You will get acquainted with wooden Karelian architecture and traditions of the Karelians, one of the indigenous peoples of the Republic. You will visit ancient wooden church of Assumption, which is considered to be the swan song of the Russian wooden architecture, and Karelian village Kinerma, which is a monument of Karelian architecture and culture. In the centre of Karelian culture you will make an original souvenir and in the Kivach Nature Reserve you will enjoy the scenic view over Kivach Waterfall.
- Waterfall Kivach, the second highest plain waterfall in Europe
- Wildlife and flora of Karelian taiga
- Church of Assumption, the gem of Russian wooden architecture
- Ancient Kinerma Village
- Workshop in the centre of Karelian culture
08:30 Arrival by train from Moscow. Meeting with the guide. Breakfast in the restaurant.
09:30 City tour of Petrozavodsk and afterwards we head to the second largest city in Karelia, which is Kondopoga.
12:30 Visit of the ancient wooden Church of Assumption. Bulit in 1774 the church of Assumption represents traditional Russian wooden architecture. Of great interest are the original 18th century icons.
13:30 Transfer to the Kivach Nature Reserve. Picnic with shashlik and hot tea.
14:30 Arrival in the Kivach Nature Reserve. During the excursion you will visit waterfall Kivach, which is the second plain waterfall in Europe, nature museum, and dendrarium, where you will get acquainted with typical local flora and fauna and with rare plants like Karelian birch.
17:00 Arrival in Petrozavodsk. Accommodation. Free time.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.
09:30 Meeting with the guide. Today we will get acquainted with the culture and traditions of Karelians, who are one of the indigenous peoples in Karelia. Departure for Pryazha, where the cente of Karelian culture is situated.
10:30 Upon arrival you will visit the exhibition, devoted to the history and traditions of the Karelians. Afterwards you will get acquainted with Karelian symbols of love, well-being and happiness. Using these symbols you will create your own pattern and decorate a blank shopping bag with the print, which you have designed. This bag will be a nice unusual souvenir from Karelia. While the pattern gets dry, you will have lunch and tea with Karelian pies.
13:30 After lunch we head to Kinerma Village, which is an ancient Karelian village.
14:30 Meeting with Nadezhda, local resident of Kinerma Village. Thanks to Nadezhda the village became a unique monument of traditional wooden architecture. She did not only win several grants for the restoration of ancient houses, but also preserves the village in a traditional Karelian style. Excursion around the village.
17:30 Arrival in Petrozavodsk.
18:00 Departure for St.Petersburg by train.
accommodation in the Severnaya Hotel (twin room), transfers by car for 2 pax/ by minibus from 4 pax, meals and excursions according to the program, English-speaking guide.
Prices do not include:
dinners, train tickets.