Pearl necklace of winter Karelia

We invite you to a rich tour in which you will see Karelia in a new, snow-white color! 

On this tour, you will discover another Russia, realizing the depth and power of the culture of our great country. 

The shrines of the Russian North can be visited all year round, but it is in winter that they open to people with all-encompassing power.

Location

Petrozavodsk
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 22 – 26 Jan, 2025
    • 5 – 9 Feb, 2025
    • 19 – 23 Feb, 2025
    • 5 – 9 Mar, 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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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Talviukko's patrimony
Let's visit Karelian Santa Claus and his faithful friends: huskies and reindeer
Kizhi Island
We will see the famous Kizhi churchyard, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Charming Sortavala
Let's go on a city tour and visit the Viking Age Museum
Retro train
Let's take a steam-powered train to the Ruskeala marble quarry
Legends of the North
We will visit the mountain "Sampo" and the resort "Marcial Waters", we will see the winter waterfall "Kivach"
Winter Petrozavodsk
Let's get acquainted with the capital of Karelia and take a walk along the embankment of Lake Onega

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Charming Sortavala. Ladoga skerries. An ancient Viking fortress

    From 08:00, the meeting of the group members at the main entrance at the Sortavala railway station.

    The most suitable train for the tour: Moscow — Sortavala 160B with arrival at 08:19.

    We have breakfast in a cafe and go on an excursion to Sortavala.

    We will visit the Museum of the Northern Ladoga Region and the Kronid Gogolev Gallery.

    City tour and sightseeing of the stunning monuments of the Northern Art Nouveau: 

    • the building of the national school, built in 1929 in the neoclassical style; 
    • The Seurahuone Hotel, built in 1908, where Nicholas Roerich stayed; 
    • Leander's House (1905); 
    • the building of the Finnish Bank, built in 1915, in which every detail informs about the inaccessibility and reliability of the bank; 
    • The Siitonen Merchants' House is a typical Northern Art Nouveau built in 1907; 
    • The Town Hall, built in 1882, is one of the most beautiful buildings: turrets, carved skates, pale pink color, with carvings and white frames, as if a lace napkin was thrown on top; 
    • Wooden fire station built in 1888; 
    • The house with a lantern, built in 1920 and owned by the Helsinki Joint—Stock Bank, resembles a glass syringe in shape; 
    • The Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. It was built with the money of St. Petersburg merchants in 1873. It is built in the Russian style. Today, the main city temple of Sortavala.

    The pearl of Sortavala is waiting for us — the exhibition hall of Kronid Gogolev

    There is an old three-storey house in the very center of Sortavala. The Gogol Art Center is located here - an exhibition hall, workshops, and an art studio.

    The main exhibition is a stunningly beautiful carved paintings with northern motifs. The unique images that you fall in love with the first time will impress even the most sophisticated art lovers.

    After exploring the main attractions of Sortavala, it's time to explore the amazing beauty of natural places. 

    Karelian Fjords — Ladoga skerries are waiting for us. 

    We will go on an exciting tour of the Ladoga skerries, which will appear before you in all their winter splendor! 

    A hovercraft is also called an amphibious boat, such a means of transportation is very convenient for passing through ice, snow, water, sand, grass or swamp. 

    The duration of the tour is 1 hour.

    Upon our return from the Ladoga skerries, we will have a delicious lunch. 

    After a delicious meal, we go on an excursion to the Viking Age museum "Svartbjornborg" (Svartbjornborg — the fortress of the black bear).

    Here you can touch everything, absolutely any object, with your hands. Any costumes, uniforms or armor can and should be tried on and, at least for a short period of time, but feel like a brave warrior, craftsman or merchant.

    This is a large interactive platform where visitors are directly immersed in the era, turning from a spectator into a participant. 

    At the end of the tour on the territory of the fortified settlement of the "Viking age" on the shores of Ladoga, you can see:

    • fortress walls in the form of a palisade with corner and gate towers. You can walk around the entire territory of the museum along the wall, climb any tower, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire museum and the Ladoga skerries, since the museum is located on the very shore of the lake;
    • a friendly Scandinavian house under an earthen roof, which presents an exposition of everyday life, costumes and weapons of the Vikings; an active blacksmith shop — an exposition of blacksmithing;
    • a pier with replicas of wooden ships of the VIII — XI centuries. All models are valid and during the navigation period everyone has the opportunity to sit at the oar of a real Viking dragon boat;
    • a model of the sanctuary with carved wooden sculptures;
    • two playgrounds: a shooting range, with the opportunity to practice shooting with historical bows and crossbows, as well as learn how to throw combat spears and axes; and the lists — a prepared space for tournaments and funny fights (on protected weapons);
    • The pearl of the museum is the long Scandinavian house — "Honey Hall" — the largest recreated Viking dwelling in Russia. The roof of the house is made in the form of an inverted drakkar. The Honey Hall houses one of Russia's richest collections of household items, costumes and weapons.

    In the evening, we will have dinner and a cozy hotel.

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  • Day 2 - Retro train and marble pearl of Karelia — Ruskeala Mountain Park
  • Day 3 - A trip to Zaonezhye in winter with a visit to Kizhi Island
  • Day 4 - Winter Petrozavodsk. Ethnopark with deer and huskies
  • Day 5 - Legends of the North — Kivach Waterfall, Sampo Mountain, Marcial waters
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Premium

The tour provides accommodation for:

  • Accommodation in a small hotel with room facilities in the center of Sortavala;
  • Severnaya Hotel, Petrozavodsk, 4* Standard rooms with in-room amenities. If the Severnaya Hotel runs out of available places, then accommodation will be in another hotel in the city.

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

  • double occupancy — 49,400 rubles/person.;
  • single occupancy — 58,400 rubles/person.;
  • additional place — 44,400 rubles/person.

Discounts:

  • for pensioners — 1,250 rubles.;
  • for children from 5 to 12 years old — 2,550 rubles.;
  • There is a 7% discount for groups of 5 people or more.

Information on accommodation in Petrozavodsk:

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 large buses are difficult to access some hotels). 

You can write your wishes in advance on choosing a specific hotel and we will try to ensure that you check in to 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 3 nights
"Severnaya"

Severnaya Hotel is located in the center of Petrozavodsk, just 1 km from Lake Onega and a 15-minute walk from the train station and public transport stops.

The Severnaya Hotel offers a wide range of rooms, suites and apartments equipped with everything you need.

The hotel has a business center with meeting facilities.

The attentive staff of the Severnaya Hotel will assist with visa processing and can arrange excursions on request.

Shopping and business areas of the city can be visited near the Severnaya Hotel, as well as restaurants and museums nearby. Guests can explore the neoclassical architectural heritage of Petrozavodsk or take a walk along Lake Onega.

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Another option
"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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Another option
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 is 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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Hotel in Sortavala 1 night

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, 2 dinners;
  • master class on Karelian gates;
  • the work of a tour guide;
  • hotel accommodation;
  • all entrance tickets according to the program;
  • transport service by bus;
  • passage to Kizhi Island on a hovercraft;
  • railway tickets for the retro train;
  • skiing on the Ladoga skerries.

Paid extra

  • tickets to Sortavala and back from Petrozavodsk;
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • reindeer riding:
    • children under 12 years old — 1,000 rubles;
    • adult — 1,500 rubles;
  • husky riding (500 meters):
    • children under 12 years old — 1,000 rubles;
    • adult — 1,500 rubles;
  • husky riding (1500 meters):
    • children under 12 years old — 1,500 rubles;
    • adult — 2,000 rubles;
  • inspection of the Talviukko residence — 300 rubles/person.;
  • inspection of the Lumikki Palace — 300 rubles/person.;
  • 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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    22 – 26 Jan, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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    5 – 9 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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    19 – 23 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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    5 – 9 Mar, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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