Discover Karelia

Discover Karelia

3 days / 2 nights

Destinations: Karelia Tours Kizhi Tours

Explore historical sights and nature attractions
- Kizhi Island
- Ruskeala marble canyon and mountain park
- Church of Apostle Peter
- Kivach Waterfalls and Kinerma village


Day 1. Petrozavodsk and Kizhi

Meals B

~07:00 (09:00) - Meet the local English-speaking guide at the train station of Petrozavodsk (train from St. Petersburg or Moscow).
Transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Tour to Kizhi Island (~11:15-18:15):
-    Departure by boat for Kizhi.
-    Arrival at Kizhi.
-    Walking tour of the Kizhi Museum with a local guide.
-    Departure back for Petrozavodsk.
-    Return to Petrozavodsk.
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.

Day 2. Petrozavodsk - Kinerma - Ruskeala

Meals B, D

Tours of Karelia with a local guide (09:00 – 21:00):
-    Transfer to Ruskeala (260 km).
-    Aboveground tour to the marble quarries and mountain park of Ruskeala.
-    Free time for optional activities.
-    Transfer to the historical Karelian village of Kinerma (170 km).
-    Walking tour of the village, dinner with traditional local meals.
-    Transfer to Petrozavodsk (110 km).
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.

Day 3. Petrozavodsk – Church of Apostle Peter - Kivach

Meals B

Breakfast at the hotel.
Tours of Karelia with a local guide (09:00 – 15:00):
-    Transfer and visit the Church of Apostle Peter (55 km).
-    Transfer to Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve.
-    Observe the Waterfalls and visit a small museum of the Reserve.
-    Transfer back to Petrozavodsk.
Free afternoon.
Transfer to the train station.




Petrozavodsk is a nice city with several interesting sights and a perfect starting point for the trips to Kizhi and other cultural and nature landmarks of Karelia.

Karelian Villages

Karelian Villages

There are several villages in Karelia which represent the culture and history of the local population. In some villages one can observe the examples of wooden architecture such as small churches and chapels as well as traditional houses.

Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve

Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve

The Nature Reserve of Kivach is located to the north of Petrozavodsk (65 km).



The island of Kizhi in Lake Onego is famous for the biggest world ensemble of wooden architecture - Kizhi Museum. It is enlisted in UNESCO's World Heritage List.



Marble quarry in Ruskeala is an interesting and picturesque touristic object in Karelia.

This trip is operated from late May till October.

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1. Accommodation;
2. Car/bus and boat transfers as per itinerary;
3. Meals as per itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner);
4. Entrance fees and tours as per itinerary;
5. English-speaking guide's services.

Note 1: Boating and underground cave excursion in Ruskeala are not included. These activities can be arranged on the spot only.

Note 2: All boat trips are weather dependent.

We were in Russia in June 2018. Main itinerary was to visit St Petersburg and Moscow. Enroute we did a slight detour to Kizhi Island - an open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage site. To experience a different facet of Russia, we signed with Nordic Travel Discover Karelia 3D/2N tour. This tour brought us to the nature reserves, quaint villages and churches of Karelia. It was a pleasure dealing with Nordic Travel who were prompt and reliable. The transport was comfortable, driver safe and polite (a bonus!) and guide Olessya was warm, cheerful and accommodating. We were glad we saw and enjoyed thoroughly a Russia beyond the 2 main cities. Big Thanks to Nordic Travel!

Andrew Ong, Singapore

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