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Sam & Natalie MacDonald. Australia/Serbia, 31.12.2019 00:00:00

Surpassed expectations!

I am from Australia & my wife and I booked this tour 6-months in advance because this company has a great reputation and I wanted to make sure we could go with them due to it being winter and Xmas/NY period in Russia. They couldn’t have been more helpful over our email communications and they understood English very well - they can also organize Russian Letters of Invitation and hotel/airport transfers for you.

Mikhail was fantastic and greeted us on time at our hotel with a smile. He was super friendly and spoke excellent English and made the day tour extra enjoyable. Mikhail’s knowledge of Stalingrad and the battle is incredible and he takes you to all the most notable locations and some off the beaten track - there were not many western tourists in Volgograd when we went so we had many of the sites to ourselves and Mikhail was typically excellent at explaining all the important things in depth throughout the city. He takes you to one of the best restaurants in Volgograd for lunch for a taste of traditional Russian food which we loved. We only booked for the 1-day experience due to cost and limited time but I would absolutely return for the 3-4 day experience judging by the outstanding care and passion Mikhail and the company bring to the battle that shaped WW2. 

Doing this tour in Winter was extraordinary - unfortunately it did not snow but the cold was bitter in the morning and became quite nice in the afternoon - we found the cold energizing and everywhere we went was very well heated inside. Would recommend three layers, jacket, gloves, and beanie for tours in Dec-Feb. One recommendation would be to bring a large bottle of water as you can quickly get dehydrated with all the exploring and not realise it in the cold.

Date of experience: December 2019

Paul Stenhouse, Australia , 09.01.2020 00:00:00

Battlefield Tours of Stalingrad

I teach history in Sydney, Australia. My first tour was in 2017 and it was brilliant. As a result I did further research into the battle for Stalingrad and found there were more questions I needed answered. So I backed up in 2019 and again Mikhail Shuvarikov was able to address all my questions. His command of the English language and his knowledge is outstanding. It was truly a pleasure learning from him. I aim to return again as soon as possible. I strongly recommend this tour to anyone interested in history. You won't be let down.

Visited July 2019

Stephen Barratt. Sydney-Australia, 03.02.2020 00:00:00

Oustanding Tour of the Stalingrad Battlefield

We were very impressed with this tour which we did in January 2020. Although I have an interest in military history, the rest of the family really enjoyed this one and half day tour of the main battlefield sites within the city of Stalingrad. It did not include Kalach on Don, Pitomnik, or the bridgeheads where Zhukov launched Russian counter attacks on the 19th November 1942. Longer tours may include these sites.

We were met at the train station and the important sites were all visited and discussed in a pertinent and interesting way. Of course Mamayev Hill, The Motherland Calls monument, Square of Fallen Fighters, Eternal Flame amongst many others. We were very impressed with the changing of the guard performed in freezing conditions by school students and also Russian soldiers. We could sense real passion. In the afternoon we visited Pavlov’s house, the Red October Factory, the Barrikady Gun Factory, the Dzerzhinsky Tractor Plant and finally Lyudnikov's Island.

I particularly liked the discussions about street fighting tactics used by Russian 62nd army.

On the second day we visited the Univermag Department Store where Friedrick Paulus surrendered and the Panorama Museum. Both had excellent house tour guides.

Transport was in a quality van and we were taken to lunch venues and to our hotel at the end of the day. Our guide interpreted for lunch. Unlike Moscow and St Petersburg English is not big in Volgograd. Transport was provided to the train station on day 2.

Date of experience: January 2020