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Clyde Kitt Rodkey, USA-Washington DC, District of Columbia, 08.07.2018 00:00:00

"Not a step back"- Sputnik delivered on The Battle for Stalingrad Tour

My wife and I had an absolutely phenomenal and very positive experience with Sputnik in Volgograd. In fact, I am glad Michael's company exists to provide such customized, insightful and enthusiastic service for one of the greatest battles of World War II.

We visited just prior to the start of the World Cup venue series in Volgograd. We've taken other personal tours before, and so can compare. Beforehand, Michael proposed a detailed program to help ensure we got what we were looking for.

Half way through our tour, Michael introduced himself. It was evident that he monitors client satisfaction before, during and after tours. He gave us a "Stalingrad" hat, which later highlighted a "What do you think of Volgograd?" interview by Russian television reporters (and sent to us after we returned to the US by Michael).

We visited battle sites within Volgograd as well as more remote ones to reflect most phases of the battle. It is important to work on details long in advance, to reflect your interests and knowledge base. In our case, I had done years of research beforehand and Sputnik brought this to life.

Our three days were organized and paced well. Our guide and driver easily adapted to our personalities and interests. Value-added: we visited a stable to explore riding options (and see an Akhal-Teke horse, a beautiful rare breed) something that wouldn't have happened without Sputnik.

Overall, we highly recommend working with Michael to maximize your Hero City experience.

Visited June 2018

Geoffrey Farthing & Andrew Buckle, UK-London-Guildford-Uckfield, 26.07.2018 00:00:00

An exceptional historical tour at Stalingrad and the events surrounding the city.

Mikhail and his team guided us through the Visa process and arranged accommodation and were flexibly adjusted our tour as we were a day late on arrival. Mikhail gave a fascinating tour of the battlefield sites and memorials in the city. We also took the optional tour to battlefields, airfield and memorials in the surrounding countryside. Mikhail's exceptional knowledge of the battle was a major bonus to the tour, we visited places and spoke to local people you find very difficult to access by yourself. All in all a very worthwhile tour and one we will never forget.

Excellent organisation, interesting tour. Mikhail has a passion and a great insight into the events that took place.

We had a three day tour of the city and surrounding area where the battle took place. With Mikhail and Sergi's comments regarding the meaning and reasons behind the great monuments we gained a better understanding of what the sculptures and monuments represent. Overall an excellent tour, well organised and executed, I would recommend anyone with an interest in the City and the events that took place to book a tour.

Visited July 2018

Edward Smith. UK-London, 13.08.2018 00:00:00

Excellent - A must do for anyone interested in WW2!

It was my first time in the country, so I paid for the day trip to Kalach-on-Don so that I'd get to see some of the 'Real Russia' as well as the areas where some of the fiercest fighting took place in 1942. As we drove west, my tour guide Mikhail provided a constant commentary of historical facts and details, all of which added to the experience. We went well off the beaten track to visit monuments that tourists would otherwise completely never get the chance to see, all of which were far from the city of Volgograd itself.

We swept across the Don and into Cossack country, pausing to visit the former HQ of Field Marshal von Paulus and on the Steppe, which was ideal tank country in 1942. We were here for only 15 minutes or so, but a brief foray into a field revealed 2 mortar rounds (1 German, 1 Russian) as well as what looked like a piece of armoured plating.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this (or any) tour with Sputnik travel. For the price, you're treated to a bespoke tour which takes in all of the details, all provided by local guides who know and can relate to the history of their city and their country better than anyone. If I return to Volgograd I'll be sure to choose another of the tours that they offer.

Visited July 2018

Dino Pegoraro, Italy-Biella, 04.09.2018 00:00:00

A RELIGIOUS SURVEY ON THE FRONT OF THE BATTLE THAT DECIDED THE VICTORY OF THE II WORLD WAR

A truly impressive visit, as Italians (2), paradoxically relive that event by adults to try to understand the vastness of the front but above all the immensity of the deployment of military forces. Be with the eyes on the places where it was decided whether Hitler should have been the 3rd emperor of Europe or left to decide the fate of the subsequent events that to date are not known clearly except for written statements but not ascertained as Stalingrad, with the Teheran conference 11/28/1943, in fact the destiny of Europe was written and designed with the confirmation of the unification of the former USSR of all the nations of the East. A great experience to realize in understanding the true history of the future Europe from 1945 onwards, an immense revisitation of the most tragic and impressive terrestrial military event for the accumulation of troops involved that human sacrifice remained in the field of which today, continuously, is exhuming the remains scattered in the esplanade between the Don and the Volga. 

Visited June 2018