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"Backpack" escapade to Tatarstan

  • Yoshkar-Ola Kazan Svyazhsk
  • Go on a "backpacker" trip to discover Tatarstan, east of Moscow. But before admiring its sublime capital and impressive Kremlin, make a mandatory stopover at Yochkar-Ola, whose architecture will surely surprise you. This trip will be your adventure, you will take the train and the bus alone.

day 1 - Kazan
Voyage Russie, Tatarstan, Kazan - Mosquée
Mosquée de Kazan
Voyage Kazan - Kremlin
Voyage Kazan - Palais de l'Agriculture
Palais de l'Agriculture

Arrival in Kazan in the early morning. You will be welcomed by your guide and driver at the train station. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Panoramic tour of Kazan with your guide: you will see the Cathedral of Peter and Paul, the Azimovskaya and Marddjani mosques and the main sites of the city, such as the Freedom and Tukaya square, the lake Kaban, Kazanskii Posad and the University of Kazan.

Lunch, then guided tour of the Kazan Kremlin: During the city tour you will see a set of remarkable historical monuments which represent Tatar and Russian cultures and you will be fascinated by the 13 towers, the Qul Sharif mosque, the Blagoveshenskii Cathedral, the Syuyumbuke, and the Spasskaya Towers and the Presidential Palace.

Free dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

day 2 - Yochkar Ola
Voyage Yochkar-Ola - Théâtre des Marionnettes
Théâtre des Marionnettes
Voyage Tatarstan - Yochkar-Ola
Yochkar Ola - Tatarstan
Yochkar Ola
Yochkar Ola - Tatarstan
Yochkar Ola

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meeting with the guide and the driver, and departure for Yochkar-Ola (2h, 150km). Guided tour of the city center by public transport and on foot: the Annunciation Tower is a copy of the Moscow Spasskaya Tower, the elements of Annunciation Cathedral have something in common with the architecture of  St. Savior on the Spilled Blood Cathedral in St. Petersburg. You will also see the shopping and entertainment complex of the 12 apostles, which is most famous for its clock with figures of 12 apostles who appear every three hours from 9 am to 9 pm. You will walk along the Bruges Embankment. During the tour, you will learn a lot about the history of the city and of the Mari El Republic.

Lunch at the cafe. Free time, transfer back to Kazan (2h).

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

day 3 - Kazan
Voyage Kazan - Presqu'île de Sviajsk
Presqu'île de Sviajsk
Voyage Kazan - Presqu'île de Sviajsk
Presqu'île de Sviajsk

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. 

Meeting with your English-speaking guide and transfer to Sviazhsk island to see its huge fortress overlooking the mouth of the Svyaga river. The island itself is considered to be a museum. You will have a guided tour of the Dormition monastery, founded in the 16th century.

Free lunch in Svyazhsk. 

Return to Kazan. Free afternoon and dinner (Optional: Guided tour of the Raifa monastery, which is worth a visit because of its bell tower and beautiful surroundings). 

Transfer to the train station and return to Moscow. 

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. Accommodation (as mentioned or similar) in standard room on double basis (unless your quotation indicates another room category)

. Breakfasts

. Transport mentioned 

. Guided tours mentioned with an English-speaking guide and entrance tickets


. Air / train tickets

. Unsigned meals (lunch, dinner)

. Possible public transport costs

. Tips and personal expenses

. Optional tours and services

. Eventual expenditure related to tourist visa


. Deposit of 30% of the total amount of the tour when booking it

. The rest of amount (70%) 45 days before departure

. The order of the visits may be modified according to the confirmation of the touristic sites or for any other technical reasons

. Non-contractual photos

. In case of a delay in the delivery of luggage at the airport, and according to the Warsaw Convention, the recipient (the passenger) must personally send a written protest to the actual carrier (the company operating the flight, which may be different from the company selling the ticket in the case of a code-share flight) within 21 days from the day on which the luggage was placed at his disposal.

. PLEASE NOTE: In case of an order and after checking availability and fares, it will be the subject of a travel contract. The order of the visits can be modified according to the confirmation of the museums.


. If the cancellation occurs more than 45 days before your departure, the cancellation fee is 15% of the total amount of the trip.

. Between 45 days and 31 days before departure, it amounts 30% of the total amount of the trip.

. Between 30 days and 15 days, it amounts 50%.

. Between 14 days and 8 days, it amounts 75%.

. If the cancellation occurs less than 7 days before departure, the cancellation fee is 100% of the total amount.

Special cases: 100% cancellation fee may be applied upon registration on certain services, including, unless otherwise stated, on all plane tickets, train tickets and show tickets. These charges are calculated in addition to the general cancellation fee.


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