28 days in Volga District Itinerary

28 days in Volga District Itinerary

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Kazan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yoshkar-Ola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kirov
— 3 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Drive
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Diveyevo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saratov
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ufa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Samara
— 4 nights
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Kazan — 5 nights

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
You've now added Ziferblat to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Raifa Monastery in Raifa (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, admire the landmark architecture of Suyumbike Tower, make a trip to Kazan Family Center/ Viewpoint, and examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda".

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kazan travel planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kazan is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In September in Kazan, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yoshkar-Ola.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

Yoshkar-Ola — 2 nights

On the 5th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden-Institut, then make a trip to Iyoshkin Cat Sculpture, then make a trip to Brugge Embankment, and finally get to know the resident critters at Tomas Petting Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Chavaina Boulevard, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Yivan Kyrlya, appreciate the history behind Monument to Obolenskiy-Nogotkov, then don't miss a visit to Chapel of Peter and Fevronia of Murom, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and finally appreciate the history behind Clock 12 Apostles.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yoshkar-Ola itinerary app.

Drive from Kazan to Yoshkar-Ola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Samara Standard Time (SAMT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kirov.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Kirov — 3 nights

Kirov, formerly known as Vyatka and Khlynov, is a city and the administrative center of Kirov Oblast, Russia, located on the Vyatka River. Kirov is known for parks, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Uspensky Trifonov Monastery, don't miss a visit to Monument Family, admire the striking features of The Saviour Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at Alexander Garden.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirov route builder website.

Traveling by car from Yoshkar-Ola to Kirov takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Samara Standard Time (SAMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Nizhny Novgorod — 3 nights

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Limpopo Zoo, don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod online road trip planner.

Getting from Kirov to Nizhny Novgorod by train takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Diveyevo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Diveyevo — 3 nights

Step out of Diveyevo to go to Arzamas and see Resurrection Cathedral, which is approximately 1h 5 min away.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Diveyevo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Diveyevo takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saratov.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Saratov — 2 nights

Saratov is a city and the administrative center of Saratov Oblast, Russia, and a major port on the Volga River located upstream (north) of Volgograd. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Saratov State Museum of Military Glory, don't miss a visit to Memorial Complex Shadoof, then see the interesting displays at Saratov State Radischev Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Fontain Crystal Tear. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chernyshevskogo Square, make a trip to Soothe My Sorrows, then see the interesting displays at Pavel Kuznetsov's House Museum, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Byk-Solevoz, and finally get outside with Adventure Park ZaDoor City.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Saratov online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Diveyevo to Saratov in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. October in Saratov sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Ufa.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
Highlights from your trip

Ufa — 2 nights

Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
Take a break from Ufa with a short trip to Tobizin's Cape in Russkiy, about 50 hours away. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Fountain Seven Girls, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Minnigali Gubaydullin And Aleksandr Matrosov, stroll around Victory Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Shulgan-Tash.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ufa tour planner.

You can fly from Saratov to Ufa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Saratov in October; daily highs in Ufa reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Samara.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

Samara — 4 nights

A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Samara: Park Complex of Equipment History Named After K.G. Sakharov (in Tolyatti) and Samarskaya Luka National Park (in Zhigulevsk). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Samara Embankment, head outdoors with Tsarev Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Observation Point, and examine the collection at Stalin's Bunker.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Samara vacation site.

Fly from Ufa to Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time to Samara Standard Time is minus 1 hour. October in Samara sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

Volga District travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Encompassing the southeastern part of European Russia, the Volga District has developed around Europe's longest and largest river, aptly called "Mother Volga" and thought of as the lifeblood of the country. Hundreds of historical monuments are set against the picturesque landscape of the lush riverbanks carpeted with coniferous and deciduous woods, flowery meadows, and wheat fields. The best way to experience this enchanting river is from the decks of a river cruise ship. A summer vacation in the Volga District would not be complete without sunbathing on its sandy beaches or taking a dip in its cool waters. The region's ethnic diversity and fusion of cultures and historical eras create a charming urban landscape. The colorful churches of medieval monasteries topped with characteristic onion domes, red brick kremlin walls and towers, and stone cathedrals will take you back to the times of imperial Russia. For a look at more recent Russian history, visit monuments from the Soviet era, such as Stalin's Bunker or the Lenin House Museum.