Is it possible to see the real Russia visiting only Moscow and St. Petersburg? The answer is yes and no. In order to truly understand what Russia is, one should definitely go to the outlands for at least a few days. For this, we suggest the North of Russia, the Republic of Karelia.
Paying a visit to Talvi Ukko (the local Santa Claus), seeing the deer farm, riding sled dogs – this is only a small part of the program. All this while enjoying the beautiful Russian winter landscapes: high snow-covered pines, creaking snow and hopefully sunshine! The tour is ideal for travelling with kids
A walk around St. Petersburg's city center will be the best start of the day.
The main highlights we will see today are: Palace Square, Shuvalov Palace, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Summer Garden, the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Transfer to the railway station, boarding the train to Petrozavodsk.
11:00 Arrival in Karelia. Meeting the assistant. Transfer to the hotel, check in.
14:00 A short sightseeing tour in Petrozavodsk: a visit to the husky farm. Here you will learn the main types of sledding dogs, their characteristics and roles in the team. You will have the opportunity to have a short dog sledding trip and enjoy lunch in a real northern tent.
Breakfast in the hotel. Going to Ruskeala Mountain Park.
The Park is located more than 200 km from Petrozavodsk. The center of the complex is a former marble quarry filled with groundwater, a cultural heritage object. The quarry operated until 1939 and then was flooded. Now it is a deep marble canyon, which now has a new life.
Attracting a huge number of tourists, the Marble Lake is famous for its steep shores stretching into the emerald clear water. Riding a boat through the grottoes gives a chance to admire the amazing variety of shades of marble. A complex system of lighting under the water, on the surface and along the walls of the canyon provides a round-the-clock overview of the unique cultural monument.
On the way back, we will visit the traditional Karelian village. Listening to the performance of the national choir, passing a master class on baking wickets (national pies) and playing national open-air games (for extra fee).
Return to the hotel.
Three once-famous Karelian paduns, Girvas, Kivach and Poor Porog, are located on Suna River. Suna itself is noteworthy, it surprises with its wayward character. Its calm areas are suddenly replaced by swirling rapids and more than 50 waterfalls.
Girvas (both a volcano and a waterfall) is beautiful at any time of the year. During the period of the spillway, it strikes with the power of the water flow, at other times it gives the opportunity to see one of the oldest volcanoes on the planet. Locals believe that this place has a special energy.
The Kivach reserve is one of the oldest in Russia and the first in the Republic of Karelia. The height of of the waterfall is 10.4 m, the length is about 170 m.
Return to the hotel.
Transfer by taxi to the station. Boarding the train.
Night transfer to St. Petersburg;
* All Prices are based on average hotel costs for adult travelers (Jan-Mar 2019). If you wish to include other services, sights in your tour or make any other changes, we will be glad to make personal calculations for you. Tell us about your special requirements in the form below.
What is included?
Entrance fees according to the program
Accommodation in 3-4* hotels, depending on the choice of a tour