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.”


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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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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.

The Impacts of this Trip

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.


3 Reviews of Russia holiday, St Petersburg and Karelia

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the elegance of the palaces in St. Petersburg, the cleanliness of the cities, the friendliness of the people. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019 by

This was a fantastic holiday. We could not have done these trips without the support we received. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2017 by

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. Read full review

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