Tour 1: Kazan University
Kazan University, founded in 1804, is one of the oldest universities in Russia. The ensemble of the University buildings is a sample of classicist architecture of the 19th c. It is an object of cultural heritage and a place of interest.
Guests in groups of 15–20 people will be able to visit the main university building and the museum of the history of the University.
Duration: 1.5 hours.
Tour 2: Sightseeing in Kazan
The tour includes the main Kazan sights: the Kazan Kremlin, Old Tatar Sloboda, the Tatar village Tugan Avylym in the city centre, the city’s oldest mosque, Marjani, the Kamal theatre, the mysterious lake Kaban, Kazan Millennium Park, Liberty Square, Kazan University, the Kazanka river embankment, which offers splendid views of Kazan Riviera, Peter and Paul Cathedral, and the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Kazan. The sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Kazan Kremlin. Visitors will see the Spassky tower, the leaning tower Syuyumbike, President’s Palace and other government buildings, the Kul-Sharif Mosque and the Cathedral of the Annunciation.
Duration: 3 hours.
Price: 20–25 € per person (for a group tour). The price includes English-speaking guide service, transport service, lunch and entrance tickets to the Kazan Kremlin.
Tour 3: Raif Monastery of Our Lady
Raif Monastery is located 30 km away from Kazan on the bank of a forest lake. Its main shrine is the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Georgia. The monastery complex includes the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Cathedral dedicated to the icon of Our Lady of Georgia, the church of the Holy Fathers in Sinai, and the gate church of St. Archangel Michael.
Duration: 3 hours (by bus).
Price: 20–25 € per person (for a group tour). The price includes English-speaking guide service, lunch, and transport service.
Tour 4: Insular Town of Sviyazhsk
Located 30 km away from Kazan, Sviyazhsk is a historical and cultural gem of the Republic of Tatarstan. The ancient fortress was built under the reign of Ivan the Terrible and served as a military outpost in the Volga region during the third Kazan campaign (1552), the siege and storming of Kazan.
With the filling of Kuybyshev reservoir in 1957, the town was cut off from the mainland.
The tour route includes unique historical monuments: the current Assumption Monastery with its 17th century architectural monuments (the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, the Church of the Holy Trinity, which is one of the oldest wooden churches in Russia), the Museum of Sviyazhsk, a walk about the island.
Duration: 5 hours (by bus).
Price: 20–25 € per person (for a group tour by bus). The price includes English-speaking guide service, transport service, lunch, and entrance tickets to Sviyazhsk.
Tour 5: Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex
The Bolgar Museum Reserve is one of the few historical and architectural complexes of the Volga Tatars (the 9th –10th c.). Bolgar is a place of worship and pilgrimage for Muslims. It was where that Volga Bulgaria accepted Islam in 922, thus becoming part of the Muslim world.
The Bolgar settlement is a unique site in Russia giving evidence of the Golden Horde, once a great and powerful country in Eastern Europe (alongside the mosques and mausoleums of Kasimov (near Ryazan), and the Syuyumbeki tower in Kazan). The visitors will see architectural monuments of the 13th–14th c., such as the Great Mosque, the mausoleums of the East (the Church of St. Nicholas) and the North (the Monastery Cellar), the Khan’s Tomb, Small Minaret, the Black Chamber, the White Chamber, the Red and the Hellenic Chambers, the Khan’s room, and other sites.
Duration: a 9-hour (a full day).
Price: 30–35 € per person (for a group tour). The price includes English-speaking guide service, transport service, lunch, and entry tickets to museums.
Tour 6: Sabantuj
Sabantuj is a Tatar, Idel-Ural and Bashkir summer festival that dates back from the period of Volga Bulgaria. At first Sabantuj was a festival of farmers, marking the end of spring sowing, but later it became a national holiday and now is widely celebrated in the cities and villages.
The main distinctive elements of Sabantuj include traditional sporting competitions such as (Tatar wrestling, horse races) and various contests (sack races, pillar-climbing, egg-in-spoon-in-mouth-racing, sack-battle on the crossbar, pot smashing, finding a coin in a qatıq (a beverage made from sour milk), and others).
All guests can visit the festival free of charge. Conference guests will be informed about the time and place of the festival in Kazan and will be able to visit it individually.