Raifa monastery


Tour Number

Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), German (basic), Russian (fluent)

Countryside private tour

This is excellent tour to go beyond the information of Kazan and to get closer acquaintance with orthodox Russian church.
The closer you approach the monastery the more beautiful nature you will see around. The place is one of the nature parks named Volga Kama biospheric nature reserve. And Raifa monastery is situated right among baeatiful trees and on the shore of beautiful lake.
You will learn about foundation of the monastery in the beginning of XVII and its closing for belivers in XX century but acting as juvenile deliquents prison.
Now the monastery is revived after long years of oblivion and it welcomes all people to admire its spiritual atmoshere and beauty. You can have a luck and listen alive the singing of "Pritcha" the monastery quartet. Four talented monks singers sing the songs such as Russian orthodox, romances and Russian folk songs. You can find here a spring of water believed by many people as a holy spring.


We go 30 km north from Kazan to see quite cosy monastery which is hidden behind tall pine and fir trees since 1613. The most of the tourists come there to draw themselves into the atmosphere of history, spiritual life, quietness and magnificent nature views. The guests usually visit the Virgin Mary of Georgia cathedral, Trinity cathedral, holy water spring chapel and afterwards go to enjoy beautiful Raifa lake.
It's possible to rent a boat to ride along the lake in summer days

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meeting at one of Kazan hotels or other known for both parties place

End location: Kazan

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


Station wagon vehicle

What’s Included

This is 3-4 hours countryside tour to the functioning monastery. One if the first revived after Soviet time when it used to be a juvenile prison. A half an hour transfer and you will find yourself among magnificent forest and admire yourself with a forrest lake. In the monastery we go to see old replica of the icon Our Lady of Georgia, Trinity cathedral, holy spring.

What’s Extra

any items or purchases of a personal nature are not included in the tour price.

A Recent Review of this tour

Marat is a very knowledgeable and professional guide. It was a pleasure to be on tour with him. Luzia
Luzia Doebeli

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