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Karelia ‘Myth and Mystery’ Tour with Solovetsky Island and St Petersburg

Overview

A spectacular 9-day tour exploring the wonders of North Russia, from the architectural grandeur of Russia’s cultural capital, St Petersburg, to the breath-taking nature reserves, lakes, and caves of Karelia. If you are looking for that perfect blend of culture and nature, then this fantastic tour of North Russia is necessary. As part of this experience, you will have a walking tour of St Petersburg and the Peterhof, see the mysterious Belomorsk petroglyphs, and learn more about the history of the Solvetsky Islands.

  • Tour of the Peterhof with Grand Palace and park

  • Visit to the White Sea Belomorsk petroglyphs

  • Walking tour of the Kizhi Museum Reserve

  • Sightseeing tour of the Solovetsky Kremlin

  • Day trip to Sekirnaya Hill and the Church of the Ascension

Itinerary

St Petersburg

The pinnacle of art and culture in Russia, St Petersburg, is one of the country’s most visited destinations and former capital city. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its elaborate system of canals, the city lies on the Neva River. It is popular with tourists and includes several of Russia’s most famous attractions including the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace and the Peterhof.

Day 1

Arrival in St Petersburg

On arrival in St Petersburg, your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel ready for check-in.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 2

St Petersburg city tour and visit to the Hermitage

After breakfast, you will enjoy an action-packed day of touring around St Petersburg with a visit to Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg’s most famous and vibrant thoroughfare. Explore the city’s most interesting architectural monuments including the Kazan Cathedral (exterior), the Winter Palace and more.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour by car

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • Nevsky Prospect

  • Winter Palace

  • Hermitage Museum

Travel to

Petrozavodsk

Petrozavodsk stretches along the Western shore of Lake Onega in North Western Russia and is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia. The city is a beacon of arts and culture and is home to various museums and galleries including the Museum of the Republic of Karelia and Museum of Fine Arts as well as spectacular ornate cathedrals dating to the 19th century including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Day 3

Walking tour of the Peterhof

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel before meeting your guide and setting off for the Peterhof by hovercraft.

  • Breakfast

  • Peterhof Palace

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Transfer to Train

  • New Destination by Train

Travel to

Kizhi

A remote island located in the centre of Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Kizhi, is a popular tourist destination known for its intrinsic beauty and remarkable architecture. Kizhi has a long history dating back to the 15th century and is known for its open-air museum which features over 80 historical wooden buildings including the 18th century UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kizhi Pogost.

Day 4

Visiting the Kizhi Pogost UNESCO World Heritage Site

After breakfast you will begin your walking tour of Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia and known for being one of the greenest cities in the north-west of Russia. During the tour, you will learn about the history of the republic, before visiting a unique sculpture garden on the embankment of Lake Onega.

  • Breakfast

  • City Tour

  • Lake Onega

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Kizhi Museum-Reserve

  • Prominent Landscape

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Kem

A historic maritime town in Northern Russia on the shores of the White Sea, Kem, the administrative centre of Kemsky District of the Republic of Karelia. Kem dates to the 15th century, when the demesne of the Novgorod posadnik, Marfa Boretskaya, donated the town to the nearby Solovetsky Monastery. The town has become a popular destination for those wanting to visit the Solovetsky Islands and is home to a spectacular 18th century wooden cathedral.

Day 5

Uncovering the Belomorsk Petroglyphs

Today you will leave Petrozavodsk behind and head to Kem, for an inspirational excursion to see the White Sea Petroglyphs. After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver who will begin the journey to Kem.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Transfer

  • Belomorsk petroglyphs

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Travel to

Solovetsky Islands

An archipelago situated in Onega Bay in the White Sea; the Solovetsky Islands are a group of six major islands with a rich history and UNESCO heritage status. The islands are best known for the Solovetsky Monastery, which was one of Northern Russia’s most imposing citadels until it was converted into a Soviet prison in the 1920s and 30s. Aside from the monastery, the islands are highly regarded for their natural beauty and untouched coastline.

Day 6

Exploring the Solovetsky Islands

After breakfast you will check out of your hotel in Kem head out by MS “Vasily Kosyakov” on to the Solovetsky Islands.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Boat Trip

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Solovetsky Kremlin

  • Solovetsky monastery

  • Free Time

Day 7

Tour of Sekirnaya Hill

Day two on the Solovetsky Islands will consist of a walking tour of Sekirnaya Hill, one of the highest points of the largest Solovetsky Island.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Sekirnaya Hill

  • Walking Tour

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Boat Trip

  • Free Time

Day 8

Train journey to St Petersburg

Today, you will spend the day on the train back to St Petersburg. After an early breakfast-box, you will check out of the hotel and your driver will take you to the train station for your morning departure to St Petersburg. You will arrive in St Petersburg late in the evening where your driver will meet you at the station and take you to your hotel.

  • Breakfast

  • Day on the Train

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 9

Departure from St Petersburg

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and your driver will take you to the train station where your tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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