Karelia is a place of rare beauty where nature and wooden architecture coexist in full harmony and revive a unique atmosphere of the past.
This short detour from either Moscow
or St Petersburg
gives you the chance to explore some of the most remarkable historical and natural landmarks of Karelia, a republic with its own unique culture bordering Finland and the White Sea.Your tour begins in Petrozavodsk, the largest city in Karelia
and the gateway to Kizhi Island
, the most visually spectacular cultural site in Karelia. We’ll reach Kizhi by fast boat, giving us plenty of time to explore the World Heritage Listed Kizhi Pogost, a collection of 17th and 18th-century churches, elaborately and fantastically crafted purely out of wood.