Tastes of Karelia. Autumn gastronomic tour

The tour is perfect for a long weekend with family and friends or team building events.

The Northern Ladoga region unites the traditions of different peoples — Karelians, Veps, Finns and Russians. Each of these ethnic groups has contributed to the Karelian gastronomic culture, and we will reveal its most delicious secrets for you!

And you will also stay in a magical glamping on the shore of the lake, ride a retro train and go on a trip on motor boats along the Ladoga skerries.

The tour program is attended by the stars of gastronomy — Olga Belonogova and Ivan Balin.

Location

Russia, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala
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Duration
3 Days
2 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 6 – 8 Sep
    • 18 – 20 Oct
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Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Premium
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 24 people
Minimum age
14 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

Atmospheric glamping
Stay in cozy domed tents and enjoy the surrounding nature
Tastes of Karelia
The tour includes three meals a day — you will learn the secrets of the national cuisine and enjoy its dishes
The splendor of Ruskeala Park
Take an excursion to the mountain park and admire the marble canyon
Ladoga Skerries route
Explore the picturesque archipelago in the north of Lake Ladoga, consisting of small rocky islands
A trip on a retro train
Take a ride on the Ruskeala Express, a steam—powered tourist train
Cooking classes
Learn how to cook delicious Karelian dishes with your own hands

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - The route on Havus Island. Master classes: mushroom soup, mousse

    After meeting at the Sortavala train station, you will go to the pier on the shore of Lake Ladoga, from where you will be transferred by motor boats (10-15 minutes) to the island located in the very center of the Ladoga skerries.

    Arrival at glamping

    You will enjoy a welcome breakfast and then an active program awaits you: acquaintance with the nature of the island and the forest riches of Karelia.

    You will go on an author's guided walking tour of Havus Island (duration 3 hours, length about 3 km). 

    You will walk through the Karelian taiga, see the oldest geological rocks and climb the 40-meter Haukkariutta rock, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Ladoga skerries.

    After the walk, you will have a delicious picnic lunch and a master class by the campfire from the chef of the gourmet restaurant "Vkareliiest" with elements of Karelian cuisine: mushroom soup with moose meat and other delicacies of the Karelian forest.

    After lunch, you will have free time to walk, relax, sit with a book on the veranda or by the fireplace.

    Master classsemolina mousse.

    In the afternoon, you will have a master class on traditional Karelian dessert and a guide's story about Karelian traditions, including gastronomic ones.

    After an active day, you will have dinner and relax.

    If desired, and for an additional fee, you can order a Russian bath or a furako bath right on the shore of Lake Ladoga. 

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  • Day 2 - On motor boats along the Ladoga skerries. Master classes: "fish on a log", gravlax
  • Day 3 - Ruskeala Mountain Park. Master class on wickets
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Premium
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The tour includes accommodation in the Lago Ladoga dome glamping. It is located in the most picturesque place of the Ladoga skerries — on the island of Havus, surrounded by a pine forest.

The surcharge for single accommodation in the dome is 15,000 rubles.

For the third person in the tent, when placed in an additional sleeping place upstairs, we provide a 10% discount.

Lago Ladoga Dome glamping 2 nights

Year-round glamping in the Republic of Karelia on Havus Island. Accommodation in comfortable geo-domes in Ladoga skerries.

Geocupola — 13 modules with a view of the forest or Ladoga. 

  • Pellet fireplace.
  • Electric sheets.
  • Panoramic window.
  • Three lighting options.
  • Sockets for charging phones.
  • A carafe of water and glasses.
  • A coffee table and two armchairs.
  • Bedside table-tray.
  • Box spring beds + extra the place is on top.
  • A wardrobe for outerwear and a rack for things.
  • A large mirror.
  • Slippers, face and body towels for each guest.
  • Toilet room (bio toilet, washbasin with room temperature water).

Capacity: 1-3 adults or 1-4 people with children. 
The age of children is over 7 years old. 
Pets are allowed.

Extra bed: located above the toilet, steep stairs (90 degrees), the size of the bed is 1.4 x 2 m, the maximum permissible weight is 120 kg.

Toilet: a modern toilet, convenient and easy to use, refilled with a special liquid to prevent the spread of odor.

On the territory of:

  • Large lounge area — restaurant, capacity — 39 people. Large tables, designer chairs, a tea area, designer lamps, a fireplace area with armchairs, a showcase with souvenirs, a projector, board games, an outdoor veranda.
  • Small lounge area, capacity — 25 people. Large tables, designer chairs, pouf cushions, frameless pouf sofas, shelving, designer lamps, plasma TV, projector and screen, flip chart.
  • 13 insulated residential geo—domes, capacity - 3 people.
  • Public toilet, 2 cabins.
  • On-site showers, 3 cabins.
  • Furako bathhouse on the shore of Ladoga, 2 fonts, capacity for 4 people.
  • Russian sauna, capacity — 6 people.
  • Wooden paths.
  • The campfire area.
  • The barbecue area.
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Tour conditions

Group
up to 24 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Duration
3 days 2 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Republic of Karelia, Sortavala

Included in price

  • double accommodation in glamping (2 nights);
  • three meals a day according to the program (except dinner on the last day);
  • transfers according to the program;
  • 5 cooking classes;
  • author's guided tour of Havus Island;
  • Ladoga Skerries route;
  • tickets for the Ruskeala Express;
  • the work of chefs, waiters and other glamping staff.

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to Sortavala and back;
  • dinner on the last day of the tour;
  • a visit to the furako bathhouse (session up to 2 hours) - 6,000 rubles.;
  • visit to the Russian bath (2 hour session, up to 4 people) — 8,000 rubles.;
  • single accommodation in the dome — 15,000 rubles/person;
  • souvenirs and extras. glamping services.

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;
  • bathing accessories and slates (for visiting the bathhouse or furako);
  • change of underwear.

Clothing and shoes:

  • comfortable sportswear for outdoor walks (according to the weather);
  • 2 pairs of shoes: trekking boots / rubber boots + sneakers / lightweight replacement boots;
  • waterproof and windproof clothes for traveling on the lake;
  • headdress (cap, panama hat, sports hat).
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Dates and Prices

  • Individual dates available on request
    1 Sep – 31 Oct
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