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Kazan Private Tour: Raifa Monastery and "Temple of all Religions" (4 hours)

During this private tour you will visit one of the largest Orthodox monasteries in the Tatarstan Republic as well as a "Universal Temple" - the most unusual tourist attractions of Kazan, combining various styles of buildings of different cultures and religions into one.

When your guide meets you at the designated place, you will make your way to the Raifa Monastery by private transportation. After a short while, you will see the view of the monastery’s white stones starting to emerge from the distance, and thereafter, be astounded by its glorious bell tower as it glistens in the sunlight. Your tour guide will lead you to explore the monasteries territory, covering some of the most interesting sites, including the Georgian Mother of God Icon Cathedral, the Trinity Cathedral and the Saint Sophia Church.

The Raifa Monastery is one of the largest Orthodox monasteries in the Tatarstan Republic. It is a peaceful sanctuary, located on the outskirts of Kazan in a secluded area bounded by the natural world. The Monastery sits on the banks of a stunning lake, in an area that is shrouded with peace and tranquillity. The Monastery was one of the first of its kind to be established in the region, following Tsar Ivan IV’s conquest of Kazan. The history of the monastery dates back to over 300 years. The holy monastery was closed in 1918 during the era of religious conflict, after which it was a prison for juvenile delinquents in 1933, and in the early 90’s the monastery was restored to its former glory. 

While you are venturing through the beautiful sanctuary, you will absorb the breath-taking views of the lake. Feel as though you are reliving the monastery's history when your guide tells you about its rich past. Those who will have empty bottles will be able to fill them for free with saint water. 

On the journey back to the city, you will have the opportunity to admire one of the most unusual tourist attractions of Kazan - the Temple Of All Religions. It's an architectural symbiosis of various religions, civilizations and cultures, also sometimes called the Universal Temple. The Temple of All Religions is a cascade of buildings, combining various styles of buildings of different cultures and religions into one. This is the only place in the world where you can marvel at the Orthodox and Catholic churches, the Muslim mosque, the Jewish synagogue and the Buddhist temple harmoniously coexisting all as one building. The temple is decorated with all the iconic elements of world religions, as well as symbols of extinct civilizations. Visitors are invited to visit the rooms of Jesus Christ, Buddha, the Catholic Hall, the Egyptian Hall, the theatre hall, the picture gallery, and the tea room. 

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM, 01:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your central hotel (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • Any entrance fees as per the itinerary
Not included
  • Food / Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info
  • A headscarf is advised for women
  • Duration of the excursion is approximate and may vary according to local conditions

Sights included in program

The Raifa Monastery of the Mother of God (Raifsky Bogoroditsky Monastery) is a monastery for men located in the Russian Diocese of Kazan. The monastery was established in 1613. in what is now the Republic of Tatarstan. Closed during the Soviet years, the property, in 1991, was the first monastery in the Diocese of Kazan and Mari to be returned to the Church of Russia. Restoration work began immediately. The monastery is the largest in the Diocese... Read more
In Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan Republic, there is an amazing place that combines the world’s major religions. It is called the Temple of All Religions or the Temple of Seven Religions or the Universal Temple. Read more
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Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, one of the largest and most beautiful cities of Russia, which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage cities. According to official version accepted nowadays, Kazan was founded no less than 1000 years ago. The atmosphere of this intriguing autonomous republic is redolent of Central Asia. The spires of many mosques dot the skyline - including the grand Kul Sharif Mosque inside the historic kremlin... Read more
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1 person - US$ 224 (US$ 224 per person)
2 person - US$ 224 (US$ 112 per person)
3 person - US$ 225 (US$ 75 per person)
4 person - US$ 224 (US$ 56 per person)
5 person - US$ 225 (US$ 45 per person)
6 person - US$ 228 (US$ 38 per person)
Price for persons: 1 - 6

Our flexible payment options allow you to pay 20% of a deposit first and the remaining 80% in 14 days prior to your tour date - payment can be done both online or over the phone. This gives you the peace of mind knowing your spaces are booked on the tours and that you do not miss out on making the most of your time in Russia.

Also you get the best, top-rated and most experienced and knowledgeable hand-picked tour guide appointed on a priority basis.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the best tour guides only. Multilingual and well travelled, each possesses deep insight into the diverse attractions and cultural patterns throughout the region. With us guides undergo a rigorous selection process, achieving outstanding knowledge of local culture and language. Rest assured that the best tour guides only will be working on the tours to give you excellent opportunity to explore the best of the sights during both short and long-term stay in Russia.

Once you complete your reservation, we will send you a booking confirmation email. As the day of the tour approaches, our logistics team will provide you with all relevant information for your tour.

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