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Grand Karelia Tour

A comprehensive tour of Karelia, including the Solovetsky Islands
- Visit churches at Kizhi, Valaam and on the Solovetsky islands
- Take a walk in Ruskeala marble canyon and Kivach Reserve
- Learn about the White Sea - Baltic Canal
- Taste local food in the historical village of Kinerma

Day 1. Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk

Meals B

~07:00 (09:00) - Arrival in Petrozavodsk by train from St. Petersburg (Moscow).
Meeting at the train station, transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
~11:15 - Departure by boat for Kizhi.
~12:45 – Arrival at Kizhi.
Walking tour of the Kizhi Museum with a local English-speaking guide.
~16:45 - Departure back for Petrozavodsk.
~18:15 - Return to Petrozavodsk.
Overnight in Petrozavodsk.

Day 2. Petrozavodsk - Kinerma - Ruskeala - Sortavala

Meals B, L

Breakfast.
~09:00 - Transfer to the traditional Karelian village of Kinerma.
~10:30 - Walking tour of the village, lunch with local meals.
~13:00 - Transfer to Ruskeala.
~16:30 - Tour to the marble quarries of Ruskeala which were the source of stone for St.Petersburg palaces.
~18:30 - Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Sortavala.

Day 3. Sortavala - Valaam - Sortavala - Petrozavodsk

Meals B, L

Breakfast at the hotel.
~09:00 - In the morning take a boat for the tour of Valaam Island and Monastery.
~10:00 - Visit the central Transfiguration Cathedral, the Church of the Resurrection, observe fairy-tale Gethsemane Skete, and enjoy the beautiful forests and lake landscapes of the Island. In between of the tours the Monastery choir performs a short but impressive concert of the church songs. Lunch is served at the refectory and includes typical monastery meals such as vegetarian soup and fish.
~16:00 - Return to Sortavala and drive to Petrozavodsk.
~21:30 - Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Petrozavodsk.

Day 4. Petrozavodsk - Kivach - Povenets - Kem

Meals B, L

Breakfast at the hotel.
~08:00 - Transfer to Kivach Nature Reserve.
~09:30 - Observe Kivach Waterfalls and take a walking tour along the ecological trail in the protected part of the Reserve
~14:00 - Visit the village of Povenets, observe the White Sea - Baltic Canal built in Stalin's time.
Transfer to Kem.
~19:00 - Accommodation at the hotel in Kem.
Overnight in Kem.

Day 5. Kem - Solovetsky

Meals B

Breakfast.
~08:00 - Departure by boat for Solovetsky Island.
~10:00 - Arrival at Solovetsky Island, transfer to the hotel.
~14:00 - Walking tour of Solovetsky Monastery.
Evening is free. Optional visits - Maritime Museum, Gulag Museum or the White Sea coast.
Overnight at Solovetsky.

Day 6. Solovetsky - Kem

Meals B, D

Breakfast at the hotel.
~10:00 - Tour to Zayatsky Island. It is a small tranquil island in about 45 minutes boat ride from the Monastery. The main places of interest of Zayatsky, covered with the tundra-type vegetation are its mysterious stone labyrinths dating back about 4000 years and a small wooden church of St. Andrew (1702).
Transfer to the pier.
~16:00 - Departure for Kem
~18:00 - Arrival in Kem.
Dinner.
Transfer to the train station.
~20:25 - Departure to St. Petersburg by train (arrival St. Petersburg next day at about 12:00 noon). Tickets are not included.
Train for Moscow leaves on the next day early in the morning, extra night in Kem is required.

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