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 Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum Samovarov 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 much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, 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 Resurrection Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Queen of Heaven's Holy Trench and Bell-tower. 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 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 drive 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 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 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 Memorial Museum V.I. Lenin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of the Civil Aviation History and V. Lenin's House Museum. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Historic and Ethnographic Complex Simbirsk Trade and Crafts Museum, 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.
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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 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.
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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 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: A. Shiryayevets's House Museum (in Zhigulevsk) and Motorworld by V. Sheyanov (in Petra Dubrava). 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.
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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 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 Holy Trinity 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 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.
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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 Perm State Art Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to The Rotunda and Belogorsky Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perm: Kungur (Church of St. Nicholas, Kungurskaya Cave, &more), Lysva (Church of St. John the Evangelist & Lysva Museum of Hard Hats) and The Memorial Reserve Museum of the History of Political Repression Perm-36 (in Kuchino). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Motovilikhinskiy Plant History Museum, examine the collection at Shoe Gallery, 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 6.5 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.
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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 Ludorvai Architectural and Ethnographic Memorial Museum Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial Estate of P.I. Tchaikovsky and Udmurt Zoo. Change things up with a short trip to Votkinsk Museum of Local Lore in Votkinsk (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Izhmash Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Cathedral, view the masterpieces at La Boheme Artistique, and don't miss a visit to Sculpture Izhik - the Mascot of Izhevsk.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Izhevsk route planner.

Drive from Perm to Izhevsk in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 Cathedral of the Icon of the Mother of All Who Sorrow. Kazan Kremlin and Island Sviyazhsk Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kazan: Sviyazhsk (Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, The Temple in Honor of Saints Constantine and His Mother Helena, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany, and explore the world behind art at Center Hermitage-Kazan.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kazan road trip planner.

Getting from Izhevsk to Kazan by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kazan can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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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