Middle Volga: Nizhny Novgorod, Samara
Known as the third capital of Russia, Nizhny Novgorod is known one of the largest historic towns in Moscow. In soviet times, the town was known as Maxim Gorky, after one of the world's best-known Russian writers.
Take a walk along the cosy historical streets, visit the museums, theatres and churches and enjoy the far-reaching views from the kremlin and of course the high-altitude cable cart.
Samara is the gateway to the Volga region. In Soviet times, it was called Kuibyshev, and during the war it was the reserve capital of the USSR.
Today you can see Samara and its surroundings in all its splendour: the Zhiguli Uplands, the most beautiful monasteries and historical museums – One of Stalin’s bunkers was built here, 37 meters below ground; the equivalent of a 12 storey building.
This bustling city is home to some of the best restaurants in the region, with something for everyone, it’s not to be missed.