GATEWAY TO LAKE BAIKAL
EXPLORE THE RUSSIAN CAPITAL
CITY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
WHERE WEST MEETS EAST
END OF EUROPE, WHERE SIBERIA STARTS
Early morning (05:56 am) arrival in Kazan, a beautiful city that embraces the best of the eastern and western cultures. Early check in the hotel and short rest after night in the train. Guided city tour and tour to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kremlin of Kazan. Built by Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the palace of the Kazan Khanate that he destroyed, the Kremlin of Kazan reflects the ethnic mix of Tatars and Slavs, Muslims and Christians, that merged into one nation centuries ago.
The magnificent Kul Sharif Mosque is the largest Muslim place of worship in Europe, and hosts a rich collection of ancient books. As an equally important place of Orthodox worship, the Annunciation Cathedral within Kazan’s Kremlin is an architectural gem completed in 1561, 9 years after the city was conquered by Ivan the Terrible. The cathedral is said to have been designed by Postnik Yakovlev, the same architect who was said to be blinded after completing St. Basil’s Cathedral on Moscow’s Red Square.
Kazan is the centre of Tatar culture in Russia. We shall visit Old Tatar Sloboda (village), a cultural village, then try on local dresses and drink Tatar tea.
Then, have a culinary master-class and cooking Tatar dishes at a traditional restaurant. End day – time permtting – with a visit to the National museum. Return to the hotel and overnight.