Russia: Grand Karelian Tour YC02

7 Days From £0 (1,290 USD)

Visit Karelia in the Russian Northwest and explore the capital, Petrozavodsk, in a region famous for cultural gems like Kizhi Island and Solovetsky Monastery.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
End Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: 22 Jun, 6 Jul, 20 Jul, 10 Aug, 24 Aug, 4 Sep
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 9

Karelia is a region in the Russian Northwest. The capital, Petrozavodsk, is located nearly 400 km away from St.Petersburg and 300 km from the Russian-Finnish border. Karelia is famous for cultural gems like Kizhi Island and Solovetsky Monastery.

Tour Highlights
- Overnight sleeper train from St. Petersburg
- Petrozavodsk and Kizhi - first enjor a Petrozavodsk city walking tour. Departure for the Island of Kizhi, located in Onego Lake by boat. Arrival at the Island, meet the Museum guide there. Walking tour to the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture - Kizhi - Churches of the Transfiguration, Intercession, chapels and traditional wooden houses.
- Kivach Waterfalls, the White Sea – Baltic Canal or Petroglyphs
- White Sea coast (~450 km to the north). Visit to the Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve, featuring typical northern forest plants and animals. Tour of the White Sea – Baltic Canal, constructed during Stalin’s time mainly by Gulag prisoners or walking tour to Petroglyphs (an archeological sight, prehistoric rock-carvings).
- Solovetsky Islands - Departure for the Solovetsky Islands by the morning boat (travel time is about 2.5 hours). The Islands, located in the White Sea, are known for the unique historical and cultural heritage, as well as natural attractions, sea habitats - seals and white whales - are among them. Arrival at Solovetsky Island, transfer to the hotel. Orientation. Check-in. Walking tour to the Solovetsky Monastery, Fortress and the Gulag Museum.
- Solovetsky Islands - Boat tour to Zayatsky Island. The main places of interest of this Island, covered with tundra-type vegetation are its mysterious stone labyrinths, as well as the old wooden church of Andrew the First Caller (1702).
- Solovetsky Islands - Bus and walking tour to Sekirnaya Mountain. Visit to the Church of the Ascension built in the 19th Century. It also served as a lighthouse and later, during the Gulag times a penalty prison was located in this church. Walking tour to the Botanical Garden established by monks in the 19th Century. The Garden is considered to be one of the northernmost botanical gardens in the world. Transfer to the pier. Departure for Kem by evening boat. Accommodation at the hotel in the town of Kem.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Accommodation at hotels
- Car/bus and boat transfers as per itinerary
- Meals as per itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
- Entrance fees and tours as per itinerary
- English-speaking tour leader and local guides' services
- Train tickets St.Petersburg – Petrozavodsk and Kem - St.Petersburg (2nd class sleeping cabin)

Excludes
- Airfare to St.Petersburg
- Accommodation in St.Petersburg

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. St.Petersburg to Karelia on overnight sleeper train
Day 02. Petrozavodsk and Kizhi.
Day 03. Kivach Waterfalls, the White Sea – Baltic Canal or Petroglyphs
Day 04. Solovetsky Islands
Day 05. Solovetsky Islands
Day 06. Solovetsky Islands
Day 07. Depart back to St Petersburg by daytime train.