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FolkloreWeekend in Kazan

Program description:

A weekend trip to Tatarstan is a perfect way to see a different Russia, learn about Tatar culture and enjoy Tatar food. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and one of the most beautiful cities in Russia, which markets itself as the Third Capital after Moscow and St Petersburg. In 2005 the city celebrated its millennium. Even though Kazan is only 900km from Moscow it has its own culture, cuisine and language. Tatarstan is predominantly Muslim but you will see a mix of mosques and Orthodox churches here, sometimes within a few metres of each other. Sviyazhsk was founded by Ivan the Terrible in 1551 as a fortress to serve as the base for the conquest of Kazan - then the capital of the Kazan Khanate.

Details:

 

You will be met at the airport by one of our drivers and be accompanied​ through-out your stay by one of our professional guides who will be available to answer any of your questions, respond to your requests and provide you with special tips, if you are for example searching for a specific souvenir to bring home with. You will also be able to the skip the line at major cultural sights in order to get the most out of your time in Russia.

Days:                                              Type:

3 days/ 2 nights                            Private guided tour

Private guide:                                Languages:

Professional & licensed                 At Request

Your trip includes

  • Airport transfers

  • Private transportation according to the itinerary

  • Guided city tour to enjoy the beautiful architecture

  • Sightseeing tour of Kazan

  • Guided tour to Kazan Kremlin

  • Folklore program "Yakyn Duslar"

  • Guided tour to National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

  • Master-class "The Art of Arabic Calligraphy"

  • Master class of “Secrets of the Tatar Cuisine”

  • Interactive program "Tatar Biulyar"

  • Master - class “Embroidering Tyubetei”

  • Guided tour to Kazan horse racetrack

  • Guided tour to Chak-Chak Museum

  • Restaurant suggestions & bookings

  • Visa support

  • Hotel recommendations & booking support

Transportation:

By car & walk

Not included in the price are:

  • Airplane tickets to and from Kazan

  • Food and drinks

  • Accommodation

Click on the button below to download a detailed description of your program or scroll down and have a look at the sites that you will be visiting.

Booking procedure

  • After sending us a booking request we will contact you to confirm your choice and respond to any questions you might have concerning your trip. We will also fully customise the program to your wishes and further expand on it if you would like to visit additional sites

  • We will also send you a list of trusted hotels we would recommend for you and reserve the one you choose

  • We will then send you the final price for the tour for your confirmation

  • We will then send you all documents related to your Russian visa as well as a detailed guide on how to apply for it

  • Everything has been prepared and we are waiting to welcome you in Russia and to show you our beautiful city

Main sightseeing points

Джефф Рейсли

The Kazan Kremlin is the main sight of the city; it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Kremlin is an official residence of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and a state museum-preserve visited by thousands of tourists every year. The white-stone Kremlin is the heart of the ancient city that incorporates the culture of the East and West. Minarets of the main mosque of the city – Kul Sharif – shoot up into the sky, and cupolas of the Annunciation Cathedral, oldest one in Kazan, shine with gold. Inside the fortress, there is one of the symbols of Kazan – the famous “leaning” tower of Tsarina Suyumbike.

Kazan city and Kazan Kremlin

Folklore program "Yakyn Duslar" will immerse you in the world of the ancient culture of the Tatar people. Each people of the world are unique, and their soul, hidden in spiritual creativity - folklore, can be delightful to discover. All tourists have the opportunity from the first minute of their stay in Kazan to touch the age-old culture of the Tatar people.

Folklore program "Yakyn Duslar"

The museum occupies the building of the former Gostiny Dvor, which is a monument of architecture and history of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan. The museum's funds were formed throughout its more than 120-year history with the participation of scientists from Kazan University and the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan collectors. The museum collection numbers more than 850 thousand exhibits and reflects the history, culture and traditions of the peoples of the Volga region and Russia, Western and Eastern world cultures. The exhibits are presented in the expositions "The Ancient History of Tatarstan" and "Kazan Province in the XVIII Century".

National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

Under the guidance of a skillful master you will get to know the art of Arabic calligraphy. You will learn what is a Kalami and how to use it, the Arabic alphabet and how to write Arabic letters and words. Using the Kalami on beautiful postcards you will be taught to write your name in Arabic script.

Master-class "The Art of Arabic Calligraphy"

The Chak-Chak Museum is a place where you will plunge into the atmosphere of the Tatar life and feel like guests in an old Tatar family. Here you will learn the secrets of preparing the chak-chak and you will be introduced to the utensils that were used in the past.

 
You will taste the lokal aromatic tea from a samovar, you will try chak-chak, baursak, Tatar pastries, as well as an old forgotten dish.

The Chak-Chak Museum

The culinary traditions of the Tatar cuisine shaped up for many centuries. Some of the best cooks will share their secrets of preparing the most popular Tatar meals such as сhak-chak, echpochmak, vak belash, gubadia. During the master class each tourist may impress a skilled cook and participate in the preparation of the national meals.

Master class of “Secrets of the Tatar Cuisine”

The unique interactive program "Tatar Biulyar" will introduce guests to dance movements, etiquette, musical instruments, clothing and the famous Tatar dance music.

The program begins with a national dinner for getting strength for rhythmic dances, . During the feast, the artists will start the show program, and after the meal all the guests dress up in national costumes and join to the artists. Professional artists of the theaters of Tatarstan will learn how to dance and give a lot of good impressions and bright photos to every tourist for an hour.

Interactive program "Tatar Biulyar"

The Kazan Racetrack is a modern complex, considered one of the largest in Europe. Its total area is about 90 hectares. Equestrian competitions of international importance are held at the racetrack, as well as horse racing and jogging.

Kazan horse racetrack

"Tyubetei" is an old Tatar national men's hat. Reading the pattern with which the cap was embroidered, it was easy to determine what his owner was doing and where he came from. An experienced master will disclose the secrets of Tatar ornaments and help to make and decorate a Tatar hat - the "Tyubetei". In the master class you can make embroidery with your own hands. The finished product will remain with you as a souvenir and a memory of the beautiful city of Kazan.

Master - class “Embroidering Tyubetei”