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Visiting UNESCO Site - Kizhi Island (Off season tour)

This program is a wonderful alternative to visiting programs with departure from Petrozavodsk during the muddy season (when the ice on Onega Lake is too thin to safely transport tourists on an air-cushion ship). The program is in high demand during the New Year and Christmas holidays.Program07:00 - Picking up a group at the railway station, departure to Velikaya Guba village.07:00 - 11:00 - Transfer.11:00 - Excursion on the way from the village of Velikaya Guba to the island of Kizhi.11:30 - Arrival to the island of Kizhi.11:30 - 14.30 - Excursion on the main exposition "Masterpieces of Kizhi Island", coffee break + traditional bakery + Master Class on Traditional Crafts / Visit to the Museum's Carpentry Center (optional) / interactive game program (upon your choice).14:30 - Departure from the islands of Kizhi.20:00 - Arrival in the city of Petrozavodsk.
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2-Day VISA FREE Private Shore Leningrad Siege Tour.

Discover the city of St-Petersburg formerly known as Leningrad surviving severe 900 days of Nazi siege during World War 2 from 1941 to 1945. This VISA-FREE private 2-day tour is specially designed for cruise ship passengers while in St-Petersburg. Visit several most important historical sites of the city center - the Hermitage museum, Spilled Blood Church, and Peter and Paul Cathedral.Learn about Leningrad siege during the World War 2 while visiting Leningrad Siege Exibition and other sites related to Leningrad defence and the siege breakthrough such as Nevsky Bridgehead in town of Kirovsk and "Oreshek" Fortress.• 2-day private Visa-Free shore excursion in St-Petersburg• Enjoy the most popular historical destinations of St-Petersburg city center• Visit former battlefields in Shlisselburg and Kirovsk towns• Learn about the WWII history and its impact on Leningrad from your local expert guide
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Meet the Capital of Karelia – Petrozavodsk, on a City Panoramic Tour!

During the city tour (by car/bus) you will get acquainted with the history of Petrozavodsk from the foundation by Peter the Great to the 21st century.Petrozavodsk was founded in 1703 as Petrovskaya Sloboda by Peter the Great, who needed a new iron foundry for the Baltic Fleet at the time of the Great Northern War. By 1717, Petrovskaya Sloboda had grown into the largest settlement in Karelia. The Republic is located in the north-western part of the Russian Federation, between the basins of White and Baltic seas. There are 60000 lakes in Karelia (the largest and the most famous are Ladoga lake and Lake Onega). Karelian language is quite close to Finnish (as it was the part of nowadays Finland earlier).
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Tour "Ancient volcanoes of Karelia"

We offer you to enjoy the real Karelian nature in natural parks and reserves. You can see volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, quarries, etc.Karelia, having a favourable geographical location, unique natural and recreational resources, centuries-old cultural and historical heritage, is attractive for Russian and foreign tourists. During this tour, you will visit natural parks and reserves. You will see volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, quarries, etc. We offer you to make a guided tour to the natural reserve in suburbs of Petrozavodsk, where you can climb up the mountain Sampo, an ancient volcano Girvas, visit health resort "Martsialnie Vody" where you'll be able to try mineral water from underground sources. Also, you will see the famous waterfall Kivach - the second biggest waterfall in Europe. You will have time to make unique photos and buy Karelian souvenirs. After the tour, the guide will accompany you to the place of your accommodation in Petrozavodsk.
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Veliky Novgorod City WalkingTour

This city walking tour will give you an opportunity to visit the historical part of Veliky Novgorod.During this tour you will visit the Kremlin which is the heart of the town. There you will see the famous Cathedral of St. Sophia – the monument of the 11th century - with its miracle making icon. You will also be shown around Yaroslav's Court (Yaroslavovo Dvorische) and the old Market-place.
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Veliky Novgorod: Tour to Yuriev Monastery and ''Vitoslavlitsi'' Museum

During this tour yu will be taken to the suburbs of Veliky Novgorod - to the Yuriev Monastery and an open-air museum "Vitoslavlitsi".Yuriev Monastery is situated on the bank of Volkhov river, near Ilmen Lake and is the oldest men active monastery in Russia (it was founded in 1030 by Jaroslav the Wise). In an open-air museum of wooden architecture "Vitoslavlitsi" you can see the oldest wooden buildings of XVI - XIX centuries.
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Admire Architectural Gem within Lake Onega - Kizhi Island (High season tour)

We offer a boat tour (by hydrofoil) to the heart of Lake Onego (the second-largest lake in Europe) – Kizhi island. The whole island is an open-air museum of wooden architecture and cultural history of the Russian North.The tiny island of Kizhi is located at the northern end of Lake Onega. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past.A one-day trip to Kizhi island is a wonderful opportunity to see all major sights of the famous open-air museum of wooden architecture and cultural history. The core of the museum collection forms the world-known Kizhi Church Ensemble, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Discover History and Art of Petrozavodsk

During the city tour you will get acquainted with the history of Petrozavodsk from the foundation by Peter the Great to the 21st century and visit the museum "House of the doll".Petrozavodsk was founded in 1703 as Petrovskaya Sloboda by Peter the Great, who needed a new iron foundry for the Baltic Fleet at the time of the Great Northern War. By 1717, Petrovskaya Sloboda had grown into the largest settlement in Karelia. The Republic is located in the north-western part of the Russian Federation, between the basins of White and Baltic seas. There are 60000 lakes in Karelia (the largest and the most famous are Ladoga lake and Lake Onega). Karelian language is quite close to Finnish (as it was the part of nowadays Finland earlier).You will see the monument to Peter the Great, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, newly built modern embankment, etc. After the tour, you will be transferred to the museum "House of the doll" and have a tour around it.
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Explore Petrozavodsk - the Capital of Karelia Region!

During the city tour (on foot) you will get acquainted with the history of Petrozavodsk from the foundation by Peter the Great to the 21st century.The history of Petrozavodsk counts for more than 300 years. During this 2-hour walking tour around the city, you will get acquainted with it. Modern Petrozavodsk is a multifaceted and diverse city. Founded in 1703 on the bank of Lake Onego Petrozavodsk played an important role in defending the borders of the Russian Empire. In 1777 Petrozavodsk was granted the status of a town and soon became the capital of the area. Petrozavodsk is the centre of a multinational republic: there are many ethnic bands of Karelian, Vepsian, Ingrian cultures.During this guided tour around Petrozavodsk, you will see the monument to Peter the Great, newly built modern embankment, the oldest park in the city, Kirova and Lenin square, open-air industrial history museum.Please, note that entrance tickets to the museums of Petrozavodsk are not included.
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Private Tour to Ruskeala Mountain Park: Admire World's Unique Marble Canyon

One of the most striking and surprising places of the Northern Ladoga area is the Ruskeala Mountain Park, a unique and multidimensional monument to nature and the history of mining. We offer you to enjoy the real Karelian nature in natural parks and reserves. You can see volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, quarries, etcWe offer a tour to the Ruskeala marble quarries, which are located not far from Petrozavodsk. The heart of the park lies in the Marble Canyon. An old abandoned quarry, which delivered stone for almost three centuries, now caters for tourists. A huge bowl, carved by people in marble, stretches 456 meters from north to south, and is 109 meters wide. Filled with the purest emerald-green water, it is framed by slightly sloping and steep rocks, reaching a height of 25 meters above the water mirror.A series of small cascade waterfalls on the river Tohmajoki is another sight you will visit during the tour.
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Private Hiking Tour: Discover "Karelian Path"! Get to the Top of Sampo Mountain.

We offer active and adventure tour in Karelia: you will hike mount Sampo in Karelia with an English speaking guide.Stretch your muscles and endeavour the beauty that lies in the nature of Karelia region. The guide will pick you up from the place of your accommodation and you will be transferred (by car/minivan) to the beautiful mount Sampo where you will have 1-hour hiking tour and some time to relax afterwards. Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the area you're visiting as it comes to life with unique stories relayed through your guide. The top can be reached via several routes. From the top of the mountain, you will see a magnificent view of forests and islands of Lake Konchezero. After the tour, the guide will accompany you back to the place of your accommodation.
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Discover History and Nature of Petrozavodsk

During the city tour you will get acquainted with the history of Petrozavodsk from the foundation by Peter the Great to the 21st century and visit Local Lore Museum.Petrozavodsk was founded in 1703 as Petrovskaya Sloboda by Peter the Great, who needed a new iron foundry for the Baltic Fleet at the time of the Great Northern War. By 1717, Petrovskaya Sloboda had grown into the largest settlement in Karelia. The Republic is located in the north-western part of the Russian Federation, between the basins of White and Baltic seas. There are 60000 lakes in Karelia (the largest and the most famous are Ladoga lake and Lake Onega). Karelian language is quite close to Finnish (as it was the part of nowadays Finland earlier). You will see the monument to Peter the Great, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, newly built modern embankment, etc. After the city panoramic tour in Petrozavodsk you will visit Local Lore Museum.
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Walking tour around Pskov

Pskov is a city with an ancient history, which we want not only to tell you, but to show! As part of the tour you will visit the Kremlin, Trinity Cathedral, Dovmont town, walk down the fortress walls along the embankments of the Pskova and Velikaya rivers. You will also see Pskov temples of the XV — XVI centuries and monuments to Princess Olga, Skobar and Two captains
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Combined Tour: Veliky Novgorod CityTour with Visit to Yuriev Monastery and ''Vitoslavlitsi''

This tour combines a standard city tour to Veliky Novgorod with visit to it's suburbs and gives you an opportunity to see evreything in one day.The tour starts in the city with visiting to it's heart - The Kremlin, the main Cathedral of St.Sophia (the monument of XI century) with it's miracle making icon, Yaroslav's Court (Yaroslavovo Dvorische) and the old Market-place. Then you will be taken to the Yuriev Monastery (the oldest active men monastery in Russia, founded in 1030) and an open-air museum of wooden architecture "Vitoslavlitsi". You can also choose a tour with the dinner in the restaurant near the monastery ("Yurievskoe podvorie") or in the restaurant "Detinets" with traditional Russian atmosphere.
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Explore Ancient Karelian Village "Sheltozero" from Petrozavodsk

We offer ethnographic tour to see the places in republic of Karelia, where the old traditions, customs and mode of life of Karelian villages are still kept.During 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.
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Dive into the History and Culture of Traditional Karelian Village

We offer ethnographic tour to see the places in republic of Karelia, where the old traditions, customs and mode of life of Karelian villages are still kept.Kinerma is an ancient Karelian village situated 100 km from Petrozavodsk. You’ll be taken to the village by car/bus, have a look around the village. Kinerma 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.
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2 days tour to the Heart of Natural Miracle of Karelia region

Karelia is a unique place of Russia. It has a diversity of landscapes Nature and animals. Huge territory covered with thousands of lakes and islands and forests it is a best place to take rest. Our guide will show you the best places of this region. Guide will take you through the most beautiful placesPerfectly clean air and breathtaking view to the nature makes this very tour the best to everyone who want to discover northern Russian nature
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