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Kizhi + Valaam + Solovki

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
5 Days
June - August
Highlights
  • Discovery of the two largest lakes of Karelia by Soviet hydrofoil boat
  • Discovery of the three main tourist attractions of Karelia
  • Half freedom formula: support of an English speaking guide only where it is needed
  • Cruise on the White Sea
  • Discovery of the Kivach waterfall
Tour Overview

Here is a rich program, involving visits of three great names Karelia: the islands of Kizhi and Valaam and the Solovki archipelago. On the way to the north, to the White Sea, we will visit the natural reserve of Kivach and its famous waterfall, one of the largest in Europe!

The advantages of the travel are : the comfortable accommodations in the center of Petrozavodsk and along the White Sea in Rabotcheostrovsk, the practical schedules of arrival and departure of trains (to St. Petersburg or Moscow). The other advantage is the fact ​​that, despite the large number of discoveries , excursions and trips you only change two times of hotel, so you do not have to tidy up your luggages thousand times ...

This trip has a good balance between the exclusive services on the one hand, as private transfers (allowing you to make stops where you want, to enjoy the payages), the English-speaking guides, specialists of their monasteries (in Kizhi, Valaam and Solovki), and shared services on the other hand. It allows you to be closer to the people and to optimize expenditure: two cruises on fast boats on both lakes and a cruise on the White Sea. 

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Open-air museum Kizhi
    Petrozavodsk
  • Day 2
    Valaam's Monastery
    Petrozavodsk
  • Day 3
    Kivach natural reserve
    Petrozavodsk — Rabocheostrovsk
  • Day 4
    Solovki archipelago
    Rabocheostrovsk
  • Day 5
    End of the programme
    Rabocheostrovsk — 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-Petersurg arrives at 6:40 and you will have 3 hours fo 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 will admire pittoresque views 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.
  • 13:10
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Return to Petrozavodsk by hovercraft
  • 15:30
    Arrival to Petrozavodsk and check-in in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petrozavodsk
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the restaurant
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the city of Sortavala
    The city of Sortavala is situated on the shore of the Ladoga lake
  • 11:30
    Departure to the island of Valaam
    Boarding by hydrofoil boat and sailing to the Valaam's island
  • 12:20
    Visit of the architectural ensemble of the monastery
    Concert of religious songs. Excursion "New Jerusalem" and discovery of the mountain Eleonskaya: poetic view on the Ladoga's Lake .
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    On the monastery territory, the russian cuisine dishes is waiting for you.
  • 14:00
    Back to Sortavala by boat
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Petrozavodsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the cafe
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Petrozavodsk
Note

transfer  (500km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure to the north of Karelia
  • 12:00
    Visit of the Kivach nature reserve
    On the road, visit of the Kivach natural reserve and its famous waterfall (one of the largest in Europe!).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 14:00
    Transfer to Rabocheostrovsk
  • 15:00
    Arrival in Rabotcheostrovsk and check-in in the resort
    You will live in the resort situated along the White Sea.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Petrozavodsk — Rabocheostrovsk
Accommodation
Note

transfer  (400km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the resort
  • 10:00
    Departure to the Solovki archipelago by boat
  • 12:00
    Excursion through the Solovki Kremlin
    Excursion includes the history of the monastery, visit of the central complex, cathedrals and community buildings. Discovery of monuments recorded at the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    traditional restaurant "Solovetskaïa Izba"
  • 14:00
    Free time
    Opportunity to explore the coast of the White Sea, its "dancing birches" and labyrinths of stone, remnants of ancient civilizations. Optional excursion by bus to Mount Sekirnaya and to the Hermitage of the Ascension. Discovery of the church that housed the most feared prison on the island and view over the archipelago (extra charges).
  • 16:00
    Cruise to Rabotcheostrovsk and rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Rabocheostrovsk
Accommodation
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the resort
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the Kem train station
    End of the programme
Photo of the day
Route
Rabocheostrovsk — Petrozavodsk
Detailed description
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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 price is given for the group of 6 persons. If the number of participants in the group is less than 6, the price of the tour can change. The price includes breakfast on Day 1-5, lunch on Day 1,2,4 and dinner on Day 1-4. Train tickets are available as an option, please, ask us. Single supplement 4700 RUB/pers

Reviews
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Quality of meals
5.00
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5.00
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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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Jean-Louis
From 23 July 2014 to 27 July 2014
Destination: Karelia
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
je suis tres satisfait de mon voyage en carelie c est un sejour original qu on ne peu absolument pas trouver par des agences francaises le monastere de solovki fait vraiment rever le seul petit probleme etant le manque de precision du lieu de rendez vous avec les guides pas aux bateaux mais a l entree des sites mais cest un probleme mineur notre chauffeur était extraordinaire de devouement
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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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Guo Cong
From 8 July 2016 to 10 July 2016
Destination: Karelia
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