New Year holidays in Karelia, Kizhi and Zaonezhye

A great tour for the New Year holidays: a real fairy tale for you and your loved ones. We have provided all the nuances and developed a New Year's tour to Karelia, in which you can relax and celebrate the new year in Karelia to the fullest!

A rich program awaits you — a trip to the kennel of northern sled dogs, ethnomotives, a real Karelian Santa Claus and his reindeer, Cantele songs, Karelian games and tea drinking in the plague.

And, of course, a charming northern fairy tale — the marble canyon of Ruskeala, the architectural island of Kizhi, the winter waterfall Kivach and the pearl of the North — snowy Petrozavodsk!

Location

Petrozavodsk
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US$ 596
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 28 Dec, 2024 – 1 Jan, 2025
    • 1 – 5 Jan, 2025
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 50 people
Minimum age
4 years old
Group meet at
Petrozavodsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The pearl of wooden architecture
Explore the unique multi-headed temples and iconographic decoration of the Church of the Intercession of Kizhi churchyard
TalviUkko Residence
Go on a visit to Karelian Santa Claus, get acquainted with huskies and reindeer and see the laboratory of miracles
Snow-covered marble canyon
You will visit the Ruskeala Winter mountain Park and walk along the ecotrope with many panoramic platforms

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - A trip to Zaonezhye in winter with a visit to Kizhi Island

    Arrival in Petrozavodsk.

    You can choose trains to arrive in Petrozavodsk from 07:00 to 08:00. The most suitable train for the tour is Moscow — Petrozavodsk 018A with arrival at 07:50.

    Your guide, as well as the bus, will be at the station square from 07:30. You can leave your belongings on the bus. 

    Also, our Santa Claus will meet you at the bus, who will give you a New Year's mood and good weather for the whole tour!

    Short program of the day: 08:00 Departure for an excursion from Petrozavodsk. 12:30 Arrival in the village of Velikaya Guba/Oyatevschina. 12:30-13:00 Drive to Kizhi Island on a hovercraft. 13:00-14:30 Kizhi Island tour and free time. 16:00 Lunch in Medvezhegorsk (included in the price). 20:30 Return to Petrozavodsk.

    The buffet breakfast of our group will last from 08:00 to 08:30.

    Departure for the tour.

    You have a unique opportunity to see one of the most picturesque and beautiful places in Karelia — Zaonezhye and visit the pearl of the Russian north — Kizhi Island.

    A bus tour from Petrozavodsk to the village of Velikaya Guba will introduce you to interesting facts from the history of the region, its traditions, nature and notable places of the Zaonezhye region.

    Together with the guide, you will make a stop in the village of Shunga, the only deposit of shungite in the world — a stone with unique healing properties.

    Or at one of the most famous springs in Karelia, Tsaritsyn Klyuch, which is famous for its crystal clear water, which has an amazing taste and soothing effect.

    Next, from the village of Velikaya Guba, you will have a trip to Kizhi Island on a hovercraft "Khivus-10" (travel time is 30 minutes), upon arrival you will get acquainted with one of the main visual symbols of Russia — the architectural ensemble of the Kizhi pogost.

    As part of the Kizhi Island excursion program, you will have a sightseeing tour of the main exposition of the island.

    The tour price includes a visit to the main exposition of the Kizhi Museum, namely, an inspection of the appearance of all monuments on the island, as well as a visit to the interiors of the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the house of Oshevnev from D. Oshevnevo or Elizarov's house from D. The middle (by the decision of the guide, in the summer).

    During the tour, you will see the unique multi—headed temples and iconographic decoration of the Church of the Intercession of the Kizhi churchyard, enter the house of the Zaonezhsky peasant, find out how and how these people lived, see the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus - the oldest in Russia, which was revered as an Orthodox shrine.

    Lunch is included in the price, it will be after Kizhi, at about 16:30.

    The cafe on the island is open only in summer, please bring tea and sandwiches / food, snack, as lunch is late.

    Return to Petrozavodsk at 20:30.

    Check-in at the hotel.

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  • Day 2 - New Year's Petrozavodsk
  • Day 3 - Karelian Santa Claus — Talviukko and his faithful friends: huskies and deer. New Year's revelry!
  • Day 4 - Pearl of Karelia — Ruskeala Mountain Park and Marble Canyon
  • Day 5 - Legends of the North — Kivach Waterfall, Sampo Mountain, Marcial waters and the center of shungite
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Premium

The tour provides accommodation in a hotel in the center of Petrozavodsk in a standard room with amenities, breakfast included.

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

PlacementCheck-in 30.12–03.01.Check-in 03.01–07.01
Double room58 50052 000
Single room68 10061 600
Additional place55 30048 800

Children from 4 years old are allowed to participate in the tour.

There are discounts on the tour:

  • a child from 4 to 14 years old inclusive — 2,600 rubles.;
  • pensioner — 1,300 rubles.

To accommodate tourists, we provide comfortable rooms in superior hotels and service levels located in the city center and within walking distance from the waterfront of Petrozavodsk, restaurants and entertainment centers, souvenir and grocery stores. 

We accommodate our guests in the following hotels: Severnaya, Prionezhsky, Onega Castle, Sakvoyazh, Cosmos, Boutique hotel 13 chairs, Peter INN. These are some of the best hotels in Petrozavodsk, consistently providing a high level of service and high-quality accommodation.

You get breakfast at the hotel in the price of the tour

All excursions will also start from the hotels (a maximum of 10 minutes walk from the meeting point for the tour, including on the day of check—in and check-out, as some hotels are difficult to access by large buses). 

You can write your wishes in advance on choosing a specific hotel and we will try to ensure that you check into it, but the specifics of group tours are such that the accommodation grid is drawn up at the last moment, based on the available room quotas in the hotels we have booked.

"Severnaya" or "Prionezhsky" or 4 nights
"Severnaya"

The Severnaya Hotel is located in the very center of Petrozavodsk, surrounded by the main attractions and infrastructure facilities. Guests can take advantage of high-quality service - free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and a gym.

The hotel offers cozy and modern rooms, which are fully equipped with everything you need. Each room has everything you need - ergonomic furniture, modern appliances and an individual bathroom. Regular cleaning is carried out everywhere.

Delicious and hearty breakfasts are served every morning, which are fully equipped with everything you need. There is also a restaurant consisting of several halls. Everything is prepared exclusively from fresh products.

There is a bus stop next to the hotel, as well as a museum of local lore and picturesque parks for long walks.

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"Prionezhsky"

The Prionezhsky Club Hotel is located in Petrozavodsk, in its historical district, on the shore of the lake.

The hotel has comfortable rooms, the comfort and equipment of which allow you to relax after an eventful day. Apartments are recommended for long-term stays

Meals are served in the restaurant with a bright and cozy room, as well as impeccable service. The bartender will prepare any classic or exclusive cocktail.

The conference hall accommodates 45 people and has the necessary equipment and ergonomic furniture. Upon request, the staff will develop a coffee break menu.

The hotel is located in a picturesque area, which is suitable for walking, secluded recreation, as well as for active sports.

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Onega Castle

The Onega Castle Hotel is located in the center of Petrozavodsk. From the windows of the hotel you can observe panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding area of the city.

All rooms are distributed according to comfort and furnishing. If desired, you can additionally order sleeping places. There are a number of attic rooms from which you can see the lake scenery.

There is a restaurant serving international and Russian dishes. You can try several dishes of Karelian cuisine. The bar provides various types of drinks, as well as cold snacks.

The swimming pool is open to the public, and you can also use the sauna or spa center. You can book a hall for special events.

The nearest attraction is the embankment with the monument "Fishermen". The local Museum of Local Lore is within walking distance.

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"The valise"

The Sakvoyazh Hotel is located in the northeastern part of the city of Petrozavodsk, in the vicinity of the city's embankment.

The hotel has different types of rooms, both standard and superior comfort. The facilities include comfortable beds, necessary furniture, a private bathroom with hygiene products, a TV, Wi-Fi. Some rooms have a sauna and a kitchenette. You can book rooms with a view of the courtyard or the city.

Breakfast is served every morning, which includes a variety of dishes made from organic products according to the buffet system.

The distance to the railway station is 2 kilometers, and Petrozavodsk Airport is 18 kilometers away. Nearby is Petrovsky Square and the Park of the Onega Tractor Plant.

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«Cosmos»

The modern Cosmos Petrozavodsk Hotel is located in a picturesque part of Petrozavodsk, not far from the famous Onega Lake. A wide range of services are provided for guests.

Comfortable rooms are provided for accommodation, made in a classic simple design. The rooms have all the necessary furniture and appliances, a private bathroom or shower with a bathroom.

There is a restaurant on site. There is a wide range of dishes.

You can hold a seminar or a business meeting in an equipped conference room with appliances.

The train station can be reached in 10 minutes by public transport, and the airport is 30 minutes away. Within walking distance there is a beautiful promenade along which you can walk.

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"Boutique hotel 13 chairs"

Boutique hotel "13 chairs" is located in the center of Petrozavodsk. It offers uniquely decorated rooms and an indoor pool with sauna. It offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. 

All rooms are decorated in a classic style and feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a safe and a refrigerator. The bathroom comes with free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer. A continental breakfast is served every morning in the hotel's cafe. Access to the pool with sauna and hot tub is at an additional cost. 

A children's playground is available for the youngest guests. Lake Onega is a 5-minute walk away, and the lively Lenin Avenue is 900 m away.

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Peter INN

The Peter Inn Hotel is conveniently located in the center of Petrozavodsk and offers guests high standards of service and a wide range of services. The reception is open 24 hours a day.

The rooms are bright rooms that are decorated in a modern style. Functional furniture and new appliances are installed in each category. The bathrooms are individual for each room. Some rooms offer stunning views of Lake Onega.

Meals are served in the restaurant, which offers local, Bavarian and international cuisine. In addition, there is a sushi bar and a lounge cafe on site.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 50 tourists
Minimum age
4 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Petrozavodsk

Included in price

  • meals (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches);
  • master class on Karelian doll;
  • the work of a tour guide;
  • accommodation at the Severnaya Hotel 4*;
  • all entrance tickets according to the program;
  • transport service by bus;
  • excursion to Kizhi Island through Zaonezhye.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Petrozavodsk and back;
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • New Year's banquet at the Severny restaurant (for check-in on 30.12–03.01, booking when ordering a tour):
    • adults 1st floor — 9,900 rubles/person.;
    • adults 2nd floor — 9,500 rubles/person.;
    • children under 12 years old — 2,500 rubles/person (order according to the children's menu);
    • children from 12 to 18 years old (without alcohol) 1st floor — 9,400 rubles/person.;
    • children from 12 to 18 years old (without alcohol) 2nd floor — 9,000 rubles/person.;
  • a tour of the Lumikki Palace and a magic master class with Lumikki (snow Maiden) and TalviUkko (Santa Claus) - 1,000 rubles/person.;
  • reindeer riding:
    • a child under 12 years old — 2,000 rubles.;
    • adult — 2,500 rubles.;
  • husky riding (500 meters):
    • a child under 12 years old — 2,000 rubles.;
    • adult — 2,500 rubles.;
  • husky riding (1500 meters):
    • a child under 12 years old — 2,500 rubles.;
    • adult — 3,000 rubles.;
  • Karelian farmstead — 300 rubles/person.

Additional services can be purchased directly on site.

It's important to know

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Air and railway tickets are not included in the price of the tour. You can purchase them yourself or contact us for help.

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  • from US$ 671
    28 Dec, 2024 – 1 Jan, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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    1 – 5 Jan, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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