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Karelia Roundtrips Summer
10 days from € 1.990.-                                                                                           Tour NR-26
Lappeenranta (Finland) – Petrozavodsk – Island Kizhi – Kivach waterfall – Solovetsky Islands – Petrozavodsk – Sortavala – Island Valaam – Vyborg – Saimaa Canal – Lappeenranta (Finland)
inclusive flights from/to Europe mit Airbalitc via Riga to Lappeenranta (Finland)
extra package Riga NR 26-RIX 2 days from € 99.-

travel highlights
Petrozavodsk – capital of Karelian Republic
Kivach waterfall – Karelia's most famous natural wonder
2 trips with the northernmost railway in Europe – Murman Railroad
Solovetsky Islands & boat tour White Sea
Island Kizhi with hydrofoil - UNESCO World Heritage
Island Valaam with hydrofoil – overnight stay in a monque guesthouse
Boat tour Valaam – Priozersk Ladoga Lake – Europes largest lake
Vyborg – historical town & traditional Russian evening
Boat tour Saimaa Canal 43 km Vyborg – Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta – romantic town at Saimaa lakes

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner, P= picnic, AC = accommodation

Day 01: Lappeenranta
Flight with Airbaltic from many European airports to Lappenranta (Finland) via Riga. Individual transportation with Airbaltic taxi from the airport to Karelia Park Hotel. rooms with shower, toilet, TV. Time for leisure. AC hotel.
Note: Get pre-trip Riga on request.

Day 02 Lappeenranta - Petrozavodsk (B,D)
Individual transportation – 500 m – to the bus station Lappeenranta, departure to Petrozavodsk by bus at 10:30 am, arrival 20:30 pm. Meeting by an English-speaking guide at the bus station and transfer to the good middle class hotel “White Nights”, rooms with shower, toilet, TV. Dinner in the hotel restaurant, AC hotel

Day 03 Island Kizhi (B,D)
In Petrozavodsk walk to the harbor and hydrofoil ride over the Lake Onega to the Kizhi Island, the arrival in Kizhi is at 10:45 am, the return starts at 16:45 pm, enough time for a leisurely walk, you will see a unique collection of Russian wooden architecture.
The Architectural Ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. The Kizhi island cultural historical and natural complex is included into the State Code of Cultural Heritage Sites of Special Value of the Russian Federation: The Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour, The Church of the Intercession and The Bell-Tower of the Kizhi Pogost.
Dinner in Petrozavodsk, in the late evening train journey on the legendary Murman railway to the city Belomorsk, train travel in 2nd class 4 bed sleeping compartment (2nd class compartments for 2 persons are bookable, extra charge). AC train.

Day 04 Solovetsky Islands (B,D)
Arrival in Belomorsk in the morning and boat tour to the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea, arrival 12:30, return travel by boat 18:30 pm.

Tour Solovetsky monastery and fortress: You'll discover the original interiors of Solovetsky monastery with its majestic cathedral of Transfiguration, churches, galleries and other elements. You'll walk inside the "labyrinths" of Solovetsky fortress walls and towers. Also you'll visit Solovetsky prison and rather unusual museum expositions.
After the excursion you can discover the island by bicycle. Return back to the harbor of Belomorsk and train journey to Petrozavodsk. AC train

Day 05 Kivach waterfall (B,D)
After breakfast city tour Petrozavodsk and excursion Kivach waterfall. The waterfall is situated in the center of Kivach reserve 60 kms away from Petrozavodsk . A beautiful forest path goes to it. The Kivach Waterfall is the second largest after the Rhein flat land waterfall in Europe . The height of the waterfall is 10.7 meters. It is situated on the Suna river in Karelia. It is the most famous waterfall of Karelia . Following the example of G. Derzhavin - the first Olonets governor and an outstanding poet, who in 1791 devoted an ode to it - the Kivach waterfall was glorifyed by other poets, artists and prose writers. AC hotel “White Nights”

Day 06 Sortavala & Valaam (B,D)
Bus tour (4 hours) to Sortavala and boat tour to the island Valaam. You will live on the island in a monque guesthouse (traktir), dinner in the monastery, rooms with shower, toilet. AC Traktir

Day 07 Island Valaam (B,D)
The name Valaam originates from the finnish word “valaamo” which means high mountain land. The monks liked this name as it resembled the name of the Biblical prophet. While visiting this island you will enjoy the following programms: A hiking tour to Valaam cells and an excursion to the central homestead of the Holy-Transfiguration Monastery. After lunch you travel by Meteor-type motor vessel to Priozersk and we continue our tour to Vyborg by bus and train, arrival in the evening. AC hotel Vyborg, rooms with shower, toilet, TV.

Day 08 Vyborg (B,D)
City tour Vyborg. Vyborg is known as one of the largest historical towns in Russia. The history of the town began with the construction of a castle in 1293 by Swedish, when they conquered Karelia Isthmus. Visit the Vyborg Castle and Park Mon Repos ". You immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the medieval city, get acquainted with the unique monuments of defensive architecture of between 13 and 18th Centuries, as well as a magnificent park "Mon Repos" - estate 19th Century. In the evening Russian food and folk. AC hotel.

Day 09 Saimaa-Canal (B,L)
Time for leisure, in the afternoon transportation to the port and boat tour to Lappeenranta in Finland with vessel Carelia, seating 200 passengers, it has two restaurants, a tax free shop and naturally a sundeck. The most important of Finnish canals, the Saimaa Canal is 43 kilometres long and connects Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland. Nearly half of the Saimaa Canal runs through Russia. In the evening you reach Lappeenranta, time for an evening walk close to the lake. AC hotel Karelia Park.

Day 10 return travel (B)
Transportation with Airbaltic taxi from the hotel to the airport and return flight via Riga.
On request we send you our offer about prolongation this trip in Riga or in a holiday house in Finland.

Minimum number of participants: no
Maximum number of participants: 12

travel dates
25.06.17 – 04.07.17 
16.07.17 – 25.07.17 
30.07.17 – 08.08.17 
13.08.17 – 22.08.17 

The tour price includes:

Flights with Airbaltic from many European airports to Lappeenranta via Riga and back in economy class
All airport taxes
Bus tours Lappeenranta – Petrozavodsk, Petrozavodsk – Sortavala

Train travel in 2nd class 4 bed sleeping compartment (2nd class compartments for 2 persons are bookable)
Railway routes: Petrozavodsk – Belomorsk – Petrozavodsk
Trip to Island Kizhi, Island Solovetsky & Osland Valaam by boat or hydrofoil
All overnight stays in good middle class hotels or guesthouse, rooms with shower or bath / toilet.
Meals: half board
All transfers
All city tours and excursions as described, according to the program including entrance fees

English-speaking guide from Petrozavodsk / to Vyborg
Visa support / invitation for applying Russian visa
Nord-Rail Pack
Medical point - doctor on the train

Services not included
Meals and beverages at meals, except mentioned, tips, expenses of personal needs, personal travel insurance, visa fees
Prices in Euro / person
3-bed room    1.990. -
Double room 2.190. -
Single room   2.490. -

extra costs:
train rides 2nd class / 4 person compartment 180.- (with 2 person occupancy)

Example compartment 2nd class train

Example wagon restaurant train

Example wagon toilet

Entry Requirements / participation in travel
For this trip, a passport is required, valid 6 months longer than the end of the trip.
For the Russian visa a free double page in the passport is needed. Please note: to apply Russian visa a travel insurance is needed. All information and documents for visa applications you receive from us, including invitation (visa support). Health notes: There are no vaccinations or prophylactic measures for this journey necessary.

Package Riga NR-26 RIX 2 days: € 99.- in doubleroom, breakfast, hotel Hanza inclusive Riga-Card and Airbaltic transportation airport – hotel - airport
single room: € 29.- extra costs

general terms