Samara Luka is one of Russia's most beautiful and accessible national parks. It lies on a picturesque place, where the Volga river makes a U-shape bend around Zhiguli mountains. It's only 50 miles away from Samara, one the major cities in European Russia. On both north and south Samara Luka adjoins the Volga river, which has been thankfully and blandly called Mother from ancient times. This quaint place saw numerous historical events and personalities of the USSR, Russian Empire and Ancient Russia.