St. Petersburg – Karelia
Program cost:

- starting from USD850 for ½ TWIN in a 4* hotel

Inclusions: hotel accommodation 4*, meals - breakfast at the hotel, except of the day of arrival, transfers as per the program, guided tours as per the program with an English-speaking guide, entrance tickets to museums and sightseeing sites.

Exclusions: international flights, additional excursions or transfers, accommodation in a single room, extra night stay at hotel.

Program of the tour
Day 1
St. Petersburg. Arrival day
A highly professional guide will meet you upon arrival and will accompany you to the hotel, where you can relax after the way
Overnight: Hotel according to the program
Meals: Lunch and dinner can be added at will, either at the hotel or in one of the restaurants in the city.
DAY 2
St. Petersburg. City tour, Hermitage.
The second day of your stay in St. Petersburg will begin for you with a sightseeing tour of the Northern capital of Russia. During this tour you will be able to see the most famous sights of the cultural capital, including: St. Isaac's Cathedral (photo-stop), Admiralty, Neva, Menshikov Palace, Sphinx at the Academy of Arts, Bronze Horseman, Promenade des Anglais, Wedding Palace No. 1 and much more will open to your sight.
After a guided tour, you will plunge into the enchanting beauty of the Hermitage
Many tourists come to St. Petersburg simply to visit the Hermitage, one of the greatest museums in the world, which in 2014 celebrated its 250th anniversary. A visit to all its 350 exhibition halls will entail a walk of more than 10 km, and once it was calculated that it would take more than 9 years to look at each item for an instant. The Hermitage houses amazing examples of Italian art of the High Renaissance, as well as unsurpassed collections of Rembrandt's paintings, an extensive collection of Dutch and Flemish masters - not to mention the fabulous treasures from Siberia and Central Asia, Egyptian and classical antiquities, as well as Persian and Chinese works of art, among many others. In addition, there are interiors of the Winter Palace itself with its magnificent staterooms, where the kings once occupied the courtyard, and the Provisional Government was arrested by the Bolsheviks.
We must assume that in these rooms you just need to believe and stand in the middle of them, trying to absorb their rich and sometimes turbulent history, as we believe, one of unforgettable life experiences.
Overnight: Hotel according to the program

Meals: Breakfast at the hotel (lunch and dinner can be added, if desired, either at the hotel or in one of the restaurants in the city)
DAY 3
St. Petersburg. Peterhof, St. Isaac's Cathedral
St. Petersburg. Peterhof, St. Isaac's Cathedral St. Petersburg Peterhof, St. Isaac's Cathedral A visit to St. Petersburg is very rare to do without a trip to Peterhof. Most of the third day we will devote to this amazing place. Being the first of the great imperial palace ensembles created outside of St. Petersburg, Peterhof personifies almost 300-year-old tsarist rule and self-praise. As the name implies (which means "Peter's Court in German" and pronounced "Peterhof" in Russian), its founder was Peter the Great, and they say that it was difficult for architects to keep up with the stream of ideas emanating from his pen. , The scale of this project and its technical achievements, in particular, 150 fountains fed without pumps that take water (only by gravity) from the Ropsh hills at a distance of more than 22 km, through 50 km of pipes, 22 locks and at least 18 lakes, is not underestimate and acts as a rival to the French palace in Versailles. Peterhof includes several palaces, the most grandiose and magnificent of which is the Grand Palace, built during the reign of Empress Elizabeth, when court life became more luxurious, reaching its peak when Catherine the Great held all night parties, lit by 10,000 candles, in Nizhny Park 102 ha. After returning to St. Petersburg, we will have an excursion to St. Isaac's Cathedral, where everyone can not only visit the cathedral itself, but also climb to the observation deck, which offers a breathtaking view of the whole city.

Overnight: Hotel according to the program Meals: Breakfast at the hotel (lunch and dinner can be added, if desired, either at the hotel or in one of the restaurants in the city)
DAY 4
St. Petersburg – Karelia. Arrival in Karelia.
Transfer by car (business class car with guide-interpreter) to Sortavala, 270 km away.
On the way, stop in Priozersk. Lunch at the cafe.
Arrival at the hotel according to the program.
Overnight: Hotel according to the program
Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at the café, (dinner can be added, if desired, either at the hotel or in one of the restaurants in the city).
DAY 5
Karelia. The island of Valaam
Breakfast.
A trip to the island of Valaam on a boat.
During the sightseeing tour, we will get acquainted with the central estate of the monastery and visit the Transfiguration Cathedral, where the relics of the founders of the monastery, Herman and Sergius of Valaam, rest.
Lunch in the refectory in the monastery.
Transfer to the part of the island called "New Jerusalem". Walking tour "Through the skeets of Valaam": visit to the Resurrection skete. Then we will see the Gethsemane hermitage and the Gethsemane Garden – a favorite place of solitude of the Most Holy Theotokos. At the end of the tour, we will climb Mount Oleon, which offers beautiful views of Lake Ladoga.
Boat trip on the Ladoga skerries and return to the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel according to the program
Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at the café, (dinner can be added, if desired, either at the hotel or in one of the restaurants in the city).
DAY 6
Karelia. The mountain park "Ruskeala" – Kinerma – Petrozavodsk.
Breakfast.
Chek out.
Boarding the retro train. To date, this is the only daily train in Russia with steam locomotive traction. The last daily passenger train on steam locomotive traction in Russia ran in the early 80 - ies of the XX century.
Excursion to the mountain park "Ruskeala".
Initially, these are marble breaks, developed in the 17th century. The walls of St. Isaac's Cathedral, Ladozhskaya and Primorskaya metro stations in St. Petersburg are decorated with Ruskeala marble.
Lunch at the cafe.
The underground tour is a unique tour that will show the Marble Canyon from the inside and allow you to touch the history of the creation of the marble mining site. In the warmer months, after a walk through the tunnels, guests can watch the emerald expanse of the marble canyon, during a water ride on a floating platform.
Departure by car in the direction of Petrozavodsk.
On the way, stop at the waterfalls on the Tohmajoki River, where the shooting of the final scenes of the film "And the dawns are quiet here"took place.
The next stop is in the most beautiful village in Russia – Kinerma.
The history of the village can be traced back to 1563. Kinerma is located in the Pryazhinsky district, 100 kilometers from Petrozavodsk. Today Kinerma is a unique complex monument of folk wooden architecture of Karelia of the XIX century, which includes the village chapel of Our Lady of Smolensk of the second half of the XVIII century, surrounded by an ancient cult spruce grove, peasant houses and baths in the black of the XIX century.
Tea party in the village house.
Arrival in Petrozavodsk, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel according to the program
Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at the café, (dinner can be added, if desired, either at the hotel or in one of the restaurants in the city).
DAY 7
Karelia. The off-road Karelia. Departure day.
Breakfast.
We get into a jeep and go to see the off-road Karelia.
We go by jeep to the village of Tivdia (110 km on the way).
On the way, we visit the Husky dog kennel, get acquainted with this amazing breed of dog. We take pictures with the dogs, feed the deer and go on our way. We move to the town of Belaya Gora. More than a century ago, Tivdian marble was mined here, which is often mentioned in the history of the construction of St. Petersburg.
We visit the church of the 19th century, designed by the architect of the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour – Konstantin Ton.
From here we start our short and bright rafting 1.5 km along the river Tivdijka.
We recuperate with lunch in a cozy and atmospheric cafe, with panoramic windows and a breathtaking view of the rapid rapid of the river. We are offered fish soup and 7 types of grouse. The owner of the base teaches you how to fry red fish on a rock.
Thank you for your hospitality and move on-by boat on Sandal Lake to the island of Lychny. We visit the Church of Peter and Paul built in 1620.
The journey on the lake ends with a stop in the village of Yershi, where jeeps are waiting for us, on which we go to admire the beautiful old villages.
Return to Petrozavodsk.
Departure to Moscow / St. Petersburg by evening train.
Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch at the café.
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