Please be advised this is not offered as a stand alone package. It must be as an add on to an existing St Petersburg package booked through us.

The Republic of Karelia is situated in the North West of Russia,

just to the east of the Finno-Russian border. Its capital Petrozavodsk is about 300 miles to the north from St Petersburg. Karelia has about a million hectares (about 2.5 million acres) of national parks and reserves; 63,000 lakes framed with pine woods.

Karelia's signature sight, the UNESCO-protected Kizhi Historical Reserve and its outdoor museum of folklore and wooden architecture housing numerous folk shows and international events.

Another plus is Petrozavodsk's intense social life featuring folklore and jazz festivals, top music performers, an opera house, local food and drink, and numerous outdoor events. Winter, if you're looking for some quality skiing, skating, or snowmobile racing followed by a steamy sauna and a night in the opera; summer, if you plan on hiking and biking, then partying the night away under the almost-never-setting midnight sun.

Here are some suggested itineraries. You can get to Karelia by train from Moscow or St. Petersburg.

Day Trip to Petrozavodsk and Kizhi

06:50 (09:40) - Arrival in Petrozavodsk by train from St. Petersburg (Moscow). Meet the guide at the train station. City walking tour.

The guide will provide vouchers for the trip to Kizhi.

11:30 - Departure for the Island of Kizhi, located in Lake Onego (by boat - hydrofoil, without guide).

12:45 - Arrival at the Island, meet the Museum guide there.

13:00 - Walking tour to the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture Kizhi -

Churches of the Transfiguration, Intercession, chapels and traditional wooden houses.

15:45 - Departure back for Petrozavodsk.

17:00 - Return to Petrozavodsk.

Independent time in Petrozavodsk until the evening train.

19:00 (22:50) - Departure from Petrozavodsk by overnight train for Moscow (St. Petersburg).

Price: on request

Included:

1. Boat tickets Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk.

2. Entrance fee to Kizhi Museum.

3. English-speaking guides' services on the city walking tour and Kizhi walking tour.

Overnight trip Kizhi Necklace tour

Day 1 06:50 (09:40) - Arrival in Petrozavodsk by train from St. Petersburg (Moscow). Local guide meets for you at the train station.

A short city tour finishes at the hydrofoil terminal.

The guide does not travel to Kizhi and will explain all logistics.

11:30 - Departure for Kizhi by hydrofoil (1h 15min).

12:45 - A small motorboat waits for you by the pier to take to the guesthouse which is located over the strait, in a small peaceful village.

The guesthouse offers private WC and shower in all of its 8 rooms.

After lunch and short rest the motorboat takes you to the Kizhi Island.

15:45 - The local English-speaking guide waits for you at the tour bureau to show

the beautiful open-air museum of wooden architecture of Kizhi, with its

Churches of the Transfiguration (1714) and Intercession (1764), chapels and traditional houses.

19:00 - Dinner is served in the guesthouse.

Overnight at the guesthouse.

(L, D)

Day 2 09:00 - Breakfast at the guest house.

At about 10:00 the motorboat takes you to Kizhi Island where you can walk along the middle

and northern parts of the island featuring old villages and chapels.

14:00 - Return back to the guesthouse and lunch.

15:00 - After lunch the hosts arrange a transfer to the hydrofoil for the trip back to Petrozavodsk.

15:45 - Departure by hydrofoil for Petrozavodsk.

17:00 - After you arrive in Petrozavodsk our driver will meet you and take to the train station.

Train for Moscow leaves at 19:00. If you travel to St. Petersburg at 22:50 you can leave the luggage

at the station and have a walk around the town with a dinner at one of the restaurants of Petrozavodsk.

(B, L)

Prices on request.

Included: 1. Accommodation in standard rooms at the guesthouse "Ersnevo" in the area close to Kizhi Island

(rooms with en-suite WC and shower);

2. Car/bus, hydrofoil and motorboat transfers as per itinerary;

3. Meals as per itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner);

4. Entrance fees and sightseeing tours as per itinerary.

5. English-speaking guide's services on the sightseeing tours.

Please email us number of people, hotel's category (moderate, first class, deluxe), your dates to inquire for prices

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