Grand Karelia Tour

Grand Karelia Tour

6 days / 5 nights


A comprehensive exploration of the Russian North. We visit the famous islands of Kizhi, Valaam and Solovetsky, meet local people in the historical Karelian village of Kinerma, walk in the forests of Kivach Nature Reserve, enjoy the landscapes of the White Sea and Ruskeala marble canyon.


Day 1. Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk

Meals B, L, D

~06:40 (09:03) - Arrival in Petrozavodsk by train from St.Petersburg (Moscow). Meeting at the train station by the guide, transfer for breakfast.
Walking tour of Petrozavodsk.
~11:30 - Departure by boat for Kizhi.
~12:45 - Walking tour of the Kizhi Museum with a local English-speaking guide.
~15:45 - Departure back for Petrozavodsk.
~17:00 - Return to Petrozavodsk. Accommodation at the hotel (early check-in is not included).
Overnight at the hotel in Petrozavodsk.

Day 2. Petrozavodsk - Kinerma - Ruskeala - Sortavala

Meals B, L, D

~09:00 - Transfer to the traditional Karelian village of Kinerma.
~10:30 - Walking tour of the village, lunch with local meals.
~13:00 - Transfer to Ruskeala.
~16:30 - Tour to the marble quarries of Ruskeala which were the source of stone for St.Petersburg palaces.
~18:30 - Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Sortavala.

Day 3. Sortavala - Valaam - Sortavala - Petrozavodsk

Meals B, L, D

Breakfast at the hotel.
~09:00 - In the morning we take a boat for the tour of Valaam Island and Monastery.
~10:00 - Upon arrival we visit the central Transfiguration Cathedral, the Church of the Resurrection, observe fairy-tale Gethsemane Skete, and enjoy the beautiful forests and lake landscapes of the Island. In between of the tours the Monastery choir performs a short but impressive concert of the church songs. Lunch is served at the refectory and includes typical monastery meals such as vegetarian soup and fish.
~16:00 - Return to Sortavala and drive to Petrozavodsk.
~21:30 - Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Petrozavodsk.

Day 4. Petrozavodsk - Kivach - Povenets - Kem

Meals B, L, D

Breakfast at the hotel.
~08:00 - Transfer to Kivach Nature Reserve.
~09:30 - Observe Kivach Waterfalls and take a walking tour along the ecological trail in the protected part of the Reserve
~14:00 - Visit the village of Povenets, observe the White Sea - Baltic Canal built in Stalin's time.
Tranfer to Kem.
~19:00 - Accommodation at the hotel located right by the White Sea coast.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kem.

Day 5. Kem - Solovetsky

Meals B, L, D

~08:00 - Departure by boat for Solovetsky Island.
~10:00 - Arrival at Solovetsky Island, transfer to the hotel.
~14:00 - Walking tour of Solovetsky Monastery.
Evening is free. Optional visits - Maritime Museum, Gulag Museum or the White Sea coast.
~19:00 - Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Solovetsky - Kem

Meals B, L, D

Breakfast at the hotel.
~10:00 - Tour to Zayatsky Island. It is a small tranquil island in about 45 minutes boat ride from the Monastery. The main places of interest of Zayatsky, covered with the tundra-type vegetation are its mysterious stone labyrinths dating back about 4000 years and a small wooden church of St. Andrew (1702).
Transfer to the pier.
~16:00 - Departure for Kem
~18:00 - Arrival in Kem. Dinner and transfer to the train station for the evening train to St.Petersburg leaving at 20:25 (arrival St.Petersburg next day at about 12:00 noon).
Train for Moscow leaves on the next day early in the morning, extra night in Kem is required.

Departure Date

Return Date

Price per person in TWIN/DBL room

Price per person in SGL room


02 June 2015

07 June 2015

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30 June 2015

05 July 2015

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11 August 2015

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1. Accommodation at the hotels (rooms with en-suite WC and shower);
2. Car/bus and boat transfers as per itinerary;
3. Meals as per itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner);
4. Entrance fees and tours as per itinerary;
5. English-speaking tour leader and local guides' services;

Note: All boat trips are weather dependent.

We wish to congratulate you for the wonderful visit to your country. Believe us when we say that you could teach many tour operators in France and abroad! Michel keeps saying that you know how to select your collaborators... The journey was so smooth (except for the roads) and trouble-free all along. Hotel Rossi was a very good choice as it is very comfortable and close to Nevsky Prospekt. We particularly appreciated to see Alexander I waiting for us at the door of our car in Saint Petersburg railway station. Thank you again.


Thank you very much for arranging the Russian part of our trip. We were very impressed with your professionalism, and all the arrangements worked very well. Vladimir was a very good driver and Elena was an absolutely outstanding guide. She is extremely competent, has a lovely personality, her English is excellent and she was very knowledgable about the sites we visited. She was also very good company and the four of us got on well and had many memorable moments together, particularly dinner & vodka at Sortavala! Regarding the sites, the highlights for us were the visit to Kinerma (we have been involved in raising money to restore a traditional barn in our own small village (only 12 houses) so we could empathise with their efforts and problems), and of course the Solovetsky Islands. The train journey from Kem to Saint Petersburg was fine and I had a very memorable 70th birthday at Palkin Restaurant where we coincided with the BBC filming a programme in their series on rail journeys, so we will now appear on English TV later this year, they bought us champagne, and the restaurant staff made a special dessert with a large sparkler in the middle and sang happy birthday! So a great holiday. So once again thank you for all your help. Kind Regards

Katherine (Kate)

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