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Glen Clarcke. Australia-Hong Kong, China, 13.11.2018 00:00:00

Stalingrad 3-day Tour

I am very much into WW2 but other than Poland I had never ventured to the Eastern Front and where the war was won. I booked a 3 day with Mikhail's advice, even though I thought this could be excessive I would say that the 3 days was 100% required and I wouldn't have got a full understanding of the battle if I went for a shorter period of time.

Mikhail organised a great package, covering all the main sites including the Mamayev Kurgan, Red October and Tractor Factory, Island of Fire and its museum with the lovely guides, Panorama Museum, Pavlov's House, the Department Store and Kalatch. He was very organised, had a great knowledge on all topics and was willing to go out of his way to help us with anything we needed, especially dinner reservations.

The people of Volgograd are very welcoming and friendly, even though English is not spoken by most people I found everyone very helpful and willing to go out of their way to help me. I would note that other than WW2 this town doesn't seem to have much to do for tourists.

Visited October 2018

Ivo Schouten. The Netherlands, 26.11.2018 00:00:00

The Battle of Stalingrad tour

It was our first visit to the eastern front, we have seen a lot of the battlefields in western Europe, but nothing in the east yet. We had a very committed guide, Mikhail, who led me and my father for two days in and around Volgograd. We visited the most important places and the guide was always very helpful, had a lot of knowledge and passion for the battle of Stalingrad. Even outside office hours he was available and available to help us. He has arranged a meeting with Sergei, who was also very friendly and has done many interesting sparks in the vicinity of Stalingrad. An extra day could have been great, as there is still a lot to see in the 'kessel van Stalingrad' Even after returning home Mikhail showed himself involved, a real plus! If you want to visit Volgograd for the battle of Stalingrad, there is no better way than to visit the city and the surroundings with Mikhail and Sputnik Travel. For example, with the guide the language is not a barrier and you come to places that few know.

Dutch version

Het was voor ons het eerste bezoek aan het oostfront, we hebben al veel gezien van de slagvelden in het westen van Europa, maar nog niets in het oosten. We hadden een zeer betrokken gids, Mikhail die mij en mijn vader gedurende twee dagen heeft rond geleid in en rond Volgograd. We hebben de belangrijkste plaatsen bezocht en de gids was altijd erg behulpzaam, had veel kennis en passie voor de slag om Stalingrad. Ook buiten kantooruren was hij bereikbaar en beschikbaar om ons te helpen. Hij heeft een ontmoeting geregeld met Sergei, die ook erg vriendelijk was en veel interessante vonsten heeft gedaan in de omgeving van Stalingrad. Een extra dag had prima gekund, daar er nog veel te zien is in de 'kessel van Stalingrad' Ook na terugkomst thuis toonde Mikhail zich betrokken, echt een plus punt! Als je Volgograd wil bezoeken om de slag om Stalingrad dan is er geen betere manier dan met Mikhail en Sputnik Travel de stad en de omgeving te bezoeken. Zo is met de gids de taal geen barrière en kom je op plaatsen die weinigen maar kennen.

Visited November 2018

Isabelle and Andrew Pallier. Great Britain-Oxford, 11.01.2019 00:00:00

Excellent and Engaging Military Tour

I went on the 3-day Stalingrad battlefield tour with my dad who is passionate about the military history of Volgograd. Mikhael's tour was really engaging and interesting, for both someone with an extensive knowledge of the subject, and a beginner to the area.

Highlights include going to a local fish market, standing on a battlefield finding discarded bullets and getting a personalised museum tour by the local school teacher and finding about the lives and sacrificies of the Russians involved.

What really stood out was Mikhael's attitude of visiting areas off the tourist path which made for a truly authentic experience. As my dad summarises: "The history enthusiast's dream".

Visited November 2018

Ross Cummings. Sydney-Australia, 31.01.2019 00:00:00

Stalingrad (Volgograd)

This was my 2nd time to visit this great Hero City. First time back in June 2016 and now in January 2019. What a contrast in seasons, going from quite warm in June to winter in January. Nevertheless I would highly recommend either times. Mikhail is a wonderful host and it goes without saying very knowledgeable on the citys history in particular the Great Patriotic War.

Visited June 2016 & January 2019

Raymond Malviste. Delcombe-Australia, 17.02.2019 00:00:00

Personal Tour of Stalingrad with local tour guide in Volgograd

I am a keen student of the Eastern Front campaign of the Great Patriotic War. Stalingrad was a pivotal battle which tipped the balance of the whole war in favour of the USSR. Mikhail took me to important sites: the grain elevator, Pavlov's house, the panoramic museum- "The Battle of Stalingrad", a boat trip on the Volga River. This river was an important supply line for the Russian troops holding out in a small portion of the city. The northern districts of Stalingrad, the factory areas where there was very heavy fighting, Gorodische, and Rossoshka, the site of the combined Russian/German cemetery. At the cemetery, Mikhail introduced me to the caretaker, and he showed me a collection of war relics collected in the area during the annual summer digs. Another member of the caretakers team showed us around the cemetery. Mikhail took me to the Univermag department store in central Stalingrad, the headquarters of 6th German Army commander, Friedrich Paulus. There is much to see in the underground rooms, war memorabilia and dioramas. However, the highlight would have to be when Mikhail took me to Mamayev Kurgan, the famous "hill 102". He timed the visit for me to see the changing of the guard inside the dome of the eternal flame. A very moving experience. Before we began our tour, Mikhail advised me that he does not conduct "pretty" tours. This was not a "pretty" tour, but it was very educational, and for me, quite emotional at times. Mikhail, on behalf of Sputnik Travel Company, offers a different type of guided tour, one that I would strongly recommend. Spasiba, da svi danya!

Visited July 2018