We’ll leave for a guided tour of Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan, famous for its museums, theaters, restaurants and breathtaking views. Kazan was officially founded in 1005, and later became capital of the powerful Khanate of Kazan, which was in constant conflict with Moscow. In 1552, the city was finally conquered by Ivan the Terrible and became an official part of Russia. Today, Kazan is the capital of the autonomous Republic of Tatarstan. It is more common to see the Tatar flag than the Russian flag, and it is obvious that the Tatar people are very proud of their history. All signs in Kazan are written in both Russian and Tatar. Both Tolstoy and Lenin studied at the city university.
City tour: Visit to the Kazan Kremlin, built on the orders of Ivan the Terrible. Like many old buildings in Kazan, it is constructed of local pale sandstone rather than brick. We’ll also visit the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, one of Kazan’s most valuable architectural monuments and spiritual symbols. We’ll stop to see the statue of ?abdulla Tuqay, a popular Tatar poet, and the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. We’ll return on board after our tour.
Length: Approx. 3 hours
- Some churches, cathedrals and sacred sites have required dress codes: Long pants for men, and a skirt and a head scarf for women. Shorts, t-shirts and hats are prohibited.
- Most cathedrals and churches have regular worship services, and we cannot guarantee tours or visits during these services or during religious holidays.
- The order of the visits may change.
- The times are given as an indication.