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Kizhi + Valaam Week-end

Destination: Karelia
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
2 Days
Highlights
  • Discovery of the two largest lakes of Karelia by Soviet hydrofoil boat
  • Discovery of the two most famous attractions of Karelia: Kizhi and Valaam
  • Half freedom formula: support of an English speaking guide only where it is needed
Tour Overview

This short 2 days getaway is the best way to discover Karelia in one weekend, from a cultural point of view. The focus is on visiting the island of Kizhi (UNESCO heritage) and Valaam (candidate for the UNESCO world heritage list). And you will also discover the landscapes of the two largest Karelian lakes: Onega and Ladoga.

The accompaniment by an English speaking guide is provided only where it is really useful: during the monasteries' visits on both islands. Apart from that you will be greeted by our Russian-speaking drivers with a BaikalNature placard. This formula permits you to manage cleverly your expenses and gives you more freedom.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Open-air museum Kizhi
    Petrozavodsk — Sortavala
  • Day 2
    Monastery of Valaam
    Sortavala — Petrozavodsk
  • 09:30
    Arrival to Petrozavodsk Railway Station
    *The indicated time is only for the train N18 from Moscow. If you are going to take the train N 658, please, notice that the train from Saint-Petersburg arrives at 6:40 and you will have 3 hours of free time before the tour starts.
  • 09:40
    Breakfast in the cafe
  • 10:20
    Transfer to the quay of the lake
  • 10:30
    Departure to Kizhi
    During this transfer you can admire the pittoresque view of the Onega lake.
  • 12:00
    Excursion in Kizhi museum
    Guided excursion in the open air museum Kizhi included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Back to Pétrozavodst by hydrofoil boat
  • 18:00
    Dinner in the cafe
  • 19:00
    Transfer to Sortavala
    You will go by car to the Sortavala town situated at the Ladoga lakeside
  • 21:00
    Arrival and check-in
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petrozavodsk — Sortavala
Note

4.5 h transfer  (253km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure to the island of Valaam
    Boarding by hydrofoil boat and sail to the island of Valaam
  • 10:50
    Visit of the architectural ensemble of the monastery
    Concert of religious songs. Excursion "New Jerusalem" and discovery of the mountain Eleonskaya: poetic view on Lake Ladoga.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    On the monastery territory the lunch of the russian cuisine dishes
  • 14:00
    Back to Sortavala by boat
  • 16:00
    Transfer to Petrozavodsk
    *Transfer can be done to Lodeynoye Pole (depending on your destination, Moscow or St. Petersburg).
  • 18:30
    Dinner in the cafe
  • 20:00
    Departure by train and end of the programme
Photo of the day
Route
Sortavala — Petrozavodsk
Note

4 h transfer  (249km)

Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Accommodation
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Railway tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The indicated price is based on 6 participants. If the number of participants is less than 6, the following supplement for small groups will be applied: 5 participants - 800 RUB / pers. 4 participants - 1300 RUB / pers. 3 participants - 3100 RUB / pers. 2 participants - 5200 RUB / pers. Train tickets are available as an option, please, ask us.

Reviews
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Vincent
From 2 August 2016 to 8 August 2016
Destination: Karelia
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Le voyage a été très bien organisée par l'agence. Nous avons bénéficié d'un excellent chauffeur à Petrozavodsk. Les guides parlaient très bien le français, les paysages sont magnifiques et excursions sur les îles étaient très intéressantes.
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Laurence
From 29 July 2016 to 6 August 2016
Destination: Karelia
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Baïkal Nature est une excellente agence de voyage qui s'est adaptée à nos demandes. L'organisation était parfaite, les guides sur place excellents. Nous la recommandons vivement. A noter que certaines villes de transfert sont assez inhospitalières (Kem, Robochodoskv) si elles permettent de voir une autre facette de la Russie, nous recommandons de réduire la durée sur place. Les hôtels et
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Audrey
From 22 July 2016 to 24 July 2016
Destination: Karelia
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Nous avons été enchanté de notre voyage de par la qualité de l'organisation avant pendant et maintenant après le séjour, le prix, mais surtout la rencontre avec la population russe. Cela restera gravé dans nos mémoires, merci !
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5.00
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Francis
From 19 June 2016 to 12 July 2016
Custom tourMoscou-Carélie-Transsibérien
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Voyage dense et passionnant, qui nous a permis de découvrir plusieurs visages de la Russie. De plus, nous avons pu discuter tant avec nos guides, que nous remercions particulièrement, qu'avec des personnes rencontrées au hasard du voyage. Nous n'avons qu'une envie : revenir.
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Guo Cong
From 8 July 2016 to 10 July 2016
Destination: Karelia
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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