60 days in Volga District Itinerary

60 days in Volga District Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Nizhny Novgorod
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 7 nights
Train
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Kirov
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izhevsk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Perm
— 6 nights
Fly
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Orenburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ufa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Samara
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ulyanovsk
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kazan
— 7 nights
Drive
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Yoshkar-Ola
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Cheboksary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Diveyevo
— 3 nights
Drive
13
Penza
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saratov
— 5 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod

— 7 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.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', make a trip to Chkalov Staircase, and see the interesting displays at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod holiday planner.

Cardiff, UK to Nizhny Novgorod is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Nizhny Novgorod is 3 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in May, you will find days in Nizhny Novgorod are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kirov.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Kirov

— 2 nights
Kirov, formerly known as Vyatka and Khlynov, is a city and the administrative center of Kirov Oblast, Russia, located on the Vyatka River. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Saviour Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Houses Pod Dymku, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirov St. Seraphim Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Mesto Vstrechi Sculpture, and finally engage your brain at Museum of Paleontology. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Faith, Hope, Love and the Mother Sophia, then don't miss a visit to Uspensky Trifonov Monastery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksandrovskiy Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kirov trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Kirov in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Izhevsk.

Things to do in Kirov

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Izhevsk

— 4 nights
Izhevsk is the capital city of the Udmurt Republic, Russia, located along the Izh River in the Western Urals. Izhevsk is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Temple of Our Lady of Kazan, examine the collection at Museum of History of the Izhevsk Office of the Gorkiy Railroad, take in the waterfront at Zodchego Dudina Embankment, and appreciate the history behind Monument to the Crocodile.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Izhevsk trip planner.

Getting from Kirov to Izhevsk by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Perm.

Things to do in Izhevsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Perm

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Perm: Strelka Peninsula (in Gorodishche) and Kungur (Fire Pot Monument, Church of St. Nicholas, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Perm State Art Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Perm Great Mosque, see the interesting displays at Exhibition Hall of the Perm Local Lore Museum, and walk around Teatralny Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Perm trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Izhevsk to Perm by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Izhevsk to Perm. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Orenburg.

Things to do in Perm

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Orenburg

— 4 nights
Orenburg is the administrative center of Orenburg Oblast, Russia. Explore Orenburg's surroundings by going to Sol-Iletsk (Black Dolphin Prison, Local Lore Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Frunze Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Martyr Demetrios, take an in-depth tour of Yuriy and Valentina Gagarins' Memorial Museum Apartment, and don't miss a visit to Gazebo Rotunda.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Orenburg trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Perm to Orenburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Perm in May: high temperatures in Orenburg hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ufa.

Things to do in Orenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Ufa

— 5 nights
Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
Ufa is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Ufa Botanical Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Great George, and explore the activities along Belaya River.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ufa sightseeing planner.

Drive from Orenburg to Ufa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Orenburg in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Ufa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Samara.

Things to do in Ufa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Samara

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Samara: Zhigulevsk (Church in Honor of Our Lady of Vladimir, The Church of St. Ioann of Kronstadt, &more), Zhiguli State Natural Biosphere Reserve (in Bakhilova Polyana) and Shiryaevo Tunnels (in Shiryaevo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the local landmark of Samara Embankment, make a trip to The Temple of the Prelate Mitrofan Bishop Voronezhsky, have fun at Entertaining Sciences Museum Myobius, and get in on the family fun at Adventure Park Tarzaniya.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Samara trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Ufa to Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Ufa to Samara is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Samara are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ulyanovsk.

Things to do in Samara

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Ulyanovsk

— 3 nights
Ulyanovsk is a city and the administrative center of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia, located on the Volga River 893km east of Moscow. Ulyanovsk is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Historic and Ethnographic Complex Simbirsk Trade and Crafts Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Apartment of The Simbirsk Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, appreciate the history behind V.M. Leontyeva Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ascension Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ulyanovsk holiday builder.

Drive from Samara to Ulyanovsk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Samara to Ulyanovsk, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Ulyanovsk

Museums · Historic Sites

Kazan

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kazan side-trips: Raifa (Belfry With The Church in Honor of Archangel Michael, Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kazan Kremlin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev, and admire the landmark architecture of Agricultural Palace.

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You can drive from Ulyanovsk to Kazan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. June in Kazan sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yoshkar-Ola.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Yoshkar-Ola

— 3 nights
Yoshkar-Ola is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Iyoshkin Cat Sculpture, get to know the resident critters at Tomas Petting Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Trinity Church, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Yivan Kyrlya.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yoshkar-Ola trip maker site.

Drive from Kazan to Yoshkar-Ola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Samara Standard Time is 1 hour. In June in Yoshkar-Ola, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cheboksary.

Things to do in Yoshkar-Ola

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Cheboksary

— 3 nights
Cheboksary is the capital city of Chuvashia, Russia and a port on the Volga River. Cheboksary is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Monument to Ostap Bender and Kisa Vorobyaninov, examine the collection at Settlement Kugesi Museum, don't miss a visit to Moskovskaya Embankment, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Prince Vladimir Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cheboksary trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Yoshkar-Ola to Cheboksary in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Cheboksary sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Diveyevo.

Things to do in Cheboksary

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Diveyevo

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Arzamas (St. Nicholas Convent & Literature Museum of Gaidar) and Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh (in Vyezdnoye).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Diveyevo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cheboksary to Diveyevo takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Samara Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Penza.

Things to do in Diveyevo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Penza

— 2 nights
Penza is a city and the administrative center of Penza Oblast, Russia, located on the Sura River, 625km southeast of Moscow. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at V. Klyuchevskiy's Museum, see the interesting displays at Meyerhold Museum of Theatrics, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Penza Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Penza Museum of National Creativity. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monument First Settler, then make a trip to Holy Transfiguration Monastery, then examine the collection at Literature Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Museum of One Picture.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Penza travel route website.

Traveling by car from Diveyevo to Penza takes 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saratov.

Things to do in Penza

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Saratov

— 5 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. When in Saratov, make a side trip to see Monument to Byk-Solevoz in Engels, approximately Engels away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Saratov State Museum of Military Glory, make a trip to Memorial Complex Shadoof, pause for some serene contemplation at Duhososhestvenskiy Cathedral, and view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Vremena.

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

Traveling by car from Penza to Saratov takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Penza to Saratov is 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Penza in June: high temperatures in Saratov hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saratov

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.