Vacation in Stalingrad: A fantastic tour with an excellent guide and delicious foods in a legendary city!
My journey in Volgograd started with a warm welcome from Mikhail (my guide) at the Gumrak airport. I was always curious about Volgograd or Stalingrad in it previous name, and after weeks long travel in St Petersburg and Moscow, I was surprised to arrive in Volgograd with warm and sunny weather! My tour was involved with visiting major sightseeing places like different memorial squares, parks, Volga river port, Mamaev Kurgan Hill as well as the well known Museum Panorama. Mikhail was very patient and knowledgeable as he gave me a comprehensive introductions and stories behind each site that I visited. This is definitely a Hero City since every street and corner within Volgograd has heroic stories to tell! Another highlight of this tour is to visit a few previous battlefields that were preserved to commemorate the brutal battles of Stalingrad, especially in the factories area (Red October factory, the Barrikady gun factory and the Tractor Plant). For visitors who are interested in more details of the battle of Stalingrad, I will highly recommend to sign up for a longer tour (e.g. 3 Days or 4 days tour), so that you will get a chance to visit many previous battlefields outside the city. It shall give you a full picture of the war in Stalingrad area. Mikhail also gave me some travel tips to walk around the city in my free time, and I was able to explore the city on my own after the tour. In general, to compare with many other major sightseeing cities in Russia, the modern day Volgograd was very peaceful and cozy to stay, and I was so glad that I sign up for the tour and Mikhail was definitely a one of the best guides to travel with!
Visited October 2017