9 days from 155 000 / person

Multi-Active individual excursion tour «Valaam – Ruskeala – Kizhi – Solovki»

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We invite you to an individual multiactiv tour to the main sights of Karelia!

Tour features:

Excursions to the Solovki Islands depend on weather conditions and their consequence time schedule and can be changed.

In case of bad weather conditions, water tours can be replaced by individually organized driving and hiking excursions.   

Accommodation according to the program (if there are no available places in the mentioned hotels you'll be offered alternative options with recalculation of the tour price if needed).

Please note: tour can be organized individually in dates convinient for you.

* Price of the tour depends on the number of pax in a group.


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

walking tour around Valaam Island, the most famous sketes

Ruskeala Mountain Park

boat trip on the marble lake

underground Ruskeala excursion (small group)

Petrozavodsk – the capital of Karelia

rafting on the Shuya River

exciting hiking routes

rowing and motorboat trips

historical quest

Kizhi Island

Kivach waterfall visit

ancient petroglyphs

3 days on Solovki with the most interesting walking and water excursions

acquaintance with the history of the Solovetsky Archipelago

boat trips to Kuzova Archipelago and Cape Beluzhy

climbing on the peak of the Kuzova Archipelago

master-class of mussel fishing 

opportunity to look at famous sights from an unusual angle

possibility to take ATV and bicycle excursions (extra charge)

comfortable accommodation and transport

the possibility to choose any dates and adjust the program

Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 1 to 6 pax
Participation with children: from 10 years old
Duration: 9 days
Accommodation: Hotel — 8 nights
from 155 000 RUB / person

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrival at Sortavala. Valaam Island

08:19 Arrival at Sortavala from Moscow by train #160 (departure a day before at 16:50).

Breakfast at the cafe.

09:00 Departure by a speedboat Meteor to Valaam Island (45 minutes).

09:45 Individual excursion with visit of monastery and transfer to the local farm where you'll have a chance to taste locally produced delicacies.

From the farm you'll have a walk along the rarely visited part of the island,

You'll go through wonderful pine forests along silent Igumenskie Lakes and Konevskiy Skete. Guide will tell you about the history and nature of Valaam.

Lunch in the monastery refectory.

You'll observe the most famous Valaam's sketes and then continue exploring the secluded parts of the island.

17:00 Returning to Sortavala by speedboat.

17:45 Transfer by car to a country hotel on the shore of the picturesque bay of Lake Ladoga (about 40 min).

* Hotel options depending on availability: Lumberg or Seasons.

Dinner in the hotel restaurant (payment on spot).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Good mobile signal

Shower available

Day 2. Ruskeala Mountain Park

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to the Ruskeala Mountain Park (45 min).

In this unique nature monument marble mining was developed from XVIII century. As a result quarries with sheer marble walls were formed there.

After the mining has been stopped, the water flooded these pit bowls and turned them to the marvelous green lakes.

10:30 Active program in the park:

– individual excursion «The way of the mountain masters»;

– boat trip on marble lake;

– new exclusive itinerary «Underground Ruskeala» (in a small combined group).

Lunch.

* For fans of technical types of active rest on this day can be additionally organized a route on ATV* (extra charge, price from 4 000 rubles per person).

* Booking is possible to make in advance only!

In the evening return to the hotel.

Dinner in the hotel restaurant (payment on spot).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 3. From Ladoga to Onega. Transfer to Petrozavodsk. Rafting on the Shuya River

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out from the hotel.

Departure to Petrozavodsk.

Arrival to the rafting starting point.

Lunch-picnic.

13:00 Safety briefing. Rafting on the Shuya River as a part of a group (it is possible to replace it with an individual rafting on a raft or a catamaran with additional payment: from 2 000 rubles per person).

* For fans of technical types of active rest on this day can be also additionally organized a route on ATV* (for extra charge, price from 4 700 rubles per person for a two-hour route).

* Booking is possible to make in advance only!

Returning to Petrozavodsk in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel 4*.

* Hotel options depending on availability: Fregat, Cosmos, Piter Inn.

Dinner at the hotel (payment on spot).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 4. Kizhi Island (on bicycles or on foot). Petrozavodsk + quest

Breakfast at the hotel.

10:15 Departure by speedboat Meteor to Kizhi Island (1 hour 15 minutes).

11:30 Individual sightseeing tour with the guide of the museum-reserve + walk to the residential villages of Kizhi Island with audio guide on bicycles (extra charge, payment on spot) or on foot.

16:30 Departure to Petrozavodsk.

Lunch-snack on the way.

17:45 Arrival in Petrozavodsk. Guided excursion-walk along the embankment and historical part of the city.

Visiting the historical quest-room «Master's Enigma».

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 5. Way to the White Sea, Kivach reserve and petroglyphs

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out from the hotel.

09:00 Departure on the route: Petrozavodsk – Kivach – Medvezhegorsk – Belomorsk – Kem'.

10:00 Arrival to Kivach waterfall. Individual walking escursion with a guide along the eco-trail of the reserve.

11:30 Departure to Medvezhegorsk.

12:00 Lunch in a cafe.

14.00 Departure to Belomorsk.

17:00 Walking excursion to the petroglyphs of Zalavrugi. Local guide will tell you about peculiarities of ancient rock drawings.

Transfer to Kem'.

About 20:00 arrival and accommodation in the hotel Quay (twin superior rooms (if available at the time of booking) or standard rooms).

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 6. Solovki: Historical excursion + boat trip

07:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00 Departure by motor ship to Solovetsky Islands (2 hours).

10:00 Meeting by driver at the pier. Transfer to the hotel (it's possible to leave your luggage in the luggage room, check-in – after excursions).

10:30 Individual walking excursion with a guide «History of Solovetsky Archipelago». Idependent visit to the monastery.

Unusual excursion devoted to 5 thousand years of Solovki development. Ancient builders of mysterious labyrinths, tribes of Sami and Karelians, severe orthodox ascetics – these are the main heroes of the history. A fascinating story about ancient and modern flora and fauna of the islands, anomalous and rare phenomena observed here is waiting for you.

14:00 Lunch in the hotel restaurant.

Check-in to the Solovki Hotel (twin rooms).

Sea trip on a motor boat to Cape Beluzhy, where you can see white whales, or to the old lighthouse, where you can watch seals (in a small combined group).

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 7. Solovki: Ascent to the top of the Kuzova Archipelago

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out from the hotel.

Sea trip by speed boat to Kuzova Archipelago (in a small combined group). Sea crossing (about 1 hour /1 way) + climbing to the top of Nemetsky Kuzova Island.

About 14:00 Return to Solovetsky settlement.

Lunch. Free time.

On this day you can choose various options for leisure (extra charge):

1. Maximum active: bicycles + rowing boats: rent a bicycle and go to the boat station. Pleasant ride by the rowing boats on the inland lakes and canals of the archipelago. On the way from the boat station, stop at the Filippov cages, walk along the stone dam and enjoy the sunset.

2. Active-cognitive: sea trip to the labyrinths of the Zayatsky Island (17:00–20:00 in a small combined group).

3. Cognitive: excursion to the Solovetsky monastery as a part of a combined group or individually.

! Attention: Options 2 and 3 should be booked in advance.

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 8. Solovki: Bolshaya Muksalma with mussel fishing

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out from the hotel.

Combined excursion to the Bolshaya Muksalma Island in a small group.

Transfer by car to the berth of the Dolgoy Bay.

Passage by a launch on the Solovki «inner sea» water area among picturesque islands. Walking tour: Solovetsky Dam, Bolshaya Muksalma Island, St. Sergiev-Radonezh Skete.

Master-class on catching and cooking mussels. Lunch-picnic (snack).

About 16:00 return to the hotel for taking luggage.

Free time.

18:15 Transfer to the pier.

19:00 Departure to Kem'.

21:00 Arrival in Kem'.

Accommodation in the hotel Quay (twin superior rooms (if available at the time of booking) or standard rooms).

Dinner independent.

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Day 9. Final day of the tour. Departure by train to Moscow

Early in the morning transfer to the railway station of Kem'.

Departure to Moscow (arrival in Moscow – next day morning).

* Time is approximate.

Good mobile signal

+ What is included in the price

  • English speaking guide service
  • visa support
  • accommodation according to the program (if there are no available places in the mentioned hotels you'll be offered alternative options with recalculation of the tour price if needed)
  • breakfasts and lunches according to the program
  • individual transfers by car or minibus (depending on the number of participants)
  • transfers by motor ships Kem – Solovki – Kem, Petrozavodsk – Kizhi – Petrozavodsk and Sortavala – Valaam – Sortavala
  • pier – hotel – pier transfers in Solovki
  • excursions (individual or group excursions as described in the programme)
  • entrance fees to all sightseeing objects according to the program
  • health insurance

- What is not included

  • tickets to/from Karelia
  • dinners 
  • ATV tours (should be booked in advance, payment on spot)
  • bike tours in on Kizhi Island (payment on spot) 
  • extra excursions and activities on Solovki:
  • bicycles + rowing boats: rent a bicycle and go to the boat station
  • sea trip to the labyrinths of Zayatsky Island (17:00–20:00 in a small combined group).
  • excursion to Solovetsky monastery as a part of a combined group or individually.
  • alcoholic drinks
  • tips

Price clarification

Tour price per 1 person:

155 000 RUB per person – group of 6 persons (3 rooms)
175 000 RUB per person – group of 5 persons (3 rooms)
195 000 RUB per person – group of 4 persons (2 rooms)
223 000 RUB
per person – group of 3 persons (2 rooms)
280 000 RUB per person – group of 2 persons (1 room)

Tour map

How to get there

The tour is planned for arrivals and departures by trains.

Arrival
08:19 Arrival to Sortavala from Moscow by train №160 (16:50 departure from Moscow a day earlier)

Departure
Departure from Kem to Moscow by train early in the morning or by night train.

The timetable is valid for May 2023. Please, check the timetable on the Russian Railways website.


Meals

During the tour you'll be provided meals according to the program:
breakfasts and lunches are included in the tour.
Dinners are not included and ordered and payed on spot.

Essential equipment list

Must-have
Recommended

F.A.Q.

Answers to popular questions
Are flight or train tickets included in the tour?
Flight and train tickets to Karelia are not included in the tour price. You can book them individually, or we can help you with it. 
Is it possible to choose the dates of the tour?
Yes, the tour can be organized individually in dates convinient for you.
To confirm the dates we check the availability of the hotel accommodation according to the program. If there are no available places in the mentioned hotels you'll be offered alternative options with recalculation of the tour price if needed.
Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 1 to 6 pax
Participation with children: from 10 years old
Duration: 9 days
Accommodation: Hotel — 8 nights
from 155 000 RUB / person
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