Karelian weekend is an ideal choice for a short trip to Karelia. You will get acquainted with Kizhi Island, and then spend a whole day in the tranquil atmosphere of Karelian forest trekking in a company of beautiful huskies.
- famous Kizhi churches included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
- restoration process of the church of Transfiguration
- traditions of Russian wooden architecture
- husky dogs
- trekking in the Karelian forest
- workshop in the centre of Karelian culture
08:55 Meeting on the railway station with the guide. Transfer to the restaurant. After leaving luggage in the luggage room, buffet breakfast. Afterwards city tour of Petrozavodsk. Transfer to the pier.
11:15 Departure for Kizhi Island by hydrofoil.
12:45 Walking tour in the Kizhi Museum. Lunch boxes.
14:45 After the excursion we take a bus and go to the other side of Kizhi Island, where the restoration complex is situated. You will have a chance to witness the unique process of restoration of the church of the Transfiguration.
16:45 Departure for Petrozavodsk by hydrofoil.
18:15 Arrival in Petrozavodsk. Accommodation. Free time.
09:00 Departure for Pryazha, where the cente of Karelian culture is situated. Upon arrival you will visit the exhibition, devoted to the history and traditions of the Karelians, one of the indigenous peoples of Karelia. 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.
13:00 Transfer to the husky farm.
13:30 Upon arrival short briefing to make your trekking totally safe. Every member of the trekking group will get an ”own“ dog to get acquainted with. Huskies are the most human-friendly dogs in the world, so it won't take long to make friends with them. The trail is about 3 km long and goes through the picturesque Karelian pine forest. After you finish trekking, hot tea with biscuits and then transfer to Petrozavodsk.
17:00 Arrival in Petrozavodsk.
18:00 Departure for St.Petersburg by train.
22:50 Arrival in St.Petersburg.
2 nights at a hotel in Petrozavodsk, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch box and 1 lunch, transfers by car/minivan, hydrofoil Petrozavodsk – Kizhi – Petrozavodsk, entrance tickets and excursions according to the program, English-speaking guide.
Price does not include:
dinners, train tickets