Karelia winter discovery tour

From St. Petersburg to St. Petersburg

Visiting: Saint Petersburg, Petrozavodsk


Tour Operator: Smart Travel

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Group size: 1 - 8

Age range: 10-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

The Republic of Karelia is a federal subject of Russia, located in the northwest of Russia. Its capital is the city of Petrozavodsk. This destination is rich of historical sights and breathless nature attractions. Our tour will give you the opportunity to discover all the most beautiful destinations in Karelia like Petrozavodsk, Kizhi Island and the Kinerma village. We will see: St. Petersburg Winter Palace, St. Petersburg St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg Church of the Bleeding Savior, St. Petersburg Nevsky Convent, Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Kinerma, the wooden chapel of the St. Mary the Virgin of Smolensk, Kizhi Island, the museum is the Kizhi Pogost, the Church of the Transfiguration, the bell tower (19th century), the Church of Intercession and much more.

Highlights

  • iconSt. Petersburg old town
  • iconthe wooden chapel of the St. Mary the Virgin of Smolensk
  • iconthe museum in the Kizhi Pogost
  • iconSt Petersburg the Nevsky Convent
  • iconSt Petersburg the Church of the Bleeding Savior
  • iconKarelia
  • iconKinerma
  • iconKizhi Island
  • iconthe Church of the Transfiguration and the Church of Intercession
  • iconPetrozavodsk
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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Saint Petersburg

Location: Saint Petersburg

Accommodation: Hotel

Arrival in St. Petersburg, optional transfer to the Hotel Ambassador**** or similar, check-in.

icon Day 2 : Saint Petersburg-Petrozavodsk

Location: Saint Petersburg

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. When the city is covered in snow it has a special romantic atmosphere. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Saviour, the Nevsky Convent and much more. In the afternoon we go to the Karelia Railway Station and board the train bound for Petrozavodsk. Arrival and transfer to Hotel Karelia**** or similar.

icon Day 3 : Petrozavodsk

Location: Petrozavodsk

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Petrozavodsk is the capital of Karelia and stands directly at the banks of Lake Onega. We start our Karelia winter adventure with a tour of the center and the main sights of Petrozavodsk. The tour continues to the ancient village of Karelia, Kinerma, which is considered one of most beautiful villages in Russia. We see the main places of interest, such as the houses of the late nineteenth century and the wooden chapel of the St. Mary the Virgin of Smolensk erected in the seventeenth century. After the tour through the village we enjoy a lunch at a typical Karelian house and we have the opportunity to experience a traditional Karelian pie master-class before we return to Petrozavodsk.

icon Day 4 : Petrozavodsk

Location: Petrozavodsk

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning we depart with the ferry to Kizhi Island in the Lake Onega. Upon arrival in Kizhi we visit the Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture in Kizhi. This is one of the first open-air museums and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Russia. The main attraction of the museum is the Kizhi Pogost, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1990, with its world-famous Church of the Transfiguration, the bell tower (19th century) and the Church of Intercession. We learn there about the restoration process of the churches of Kizhi. We see how they are restored and learn secrets of Russian traditional wooden church architecture. On the way back we make a stop near the highest point of Kizhi to enjoy the splendid panoramic view. Lunch at a local restaurant and transfer back to Petrozavodsk.

icon Day 5 : Petrozavodsk-St. Petersburg

Location: Petrozavodsk

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we continue our winter adventure with a visit to a husky farm. We get acquainted with friendly sled dogs and learn interesting facts about the breed and their character. Afterwards, we learn how to prepare the sled dogs and how to operate a sleigh pulled by them. We enjoy a 3 km ride along the picturesque Shuya River shore in the scenic pine forest and return to the husky farm for a traditional lunch in a tent. After the lunch we continue with a snowmobile ride. The ride covers the distance of 30 km, and we enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the Karelia forest covered with a white blanket of snow. In the afternoon we return to Petrozavodsk to catch train to St. Petersburg. Arrival to St. Petersburg and transfer to Hotel Ambassador**** or similar.

icon Day 6 : Saint Petersburg

Location: Saint Petersburg

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel and optional departure transfer to St. Petersburg airport.

What's Included

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    Ferry Petrozavodsk-Kizhiu Islands- Pdetrozavodsk

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    3 hours St. Petersburg sightseeing tour, 3 full day excursions in and around Petrozavodsk

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    Local Taxes

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    Entrance Fees

    Entrances to the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Kinerma Village, Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Husky Farm

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    Meals – Half Board

    5 x buffet breakfast and 3 lunches during the program in Karelia (on days 3-5)

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    Fully Guided

    Tour leader service during the whole tour

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    Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Free Wi-Fi if available at the hotels

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    Train Tickets

    Train tickets St. Petersburg – Petrozavodsk – St. Petersburg (2nd class)

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    Accommodation

    5 x overnight at 4**** hotels

What's Not Included

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Drinks with Meals

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    Anything not specified under included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    International Travel

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Game Drives on Safari

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    Meals – Full Board

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Meals – Half Board

Optional Extras

  • Transfer from airport to the hotel in St. Petersburg with private minivan (4-7 persons)

    Transfer from airport to the hotel in St. Petersburg: EUR 70.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 90.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)

  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport in St. Petersburg with private minivan (4-7 persons)

    Transfer from the Hotel to the airport in St. Petersburg: EUR 70.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 90.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)

  • Transfer from airport to the hotel in St. Petersburg with private car (1-3 persons)

    Transfer from airport to the hotel in St. Petersburg: EUR 70.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 90.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)

  • Transfer from the Hotel to the airport in St. Petersburg with private car (1-3 persons)

    Transfer from the Hotel to the airport in St. Petersburg: EUR 70.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 90.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)

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Dates & Availability

Wednesday Mar 10, 2021

Nights

5

Available

8

Single Supplement

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021

5Nights

8Available