As an extension or a standalone tour, this is a tour through some of the modern Russia’s most significant cities: Chechnya and Stalingrad!
Our first stop will be the Capital of the Chechen Republic, Grozny, once labelled as the most destroyed city on the planet after the vicious civil war which engulfed the republic for almost two decades. During that period, Chechnya was deemed as the most dangerous place on earth for a number of years. Today, it has seen the war brought to an end through the iron-fisted reign of the Kadyrov regime and a rebuilt Grozny has been called ‘the Dubai of the Caucasus’. We’ll be led by a local guide through this fascinating and often surreal city to try local Chechen food, visit the Kadyrov centre dedicated to the regime, ascend to the helipad of Grozny business centre, visit the local bazaars and much more!
After Chechnya, we’ll board a train north through the volatile republic of Dagestan to the site of the most brutal battle in human history and the turning point of WW2: Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad! After a relaxing day on the train, we’ll hit the ground running with a tour of this once-decimated city by visiting one of the world’s best WW2 museums with a whole host of relics. We’ll also descend into the former command bunker of Freidrich Von Paulus himself and visit the huge complex of Rodina Mat. The next day we’ll journey out to the Volga Don Canal and see where Operation Uranus sealed the fate of the German 6th Army, and also see an enormous Soviet monument commemorating the event. We’ll then visit the biggest statue of Vladimir Lenin on earth, enjoy lunch in a Soviet airplane and much more!
This tour is a standalone section of a longer tour, the individual portions of which can be seen below:
Thursday 21st September – Vladikavkaz
Friday 22nd September – Grozny Morning
Saturday 23rd September – Grozny – Train
Sunday 24th September – Volgograd Morning
Monday 25th September – Volgograd Morning
Tuesday 26th September
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– All accommodation in twin-share hotels
– All transport as per itinerary
– 24-hour services of a bilingual YPT tour leader and local English-speaking tour guide
– Visa fees if required
– Travel insurance
– Single supplement at hotels (€175)
– Pre-tour accommodation (€40)
– Lunch and dinner
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