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Amazing trip to Ivan the Terrible’s fortress on the Volga “island-city” of Sviyazhsk (6 hours)

A private guide will take you to the amazing trip around the ancient Russian town, founded by Csar Ivan the Terrible in 1551. You will find out why emperor Paul the First fell in love with this place and how Sviyazhsk got its name. The landscape makes you forget about the fuss and problems, and the water space surrounding the island from all the sides will remind you of Eternity and Harmony.

Sviyazhsk is located in the water area of three rivers, which are the Volga, the Sviyaga and the Schuka, and is based as a powerful fortress. The city has preserved numerous monuments of ancient Russian architecture, Orthodox culture and history. You will have a panoramic walking tour on the island. For several centuries the city was an Orthodox shrine for all Russians. You will examine the complex of the Assumption Monastery, have a chance to capture the most ancient Trinity Church in our country. A professional guide will help you to get acquainted with the stunning monuments of the island architecture, authentic frescoes of the 16th century, you will get into the enchanting atmosphere of a county town with an amazing history, legends, characters and beautiful landscapes. Every street, every house will tell you their own story here, and the temples of Sviyazhsk will narrate about the greatest man-made creations, about talented architects-Pskovians, who brought to us the unique beauty of white-stone monasteries.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 6 hours

Important info

Price includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
Not included
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Additional info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Dress code is smart casual
Departure and Return
  • Departure point - Your hotel in Kazan
  • Departure time - 10 a.m.
  • Return details - Your hotel in Kazan

Sights included in program

Sviyazhsk is an island city located near the mouth of the river Sviyaga 60 kilometers from Kazan. If you look at the island from above, it resembles a piece of wood or the classic elongated heroic shield (given the history of its creation), which is associated with the "mainland" thin embankment. He came here in the middle of the XVI century as a military fortress and today is a unique monument of Russian antiquity, historical-architectural and a... Read more
The Cathedral of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos was built by the Pskovian craftsmen under the guidance of Postnik yakovlev and Ivan Schyryay in 1556 -1560. The refectory was attached to it in the 17th century. In the middle of the 18th century the cylindrical drum was replaced with an octahedron, whereas a helmet-shaped dome was replaced with a cupola styled in Ukrainian baroque. In the 19th century the refectory was added with a high p... Read more
The first Orthodox church in the Middle Volga region, built in 1551. But later the church was rebuilt several times. Located in Sviyazhsk.The temple belongs to the monuments of architecture. A masterpiece of wooden architecture of Russia. He was cut down in one day, without using a single nail. The church is built in tent style. Of great value is a wooden four-tiered iconostasis. Read more
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1 person - US$ 572 (US$ 572 per person)
2 person - US$ 738 (US$ 369 per person)
3 person - US$ 843 (US$ 281 per person)
4 person - US$ 880 (US$ 220 per person)
5 person - US$ 965 (US$ 193 per person)
6 person - US$ 1002 (US$ 167 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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