Russia holiday, St Petersburg and Karelia

“The highlights and hidden corners of St Petersburg and the wild nature of Karelia – this tailor made Russian tour combines culture and adventure.”

Highlights

Guided tour of St Petersburg | visit the Hermitage | option to tour St Petersburg on bike or walking | Peterhof Palace | train to Petrozavodsk | white water rafting down the Shuya River | Kizhi Island and open air museum | optional visit to Valaam Archipelago | trek across taiga to the Kivach Nature Reserve | overnight train to St Petersburg

Description of Russia holiday, St Petersburg and Karelia

This Russia holiday combines beautiful St Petersburg – the Venice of the North – with the wild landscapes of Karelia. It’s a well balanced mix of cultural exploration and soft adventure. Learn more about Russian history and traditions and also have fun in the great outdoors, rafting, trekking in the taiga and cycling.

The holiday begins in St Petersburg, Russia’s most gorgeous city. Visit its important landmarks, including the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress and take a walking tour of Peterhof, to discover more about Russia’s imperial history. You’ll also have time to discover the city’s quiet bars and secluded spots, known only to locals.

From here, head to Karelia, one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of Europe, tucked away in Northern Russia. Also known as the land of a thousand lakes, Karelia is a peaceful, natural environment that is a real contrast to the city of St Petersburg. While here, you can white water raft down the Shuya River, trek across the taiga to the impressive Kivach Waterfall, or go on a jeep adventure. At the Kizhi Historical Reserve, one of the largest open air museums in Russia, you can see beautifully preserved traditional Russian architecture. You also have the chance to meet some Russian huskies, perhaps the most friendly dogs in the world.

This is a private, tailor-made tour and we can redesign the itinerary to suit your budget, interests and time.

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Responsible tourism

Russia holiday, St Petersburg and Karelia

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

All our activities are run with respect to the environment, making sure that the volume of participants and type of tourism we offer doesn’t have any negative impact on local conditions and infrastructure.
Taking into consideration that sustainable development is still a new topic in Russia, we educate our partners and suppliers about environmental responsibility of their operations and we encourage them to improve sustainability of their practices. Our clients are also asked to act as role models and to give example to Russian communities on hoe to live in respect to the environment.
We give priority to public transport and optimise the itinerary to reduce the carbon footprint. From St Petersburg to Karelia, tourists travel by train. In the cities, we walking/biking tours are offered.
We are keen on recycling, energy-saving solutions and minimising litter, water and atmospheric pollution both in our office and at any specific tourism activity we provide. We recycle waste produced at our office and bring it to special collection points.
We encourage our clients to limit waste produced on the tour by using reusable tea flasks, and reusable bags to collect litter.
We inform our travelers about protected areas they visit, including Vodlozero and
Kalevala National Park, restrictions and accepted behaviors.

Community

We are a small Russian inbound tour operator based in Moscow, run and owned by young enthusiastic entrepreneurs who love Russia, its breathtaking nature, rich culture and hospitable people. As a company, we aim to contribute to the long-term future of Russia’s economic stability, environmental wellness, cultural heritage and people’s well-being by acting responsibly and implementing sustainable solutions on all levels of our operations.
This tour is exclusively operated by local suppliers, local service providers and local guides.
We place our guests at the heart of the local communities by using small and medium locally run and locally owned accommodation providers.
Travelers on this tour visit sites of cultural significance, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including Peterhof (near St Petersburg) and Kizhi museum in Karelia.
We organize informal language classes, giving our tourists the chance to learn the basic Russian phrases, which will help them to interact with locals more freely.
We provide our customers with quality and adequate information on destinations they visit, to increase understanding of local culture, its problems and facilitate cultural exchange with local people.
We educate our customers by providing them guidelines on how to travel responsibly. Information is delivered in the pre-arrival kit, available on our tours and on our website.
We encourage our staff to act sustainably and train them on the most efficient ways to do it.
We actively participate in discussions about sustainability and responsible tourism, providing feedback and sharing our experiences.

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Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The elegance of the palaces in St. Petersburg, the cleanliness of the cities, the friendliness of the people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Comfortable walking shoes, and travel to places such as Karelia and The Golden Ring cities to experience Russian life beyond the main cities of Moscow and
St Petersburg.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our trip certainly benefitted the local people as we experienced the culture of Karelia as well as the local foods.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We had five weeks holiday, three weeks in Russia and two in Mongolia. It was a very varied trip starting in Moscow and travelling through some of the towns
of the Golden Circle. We then used the train to travel to the Russian Altai, stopping at various cities enroute. We planned this part of the trip ourselves, but
were met by a guide and driver for a week in the Altai. This week was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the walk to the Blue Lake.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I would recommend a guide and driver for the Altai. Our guide and driver were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic which really added to the experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it did. We stayed in local hotels and ate in local restaurants which supports the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a fantastic holiday. After Russia we went to Mongolia and had two weeks guided holiday, one week in the Mongolian Altai and one week in the Gobi
desert. We could not have done these trips without the support we received.

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Difficult to say, but I think the quality of the guides was really exceptional. The privilege of walking around with young and knowledgeable people who are
very welcoming and can answer almost any question is very memorable. A guide who took us to a bagna in which we spoke like old friends. Another guide who explained about what she liked best herself in Saint Petersburg. Et cetera.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You may end up spending quite a lot if like us you like a full program, but if you see the work that goes into all of this and the quality of what you will get, you
will see this is actually really worth the money and more.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All guides were real Russians loving to explain their country. We visited many places we would never have found ourselves and met Russians and Karelian on
the way. Twice traveling with a night train was great as well. Environmentally friendly, but even more a nice adventure in this huge country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

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