Grand tour of Karelia and Solovetsky Islands

Visit the most iconic Orthodox sights of Karelia. Spend time on the Solovetsky Islands and Kizhi Island. Conquer Onega and Ladoga Lakes by water transport. 

Discover the Kivach Nature Reserve, caves and grottoes of the Ruskeala Mountain Park and visit the mysterious cape of labyrinths!

Location

Petrozavodsk
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Duration
6 Days
5 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 28 Jul – 2 Aug
    • 4 – 9 Aug
    • 11 – 16 Aug
    • 18 – 23 Aug
    • 25 – 30 Aug
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Camp Site
    1 night
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 50 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
Petrozavodsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Kizhi
We will visit the traditional peasant's house, learn a lot about Karelian crafts and traditions
Solovetsky Archipelago
Let's get acquainted with the history of the famous Solovetsky monastery, see and feel the greatness of the Solovetsky temples
Ruskeala
Let's be impressed by the marble walls of the canyon and take a lot of memorable photos

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Petrozavodsk city tour, Kindasovo village, master class

    Upon arrival of train No. 18, a meeting with the guide at the railway station, a sign "Grand tour of Karelia".

    Breakfast in a cafe in the city.

    A bus sightseeing tour of Petrozavodsk and a walking tour of the unique open-air Museum of Modern Art (sculpture exhibition on the embankment of Lake Onega).

    During the tour, you will get acquainted with the history of the city, as well as its modern appearance.

    You will explore the historical squares, visit the Governor's Park, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and walk along the embankment of Lake Onega.

    Departure to the amazing Karelian village of Kindasovo, the first mention of which is recorded in the books of 1496.

    The main local population is a nation with a cute name "Karelian people".

    The village stands on the banks of the beautiful Shuya River.

    After the tour of the village, you will have a master class on playing traditional Karelian shepherd musical instruments (torvi, pili).

    The signature Kindasa tea brewed on the purest spring water with Karelian herbs and Karelian pies will warm everyone.

    Return to Petrozavodsk.

    Accommodation in the selected hotel, standard rooms with amenities.

    Breakfast is included in the price.

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  • Day 2 - Free day or additional excursion "Valaam and Ruskeala"
  • Day 3 - Kizhi Island
  • Day 4 - Kivach Nature Reserve, moving to Kem
  • Day 5 - Solovki. The central manor of the monastery and the cape of labyrinths
  • Day 6 - Sekirnaya Mountain and Botanical Garden, departure
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
  • Camp Site
    1 night
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour includes accommodation in a hotel.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

 Karelia 4* Hotel (Petrozavodsk)  
+ Berth (Kem)  
+ Solovetskaya Sloboda / Solovki Hotel / Shelter (Solovki)
Fregat 4* Hotel (Petrozavodsk)  
+ Berth (Kem)  
+ Solovetskaya Sloboda / Solovki Hotel / Shelter (Solovki)
Cosmos 4* Hotel (Petrozavodsk)  
+ Berth (Kem)  
+ Solovetskaya Sloboda / Solovki Hotel / Shelter (Solovki)
2-bed with amenities60 00061 60062 700
1-bed with amenities72 70078 30083 200
Additional place50 60050 600

Check-out time at the hotel: check-in after 15:00, check-out before 12:00.

Check-out time in hotels on Solovki: check-in after 13:00, check-out before 10:00.

If necessary, you can book an additional one. overnight at the Prichal Hotel after the tour:

  • 2-bed — 4,000 rubles.;
  • 1-bed — 3,000 rubles.;
  • breakfast — 650 rubles.

Discounts:

  • for children up to and including 9 years old — 5,400 rubles.;
  • for children under 12 years old inclusive — 2,900 rubles.;
  • pensioners (women over 55 years old, men over 60 years old) — 700 rubles/person.

When settling children unaccompanied by parents (for example, with a grandmother, grandfather, etc.), a notarized copy must be issued.

When foreign citizens check in at the Prichal tourist complex (Rabochostrovsk, Kem), a registration fee is charged (self-payment on site).

Karelia Hotel or The Fregat Hotel or 3 nights
Karelia Hotel

The Karelia Hotel is one of the best options we have chosen in Petrozavodsk.

This modern hotel is located in the very center of Petrozavodsk. It offers a well-equipped spa and rooms with panoramic views of Lake Onega and the surrounding park.

The bright rooms at this spa hotel feature wooden floors and wooden furniture. Each room here will provide you with a TV, a work desk and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

The elegant Karelia Restaurant has large windows overlooking Lake Onega. A buffet breakfast is served daily and a variety of traditional local dishes are served here.

At leisure, guests of the Karelia Hotel can relax in the sauna and book spa treatments. Staff can arrange laundry and dry cleaning services, as well as sightseeing tours.

24-hour parking is available at the Karelia Spa Hotel. Petrozavodsk Airport is a 15-minute drive away. On weekdays, a free shuttle service runs from and to Petrozavodsk Train Station.

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Another option
The Fregat Hotel

The Fregat Hotel is located in the center of Petrozavodsk, in a quiet and picturesque place on the shore of Lake Onega. It offers a restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas and secure parking is available.

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with Smart TV technology. They are equipped with a minibar, a work desk, a telephone and a safe. The modern private bathroom comes with underfloor heating, a hairdryer and toiletries.

The hotel's restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, as well as European and Russian cuisine. The fitness center and lobby bar at the Fregat Hotel are open 24 hours a day.

The hotel is located in the city center, a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The Theatre of the Republic of Karelia is a 7-minute walk away.

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Another option
The Cosmos Hotel

This modern hotel is located right on the embankment of Petrozavodsk, on the shore of Lake Onega. The building is built in the shape of a ship, and the windows offer panoramic views. There is also a lobby bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Free private parking is available on site.

Guests of the Cosmos Petrozavodsk Hotel can relax in the large foyer with a glass roof, comfortable leather sofas and a piano. The spacious rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a work desk.

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The Berth Tourist Complex 1 night
Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel or The hotel "Shelter" or 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 50 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
6 days 5 nights
Group meets at
Petrozavodsk

Included in price

  • accommodation in hotels according to the program;
  • sightseeing, transport services;
  • meals specified in the tour program:
    • Day 1: Breakfast;
    • Day 2: Breakfast;
    • Day 3: Breakfast;
    • Day 4: Breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 5: Breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 6: Breakfast, lunch;
  • entrance tickets to museums.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Petrozavodsk and back from Kemi;
  • Valaam + Ruskeala tour (reservation in advance, payment on site):
    • adult — 9,500 rubles/person.;
    • a child under 12 years old — 6,600 rubles/person.;
    • a pensioner over 60 years old, a student — 9,100 rubles/person.;
  • visit to the specially protected natural area "Valaam Archipelago" — 100 rubles/person.:
    • it is paid for independently on the website of the Directorate of Specially Protected Natural Territories of Regional Significance of the Republic of Karelia;
    • we recommend making payment on the day of visiting Valaam Island (not earlier than one day before departure), as flight cancellations are possible due to weather conditions, technical malfunction of ships;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • extra night at the Prichal hotel after the tour:
    • 2-bed — 4,000 rubles.;
    • 1-bed — 3,000 rubles.;
    • breakfast — 650 rubles.;
  • registration fee for the settlement of foreign citizens in Kemi (self-payment on site).

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • an identity document in an airtight package (for children – a birth certificate);
  • compulsory medical insurance policy;
  • comfortable shoes – sneakers or sneakers;
  • waterproof, windproof jacket;
  • raincoat;
  • a warm sweater or a warm tracksuit (sweatshirt, pants);
  • sports trousers;
  • lightweight headdress;
  • bathing suit;
  • sunglasses;
  • personal hygiene items: soap, towel, toothbrush and toothpaste;
  • repellents and remedies for mosquito and tick bites;
  • personal first aid kit;
  • photo and video equipment + sealed packaging for them in case of rain;
  • a small backpack (20-30 l).
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Dates and Prices

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