We’ll leave for a tour of Samara. Formerly known as Kuybyshev, Samara is the sixth-largest city in Russia and is situated on the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers. Samara was officially founded in 1586 with the construction of a fortress on the Volga. Its streets boast charming old wooden houses, and large, serene parks abound in the center. The writers Tolstoy and Gorky, painters Ilya Repin, Vasily Surikov and Ivan Aivazovsky, and revolutionaries Michael Frunze and Vladimir Lenin all once lived in the city. If you take a stroll along the length of the beaches via the waterfront esplanade you’ll come across some of Samara's most famous sights, including the Zhigulevsky Brewery, Iversky Monastery and the Monument of Glory. During World War II, the city became the reserve capital of the Soviet Union as German troops closed in on Moscow. As a result, one of the most important secrets kept by the USSR government was built: Stalin’s Bunker. The impressive, never-used bunker was declassified in 1990 and is now a museum. We’ll return on board after our tour.
Length: Approx. 3 hours
- The order of the visits can change.
- Times are approximate.