All the most interesting things in Karelia in one trip!

In this sightseeing tour you will go to Valaam Island to explore the open-air museum of Russian wooden architecture, visit one of the largest plain waterfalls Kivach and much more.

Location

Russia, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala
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Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 23 – 30 Jun
    • 7 – 14 Jul
    • 14 – 21 Jul
    • 18 – 25 Aug
    • 25 Aug – 1 Sep
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    5 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 50 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Ruskeala Mountain Park
Let's admire the beauty and grandeur of the marble canyon
Petrozavodsk
Let's plunge into the friendly atmosphere of the northern city – the capital of Karelia
Kizhi
Let's go to the island, which is the "calling card" not only of Karelia, but also of Russia
Kivach Waterfall
We will see one of the largest flat waterfalls in Europe
Solovetsky Islands
Let's immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of this place, because we will spend 3 days here
The power of shungite
We will visit a relaxation room filled with the vitality of a rare rock

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Ruskeala Mountain Park

    Meeting in Sortavala train No. 160A at 08:28 at the entrance to the railway station from the city. A guide with a sign greets you. 

    Breakfast in a cafe in the city.

    Departure by comfortable bus to Ruskeala Mountain Park.

    Excursion to the Ruskeala Mountain Park — "Marble Canyon".

    The park was established in 2005 on the basis of a unique monument of the industrial heritage of Russia, the Ruskeala marble quarry.

    Marble mining was started here in 1769 by decree of Catherine II to decorate the famous buildings of St. Petersburg: the Marble Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Mariinsky Palace, etc.

    The combination of Karelian nature and human activity has given these quarries a surprisingly picturesque appearance, which attracts travel enthusiasts not only from Karelia.

    The next stop is at the Ruskeala Akhvenkoski waterfall

    The bathing scene of one of the heroines of the film "And the dawns are quiet here" was filmed at this waterfall. 

    Amazingly picturesque nature invariably attracts the creators of modern films with its mysterious beauty and some mysterious power. 

    In 2010, a fantasy film "The Dark World" was shot here.

    The entrance to the waterfall is paid for on the spot.

    Return to Sortavala.

    Dinner at a cafe in the city.

    Accommodation at the Piipun Piha Hotel.

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  • Day 2 - Valaam Island (for an additional fee)
  • Day 3 - A tour of the capital of Karelia. Excursion to Kizhi Island
  • Day 4 - Kivach Waterfall
  • Day 5 - Solovetsky Islands
  • Day 6 - Boat trip to Bolshoy Zayatsky Island (for an additional fee)
  • Day 7 - Sekirnaya Mountain, Botanical Garden (for an additional fee)
  • Day 8 - Departure home
Difficulty
For any person
Tour organizer's comments

The tour has large bus crossings of up to 300 km in one direction.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    5 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale

The tour provides accommodation in hotels and at the tourist complex.

The cost of the tour:

  • double occupancy — 68,000 rubles/person.;
  • single occupancy — 89,000 rubles/person.

Discount for children under 10 years old — 3,000 rubles.

Tourists from St. Petersburg can leave Kemi on the seventh day of the tour by evening train No. 21 Kem - St. Petersburg. 
In this case, a discount is provided:

  • For double occupancy — 2,000 rubles/person.
  • For single occupancy — 3,000 rubles/person.
  • For additional information. place — 1,500 rubles/person.
Piipun Piha Hotel 1 night

Piypun Piha Hotel is located in Sortavala, away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets on the shore of Lake Ladoga. We are pleased to offer our guests 20 rooms of various categories for a comfortable stay and a cozy restaurant for a pleasant stay. Elegant classics, splendor and original Karelian flavor are combined in the interior and furnishings of the hotel. The pastel tones prevailing in the design of the comfortable rooms and the guest area of the hotel create an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

Guests of the city will need only ten minutes to get from the hotel to the train station, and 5 minutes to the bus station.

The restaurant at the hotel is located on two levels and is designed for 60 seats, and can accommodate up to 80 people for banquet services. The bay of Lake Ladoga is visible through the tall windows. The interior of the restaurant is maintained in the general style of the entire building: the contrast of natural brick with warm beige tones.

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The Piter Inn Hotel 2 nights
The Berth Tourist Complex 2 nights
Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 50 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
8 days 7 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala

Included in price

  • hotel accommodation;
  • meals according to the program (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner);
  • transportation services along the route;
  • the work of a guide;
  • entrance tickets for excursions;
  • excursions included in the price of the tour:
    • city tour of Petrozavodsk;
    • Kizhi Island tour;
    • excursion to Ruskeala Mountain Park — "Marble Canyon";
    • excursion to the Kivach waterfall;
    • visit to the Kivach Nature Reserve Museum;
    • visit to the arboretum of Karelian Birch on the territory of the Kivach Nature Reserve;
    • sightseeing tour of the Solovetsky Monastery.

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to Sortavala and back from Kemi;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • entrance to the Akhvenkoski waterfall — 450 rubles/person.;
  • boat trip to Bolshoy Zayatsky Island with an excursion (booked together with the tour, paid on site) — 1,300 rubles/person.;
  • excursion to Valaam Island (booked upon purchase of the tour, paid on the spot):
    • adults — 5,500 rubles/person.; 
    • children under 12 years old inclusive — 3,000 rubles/person.;
  • the fee for visiting the protected area "Valaam Archipelago" (payment independently on the website of the Directorate of Specially Protected Natural Territories of regional significance of the Republic of Karelia) is 100 rubles/person.;
  • excursion "Sekirnaya Mountain. Holy Ascension skete" — 1,500 rubles/person.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

1. Medical preparations for individual needs.

2. Documents: passport, insurance policy (medical), when traveling with children — children's birth certificate.

3. Comfortable sports shoes:

  • sneakers or moccasins, but not new, but familiar and comfortable;
  • replacement shoes (light sneakers or sneakers).

4. Sportswear for hot and cool weather:

  • The jacket is windproof, waterproof;
  • raincoat;
  • warm tracksuit (sweatshirt, pants);
  • T-shirts with long (from sunburn) and short sleeves;
  • sports trousers;
  • shorts;
  • socks.

5. Headdress: cap, panama hat (with visor).

6. Bathing suit.

7. Personal hygiene products.

8. Useful equipment:

  • small backpack (20-30 l);
  • flashlight with spare batteries;
  • sunscreen (required);
  • sunglasses.

9. For photo and video equipment, take care of an airtight package in case of rain.

To visit monasteries and temples, women will need a headscarf and a skirt below the knee, and men will need long trousers. 

Please note that in summer, especially in early June, temperature differences from +30°C to +10°C are possible. Therefore, take care in advance of warm clothes, windbreakers, hats and comfortable, familiar, worn shoes, because you will have to spend a lot of time on your feet.

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    23 – 30 Jun 8 days 7 nights
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