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Gems of Karelia - Kizhi Island, Solovki and Valaam

Written by Anna Schneider on 15th Nov 2017
Karelia tour
Karelia is situated to the north of St.Petersburg: it stretches along the border with Finland up to the Arctic Circle and abandons with forests, lakes and rivers, including the Ladoga and the Onega – the two largest lakes in Europe. This singular place in the Russian North is truly the land of primordial nature. This Karelia tour will take you on a boat ride in one of the many lakes or rivers, trekking with huskies along the beautiful pine forest, pick berries in the woods, just wander around and enjoy the scenery.

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Northern frontier discovery: Karelia & Kizhi island

Written by Anna Schneider on 11th Nov 2017
Karelia Kizhi Island Russia

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. READ MORE

Volga river cruise

Written by 56th Parallel on 9th Mar 2015

On this mesmerising and romantic River Cruise Moscow to St Petersburg, you’ll take in the sights, sounds and history of Russia’s heartland from the comfort of a modern cruise vessel. Heading north after a two-day tour of the must-see sites of Moscow, you’ll experience the contrast between life in a heaving megacity and the languid pace of the gorgeous Russian countryside. Traversing the Volga with port calls in the timeless townships of Russia’s ancient Golden Ring, the cruise finishes is the glittering far northern metropolis of St Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

About 56th Parallel

56th Parallel is a travel company specialising in providing packaged tours and travel services in Russia.

Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.

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