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Chris from London, 03.10.2014 00:00:00

I was in Volgograd for 2 days, and rather than try to find my way around the various sites alone I decided on a guide. This was a very good decision. Mikhail from Sputnik Travel/Stalingrad Tours, a native of Volgograd, lives and breathes the history of the place. He is passionate about his subject and rightly proud to be a citizen of the city that saved the world from Hitler at such tremendous sacrifice. I found it extremely useful having such a guide. Had I gone, for example, to the Motherland Calls statue by myself it would have been an incredible experience. But Mikhail was able to explain very interesting symbolism among the stunning artworks that make up the complex which otherwise I would not have appreciated. The same goes for the 360 degree panorama at the museum. It too is a hugely impressive work of art. But Mikhail was able to point out small details of the battle on it and explain the stories of heroism behind them. These would otherwise have been lost on me. He also took me to some out of the way places, which I very much doubt I would have found on my own, including searching the battlefield for relics. I found several, including spent cartridges, medicine phials, batteries etc.

Mark Lewindon and Ken McVie. UK, London, 04.10.2014 00:00:00

Went to visit scenes of battle of Stalingrad with a friend who is also an enthusiast. We were delighted with the services provided by Volgograd Sputnik. Mikhail provided everything that we needed to arrange visas and offered help to organise accommodation - it couldn't have been easier! We opted for a three day battlefield tour, which was very comprehensive and covered the museums, key locations and major monuments. Our tour guide arrived promptly every day to collect us from our hotel in a clean, comfortable and well maintained car. Mikhail was extremely knowledgeable and used information from books and personal accounts, gleaned from veterans of the battle, to bring events of late 1942 and early 1943 to life. His commentaries made it much easier for us to comprehend and absorb the key events and significance of the battle. We are happy to fully recommend Volgograd Sputnik's services and would use the company again if we were to return to the city.

Carolyn Hand, USA, 15.08.2014 00:00:00

My father Joe Hand would like me to let everyone know in his own words. This was "Absolutely, the best trip of my life. This is the best money I have ever spent more than worth the price. These guys were courteous, honest, and knowledgeable. They gave us a complete tour of all the sites and explained in great detail each site to us. They gave us all the time we needed to feel like we could absorb and appreciate each site. We were completely astounded with what we saw and did. Every person on planet Earth should take this tour. On a scale of 1 to 10 we give it a 20! May God bless you for what you did for us, we shall never forget you." Joe Hand. Personally, I can't thank you enough for taking care of my parents. My experience booking this tour with you for them was TOP NOTCH! Thanks guys.

Olivier Ballou, Canada, 10.10.2014 00:00:00

Merveilleuse visite avec notre guide francophone Svetlana. Il y a tellement de choses à voir, et une tournée guidée en vaut la peine.

Christian Macht, Deutschland, 08.03.2014 00:00:00

Ich habe eine 3 Tages-Tour gemacht und ich muss sagen, daß es einer meiner schönsten Erlebnisse war die ich bis jetzt in meinem Leben erlebt habe. Mikhail ist ein phantastischer Guide und kennst sich bestens mit der Stalingrader Schlacht aus. Auf jede Frage konnte er mir eine ausführliche Antwort geben. Er ist ein guter Kerl und es hat echt Spass gemacht. Ich kann jedem nur solch ein Tour empfehlen, der sich für dieses Thema interessiert. Diese Tour war genau so wie ich sie mir vorgestellt habe und noch mehr... Danke Mikhail und Sergej...

Itamar De Zan, Brazil, 03.03.2014 00:00:00

I have been there. Mikhail is a professional, accommodating guide, very knowledgeable of WWII history and Stalingrad battlefield. Volgograd (former Stalingrad) is also a very pleasant city, with a lot of classical USSR architecture/buildings which in themselves alone are worth a visit. I have found the people to be as well simple and very kind/nice. I would definitely come back for a longer stay. :) "Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it."

Peter Kelleher, Ireland, 05.06.2014 00:00:00

I spent a day with Mikhail in May 2014. I had an excellent time, Mikhail was extremely knowledgeable, I learned a lot from him. He showed me some wonderful sites like the Soldiers Cemetary at Rossoschka. We walked the battlefields, went into some dugouts and found actual artillery/ other military equipment remains from the battle. I told some friends at the hotel that evening who had taken another tour and we covered a lot more sights. I highly recommend Mikhail and his company.

Jay Keever, USA, 04.11.2014 00:00:00

My trip to the former Stalingrad was a dream come true. Having been fascinated with this terrible battle since childhood, I always wanted to see the city first-hand. This October I was able to do so - but without the excellent three day tour put on by Mikhail from Volgograd-Sputnik tours, I would have missed so much! Mikhail is an excellent guide, and obviously has dedicated himself to helping others understand what took place here. He is extremely knowledgeable about the battle here and in the surrounding area. His English language skills are perfect, and he readily answered everyone one of my questions. As a professor of Military History, I was extremely impressed with his knowledge. I'll be returning this summer to Volgograd, and will definitely be calling on his expertise again. I can't recommend this tour highly enough. It is money well invested! Thanks Mikhail and see you soon!

Phil and Leanne Clayton, Great Britain - Doncaster, 29.08.2015 00:00:00

This tour was amazing! We asked for a one-day personalised itenary and they were extremely helpful and met our every request. Our guide Mikhail was incredible. Very knowledgeable and passionate allowing us the get a real feeling for this unbelievable event. We were transported in a lovely air conditioned car and were able to take refreshment breaks whenever we fancied. We visited all the mind-blowing sites. Rossoshka is a must! We would thoroughly recommend a visit to Volgograd and this battlefields tour. Memories that will last forever! Thank you.

Sofie and Jos - Belgium , 29.08.2015 00:00:00

2015 August 26 tour. Part I

Outside the city of Volgograd, we wanted to visit Pitomnik (main German airfield inside the “Kessel” from where the last German airplane departed from the Stalingrad cauldron) and Kalach-on-Don (where the “Kessel” encirclement of the 6th Army was completed by the Red Army). For this purpose, we contacted Stalingrad Battlefield Tours/Volgograd Sputnik Travel Company. Mikhail Shuvarikov, Company Director, responded instantly and offered us a custom-made tour. It was splendid. We will never forget that tour and day. It was without doubt the best tour we ever took. We visited Gumrak railway station, Pitomnik airfield and several memorial spots on the road to Pitomnik, on the road to Kalach and in and around Kalach. Mikhail Shuvarikov and his driver Sergey were both very friendly, pleasant and skilled guides. Mikhail has in-depth knowledge about the Battle of Stalingrad. But also concerning non-WWII-subjects, especially present-day Russian society and the Western perception of Russia, it is very entertaining to talk to Mikhail and Sergey. They are intelligent, open-minded and critical minds. A day with them against the landscape of Pitomnik, Kalach-on-Don, the Don-Volga-Canal and Don river is more than worthwhile.