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
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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 Museum Samovarov. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God and Russian Museum of Photography. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizhny Novgorod: Gorodets (Museum Gorodets Spice-Cake & The Children's Museum at Kupecheskoy). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, see the interesting displays at Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Rukavishnikovykh Usadba.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod online route maker.

Stockholm, Sweden to Nizhny Novgorod is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. 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

Diveyevo

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

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Diveyevo day trip site.

You can drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Diveyevo in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Cheboksary.

Things to do in Diveyevo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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 Memorial Park Pobeda. 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, examine the collection at Settlement Kugesi Museum, and don't miss a visit to Monument Materi - Pokrovitelnitse.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cheboksary trip planner.

Drive from Diveyevo to Cheboksary in 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Diveyevo to Cheboksary due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Cheboksary can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bolgar.

Things to do in Cheboksary

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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 Memorial Museum V.I. Lenin. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Secret Apartment of The Simbirsk Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ascension Cathedral, 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

Tolyatti

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

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

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 Iversky Female Monastery. Galileo Park and Modernist Style Museum 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: see the interesting displays at Stalin's Bunker, appreciate the history behind Il-2 Monument, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Sculptural Composition Barge Haulers on the Volga.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Samara trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tolyatti to Samara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Samara are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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 Memorial Complex Shadoof. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saratov State Radischev Art Museum and K. Fedin's State Museum. There's lots more to do: stroll around Park Pobedy, examine the collection at Limonariy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duhososhestvenskiy 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 6.5 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 travel to Perm.

Things to do in Saratov

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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 Belogorsky Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perm: Kungur (Church of St. Nicholas, Kungurskaya Cave, &more), The Memorial Reserve Museum of the History of Political Repression Perm-36 (in Kuchino) and Lysva (Church of St. John the Evangelist & Lysva Museum of Hard Hats). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Motovilikhinskiy Plant History Museum, examine the collection at Exhibition Hall of the Perm Local Lore Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Legend of Perm Bear, and take a peaceful walk through Chernyayevsky Forest.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Perm trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saratov to Perm in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saratov to Perm is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Saratov in July, with highs in Perm at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Izhevsk.

Things to do in Perm

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Izhevsk

— 5 nights
Izhevsk is the capital city of the Udmurt Republic, Russia, located along the Izh River in the Western Urals. Do some cultural sightseeing at State Museum Tchaikovskiy Residence and Izhmash Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Ludorvai Architectural and Ethnographic Memorial Museum Reserve and M. Kalashnikov Small Arm's Museum Exhibition Complex. When in Izhevsk, make a side trip to see Votkinsk Museum of Local Lore in Votkinsk, approximately Votkinsk away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Cathedral, examine the collection at Entertaining Science Museum, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Izhik - the Mascot of Izhevsk, and view the masterpieces at La Boheme Artistique.

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.

Things to do in Izhevsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

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 Cathedral of the Icon of the Mother of All Who Sorrow and Holy Trinity Church. Kazan Kremlin and Natural History of Tatarstan Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kazan: Sviyazhsk (Island Sviyazhsk Museum, Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life, view the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kazan itinerary planner.

You can drive from Izhevsk to Kazan in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

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.