Karelian Fairytale Tour

3 Days Dog-sledding Snowmobiles Fix dates

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In this three-day winter tour to Karelia we have included not just a snowmobile safari through old Karelian villages, but also dog-sledding though a snowy forest and a visit to one of the wonders of Russia – Kizhi Island. It is easy to drive the dogs. The commands are simple: Khaki – ahead; Khoa – stop; Dzhi – right and Kha – left. The terminology is international – the language of native north Americans. The dogs are completely obedient and enjoy the ride, the snow, the wind and the speed.

On the snowmobiles you will travel to the quaint Karelian village of Rubcheyla, where you will learn about Karelian culture and have the chance to enjoy real Karelian national cuisine. You can't visit Karelia without seeing its most famous sight – Kizhi Island with its unique church complex which in winter isn't crowded with tourists and looks especially appeasing. You will get to Kizhi via hovercraft.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH

 12-14.01.2019

 02-04.02.2019

 02-04.03.2019

 19-21.01.2019

 09-11.02.2019

 09-11.03.2019

 26-28.01.2019

 16-18.02.2019

 

 

 23-25.02.2019

 

 DAY1 • SNOWMOBILE SAFARI TO RUBCHEILA VILLAGE

 Arrival to Petrozavodsk.

 Breakfast in a cafe and then transfer to the tourist base. 

 Distance: 70km

 Upon arrival, equipment will be selected and you will have instructions on driving the snowmobiles and on safety requirements. Practice at driving the snowmobiles. Snowmobile safari to the village of Rubcheyla through a forest path. 

 Distance: 40km.

 Excursion to the village of Rubcheyla – this village was founded more than 300 years ago. 18 houses remain in the village and they have an interesting arrangement being orientated in different directions – this is unique for Karelian villages. In the centre of the village is a graveyard in a copse of tall fur and pine trees – a typical landscape for Karelia. Also in the copse is a chapel which dates back to the second half of the 19th century. The village has several buildings which are listed as architectural monuments and represent traditional housing of northern Karelians, known as the Livviks or Olonets Karelians.

 You will be served a traditional Karelian meal in one of the houses.

 After lunch you will return to the base.

 Distance: 40km.

  Dinner at the tourist base.


  Breakfast in a cafe. 

DAY2 • DOG-SLEDDING

 Transfer to the dog-sledding site.

 You will meet the dog-team driver, receive instructions on driving the dogs and the sled, and select the equipment. You will go on a circular route along picturesque surroundings through forests and hills. The route features hills and slopes, as well as sharp turns.

 Distance: 10-12km

 After the trip you will have chance to take photos with the dogs and have lunch.

 Return to the base. Free time

  Dinner at a café.


 DAY3 • HOVERCRAFT RIDE TO THE KIZHI ISLAND

  Breakfast in a cafe. 

 Check-out and transfer to the shore of Lake Onega in Petrozavodsk. Hovercraft ride to Kizhi Island.

 Distance: 65km |  Duration: 1½ hours


 Excursion to Kizhi Island – Kizhi is just one of the 1,369 islands in the north-eastern part of Lake Onega. It is 5.5km long and 1,4km at its widest point. The whole island is an open-air museum of wooden architecture. The main spectacle here though is the Kizhi Pogost which consists of the Transfiguration Church, the Intercession Church and a bell tower surrounded by a wooden fence. The Transfiguration Church is 37 metres tall and, uniquely, has 22 domes. It is famous for having been built without nails and with just one axe.

 Packed lunch.

 Return to Petrozavodsk. 

 Dinner at a café in Petrozavodsk.

 Departure on the night train to Moscow or St Petersburg.

  • You must be 18 or over to drive the snowmobiles.
  • The tour is recommended for children aged 12 and above.
  • The places on the tour are limited so we recommend booking in advance.
  • The premium train from Moscow has first-class (two beds in a compartment) and second-class (four beds in a compartment) carriages. As it is the most comfortable train to Petrozavodsk, tickets sell out quickly. Approximate prices for a place in first class - USD125, for a place in second class -USD94. The closer to the date of the tour, the more expensive the tickets.
  • You should take with you: a backpack, suitable comfortable clothes: trousers, a warm sweater, thick outer socks and thin socks for wearing underneath, t-shirts, warm coat, warm hat, warm gloves and warm walking boots.
  • All equipment for the snowmobile is provided, but we recommend that you bring your own head protection for wearing under the helmet.
  • A special rate of cancellation fees applies for this tour.

DATE OF CANCELLATION

CANCELLATION CHARGES

FROM 30 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 30%
FROM 14 TO 3 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 50%
LESS THAN 3 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE 100%

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Included
  • Accommodation in the Alyokka Recreation Centre in Standard DBL rooms.
  • Transport service according the programme.
  • Meals - Three meals a day. Lunch on the 3rd and 3rd day of the tour is replaced by a packed lunch. .
  • Equipment for Snowmobile safari. Snowmobile “Yamaha VK - 540 III”, warm windproof overalls, snowmobile helmets with visor, liner, snowmobile boots, snowmobile gloves.
  • Excursion in Rubcheila Village.
  • Dog-Sledding for 11-12km.
  • Excursion in the Kizhi Island.
  • English-Speaking guide - translator.
  • Instructor services
  • Visa Support documents
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  • Train tickets from/to Petrozavodsk
  • Russian banya
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• ALLYOKA RECREATION CENTRE •   

 The recreation centre is located about 70km from Petrozavodsk in the forest on the shore of Syamozero lake. Standard TWIN room has - Each room has TV, bedside tables, chairs, a wardrobe or a chest of drawers for clothes, a coffee table, toilet, shower and sink.

         

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