We are happy to offer a 3-day Post-Congress Tour to Kazan with a special visit of Karla impact structure (just 2h30min drive from Kazan) and Bolgar. This Tour will take place on July 27-30, 2018 and includes 3 nights of accommodation in the NOGAI 3* Hotel in Kazan city center, excursions with English-speaking guide and tickets to all sights. The following meals are also included in the Tour price: breakfast (3 days),  lunch (3 days, some lunches will be in form of lunch boxes, e.g., day #1), dinner (one evening). 

Tentative flight schedule: participants will fly from Moscow (DME) to Kazan on Friday, July 27 at 20:05 (arrival time: 21:35). Return flight is planned on Monday, July 30: departure from Kazan at 19:55, arrival to Moscow (DME) at 21:25. Please note that the Tour price does not include plane ticket Moscow->Kazan->Moscow, which should be purchased separately.

If you have any questions/ concerns/ comments, please contact Dilyara KUZINA at di.kuzina@gmail.com

100% payment for this Tour is due on June 22, 2018 (included). The registration for this Tour is open till Monday (July 23, 2018) inclusive! If you want to purchase this Tour, please click here


Day #1 (Saturday, July 28): Karla impact crater

We will visit one of the largest impact meteorite craters in Russia. Named after Karla river – tributary of the Sviyaga river located 120 km SW from Kazan (54° 55’N, 48° 2’E).

D = 10 km, Age = 5 ± 1 Ma

Crater now is covered by younger rocks, so structure is not traced in relief and some samples we can find only in spoil dumps. Nowdays there are developing of open cast mine, previous years there were found impact rocks.

The drive to the crater will take ~2.5-3 hours each way.

Karla crater

Day #2 (Sunday, July 29): Excursion to Bolgar

Bolgar is the northernmost medieval monument of Muslim architecture, unique and the only surviving example of Bulgarian-Tatar architecture from the mid XIII-XIV centuries, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bolgar is reachable by water transport – approximately 2.5 hours each way.


Day #3 (Monday, July 30): Kazan & Museums

Kazan is one of the oldest cities in Russia. In April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the “Third Capital” of Russia.  It was chosen as the “Sports Capital of Russia“ and continues to be referred to as such. We will visit Kazan Kremlin (also know as Museum of Natural History of Tatarstan), National Museum of Tatarstan RepublicKazan Federal University laboratories and museums (visits from geological and historical prospectives). An interactive bus tour of the city will also be offered. During this tour you will see Kazan, taste it, listen to the city sounds, and smell its aroma.


Where to go in Kazan?

The city has many concert halls, theater venues, etc.  Below are links to two of the most interesting places.

Tatar state academic opera and ballet theatre named after Musa Jalil

Saydashev State Great Concert Hall