The Volga region embraces the territories in the middle and lower reaches of theVolga river. These places are famous for their diverse and attractive landscapes, which are protected in small but numerous nature reserves and national parks. The Volga region is usually divided into the right-bank Volga Uplands, where, among others, “Privolzhskaya Lesostep” and “Prisursky” Nature Reserves, and the “Samarskaya Luka” National Park are situated; and the left-bank Zavolzhye region, where "Kerzhensky" Natural Reserve is located.
The Volga region is known for its great ethnic diversity, which is manifested in handicrafts, costumes, folklore of the Mari, Chuvash, Tatars and other nations who have inhabited these places for a longtime.
Every protected area of the Volga region has its own exceptional features, and thus worth visiting. For example, some of the most primitive forms of dinosaurs were found in the "Nurgush" Natural Reserve, huge trees over 300 years old are found in the oak forests of the "Mordovsky" Natural Reserve, and in the "Smolny" National Park in the spring you can observe the migration of water birds in the skies.