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Winter tour in Petrozavodsk with visit to Kizhi island (hotel not included)

This is a unique opportunity to spend an unforgettable winter weekend in Petrozavodsk and visit the island of Kizhi, enjoy the silence and harmony of the Karelian winter and visit the main attractions of the museum-reserve.


Petrozavodsk is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, which stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega for some 27 kilometres (17 mi). This city has several interesting sights and a perfect starting point for the trips to Kizhi and other cultural and natural landmarks of Karelia.
The island of Kizhi in Lake Onego is famous for the biggest world ensemble of wooden architecture - Kizhi Museum. It is enlisted in UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The first day will be dedicated to a city tour and a trip to the traditional Karelian village Kinerma located 100 km from Petrozavodsk.
City sightseeing tour will introduce to you the main sights of the city. You will see the buildings of the central and the most vivid streets of the city – Lenina Avenue and the houses of the quiet city streets. The guide will tell you the history of the city, legends and interesting facts. Within the tour you will see the Governor’s park, city embankment, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the patron of Petrozavodsk, two central squares of Petrozavodsk, one of which – the Kirov square is traditionally known as a cultural centre of the city as it is surrounded by the Museum of Fine Arts, the Exhibition hall of Kizhi museum, Open funds of Kizhi museum, Kantele House, The Musical and National Theaters of the Republic of Karelia and the Puppet Theater.
After the tour, you will have lunch in a traditional Karelian restaurant and some time to relax.
Afterwards, you will head to Kinerma village that 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 and a break to drink some tea with the traditional Karelian bakery.
At the end of the day, the guide will accompany you to your hotel in Petrozavodsk.

The second day will be dedicated to the trip to Kizhi island by the hovercraft
It's a unique opportunity to have a tour to Kizhi by hovercraft on the frozen lake. 
The village and churches of Kizhi island were first mentioned in the historical chronicles about four hundred years ago. In the 16th century, the Island played an important role in the life of local people being the administrative centre of the large Zaonezhye region, with numerous settlements on the surrounding islands as well as on the mainland. It was the land of diligent, prosperous, and religious people - fishermen, peasants, craftsmen, merchants, blacksmiths and carpenters - with their own culture, customs and traditions.
After the tour, you will be transferred to the railway station in Petrozavodsk or some other place in Petrozavodsk upon your request.

Dates: from 15 February to 30 April

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 2 days

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Day 1: Petrozavodsk and Kinerma village

12:00 - Arrival in Petrozavodsk by train from Saint Petersburg, meeting with the guide and driver

12:00 - 14:00 - city tour around Petrozavodsk

14:00 - 15:00 - Lunch at the local restaurant

15:00 - 21:00 - tour to the village Kinerma & transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Kizhi island

10:00 - 11:30  -  Transfer Petrozavodsk - Kizhi 

11:30 - Arrival to the island of Kizhi

11:30 - 14.30 - Excursion on the main exposition "Masterpieces of Kizhi Island" +   Lunch (tea + bakery) +  Master Class on Traditional Crafts / Visit to the Museum's Carpentry Center (optional) / interactive game program

14:30 - 16:00 - Transfer Kizhi -  Petrozavodsk

16:00 - 16:30 - transfer to the railway station (any other place in Petrozavodsk upon request)

What's included

  • Hovercraft (Petrozavodsk-Kizhi-Petrozavodsk)
  • Sightseeing tour of the Kizhi Pogost
  • Karelian tea-drinking
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C)
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch (on the first day)
Not included in the price
  • Accommodation
  • Dinner / Drinks
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks (available to purchase on the spot)


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Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

The Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus is the oldest building on the island of Kizhi, approximately built in the XIV-XVI century, according to scientists the church was built by Saint Lazar. The church was the first building of the Holy Assumption Monastery, which stood on the Onega Lake. Read more
The Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord is located on the island of Kizhi, on the Onega Lake, to the north-east of St. Petersburg. The main feature of the structure is that the church is entirely made of wood, and no nails were used during the construction! Read more
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The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest open air museums in Russia. It is located on one of the many islands in Lake Onega, in Karelia. Two 18th-century wooden churches, and an octagonal clock tower, also in wood and built in 1862, can be seen there. These unusual constructions, in which carpenters created a bold visionary architecture, perpetuate an ancient model of parish space and are in harmony with the surrounding landscape. This unique histo... Read more
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