Welcome to Karelia


Densely forested and gloriously remote, the region is a paradise for nature lovers. Bears, wolverines and wolves roam freely across the Russian frontier, and animal hides allow visitors a close encounter. Opportunities to get active abound: the landscape is threaded by hiking routes, white-water rapids and waterways navigable by canoe, and lakes offer idyllic kayaking and boating. In winter, outdoor pursuits include fantastic skiing, dog-sledding, snowshoeing and ice fishing.

Karelia straddles both sides of the Finnish–Russian border, and has a distinct culture, language, religion, cuisine, music and architecture. In Finland's Karelian regions, lakeside Lappeenranta is still strongly connected to its sister cities that have been part of Russia since WWII. Once-battle-scarred Joensuu is now a vibrant university town, and Imatra still recalls its 18th-century golden age as a Russian aristocracy playground.


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$1290.16 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Excursion Airplane Flight to Valaam Island

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Valaam Monastery, Valaam, Republic of Karelia, Northwestern DistrictWho has not heard about the famous Valaam monastery, located on the island of lake Ladoga? To get there by road you have to spend the whole day in a vehicle and then overcome the water barrier on a small river boat. What we offer is just a three hours flight around several ancient monasteries of Karelia, and at the same time admiring of the amazing views of the beautiful region from a bird's eye. Comfortable four-seater Cessna 182 - one of the most reliable sports aircraft, which is best suited for this tour.Duration: 3 hours

$1255.91 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Tsar Volga Cruise (Moscow - St.Petersburg)

ItineraryDay 1: MoscowStop At: North River Terminal, Moscow, Central RussiaArrival day, check-in at 16.00, transfer airport/hotel - ship (for extra charge)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfort Day 2: Moscow Stop At: Kremlin Walls and Towers, Moscow, Central Russiabus sight-seeing tour of Moscow, Kremlin tour with the visit 1 cathedralDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: in the local restaurant • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 3: MoscowStop At: Moscow-City, Moscow, Central RussiaFree time in the city, optional toursDuration: 2 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 4: UglichStop At: Uglich Kremlin, Uglich, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaWalking city tour with the visit to the territory of the Kremlin, Dmitry on the Blood Church, Transfiguration CathedralDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 5: YaroslavlStop At: Yaroslavl Embankment, Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Central RussiaBus city tour, local market (free time), Church of St Elijah the Prophet (outside), the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (inside visit), Interactive tour of former Governor’s House (Art Gallery)Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfort Day 6: GoritsyStop At: Kirillo-Belozerki State Historical Architectural Art Museum-Reserve, Kirillov, Kirillovsky District, Vologda Oblast, Northwestern DistrictMonastery of St. Cyril on the White Lake, museum of iconsDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 7: KizhiStop At: Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography, Kizhi, Republic of Karelia, Northwestern DistrictOpen-air museum of wooden architectureDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 8: MandroguiStop At: Mandrogi Russian Village, Verkhniye Mandrogi, Leningrad Oblast, Northwestern DistrictFree time, kebab (shashlik) ashoreDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: shashlik ashore • DinnerAccommodation included: MS CrucelakeDay 9: Saint-PetersburgStop At: Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictBus city tour with the visit to Peter and Paul fortress, Hermitage museumDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 10: Saint-PetersburgStop At: Peterhof State Museum Preserve, Peterhof, Petrodvortsovy District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictPeterhof (lower park) tourDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 11: Saint-PetersburgStop At: St. Petersburg Metro, St. Petersburg, Northwestern DistrictFree day in the city Duration: 1 minuteMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfortDay 12: Saint-PetersburgStop At: St Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, St. Petersburg, FloridaDeparture day, check-out Transfer ship-airport Duration: 1 minuteMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: MS Crucelake comfort

$18 Cultural & Theme Tours

VDNKh Tour with a private guide

The guide will meet you at the hotel, from where, depending on the location of the hotel, you will go on foot, by public transport or by taxi to the main entrance of VDNKh. There you will start your interesting tour through the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy.By the scenic Central Avenue, you will go towards the Central Pavilion No. 1, which welcomes guests with its shining white colonnade. The guide will tell you about the changes that have occurred to the building since its opening, and what difficulties Soviet architects faced during its construction. Turning around the building of the pavilion on the right side, you will get introduced with one of the main attractions of the exhibition complex - the great Friendship of the Peoples Fountain. Later, you will move to the pavilions "Armenia", "Karelia" and "Culture", each of them has its own individual architectural characteristics.The following stop on your itinerary will be the monumental fountain “The Stone Flower”, the work of the eminent architect Konstantin Topuridze. The tour will end at the Industry Square, where you will appreciate the achievements of Soviet cosmonautics, the Vostok spacecraft - a copy of the spacecraft on which Yuri Gagarin circled the Earth in 108 minutes. At the end of the tour, the guide will accompany you to the VDNKh metro station.

$55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maslenitsa festivities at VDNH with visiting Ostankino with private guide

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh), Moscow, Central RussiaYour private guide will meet you at the hotel, from where, depending on the location of the hotel, you will go on foot, by public transport or by taxi to the main entrance of the ENEA. From this point you will begin your exciting and rich journey in the tradition of the most cheerful Russian.From the arch of the main entrance, along the Central Avenue, you will go to the snow-white colonnade of Pavilion No. 1 “Central”. Here you will begin your journey into the history of the most cheerful holiday of Maslenitsa, you will get acquainted with its traditions and customs, take part in festivities with Maslenitsa round dances, songs and fun. So you go to the main attractions of the exhibition complex and its business card - a wonderful fountain of Friendship of Peoples. Then you will come to the pavilions "Armenia", "Karelia" and "Culture", each of which has its own unique architectural features. The next monument on our route will be the monumental fountain “The Stone Flower” and the Industry Square, where you will see the achievements of Soviet cosmonautics.The final point of your tour will be the Ostankino TV Tower - the highest point in Moscow (540 m) and the fifth tallest building in the world. On the high-speed elevator you will rise to a height of 337 meters. A 360-degree overview and a transparent floor will allow you to enjoy Moscow from a new angle. During the tour you will learn more not only about the tower and the panorama, but also about the world of television. At the end of your tour guide will take you to the nearest metro station VDNH, from where you can continue discovering Moscow on your own.Duration: 4 hours

$98 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dive into the History and Culture of Traditional Karelian Village

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Smolenskoy Ikony Bozhiyey Materi Chapel, Kinerma, Pryazhinsky District, Republic of Karelia, Northwestern DistrictKinerma village represents a unique complex of national wooden architecture peculiar to the Karelian-livviki which includes a rural chapel of the Smolensk God’s Mother dated of the second half of XVIII century, surrounded by an ancient cult fur-tree grove, country houses and sauna houses. You will have a hiking excursion in the village, visit an exhibition telling about the history of the village and have a traditional tea ceremony in the Karelian wooden house, where you will be able to try traditional Karelian bakery.Duration: 6 hours

$74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Ancient Karelian Village "Sheltozero" from Petrozavodsk

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vepsians Ethnographic Museum, Sheltozero, Prionezhsky District, Republic of Karelia, Northwestern DistrictDuring the tour you will visit traditional Karelian village Sheltozero (a real village of Veps, situated 84 km from Petrozavodsk) you will get acquainted with the culture of Veps – a small nation in the Republic of Karelia. The village famous both for ancient wooden houses erected according to the traditions of Russian wooden architecture and for hospitality and friendliness of locals. You will see their traditional wooden houses, visit the Ethnography museum, enjoy the traditional folk show and taste local pastries with tea.Duration: 4 hours

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