Astrakhan, Russia
Astrakhan is a major city in southern European Russia. It lies on the left bank of the Volga River, close to where it runs into the Caspian Sea. The city is built on eleven islands and is known for its many bridges, canals and channels.

The main attraction in Astrakhan is the Kremlin built in 1582 – 1589. It is comprised of five architectural and historical elements which include the Red Gate tower, an example of 16th century military engineering, the 16th century Artillery Yard and the 16th century Torture Tower.

Things to See & Do

* The Kremlin
* Astrakhan State Reserve
* White Mosque
* Troizky Cathedral
* The museum of local lore

General Information

Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area – 1,091 km²
Population – 520,339
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus two four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7

Port Location – The port of Astrakhan is located on the Volga river.

Travel Links - The city is served by Narimanovo Airport. There are direct flights from Astrakhan to and from Aktau, Baku, Yerevan and Moscow.

Astrakhan is linked by rail to the north - Volgograd, Moscow, east - Kazakhstan, Atyrau; south - Makhachkala, Baku. There are direct trains to Moscow, Volgograd, Saint Petersburg, Baku, Kiev, Brest and other towns.