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Kizhi

Getting there & away

From June to August, hydrofoils (round-trip for non-Russians R900/1140 for same-day/advance tickets) make the 1¼-hour trip three times a day from Petrozavodsk's ferry terminal (8142-796 315; pr Marksa 1A; ticket office 7.30am-6pm). The usual departure times are 9am, noon and 1pm, starting back from Kizhi at 1.25pm, 4.15pm and 4.25pm. There can be extra services depending on how many tour groups are going each day. Check schedules the day before if possible. In late May and from September to about mid-October, services are more limited: there may just be one daily, or one every two days.

In winter it's possible to reach Kizhi by chartered helicopter from Peski airfield(8142-747 566) 5km northwest of Petrozavodsk centre. The 20-passenger helicopter costs around R25, 000 for one hour's flying. Contact the airfield or the Kizhi museum's excursion bureau (8142-765 764) to make arrangements.

Plenty of agencies in Petrozavodsk offer guided excursions to Kizhi: Intourist charges €85 per person.