Discover Karelia Tour

Duration

2 days / 1 night

Tourist destination

Karelia Tours, Kizhi Tours

A tour package to Russian Karelia designed to visit historic sights and enjoy the scenic landscapes

  • Kizhi Island
  • Ruskeala Park
  • Traditional Karelian villag
  • Available from May to October
Itinerary

Day 1. Boat trip to Kizhi Island from Petrozavodsk

  • Included meals: No

Your guide will meet you as you arrive at Petrozavodsk railway station* and transfer you to the hotel to drop off the luggage. Then you will proceed to the pier to embark on a hydrofoil ride across Lake Onega to reach Kizhi Island.
Arrive at Kizhi, meet the local guide and start a 2-hour walking tour of Kizhi Museum. You will see the historic churches and the belfry of Kizhi Pogost, as well as chapels, peasant houses and other monumets of wooden architecture.
You will have another two hours to explore the island on your own before leaving back for Petrozavodsk at around 15:30.
Free evening, independent dinner and overnight in Petrozavodsk.

Day 2. Visit Ruskeala Park and a traditional village

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast your guide will pick you up and transfer to Ruskeala Park (260 km).
Walking tour of the marble quarries and mountain park of Ruskeala. Free time for optional activities and lunch.
Continue* to the historical Karelian village of Kinerma (170 km). Walking tour around the village, visit the chapel of the 18th century and the authentic wooden house. Traditional dinner. 
Transfer to Petrozavodsk (110 km) and drop off at the train station in time for your overnight train to Moscow/St. Petersburg leaving at around 22:00.

*As an option you can continue to St. Petersburg by train Ruskeala – Sortavala - St. Petersburg.

Dates and prices

2 people – 27900 Rubles per person.
4 people – 19800 Rubles per person.

Single room supplement – 2500 Rubles.

Season: mid May – mid October.

Included

1. One night in a 4* hotel in Petrozavodsk.
2. One breakfast and one traditional dinner.
3. All transport during the tour.
4. Visits and experiences as per the itinerary.
5. English-speaking guide’s services.

Note: Boating and an underground cave excursion in Ruskeala are not included. These activities can be arranged on the spot only.

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Questions & Answers
What kind of vehicles do you use?

We use modern, comfortable 9-seater vans, for example Volkswagen Caravella with plenty of luggage space.
For smaller groups we use suitably sized cars, such as Skoda Octavia.
For bigger groups we use Mercedes Sprinter buses or full-sized coaches.

Reviews

We were in Russia in June 2018. Main itinerary was to visit St Petersburg and Moscow. Enroute we did a slight detour to Kizhi Island - an open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage site. To experience a different facet of Russia, we signed with Nordic Travel Discover Karelia 3D/2N tour. This tour brought us to the nature reserves, quaint villages and churches of Karelia.

It was a pleasure dealing with Nordic Travel who were prompt and reliable. The transport was comfortable, driver safe and polite (a bonus!) and guide Olessya was warm, cheerful and accommodating.

We were glad we saw and enjoyed thoroughly a Russia beyond the 2 main cities. Big Thanks to Nordic Travel!

Andrew Ong, Singapore