28 days in Volga District Itinerary

28 days in Volga District Itinerary

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28 days in Volga District Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  26​h
1
Kazan
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Yoshkar-Ola
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Kirov
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Diveyevo
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Saratov
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Ufa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Samara
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Melbourne

5
nights
Kazan

Kazan ©
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. Step out of Kazan with an excursion to Raifa Monastery in Raifa--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Kazan Kremlin, explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, cool off at Riviera Aquapark, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kazan trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kazan is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to Kazan due to the time zone difference. In September in Kazan, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yoshkar-Ola.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Raifa Monastery
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)

2
nights
Yoshkar-Ola

Yoshkar-Ola ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden-Institut, make a trip to Iyoshkin Cat Sculpture, then make a trip to Brugge Embankment, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tomas Petting Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Chavaina Boulevard, appreciate the history behind 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 Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock 12 Apostles.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yoshkar-Ola day trip site .

Drive from Kazan to Yoshkar-Ola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Yoshkar-Ola is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Kirov.

Things to do in Yoshkar-Ola

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Tomas Petting Zoo ©
Tomas Petting Zoo

3
nights
Kirov

Kirov ©
Kirov is known for parks, museums, historic sites, childrens museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Uspensky Trifonov Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of The Saviour Cathedral, make a trip to Uspensky Trifonov Monastery, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kirov trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Yoshkar-Ola to Kirov in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Samara Time (SAMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kirov

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Alexander Garden ©
Alexander Garden

3
nights
Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod ©
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 historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, admire the landmark architecture of State Bank, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod vacation maker app .

You can take a train from Kirov to Nizhny Novgorod in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Diveyevo.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Rozhdestvenskaya Street ©
Rozhdestvenskaya Street

3
nights
Diveyevo

Diveyevo ©
Explore Diveyevo's surroundings by going to Sarov (Bell Tower of Holy Trinity Monastery, Sarov Underground Complex, & more) and Resurrection Cathedral (in Arzamas).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Diveyevo trip builder website .

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Diveyevo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saratov.

Things to do in Diveyevo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sarov, Resurrection Cathedral
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Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery ©
Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery
Cathedral of the Annunciation ©
Cathedral of the Annunciation
Resurrection Cathedral ©
Resurrection Cathedral

2
nights
Saratov

Saratov ©
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn about all things military at Saratov State Museum of Military Glory, make a trip to Memorial Complex Shadoof, then examine the collection at Saratov State Radischev Art Museum, then make a trip to Protection of the Holy Virgin, and finally make a trip to Fontain Crystal Tear. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Chernyshevskogo Square, don't miss a visit to Soothe My Sorrows, see the interesting displays at Pavel Kuznetsov's House Museum, then make a trip to Monument to Byk-Solevoz, and finally get outside with Adventure Park ZaDoor City.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saratov trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Diveyevo to Saratov in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October in Saratov, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ufa.

Things to do in Saratov

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Monument to Byk-Solevoz
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Saratov State Radischev Art Museum ©

2
nights
Ufa

Ufa
Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
When in Ufa, make a side trip to see Tobizin's Cape in Russkiy Yurmash, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Salavat Yulaev Monument, make a trip to Lala Tulpan, walk around Victory Park, and explore the striking landscape of National Park Shulgan-Tash.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ufa vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Saratov to Ufa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Saratov to Ufa is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saratov in October: high temperatures in Ufa hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Samara.

Things to do in Ufa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tobizin's Cape, National Park Shulgan-Tash
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Mosque of Salavat Yulayev
Mosque of Salavat Yulayev
Salavat Yulaev Monument
Salavat Yulaev Monument
Lala Tulpan ©
Lala Tulpan

4
nights
Samara

Samara ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Samarskaya Luka National Park (in Zhigulevsk) and Park Complex of Equipment History Named After K.G. Sakharov (in Tolyatti). Next up on the itinerary: admire the local landmark of Samara Embankment, don't miss a visit to Kubychev Square, take in panoramic vistas at Observation Point, and head outdoors with Tsarev Hill.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Samara travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Ufa to Samara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT) to Samara Time (SAMT) is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Samara are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Samara

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Park Complex of Equipment History Named After K.G. Sakharov, Samarskaya Luka National Park
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Stalin's Bunker ©
Stalin's Bunker