60 days in Volga District Itinerary

60 days in Volga District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Volga District travel planner

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Nizhny Novgorod
— 8 nights
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Diveyevo
— 4 nights
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Cheboksary
— 4 nights
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Bolgar
— 2 nights
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Ulyanovsk
— 4 nights
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Tolyatti
— 4 nights
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Samara
— 7 nights
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Saratov
— 6 nights
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Perm
— 7 nights
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Izhevsk
— 5 nights
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Kazan
— 8 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod

— 8 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fedorovsky Embankment and Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God and Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr'. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizhny Novgorod: Gorodets (Museum Gorodets Spice-Cake, Museum Samovarov, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Russian Museum of Photography, explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, take an in-depth tour of Gorkovskiy Museume of Locomotives, and get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Nizhny Novgorod is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to Nizhny Novgorod. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Diveyevo.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 9:

Diveyevo

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery and Sacred Spring of Serafim Sarovskiy. Get a sense of the local culture at Queen of Heaven's Holy Trench and Transfiguration Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Arzamas (St. Nicholas Convent, Resurrection Cathedral, &more), Church of the Holy Righteous Job (in Sarov) and Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh (in Vyezdnoye).

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Diveyevo road trip website.

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Diveyevo by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cheboksary.

Things to do in Diveyevo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:

Cheboksary

— 4 nights
Cheboksary is the capital city of Chuvashia, Russia and a port on the Volga River. Do some cultural sightseeing at Scientific and Technical Museum of History of A Tractor and Settlement Kugesi Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Chuvash National Museum and Iyoshkin Cat Sculpture. Get out of town with these interesting Cheboksary side-trips: Yoshkar-Ola (Brugge Embankment, Saint Peter and Fevroniya Monument, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ostap Bender and Kisa Vorobyaninov, stroll around Memorial Park Pobeda, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Archangel Michael Church, and don't miss a visit to Monument Materi - Pokrovitelnitse.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cheboksary attractions planner.

You can drive from Diveyevo to Cheboksary in 5 hours. 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 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bolgar.

Things to do in Cheboksary

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:

Bolgar

— 2 nights
On the 18th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Bolgar State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bolgar Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at East Mausoleum, admire the landmark architecture of Black Chamber, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Abraham Church, then see the interesting displays at Tetushsky Local History Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to 960-kg Beluga Caught in the Volga River.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bolgar online trip builder.

You can drive from Cheboksary to Bolgar in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cheboksary to Bolgar. In June in Bolgar, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ulyanovsk.

Things to do in Bolgar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Ulyanovsk

— 4 nights
Ulyanovsk is a city and the administrative center of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia, located on the Volga River 893km east of Moscow. Get a sense of the local culture at State Historical and Memorial Museum of Lenin's Homeland and V. Lenin's House Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of the Civil Aviation History and Historic and Ethnographic Complex Simbirsk Trade and Crafts Museum. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum V.I. Lenin, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ascension Cathedral, examine the collection at Museum a.A. Plastova, and appreciate the history behind A monument to Karl Marx.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ulyanovsk holiday website.

Traveling by car from Bolgar to Ulyanovsk takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tolyatti.

Things to do in Ulyanovsk

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Tolyatti

— 4 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Park Complex of Equipment History Named After K.G. Sakharov and Holy Trinity Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tekhnicheskiy Muzey OAO Avtovaz and City Exhibition Hall. House of Chernukhin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tolyatti: Syzran Kreml (in Syzran) and Zhigulevsk (Church in Honor of Our Lady of Vladimir & The Church of St. Ioann of Kronstadt).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tolyatti trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Ulyanovsk to Tolyatti by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ulyanovsk to Tolyatti due to the time zone difference. In June in Tolyatti, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Samara.

Things to do in Tolyatti

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Samara

— 7 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Volga Region Museum of Railway Machinery and Galileo Park. Stalin's Bunker and A.Tolstoy's Memorial Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Samara: Motorworld by V. Sheyanov (in Petra Dubrava) and A. Shiryayevets's House Museum (in Zhigulevsk). The adventure continues: make a trip to Square Aleksandra Pushkina, pause for some photo ops at Il-2 Monument, admire the local landmark of Samara Embankment, and examine the collection at Modernist Style Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Samara travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tolyatti to Samara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saratov.

Things to do in Samara

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 4:

Saratov

— 6 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Saratov State Museum of Military Glory and Saratov Regional Local Lore Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saratov State Radischev Art Museum and K. Fedin's State Museum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Memorial Complex Shadoof, stroll around Park Lipki, examine the collection at Limonariy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duhososhestvenskiy Cathedral.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Saratov day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Samara to Saratov in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Samara to Saratov is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Samara in July since evenings lows in Saratov dip to 20°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Perm.

Things to do in Saratov

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 10:

Perm

— 7 nights
A busy industrial center straddling the banks of the Kama River, the sprawling city of Perm sits at the western foothills of the Ural Mountains.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Khokhlovka Architectural and Ethnographic Museum and The Rotunda. Step off the beaten path and head to Perm State Art Gallery and Motovilikhinskiy Plant History Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perm: Lysva (Church of St. John the Evangelist & Lysva Museum of Hard Hats), Belogorsky Monastery (in Belaya Gora) and The Memorial Reserve Museum of the History of Political Repression Perm-36 (in Kuchino). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Perm Local History Museum, examine the collection at Shoe Gallery, explore the fascinating underground world of Kungurskaya Cave, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Perm Mosque Birskaya.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Perm holiday website.

You can fly from Saratov to Perm in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Saratov to Perm. Traveling from Saratov in July, things will get slightly colder in Perm: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Izhevsk.

Things to do in Perm

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 17:

Izhevsk

— 5 nights
Izhevsk is the capital city of the Udmurt Republic, Russia, located along the Izh River in the Western Urals. Get some cultural insight at M. Kalashnikov Small Arm's Museum Exhibition Complex and St. Michael's Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial Estate of P.I. Tchaikovsky and Votkinsk Museum of Local Lore. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Ludorvai Architectural and Ethnographic Memorial Museum Reserve, see the interesting displays at Udmurtia Republic National Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral, and get to know the resident critters at Udmurt Zoo.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Izhevsk trip website.

You can drive from Perm to Izhevsk in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Izhevsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

Kazan

— 8 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural History of Tatarstan Museum and Island Sviyazhsk Museum. Kazan Kremlin and Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kazan: Sviyazhsk (Cathedral of the Icon of the Mother of All Who Sorrow, The Temple in Honor of Saints Constantine and His Mother Helena, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Life, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, view the masterpieces at Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev, and admire the striking features of The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Izhevsk to Kazan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kazan are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 30:

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.