Suggested itinerary "Silver Ring of Karelia", Petrozavodsk, Kizhi, Sortavala, Valaam Island, Nature Reserve, Belomorsk Petroglyphs, Solovki,
5 days/4 nights,
Season: June – September, 2, 4, 6 pax,

from € 915.- pp

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Itineray in brief

Day 1.
•AM: Arrival in Petrozavodsk by train. Meeting with the guide. Breakfast.
City tour around Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia, with its major sights and a walk along the embankment of Lake Onego. Photo stop near the monument to Peter the Great.
Transfer to Kizhi Island by hydrofoil (1 hour 30 minutes).
Excursion in the Kizhi open-air museum of wooden architecture and cultural history. Kizhi is one of the first open-air museums and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Russia. The pearl of the museum is its world-known wooden church ensemble with the magnificent 22-dome church which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Lunch on Kizhi Island.
In the evening arrival in Petrozavodsk. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

Valaam. The St. Nicholas Skit
Valaam. The Transfiguration Church
Kizhi. The Transfiguration Church 
Kizhi. The Transfiguration Church
Solovki. Solovetsky Monastery
Solovki. The Zayatsky Island
Solovki. The Botanic GardenNebo
Kivach waterfalls
Day 2.
Today you will wake up early in the morning to make an unforgettable trip to Valaam Island.
• 6:30: Departure for Sortavala (250 km).
• 10:00: Breakfast in Sortavala.
• 11:00: to the Valaam Monastery by hydrofoil (50 minutes).
• 12:00: Excursion program around the Central Monastery Complex. Today you will get acquainted with one of the main orthodox sacred places in Russia and visit its cathedral of the Transfiguration. After a walk around the monastery complex you will also visit one of the sketes and try simple monastic food during lunch in the monastery's refectory.
• 17:00: Departure to Sortavala by hydrofoil (50 minutes).
• 18:00: Transfer to Petrozavodsk.
• 20:00: A short stop in an ancient Karelian village Kinerma. Nadezhda, a local resident of Kinerma Village, will meet us and show the main sights of the village, which are houses of the end of the 19th century and the wooden chapel of Virgin Mary of Smolensk erected in the 17th century. After the excursion around the village Nadezhda will invite you to her house to have dinner in a Karelian house.
• 23:30: Arrival in Petrozavodsk.

Day 3.
• Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.
• 9:00: Departure for Kem (500 km).
On the way a short stop in the Kivach Nature Reserve. You will see the second largest plain waterfall in Europe and listen to the melody of its roaring waters. You will also visit the museum of nature, get acquainted with the wildlife of Karelian taiga and walk along the alley of well-known Karelian birches.
• 13:00: Lunch in Medvezhyegorsk
• 16:30: Excursion to Belomorsk Petroglyphs. It is an archaeological complex comprising over 2000 images of wild animals, sea animals, people and boats including the oldest images of a skiing man not only in Northern Europe but in the whole world. During the excursion you will make a trip to the Karelian past and comprehend the mysteries of the Stone Age people.
• 20:30: Accommodation at the Pritchal Hotel in Kem. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4.
• Morning: Breakfast.
• 7:30: Boarding time
• 8:00: Departure for Solovki by boat (3 h)
• 10:00: Arrival on Solovki
• 10:30: Walking excursion round the Central Architectural Complex of the Solovetsky Monastery. You will learn the unique history of one of the most northern monasteries of Russia, observe the massive walls and towers of the Solovetsky Kremlin, outstanding for the Middle Ages household achievements of the monastery and its austere white stone churches
• 14:00: Lunch at a local cafe. Free time on the island
• 18:30: Boarding time
• 19:00: Departure for Kem
• 21:00: Accommodation at the Prichal Hotel. Dinner at the hotel

Day 5.
Breakfast boxes.
• 5.30: Transfer to the railway station
• 6:19: Departure for St. Petersburg/Moscow

Tour price

Pax/HotelPrice (EUR) per person
2 pax€ 1455
4 pax€ 1017
6 pax€ 915
SGL suppl.€ 88

The price includes:
  • 2 nights in Petrozavodsk (Karelia Spa Hotel 4*)
  • 2 nights in Kem (Prichal Hotel 3*)
  • Transfers and meals according to the program
  • Hydrofoil Petrozavodsk – Kizhi – Petrozavodsk
  • Hydrofoil Sortavala – Valaam – Sortavala
  • Ship Kem – Solovki – Kem
  • Entrance tickets
  • Excursions
  • English-speaking guide

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