60 days in Volga District Itinerary

60 days in Volga District Itinerary

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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
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Nizhny Novgorod — 8 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fedorovsky Embankment and Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum Samovarov and Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr'. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizhny Novgorod: Gorodets (Museum Gorodets Spice-Cake & The Children's Museum at Kupecheskoy). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Photography, engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of Art Crafts of The Nizhny Novgorod Region.

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 drive to Diveyevo.
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Diveyevo — 4 nights

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

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Diveyevo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Diveyevo takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cheboksary.
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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 Saint Archangel Michael Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Chuvash National Museum and Brugge Embankment. Get out of town with these interesting Cheboksary side-trips: Yoshkar-Ola (Saint Peter and Fevroniya Monument, The Sculpture The Angel Gabriel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ostap Bender and Kisa Vorobyaninov, stroll around Memorial Park Pobeda, don't miss a visit to Monument Materi - Pokrovitelnitse, and see the interesting displays at Settlement Kugesi Museum.

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 go by car to Bolgar.
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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.
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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 Historic and Ethnographic Complex Simbirsk Trade and Crafts Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of the Civil Aviation History and Museum of National Education of The Simbirsk Province. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at V. Lenin's House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ascension Cathedral, appreciate the history behind A monument to Karl Marx, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum V.I. Lenin.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ulyanovsk sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bolgar to Ulyanovsk in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tolyatti.
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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 Church in Honor of Our Lady of Vladimir. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tolyatti: Syzran (City Exhibition Hall. House of Chernukhin & Syzran Kreml) and The Church of St. Ioann of Kronstadt (in Zhigulevsk).

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.
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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 Motorworld by V. Sheyanov are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Samara with a short trip to A. Shiryayevets's House Museum in Zhigulevsk, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Square Aleksandra Pushkina, appreciate the history behind Il-2 Monument, examine the collection at Modernist Style Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Samara online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tolyatti to Samara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saratov.
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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 State Art Museum of A.N. Radishhev. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saratov Regional Local Lore Museum and Limonariy. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Memorial Complex Shadoof, stroll around Park Lipki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at N. Chernyshevskiy's Memorial Estate.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Saratov itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Samara to Saratov takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Samara to Saratov due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Samara in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Saratov. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Perm.
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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 Perm Local 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 Motovilikhinskiy Plant History Museum, examine the collection at N. Slavyanov's House Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Legend of Perm Bear, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Theotokos of Tikhvin Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Perm holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Saratov to Perm takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Saratov in July, things will get little chillier in Perm: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Izhevsk.
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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 Izhmash Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial Estate of P.I. Tchaikovsky and St. Michael's Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Votkinsk Museum of Local Lore in Votkinsk (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Ludorvai Architectural and Ethnographic Memorial Museum Reserve, examine the collection at Udmurtia Republic National Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udmurt Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Izhik - the Mascot of Izhevsk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Izhevsk trip app.

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 (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kazan.
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Kazan — 8 nights

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 Holy Trinity Church and Natural History of Tatarstan Museum. Kazan Kremlin and Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul 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, Island Sviyazhsk Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Center Hermitage-Kazan, and view the masterpieces at Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kazan day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Izhevsk to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Volga District travel guide

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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.
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