the mighty volga and the idel-ural autonomous republics

from the heroic city that changed the course of wwii to the exotic steppes of the tatars 

Astrakhan – Stalingrad – Mordovia – Tataria – Chuvashia – Mari-El – Udmurtia – Bashkiria


Tour dates

Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month from April to October. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Astrakhan

  • In the morning you will meet our tour guide in the lobby of the designated hotel in Astrakhan (exact hotel address and meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email; private airport pickup and shuttle service available for a small additional fee).
  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Southern Russia.
  • Astrakhan morning sightseeing: Kremlin, Fish Market, City Embankment, Cathedral of the Assumption, House of the Soviets, Lenin Square, Wedding Palace, Music Fountain, Temple Gate, Peter the Great Statue.
  • In the afternoon we'll head to the Volga Delta National Park to enjoy a romantic boat trip surrounded by a wild landscape of lotus flowers, water lilies and flocks of migratory birds. 
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Astrakhan.  

DAY 2 - Baskunchak

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  • Dinner and overnight in Stalingrad

DAY 3 - Stalingrad

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  • Stalingrad sightseeing: Giant Lenin Statue, Mamayev Hills Monuments, Soviet Motherland Statue, Flour Mill Ruins, All Saints Church, Volgograd Railway Station, WWII memorials. 
  • Traditional Russian lunch.
  • Guided tour through the State Panoramic Museum of Stalingrad Battle and evening stroll along the embankment. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Stalingrad

DAY 4 - Marx, Engels and Saratov

  • Morning drive to Engels, the former capital of the now defunct Volga German Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
  • Morning stroll through the old town
  • Visit to the Landing Place of Yuri Gagarin, just outside town.
  • Traditional Volga-German lunch.
  • Visit of the Soviet little town of Marx.
  • Dinner and overnight in Saratov

DAY 5 - Mordovia

  • Republic of Mordovia
  • Dinner and overnight in Saransk. 

DAY 6 - Ulyanovsk

  • Republic of Mordovia
  • Dinner and overnight in Ulyanovsk. 

DAY 7 - Syzran, Tolyatti and Samara

  • Dinner and overnight in Samara. 

DAY 8 - Bugulma and Ufa

  • Dinner and overnight in Ufa. 

DAY 9 - Bashkiria  

  • Dinner and overnight in Ufa. 

DAY 10 - Udmurtia  

  • Dinner and overnight in Izhevsk. 

DAY 11 - Kazan

  • Dinner and overnight in Kazan.

DAY 12 - Tataria  

  • Dinner and overnight in Kazan. 

DAY 13 - Mari-El

  • Dinner and overnight in Yoshkar-Ola

DAY 14 - Chuvashia

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  • Dinner and overnight in Cheboksary

DAY 15 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last Chuvash-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.  
  • For those flying out: we will arrange transfer to Cheboksary Regional Airport for your flight back home.
  • For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: we will arrange transport to your train/bus station of choice.

PRICE

4 to 9 participants: 1600 € 


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), entrance fees for the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights, transport to and from the airport of arrival/departure (35 euros/ride), meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.

The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility. It is also possible to make the tour the other way around, starting from Cheboksary and finishing in Astrakhan.

Please note: It’s advisable to arrive in Astrakhan one day before the actual tour begins. You should notice, however, that you’ll have to take care of your accommodation for any day and night preceding the actual start date of the tour. Without any additional charge we will readily and gladly reserve a room for you at our hotel of choice and you’ll be able to pay for it by cash or credit card once you check-in. If your flight lands on the same day as the tour begins and you prefer to rest a bit before going out sightseeing, you will then meet your tour guide and the rest of the group at the designated hotel in the late afternoon. 

Airport pickup/transfer in Astrakhan and Cheboksary is available for just 35 euros per ride.


WHERE THE HECK AM I TRAVELLING TO?  

BELOW YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT TOUR STAGES MARKED ON A MAP OF THE REGION YOU ARE GOING TO EXPLORE WITH US

CLICK HERE FOR SOME NICE PICTURES AND MORE INFO ABOUT THIS DESTINATION

POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Donbass and/or Kalmykia