Karelian Weekend

Feel Karelia for 3 days of exclusive winter holidays. Take your snowmobile trip among architectural and natural masterpieces and admire the beauty of the marble grandeur of the Ruskeala Mountain Park. Learn the art of cooking dishes of national Karelian cuisine.

Location

Russia, Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk
from
US$ 546
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Duration
3 Days
2 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 11 – 13 Jan, 2025
    • 18 – 20 Jan, 2025
    • 25 – 27 Jan, 2025
    • 1 – 3 Feb, 2025
    • 8 – 10 Feb, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
10 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

New skills
You will learn how to snowmobile, cook Karelian gate pies and dance Karelian folk dances
Karelian cuisine
You will taste dishes of national cuisine, jam made from local berries and fragrant Karelian pastries, farm cheese
Traditions and history
You will learn about the traditions and legends of the ancient village of Rubchoila, how national Karelian music sounds and hear true Karelian folklore singing
Amazing places
You will see a "sleeping" village in winter landscapes, the icy expanses of Shamozer, the fortress museum of the early Middle Ages and the pearl of Karelia - Ruskeala Mountain Park
An unforgettable experience
You will feel the silence and grace of the coniferous forest from the window of your room, the delight of riding on frozen reservoirs, the happiness of lying in soft snowdrifts

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Snowmobiling to the ancient village of Rubchoila

    We will meet at the Petrozavodsk railway station under the clock on the main building from the platform (according to the arrival time of train No. 18 Moscow – Petrozavodsk).

    We go to a restaurant for breakfast to immediately set ourselves up for a great adventure. 

    The buffet is at your service – here everyone will find food to their liking. 

    Let's get on the buses and go on an adventure!

    We reach the recreation center "Cloudberry", go to get acquainted with the instructors and pick up equipment, because today we are going on a snowmobile safari.

    We carefully listen to the instruction on driving a snowmobile, get into the cars and go to the training ground

    We get used to the equipment a little and go along the planned route.

    We overcome a section of the highway along the paths of the winter forest and begin a real safari in the expanses of the frozen lake Syamozero

    We gradually increase our speed, feel confident and incredibly free! 

    We are heading to the ancient village of Rubchoila.

    The village of Rubchoila was founded by the Karelians more than 300 years ago. 

    Today it is a unique complex monument of folk wooden architecture of Karelia of the XIX century, which includes 18 peasant houses, including black baths.

    The keeper of the traditions of the village tells about the history, way of life, traditions of the indigenous people. 

    Among all the buildings, the Ermolaev house stands out, which now houses the ethnographic museum. 

    Here we not only inspect the exposition, but also get acquainted with the folklore tradition of the Syamozero region, during gatherings in a real Karelian house – a folklore group performs for us, which sings folk songs in Karelian and Russian. 

    No one lets the guests go hungry – local housewives treat us to a rustic lunch consisting of dishes of national Karelian cuisine. 

    We stop at the family artisan cheese factory Alasalmi

    A table with locally produced cheeses has already been set for us here: Lumi, Halloumi with mint, Jarvi, Alasalmi, Caciotta with walnuts, herbs and Provencal herbs. 

    We taste cheeses, drink tea made from boiling water. 

    Behind the glass wall we can see all the subtleties of cheese production, learn about the cooking technology and how farm cheese differs from factory cheese. 

    And the most curious can get acquainted with the inhabitants of the farm – Mike, Gertrude, Buckle, Milka, Horn and other well-groomed cows and goats

    A bright and full of impressions day of immersion in the life of a typical villager is slowly coming to an end, we return to the recreation center on snowmobiles.

    The recreation center is located among the centuries-old ship pines on the picturesque shore of the Syamozer, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in Karelia. 

    Here you can forget about the intense rhythm of urban life, enjoy the clean northern air, relax your soul and feel inner peace.

    A late dinner is waiting for us at the base.

    70 km on snowmobiles.

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  • Day 2 - Recreation in Karelian
  • Day 3 - Ruskeala Mountain Park and Bastion Historical Complex
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at the recreation center "Cloudberry".

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

AgePrice per personAccommodation:
Adult48,000 rubles/person.Accommodation in a double room with an extra bed. 

The discount for accommodation in an additional place is 6,000 rubles.

The discount for children from 10 to 16 years old is 10%.

Recreation center "Cloudberry" 2 nights

The recreation center is located 85 km from Petrozavodsk, on the shore of Lake Syamozero:

PlacementDescription of the room

Double Room

(two single beds)

A separate entrance from the street, its own porch, a vestibule for outerwear and outdoor shoes, an entrance hall, a bathroom equipped with a shower cabin and underfloor heating.

Each room has 2 single beds, a mirror, a desk, a wardrobe, a TV, bedside tables, chairs according to the number of seats, a bathroom, a shower cabin. Solid wood furniture (pine). Heating, electricity.

Double Room

(double bed) + extra bed (sofa)

A separate entrance from the street, its own porch, a vestibule for outerwear and outdoor shoes, an entrance hall, a bathroom equipped with a shower cabin and underfloor heating.

Each room has one double bed, a mirror, a desk, a TV, bedside tables, chairs according to the number of seats, a bathroom, a shower cabin. Solid wood furniture (pine). Heating, electricity.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
10 years old
Duration
3 days 2 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk

Included in price

  • transportation services according to the program; 
  • meals according to the program; 
  • accommodation according to the program: 2 people in a double room (2 nights); 
  • the work of instructors and an accompanying/guide translator; 
  • snowmobile and equipment rental, fuel; 
  • tour of Karelian villages, with a visit to ancient chapels, cheese farms; 
  • a master class on making wickets; 
  • visit to the Ruskeala Mountain Park.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Petrozavodsk and back; 
  • additional day of accommodation; 
  • insurance of medical and other unforeseen expenses (from 100 rubles/person/day); 
  • excursion to Kizhi Island – cost 5,900 rubles/person.; 
  • passenger car to Petrozavodsk – 6,000 rubles.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Personal belongings and equipment:

  • documents in sealed packaging: passport, medical policy; 
  • backpack or travel bag; 
  • an individual first aid kit; 
  • personal hygiene products.

Clothes and shoes:

  • a warm winter jacket and trousers; 
  • a down jacket or a vest; 
  • 2 pairs of comfortable warm shoes; 
  • a warm hat; 
  • gloves or mittens; 
  • wool socks; 
  • thermal underwear; 
  • comfortable clothes for sleeping and recreation: slippers, shorts/pants, T-shirts.
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Dates and Prices

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  • US$ 546
    11 – 13 Jan, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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  • US$ 546
    18 – 20 Jan, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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  • US$ 546
    25 – 27 Jan, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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  • US$ 546
    1 – 3 Feb, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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  • US$ 546
    8 – 10 Feb, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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