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Situated on the serene Volga River with an exquisite backdrop of lush green hills, Samara is a dreamland for nature lovers. Admirers of architecture will have a great time seeing some classic Russian establishments that sit as a crowning glory on the cityscape. History buffs can give some serious thought to boarding a last minute flight to Samara, thanks to its four centuries old history that is well reflected through the imposing monuments and 18th & 19th century buildings. Being an aircraft engineering hub, the city also entices aeronautic buffs giving them a chance to witness the grandeur of the legendary R-7 rocket and IL-2 Plane.
Samara Embankment– Counted amongst the most scenic spots in the city, Samara embankment makes for an idyllic spot to soak in some soothing sunshine. Flock to the beach to lie on the sand and get that perfect tan. Or hop-on the boat to cruise and catch some striking views of the Volga River. And when the tummy growls, treat yourself to the vast variety of food and beverages served at the restaurants.
Volga's Gates and Zhiguli Mountains– If you’re traveling with your significant other, you just can’t afford to give this site a miss. Zhiguli Gate offers picturesque views of the Volga River that slices its way between the two magnificent mountains. You may rent a car or take a bus that directly stops at this place.
Kuibyshev Square– Regarded as one of the largest squares in Europe, Kuibyshev Square is a popular hangout spot in Samara. One can spot many locals taking bike rides or roller skating here. The square is also the location of the Opera and Ballet House allowing visitors to explore two great attractions at the same time.
Stalin's Bunker– Book airline tickets to Samara and head to Stalin's Bunker to go back in time to the era of World War II. Nestled inside the Academy of Culture and Arts building, the bunker has several stories associated to it. As per some of the stories, this underground structure is connected to various prominent sites in the city via tunnels. It also comprises the work chamber of Stalin with several fake gates.
When to Visit
Based on the average temperature and humidity, May to early September offers ideal conditions to tour the city comfortably.
Kurumoch International Airport is the major airport serving the city. The facility is located at a distance of about 31.5 miles from the city center. Several hotels in Samara are located within the proximity of the airport.
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Though not the most popular, the Botanical Garden of Samara State University deserves a spot on your list of places to explore in this Russian beauty. This hidden gem gives you the feel of being in a real forest. It is home to various species of tropical flora. The center has taken to educating its visitors on cultivation of coffee trees and black pepper. You may also click some pictures which are subject to a nominal fee. So, now that you’ve made up your mind to book a cheap flight to Samara, do consider checking out a few other attractions such as the Municipal Museum Cosmic Samara, Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Strukovskiy Garden, Chapaev Monument and Modernist style museum among many others.