2015 August 26 tour. Part II
We booked a tour for Pitomnik and Kalach-on-Don. Both were absolutely impressive. But Mikhail and Sergey showed us more than that: the Don-Volga-Canal, the Don river with its mighty banks. They even stopped twice along the desolate road between Volgograd and Kalach to buy us fruit, tea and a local snack sold by locals on simple markets by the roadside. Mikhail and Sergey offered us an all-in experience: detailed WWII history, Russian landscape and nature, Russian life. Even insight in how Russian citizens think and how they think of the perception the West has concerning Russia. We met relatives of a Red Army lieutenant at a mass grave site and local vendors at fruit markets along the roadside: Mikhail acted as an interpretor between us and them. Thanks to Mikhail, we could speak to these people, ask them questions, learn about their lives and background. Sergey does not speak English but that was no obstacle at all: with Mikhail as an interpretor, all communication between the four of us was 100% smooth. Mikhail’s English is very good. Taking a 1 day tour to Pitomnik and Kalach-on-Don with Stalingrad Battlefield Tours/Volgograd Sputnik Travel Company: a magnificent all-in experience! Thank you, Mikhail and Sergey, for sharing your impressive history and country with us and for offering us the best tour of our lives!