Volga Delta - Best Attractions and Activities


The Volga Delta is the largest river delta in Europe, occurring where Volga River drains into the Caspian Sea, in Astrakhan Oblast of Russia. The delta has three different zones, due to the changing level of the Caspian Sea. The first zone has the highest areas, known as Baer's Mounds, represented by several linear ridges of clayey sands, ranging from 5 to 22 meters in height. The second zone is the proper delta, with very little relief and with active and abandoned water channels. And the third zone, which is a broad platform of 60 square kilometres, is the submarine part of the delta.

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Fauna and Flora

The rich wildlife of this delta is one of the main reasons why it is a great tourist attraction. So here you can see about 400 vertebrates, including 127 species of fish and 260 species of birds like ducks, swans, ibis, terns ans herons. There are also more than 850 aquatic invertebrates and 430 different species of plants. Rare fishes like Beluga Sturgeon, whitefish, white-eyes bream and the endemic Volga lamprey can be found in delta's waters. Some unusual birds can be found there, among which it is the Dalmatian pelican, the penduline tit, the great white egret and the Caspian flamingo.

The most biologically diverse area is the Astrakhan Biosphere Reserve, which you can explore during an excursion organized by specialized operators. The entire delta is featured with floating lodges for fishing and hunting and the best way to admire the beautiful wildlife is by boat, on a tour into the river's channels. And even if there are many tourists bases along the river (here you can find accommodation), the experience will be better if you choose to stay deeper in the delta. And the best time to visit this place is between July and September when lotus flowers blossom, and the best season for fishing is between April and October.

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Routes and Transportation

Nowadays, there are 13 tourist routes for children and adults, as well as special ecological routes, all provided with hotels and pensions. They also provide boats for transport, but it is recommended to bring your own fishing rod or to buy one if you love this activity and don't forget to purchase a hunting license.

Cruises

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There are often organized river cruises through the delta, where you can enjoy comfort and natural beauty at the same time. It is recommended to join a cruise during summer, until September, to have the change to admire the beautiful lotus flowers. And talking about flowers, the vegetation of delta is another interesting attraction, compound from forests, meadows, and aquatic plants.

The reserve is a great place for viewing unique landscapes of the Volga River, smelling lotuses and watching birds. The delta offers many water tours. While making a tour, visitors are accompanied by highly-qualified guides who provide them with all necessary information. So this is the perfect opportunity for an escape to nature, to wildlife, to fresh air and relaxation. Nature has many wonderful parts which are worth to visit, and Volga Delta is for sure among them.