Discover Karelia

Discover Karelia

3 days / 2 nights

Destinations: 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

Meals No

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.
Embark a hydrofoil and depart for the trip to Kizhi Island (standard trip time is 10:15 - 17:15).
Guided walking tour of Kizhi Museum.
Return to Petrozavodsk.
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.

Day 2. Petrozavodsk - Kinerma - Ruskeala - Petrozavodsk

Meals B, D

09:00 - Pick-up by our guide at the hotel.
Transfer to Ruskeala park (260 km).
Aboveground tour to 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).
Meet local Karely people, walk around the village and have dinner with traditional local meals.
Transfer to Petrozavodsk (110 km).
21:00 - Return to Petrozavodsk.
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.

Day 3. Petrozavodsk – Kivach Reserve - Church of Apostle Peter - Petrozavodsk

Meals B

Pick-up by our guide at the hotel.
Transfer to Kivach Nature Reserve (70 km).
Observe Kivach Waterfalls and visit the museum of local nature.
Walk along the nature trail; learn about typical taiga plants, birds and animals.
Transfer to Church of Apostle Peter. Visit the historical Church, built in 1721 by the order of Tzar Peter the Great.
Return to Petrozavodsk.
Free afternoon.
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to the railway station.




Petrozavodsk is a nice city with several interesting sights and a perfect starting point for the trips to Kizhi and other cultural and nature landmarks of Karelia.

Karelian Villages

Karelian Villages

There are several villages in Karelia which represent the culture and history of the local population. In some villages one can observe the examples of wooden architecture such as small churches and chapels as well as traditional houses.

Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve

Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve

The Nature Reserve of Kivach is located to the north of Petrozavodsk (65 km).

Kizhi Museum

Kizhi Museum

The island of Kizhi in Lake Onego is famous for the biggest world ensemble of wooden architecture - Kizhi Museum. It is enlisted in UNESCO's World Heritage List.



Marble quarry in Ruskeala is an interesting and picturesque touristic object in Karelia.

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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.

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

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