Discover Karelia


3 days / 2 nights

Tourist destination

Karelia Tours, Kizhi Tours

Explore historical sites and nature attractions of Karelia

  • Kizhi Island
  • The marble canyon and mountain park Ruskeala
  • Historical Kinerma village
  • Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve

Day 1. Petrozavodsk and Kizhi

Our guide will meet your morning train from St. Petersburg or Moscow on the platform at the railway station of Petrozavodsk*.
Transfer to the hotel to drop off the luggage**.
~10:00 - Embark a hydrofoil and depart for the trip to Kizhi Island
Guided walking tour of Kizhi Museum.
~ 17:00 - Return to Petrozavodsk.
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.

* If you prefer to arrive in Petrozavodsk a day earlier by evening train from St. Petersburg or by plane from Moscow we will customize this package accordingly.

** A supplementary charge may be applied for the early check-in.

Day 2. Petrozavodsk - Ruskeala - Kinerma – Petrozavodsk

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
09:00 - Pick-up by the guide.
Transfer to Ruskeala Park (260 km).
Walking tour of the marble quarries and mountain park of Ruskeala.*
Free time for optional activities and lunch.
Transfer to the historical Karelian village of Kinerma (170 km).
Walking tour around the village, visit the chapel of the XVIII Century and the authentic wooden house.
Traditional dinner.
Transfer to Petrozavodsk (110 km).
~21:00 - Return to Petrozavodsk.
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.

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

Day 3. Petrozavodsk – Kivach Reserve - Marcial Waters - Petrozavodsk

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Pick-up by the guide.
Transfer to Kivach Nature Reserve (70 km).
Observe Kivach Waterfalls and visit the museum of the Nature Reserve.
Walk along the ecological trail and learn about typical taiga plants, birds and animals.
Continue to the village of Marcial Waters.
Taste water from the natural mineral water springs. Russian Tzar Peter the Great visited this place for four times and tried to cure his diseases by drinking this iron-rich water.
Observe the historical Church of Apostle Peter, built in 1721 by the order of Peter the Great (inside visit if the church is open). Visit a small museum with historical items of the early XVIII Century.
Return to Petrozavodsk.
Free afternoon.
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the railway station.

2 nights accommodation in hotel (Fregat 4*, Cosmos Petrozavodsk 4*, Piter Inn 3*+ or Karelia 4*).
3 meals - 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
All transport during the tour.
Visits and experiences as per the itinerary.
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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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.


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