Welcome to Kizhi


Visitors typically get four hours on the island, which is more than enough time to visit the main reserve and stroll up to the lived-in Yamka village. Guided excursions are on offer but much of what you’ll see is self-explanatory and placards are in English. Stay on the marked paths – a decline in the island's poisonous-snake population has led to proliferation of ticks that potentially carry encephalitis.


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Discover Karelia

Day 1.Arrival in Petrozavodsk by train from St. Petersburg (Moscow). Meeting at the train station by your guide and 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.(B) Day 2.  Breakfast.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.(B, D) Day 3.  Breakfast at the hotel. Tours of Karelia with a local guide (09:00 – 15:00):-    Transfer to the town of Kondopoga (45 km).-    Visit the Church of the Dormition built in 1774.-    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.Departure.(B)

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2019 Imperial Russian Waterways - Moscow to St Petersburg - River Cruise

Day 1: Moscow: embark  This city has been the capital of Russia since the late 15th  century. There will be an opportunity to see city’s world re- nowned attractions that include the UNESCO World Heritage  sites – Kremlin, for example.  Day 2: Moscow: city tour Moscow has been developing fast and thus changing greatly  during the past decade. The city gained a lot in its beauty and  usability. Day 3: Moscow: Kremlin tour The former residence of Russian czars, the Kremlin is an  architectural ensemble of unique beauty, which took shape  between the 15-th and 20-th centuries.  Day 4: Uglich: walking city tour  It is one of the oldest, and probably one of the most beloved  Russian towns, and a place of pilgrimage of Russian Czars.   Day 5: Yaroslavl: city tour  Today the city is an important Volga River port with a population of 600,000 that stretches for 18 miles on both its banks. The city was founded in the 11th century by legendary  Prince Yaroslav the Wise.   Day 6: Goritsy: bus trip While touring here, visitors seem to forget reality under the influence of the medieval atmosphere of this town. It is the  place of deep spiritual life of monks and of numerous ancient  monasteries. Day 7: Khizhi: walking tour The island of Kizhi is an architectural gem within Lake  Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. It is famous for its  splendid Northern nature and for 18th century wood en  buildings, restored to their original state.  Day 8: Mandrogi, typical Russian village: local villages, crafts & BBQ for lunch This small river village with ginger-bread houses is a living fairy tale. Destroyed during WWII, Mandrogi was restored to its former glory at the end of the 20th century. Today this  cozy little toy-like village is a pearl! Day 9: St Petersburg: city tour This extraordinary city, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, is  the highlight of your Russian River adventure.  Day 10: St Petersburg: Hermitage tour  This morning, visit the many wonders of the elegant Winter  Palace, which today houses the Hermitage Museum, one of  the largest art and cultural museums in the world.  Day 11: St Petersburg: time on your own or optional tours  There is a lot to be done on your own in St. Petersburg. Lots of fine restaurants, lovely streets, many flea markets with noteworthy souvenirs, boat excursions along water channels  of the city  – these are just a few things to experience on your own. Day 12: St Petersburg: disembark  Time to bid farewell to your new friends and the elegant city  of St. Petersburg. Disembarkation.

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Imperial Russian Waterways - St Petersburg to Moscow - Imperial River Cruises

Day 1: St Petersburg St. Petersburg arrival, embarkation, dinner and overnight. Day 2: St Petersburg Enjoy the extravagant baroque architecture of the city center, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square and Smolny Convent. Day 3: St. Petersburg This morning, visit the many wonders of the elegant Winter Palace, which today houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art and cultural museums in the world. This evening you leave St. Petersburg for the start of your cruise. Lunch and dinner aboard. Day 4: River Village Arrival at the river village. This is a recreational stop, specially designed for you to enjoy the relaxing rustic atmosphere and famous Russian cuisine and hospitality. Lunch. Captain’s cocktail followed by welcome dinner. Day 5: Khizi Arrive at the island of Kizhi – an architectural gem within Lake Onega. The island is famous for its wonderful collection of 18th-century wooden buildings, restored to their original state. The highlight of Kizhi is the amazing Church of the Transfiguration, with its 22 onion domes; this magnificent structure was built entirely without a single nail. Lunch and dinner on board. Day 6: Goritsy Visit Cyrilo-Belozersky Monastery, which has six centuries of glorious history, home to the most exquisite icon collection in the world. Lunch and dinner on board. Day 7: Yaroslavl After breakfast today, tour Yaroslavl, founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The city tour includes the 16th-century Monastery of the Transfiguration and Church of Elijah the Prophet. Lunch and dinner on board. Day 8: Uglich Take a walking tour of this lovely 10th-century town – one of Russia's most ancient. Visit the Kremlin, with its 16th-century Church of the Transfiguration, and Dmitry Blood’s Church. Explore the Flea Market. Lunch. Enjoy your farewell dinner on the last day of cruising. Day 9: Moscow Arrival in Moscow. Sightseeing motor coach tour of this ancient Russian capital, including Tverskaya Street, Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Theater and Moscow State University for a panoramic view of the city. Lunch and dinner. Day 10: Moscow Morning tour of the Kremlin: Originally a fortress, it comprises beautiful cathedrals, ornate palaces and government buildings. This afternoon free time to explore Moscow on your own. Whatever your interest, our local hosts ease your way by making all arrangements for tours, theater, ballet or opera tickets. Lunch aboard. This evening, enjoy farewell dinner. Day 11: Moscow Time to bid farewell to your new friends after unforgettable journey through this fascinating land. Disembarkation.

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All-Day Tour to Kizhi - Journey in Zaonezhye

• 07:00 - Picking up a group at the railway station (Petrozavodsk, Gagarin Square, 3) main entrance. • 07:15 - Departure from Petrozavodsk. • 09:15 - Stop in Medvezhiegorsk. • 10:45 - Stop in the village Shunga. • 11:35 - Stop in the village Tolvuya (source "Tsaritsyn key"). • 13:00 - Excursion on the way from the village of Velikaya Guba to the island of Kizhi. • 13:30 - Arrival to the island of Kizhi. • 13:30 - 15.00 - Excursion on the main exposition "Masterpieces of Kizhi Island". • 15:00 - 15:45 - Program "Traditions of Olonets Tea Party" (fragrant tea with two kinds of baking + story about tea drinking traditions in Zaonezhie) • 15:45 - 16:30 - Master Class on Traditional Crafts / Visit to the Museum's Carpentry Center (optional) / interactive game program; • 16:30 - Departure to the islands of Kizhi. • 22:00 - Arrival in the city of Petrozavodsk.

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