Volgograd and Elista Tour from Moscow6 Days | Moscow, Volgograd, Elista

Volgograd and Elista Tour from Moscow

This 6-day tour of Volgograd and Elista from Moscow showcases the contrasts between the brutal military history of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) and the tranquil Buddhist culture of the Republic of Kalmykia. Admire the impressive Battle of Stalingrad panoramas and various other monuments to this pivotal World War II battle, visit one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe, and discover Moscow’s historical highlights.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Moscow – Arrival
 
Arrive in Moscow, meet your driver, and transfer to the hotel (check in is possible from 14:00). Free time to begin your Volgograd and Elista Tour from Moscow. Overnight at the hotel.
During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
Visit to the Armoury or the Diamond Fund at the Kremlin (except Thursdays);
Night city tour, ‘Evening lights of Moscow’;
River cruise on the motor ship ‘Flotilla Radisson Royal’ (from May to October);
Tickets to the Bolshoi Theatre, concerts, the circus, or other performances.
Day 2: Moscow
 
After breakfast, take a guided tour of Russia’s capital city, Moscow. Like Rome, this is a city on seven hills. Your tour of the metropolis starts at Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) in the south-west of the city. Elevated 78m above the river, these hills are Moscow’s main panoramic viewpoint and offer excellent views of most of the city’s attractions: the Kremlin, Stalin’s famous “Seven Sisters” skyscrapers (such as the main building of Moscow State University), the modern Moscow City skyscrapers, the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences, Russia’s “White House”, Shukhov Tower, Luzhniki Stadium, and the Ostankino TV Tower. After visiting Vorobyovy Gory, descend to the Memorial Complex on Poklonnaya Gora (Victory Park) to see the Church of St. George the Victorious, the Triumphal Arch, and Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Then, visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world. The original cathedral was destroyed in the 1930s by order of Stalin and only rebuilt in the 1990s. The cathedral has a 69m-high dome, on the inside of which are beautiful images from the New Testament. Continue the tour at the famed Red Square, walking past St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the famous GUM, the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexander Garden. The day ends at the impressive Kremlin and its cathedrals (closed on Thursdays and replaced with an alternative sight). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 8-9 hours
Day 3: Moscow – Volgograd
 
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to take a morning flight from Moscow to Volgograd (970 km, 1 h 50 min). Arrive in Volgograd at 12:10 and meet your driver and guide for a sightseeing tour of this legendary city on the Volga River. Previously known as Stalingrad, this was the location of one of the most pivotal (and deadliest) battles of World War II and was heavily bombed in the war. Starting at the Central Embankment, you’ll see the staircase that represents the ‘gate’ from the Volga River to the city, before visiting the Alley of Heroes and the Square of Fallen Heroes. After admiring the majestic buildings of the renovated city, continue to the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex “To the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad”. Visit the church of All Saints, opened for the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, see the majestic Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, and watch the changing of the guard at the Pantheon of Glory. Finally, transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4 hours
During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
Boat trip along the Volga River.
Day 4: Volgograd
 
After breakfast, meet your guide for a tour of other Volgograd highlights. See the Church of Nikita the Confessor (1782-1795) in Staraya Otrada, the Volga-Don Shipping Canal, and the Staraya Sarepta Museum-Reserve, a unique architectural ensemble in the Saxon Baroque style, a piece of Europe in Volgograd. Nowadays, as in the 18th century, an organ sounds in the reserve’s main building, the German Church, and the museum contains authentic household items of the German colonists. The tour ends at the Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum, which hosts an impressive 360-degree panoramic mural depicting the famous battle. In addition to the famous panorama, you’ll see various museum exhibits, the Hall of Triumph, the legendary house of Sergeant Yakov Pavlov, and the ruins of the mill that was destroyed in the battle. Finally, visit the open-air “Weapon of Victory” exhibition to see military equipment from World War II. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
Boat trip along the Volga River;
Organ concert in the German Church (20 min)
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Day 5: Volgograd – Elista – Volgograd
 
After an early breakfast, drive to Elista (300 km, 4 hours). Elista, the capital of the Republic of Kalmykia, is the centre of Russian Buddhism and offers the opportunity to experience Asian culture, people, and cuisine in Europe. Start your guided city tour at the Golden Horseman monument to the hero of the Kalmyk epic, “Dzhangar”. Continue to the Chess Palace City to visit the Chess Palace where the 33rd World Chess Olympiad was held, see the small wooden Church of St. George the Victorious, and see some of the houses built for the players. Then visit the “Exodus and Return” Memorial Complex dedicated to the victims of Stalinist repressions. An undoubted highlight of your visit to Elista will be visiting The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe. Afterwards, visit Lenin Square, where you’ll see other monuments to the city’s Buddhist culture, including the Golden Gate, the Seven-Tier “Pagoda of Seven Days”, and the “Three Lotus” fountain. End the tour with a walk along the Alley of Heroes, where the names of Kalmykia natives awarded the titles “Hero of the Soviet Union” and “Hero of the Russian Federation” are carved on the steles. Finally, return to Volgograd, arriving in the late evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 6: Volgograd – Moscow – Departure
 
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Moscow. Upon arrival at Moscow’s domestic airport, meet your driver and transfer to the international airport. Departure. End of the Volgograd and Elista Tour from Moscow.
  • All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan type car, 3-7 pax by minivan, 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14+ pax by 40-50 seat bus)
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included
  • Sightseeing tour programme in each city with local, English-speaking guides
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary
  • Economy class tickets for flights Moscow – Volgograd – Moscow
  • Visa support for Russian tourist visa
  • In groups of 11 or more travellers, 1 person travels free of charge and is accommodated in a single room.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour
  • Full board (lunches and dinners)
  • Hotel charges for additional services
  • Consular fees for Russia tourist visa
  • Tips/gratuities for guides and drivers (although these would be appreciated)
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour
  • Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Moscow - 2 nights
Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow, Sverchkov 8 Hotel, Starosadskiy Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Hotel Moscow - BaumanskayaGodunov Hotel, Arbat House Hotel, Pushkin Hotel, Brick Design Hotel
Volgograd - 3 nights
Yuzhny Hotel, Gold Hotel, Imperiya HotelHampton by Hilton, Park Inn by Radisson, Stariy Stalingrad, Intourist Hotel

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