathedral of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's and Kazan Cathedrals. Be sure to visit the main museum of the country - Hermitage. This intense program will not tire you, thanks to the comfortable car and knowledgeable guide. Our gift visit is the Kazan cathedral, which houses the main shrine of the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Kazan. In the middle of the day you will have a good lunch (included), which restore your energy.