Day 1: St. Petersburg. Travel to Karelia. Pick-up at the airport or hotel in St.Petersburg, transfer to the train station (without guide). 22:02 departure by overnight train for Petrozavodsk.
Day 2: Petrozavodsk and Kizhi. At 6:50 arrival in Petrozavodsk. Meet by the guide at the train station. Transfer to the hotel (early check-in is to be paid additionally). 7:30 - breakfast. 9:00 - Petrozavodsk city walking tour. At 11:30 departure for the Island of Kizhi, located in Onego Lake by boat. 12:45 - arrival at the Island, meet the Museum guide there. Walking tour to the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture - Kizhi - Churches of the Transfiguration, Intercession, chapels and traditional wooden houses. At 15:45 departure back for Petrozavodsk. 17:00 arrival in Petrozavodsk. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Kivach Waterfalls, Petroglyphs and the White Sea - Baltic Canal. Breakfast at the hotel. At 9:00 departure for the White Sea coast (450 km to the north). 10:30 visit to the Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve, featuring typical northern forest plants and animals. 16:30 tour of the 19th lock of the White Sea - Baltic Canal, constructed during Stalin's time mainly by Gulag prisoners. 17:30 walking tour to Petroglyphs (an archeological sight, prehistoric rock-carvings). 20:30 arrival to the White Sea coast in the evening, accommodation at the comfortable hotel in the town of Belomorsk or Kem. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Solovetsky Islands. Breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00 departure for the Solovetsky Islands by the morning boat. The Islands, located in the White Sea, are known for the unique historical and cultural heritage, as well as natural attractions. 11:00 arrival at Solovetsky Island, transfer to the hotel. Orientation. Check-in. 14:00 - 17:00 - walking tour to the Solovetsky Monastery and Fortress. Overnight at the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Solovetsky Islands. Breakfast at the hotel. 10:00 - 13:00 - boat tour to Zayatsky Island. The main places of interest of this Island, covered with tundra-type vegetation are its mysterious stone labyrinths, as well as the old wooden church of Andrew the First Caller (1702). At 15:00 transfer to the pier. 16:00 departure for Kem by boat. 19:00 - arrival in Kem. Transfer to the train station. Dinner at train or at hotel in Kem. 20:25 - departure for St. Petersburg by overnight train (train for Moscow leaves on the next day early in the morning, extra night in Kem is required). Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Train to St. Petersburg. Breakfast at train (packed meal). 2:11 - arrival in St. Petersburg at Ladozhsky train station. Includes: (B).
- June 12-7
- June 26 - July 1
- July 12-16
- August 9-13
- August 23-27.
- All boat trips are weather dependent
- The sequence of the excursions can be changed.
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