Saint-Petersburg and Karelia 8 days in the winter
Saint-Petersburg is visited by thousands of travellers every year. They are attracted by its rich cultural heritage, numerous museums, palaces and imperial residents of yester year. Its proximity to Karelia, 85% of which is covered with wood is also considered to be a main draw. This tour gives you a chance to discover the best Russian museums and enjoy the nature of North. Advantages of this trip are winter activities such as dog sledding, amazing views of the ice-covered Baltic Sea and Neva River and visiting of palaces in the period when there is no big tourist flow.
You will go to Pavlovsk, 30 km from St. Petersburg.
Pavlovsk is full of romantic landscapes and Russian summerhouses (datcha). The town developed around the Pavlovsk Palace, a major residence of the Russian imperial family, you will also see the park with numerous temples, colonnades, bridges and statues.
Transfer to the railway station. Saint-Petersburg – Petrozavodsk. Night train. (Compartment for 4, second class).
Arrival in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia. Moving to the village, where the center of dog sledding is (90km by car). Excursion to the “village of forest Sami”, reconstructed according to the archeological excavations. Then you will meet husky dogs. Before the meeting with dogs, we will give you some safety instructions to drive the dog sledge and after that we will start our route: 2 people on a sledge in turn. The length of the route is 25km. After dinner you can enjoy a bath with an ice-hole on the bank of the lake.
Transfer to the start point. Safety instructions, driving basis, training and personal equipment will be available. Snowmobile safari. We will pass through the Karelian taiga. The track goes along the fascinating natural landscapes, sleeping under the snow blanket. The trip is 60km. After dinner, we offer an additional winter fishing (20 euro per person). We go to the fishing spot by snowmobile (3km from the village). You will be offered a dinner, made of local products. Free evening.
Trip to the island in 2km away from the village. Forest walking and in the park, tasting of mulled wine with fried bread at the fire (2 hours).
In addition: cross-country skiing or skating on the frozen lake (10 euro per person, unlimited time).
Transfer and night train from Petrozavodsk to St.-Petersburg (compartment for 4, second class).
All our tours are individual and are formed according to your wishes: you will be accompanied by your personal guide and you can change the program according to your budget and preferences.
Price per person from:
All our stays are individual and tailor-made, you are free to modify them. The price of the program will vary depending on the changes you make to it.
The price includes:
- The invitation for Russian visa
- Transfers (round, airport, railway station)
- Train tickets from St.-Petersburg to Petrozavodsk and back
- Accommodation in St.-Petersburg
- Accommodation in Karelia
- All tickets for excursions and museums
- All private transfers, included in tour (see the list of excursions)
- Qualified French-speaking guide service
- Breakfast (if you choose a hotel or a room at local)
- Food in Karelia (noticed in program)
- Help and council from our team on sight
The price does not include:
- International flights
- Visa fee
- Personal charge
Private Russian bath in Saint-Petersburg
Transfer by car, duration: 3 hours.
Discover the tradition, which is deeply in northern inhabitants’ roots.
The bath is a typical Russian sauna, where people often have a rest and keep their health or recover after holidays or events. You will be accompanied by the guide who will explain you all traditions and show the process of relaxing.
- 1 person: price on request
- 2 people: 286 €
- 4 people: 350 €
- 6 people: 396 €
Dinner in the Russian house with a guide
Would you like to feel like Russian? The best way is to be invited to the friendly dinner. Take part in a small ritual of Russian art of hospitality and take the opportunity to taste local delicacies. You will be invited together with you guide, and you will have a chance to get interesting experience and meet local Russians.
- 1 person: 130 €
- 2 people: 170 €
- 4 people: 254 €
- 6 people: 301€
If you want to know the secrets of cooking of the most famous Russian soup-borsch or salad “herring under fur coat”, just ask the owner of the house/apartment to cook dishes of Russian cuisine together with you.
- 1 person: 196 €
- 2 people: 228 €
- 4 people: 304 €
- 6 people: 379 €