The Karelia, Moscow & St Petersburg tour explores Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Kizhi Island, Valaam, Petrozavodsk and back to St. Petersburg. Travel between cities is by train.
Private Escorted Tour – 11 days – Daily Departures
Day 1. Moscow
Arrival in Moscow and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 2. Moscow – Sergiev Posad
Full day Sergiev Posad tour; visiting Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Monasteries and museums. Lunch in the restaurant near Monastery, return to Moscow for overnight.
Day 3. Moscow
Today we visit the Kremlin grounds tour with Assumption Cathedral entrance. Walk tour of Stary Arbat, Moscow’s most famed pedestrian shopping street area dating back to the 15th century. Lunch at a restaurant with Russian cuisine and a metro tour see Moscow’s elegant Metro stations.
Day 4. Moscow to St Petersburg
Free time in the morning and then transfer to the train station to board the fast SAPSAN Speed train to St. Petersburg. Arrival and transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight
Day 5. St. Petersburg
A panoramic city sightseeing tour including visit to St. Isaac Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress with the tombs of the last Czar and his family. Cruise around the city on the Neva river and the many canals of St Petersburg, called the “Venice of the North”
Day 6. St Petersburg-Pushkin
Today a tour of the amed Hermitage palace museum, one of Europe’s most around galleries. Then a visit to Grand Palace and Lower park with fountains cascade in Peterhof. Lunch is at local restaurant.
Day 7. St. Petersburg – Petrozavodsk
Departure from St.Petersburg to Petrozavodsk at about 06.00 A.M. for a 5 hours train journey. You guide will meet you at Petrozavodsk and take you on a Petrozavodsk City tour. This is a 2-hour bus tour around the city centre of Petrozavodsk. You will get acquainted with its more than 300 year history. You’ll see the buildings of the central and the most vivid streets of the city. Lenina Avenue and the houses of the quiet city streets.
Departure to the Kizhi Island by hydrofoils (the trip takes 1 hour and 30 min.). Walking tour in the Kizhi Museum with a local English-speaking guide. (4 hours on the island). Lunch on the island.
The most remarkable monument of ancient wooden architecture is the Kizhi ensemble – a group of small islands in the skerries of the southern part of the Zaonezhye region, on one of which the pogost of Kizhi (i.e. the Kizhi enclosure) is located.
The architectural ensemble of Kizhi has served as the foundation for an open-air museum well-known throughout the world. The most significant monuments of old wooden architecture have been moved to this place. Old buildings that were distorted by renovation were restored to their original appearance.
Departure to Petrozavodsk. Check in the hotel Frigate.
Day 8. Petrozavodsk – Kinerma village – Petrozavodsk
Today we depart for Kinerma village which is 110 kms from Petrozavodsk. We tour the village with a visit to the chapel (XVIII century), a visit to the ethnocultural center, a tour of the exhibition “Life in Kinerma”. Lunch with national dishes from the Russian oven. Departure to the husky dog kennel excursion. Then we return to Petrozavodsk.
Day 9. Petrozavodsk – Sortavala
This morning is an early departure to the Sortavala city (247 km). Arrival in Sortavala. Departure to the Valaam Island by hydrofoils takes 50 minutes. Here we will visit the central Transfiguration Cathedral, the Church of the Resurrection, observe fairy-tale Gethsemane Skete, and enjoy the beautiful forests and lake landscapes of the Island. In between of the tours the Monastery choir performs a short but impressive concert of the church songs.
Lunch is served at the refectory and includes typical monastery meals such as vegetarian soup and fish. (5 hours on the island) Departure to Sortavala. Transfer to the Ruskeala (30 km.) Excursion to the marble canyon. (1 h 30 min.) The famous marble and lime plant is located there there. The marble has been extracted since the XVIII century, it was used for a decoration in the Kazanskiy and Isaakievskiy churches in St. Petersburg. On the way back to Petrozavodsk, a stop at the Toma Joki waterfall. The height of the waterfall is 8-9 meters. This is a very picturesque place.
Day 10. Petrozavodsk – Marcial Waters and Kivach Nature Reserve – Petrozavodsk
Departure to Marcial Waters Resort (280 km). Visiting the first Russian resort “Marcial Waters”, founded by Peter I. Tasting healing water from glandular sources. Visit to the picturesque place – Sampo hill. Lunch. Visit to the Kivach Nature Reserve and then back to Petrozavodsk.
Day 11 Petrozavodsk – St. Petersburg
An early check out and transfer to the train station. 06.00 A.M. train to St.Petersburg.
- Transfers by comfortable bus
- European language speaking guide during the tour
- Lunches at restaurant “Hard Rock Cafe”, in Sergiev Posad and in Petergof
- All entrance fees
- Economy class SAPSAN speed train ticket Moscow-St. Petersburg
- Economy train tickets St.Petersburg-Petrozavodsk-St.Petersburg
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Optional Russian Military Jet Flights:
- L-39, MIG-25 or SU-27 Fighter Flights Starting from Euro 3486 per person
- The price includes admission documents preparation, transfer to the military base, pre-flight instruction, medical checking, 30 min flight as the second pilot, photo and video making permission, flying certificate.
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Optional Space Training Center Visit
- We are very glad to introduce our new program including visit to the Center of Astronauts training in Zvezdny Gorodok.
- The full day excursion includes a visit to full size orbital station MIR transportation craft SOYUZ TM visiting hydro laboratory.
- It includes a visit to the centrifuge BC 18 (18 m long the biggest in the world) navigation training complex.
- Price starts from Euro 458 per person
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- During Xmas New Years, Special Holidays and fair periods surcharge may apply
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