Tatarstan is an amazing, vibrant and unusual republic. A confluence of Europe and Asia, West and East, Volga and Kama. This is where divergent cultures, civilizations, faiths and nationalities have coexisted for centuries.
The fortress walls of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage site, circle the Annunciation Cathedral and Kul Sharif Mosque; the backdrop and symbol of Tatarstan.
This melting pot of a republic draws guests fr om all over, discovering ancient cities, centuries-old shrines, vibrant international festivals of art and culture, more than a hundred museums, as well as a warm welcome and amazing cuisine.
Tatarstan is a unique phenomenon, no trip to Russia is complete without a visit.
Aptly translated, Kazan means ‘cooking pot’ in the language of Tatar is the 1000 year old capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Wh ere east and west, old and new collide happily. The tops of the old churches, belfry towers and the slender needles of the minarets rise high above the city’s modern buildings. Apart from the Kremlin, a UNESCO monument, the wonders of The Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Mardjani Mosque (XVIII century) and the Azimov Mosque (XIX century) are unique and well worth seeing.
The smallest but also one of the most beautiful cities in the Republic of Tatarstan. Islam, the main religion of the Bulgars is reflected in the culture, architecture and unusual beauty of this ancient place. Marvel at the array of religious buildings in the town from a thirteenth century Mosque, the magnificent, elegant White Mosque, the Orthodox Church of the Assumption and the Northern Mausoleum – with its tomb of the XIV century.
Located on the right bank of the Kama River in the Tatarsta region, this town is known for its 10th century castle. In the ancient city, on Kazan street, you’ll find a plethora of museums: the museum of district medicine of Vladimir Bekhterev, the Museum-Theatre "Tavern", the museum of local lore. Many of the attractions are dedicated to the artist Ivan Shishkin and the poet Marina Tsvetaeva, who are inextricably linked with the history of the city.
For many, despite covering almost one eighth of the world Russia remains a mystery, one of the world’s unknowns. It’s rich in history, cultural intrigue and natural wonders combine to make Russia a must-visit destination for anyone seeking something truly unique.
Russia has so much to offer. From an authentic tea ceremony to a day spent exploring old churches, every moment is designed to blow you away. Because the true magic of Russia is that it’s unlike anywhere you’ve ever been before.
The network of spectacular rivers and lakes are an attraction in themselves. Ice-blue waterfalls cascade over mountainous outcrops at Plutorana Plateau; tiny islands float in the midst of the expansive Lake ladoga; and Moscow’s canals offer a unique viewpoint for the city’s sights.
We organise cruises from Moscow, St Petersburg, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan
The onion-topped buildings and twisted-spire churches of Moscow and St Petersburg are iconic, Russia has so much more to explore. There are frescoes by Dionisius, a 45,000 year old mammoth and a city built on frozen ground. Whichever cruise you embark on, you’ll be amazed by everything you uncover about this continent.