Tour from Cyprus to Russia, Karelia
Karelia. Adventure tours. Season: Winter - Spring In the footsteps of the legendary Pontus De la Gardie Tour. For ski-tour lovers Duration of the tour: 3 days/2 nights. Arrival period: February - March (Friday - Sunday)
Winter is not a reason to give up an active lifestyle! We set forth for a ski trip in search of a treasure - in the footsteps of the legendary Pontus De la Gardie! The majesty of a winter waterfall Kivach, a touch of frost in the air, Karelian snow, outdoor activities in the open air, the colour of the Saam chum and the national style interactive program. All that would become an unforgettable holiday on the Karelian land!
Ski in Russia, from Cyprus
Day 1. Hello, Karelia!
Meeting tourists at the railway station in Petrozavodsk.
Transfer from Petrozavodsk to Kondopoga (50 km).
Breakfast. Accommodation in the Karelia Hotel.
In 1582, Supreme Commander of the Swedish army Pontus De la Gardie was defeated by Lyalitsy and departed to Karelia. Soldiers plundered so much wealth so they couldn't carry it all. Until the 19th century people used to talk about the untold wealth buried beneath a burnt soil of the city of Kondopoga...
Today's treasure-hunters! Find the lost records and fortune will favour you! Set-off to the start point. Meeting with the instructor. Safety briefing. After selection and preparation of equipment workshop you will depart for a ski trip in search of overwhelming riches of the northern lands.
Treasure traces lead to the old Kondopoga village. Here at Chupa-bay situated an architecturally "ideal" Church - famous the Uspenskaya Church - swan song of the Nordic wooden architecture, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary that was built in 1774 and was the fourth on the holy ground. Let's unriddle the main secret of the construction of the Church and get a hint to the next discovery.
While we camped down you can have some hot tea, which is particularly tasty outdoors and after jogging.
Ski trip (the Uspenskaya Church - Kondopoga - Rovkozero-Ski Resort) of 14 km which takes 4.5 hours.
Return to the cosy Karelia Hotel.
After late dinner, we invite you to explore the city of Kondopoga. During the walk we'll see architectural masterpieces of the Northwest - two Palaces: the Palace of Arts and the Ice Palace. We'll stop at the street carillon clocks (there are only four of those in Russia and two of them are in Kondopoga). We'll listen to melodic tune of unique Bell Tower with 23 Northern Bells.
In the evening travellers gather in a Saam chum on the Bank of the Onega Lake which is 300 metres away from the Karelia Hotel. Bring along your sense of humor, wit, great mood and vocal. Sitting on the deer skins in front of a bright campfire, we'll have a rest Karelian way: let's dream, sing, play together.
Day 2.The path of the romantics.
Breakfast. A new day of discoveries and exploring.
Ski walk of 8 km which takes 2.5 hours.
After the breakfast we meet with an instructor in the lobby, equipment preparation for a ski trip. Prior to the ski trip we will have some hiking.
Today we will discover the Karelian taiga. Prepared ski track goes through the pine forest where you enjoy a view of a hoarfrost laces on the branches of the centuries-old giants. On the trail behind the flabby stump you will find a new hint of the treasure hunters. After outdoor activities, during the camp down you will drink some fragrant tea. Here you can put all the hints together and find your own Karelian treasure.
Return to the Karelia Hotel.
Lunch. Free time.
Day 3.The waterfall in the pearly lustre...
Would you like to feel the national charm of Karelia?! Visit a workshop to experience the unique Finno-Ugric culture. With a melodious sound of the kantele you will learn about the birth of this ancient instrument. You will try to play it yourself by touching very carefully with your fingertips a many-stringed box. Participate in a Finnish Letkajenkka dance with your friends. Make a doll-talisman - Traveller on the road. One for the road you'll bake a kalitki - the traditional Karelian pies of rye flour. Inhaling the smell of hot freshly baked bread, enjoy some tea with toasty masterpieces.
We will see another highlight of Karelia - we are heading to the Kivach national park. We will see the eponymous unique plain Kivach waterfall. We will visit a Museum of nature, will see the grove of the Karelian birch. Check out the souvenirs made of the karelki which is the most expensive of an ornamental wood.
Later on we arrive to Petrozavodsk to walk through the quay of the Onega Lake decorated with sculptures of the twin cities of other countries (Germany, France, Finland) and gifts from cities of Russia. The quay of the Onega Lake is an outdoor museum and is the only Museum of the avant-garde sculpture. As a memento of Karelia we will take a photo of the statue of Peter the Great, with the most beautiful image of the great emperor. On the wish tree let's whisper the most cherished and secret dream and let it happen...
5:30 p.m. - Transfer to the railway/airport.
Joined group of 4 persons.
Tour price per person with accommodation in a double room ( with a group of at least 8 persons): starting at 296 euro per person.
The tour price includes: accommodation at the Karelia Hotel(5, Lenina Square, Kondopoga) in a triple-and quadruple-rooms with a private facilities in the room;Food: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 snack during the route; 1 dinner, ski tour (4.5 hours and 2.5 hours); equipment rental (skis, ski poles, ski boots); the instructor's work; animation program in the Saam chum; 4 workshops (Kalitka, Kantele, Letkajenkka, Talisman); sightseeing tours (Uspenskaya Church, Kondopoga city tour; Kivach waterfall, Museum of the avant-garde sculpture, the quay in the city of Petrozavodsk); transfer included in a tour program.
If you are a solid team, we can organize tours at any time convenient for you. Snowmobile Safari or a ski trip to Kizhi Island is only possible in case of a specific weather conditions. (Subject to extra charge).
The Company reserves the right to change the order of provision of services without reducing of their volume.
- public transport (1 subway ride is 1 euro per person)
- luggage service
- additional expences non mentioned in the program
We highly recommend to travel to Karelia in combination with other special tours from Cyprus to East Europe
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