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Karelia ‘Myth and Mystery’ Tour with Solovetsky Island and St Petersburg
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where you can stay
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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.
Hotel Solovetskaya Sloboda
Holiday Inn Moskovskie Vorota
Hotel Solovetskaya Sloboda
Holiday Inn Moskovskie Vorota
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- English speaking guide (other options available)
- Entrance fees to museums, attractions and parks
- Food and drink (as mentioned in the tour itinerary)
- Russian Tourist Visa Invitation
- Transport (as specified in the tour itinerary)
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- International train / plane tickets
- Personal costs (souvenirs, additional snacks etc)
- Photo / video charges
- Tips for drivers/guides/in restaurants
- Travel / medical insurance
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- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
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