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Republic of Karelia

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Kizhi: Full-Day Island Walking Tour

1. Kizhi: Full-Day Island Walking Tour

Spend the day exploring the island of Kizhi on this full-day guided walking tour. As an open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island offers numerous historic sights to see. Visit the Church of the Transfiguration and discover architectural masterpieces. Follow your local guide through Kizhi and see examples of northern wooden architecture. Spot characteristic wooden domes, gables, and ingenious decorations. Some of the architectural structures you’ll see were designed with specific purposes in mind, like keeping water off the walls. Discover the legends and secrets of this beautiful place as you become immersed in the old Russian style of living that’s characteristic to the area. Hear about the festivals and folklore performances that are organized on the island.

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Kizhi Island: Romantic Tour

2. Kizhi Island: Romantic Tour

Discover the romantic side of the charismatic  Kizhi Island with a local professional guide. Admire the beauty of the city with your partner on this romantic tour. Hear about many historical love stories, hidden in the pretty old lanes, buildings, and parks in the city. Know about the heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious or spicy stories of the romantic legends. Find the best place in the city for a date and where you can take the most beautiful photos. Discover how many weddings take place in Transfiguration Church. Admire the warm and welcoming vibe of the spectacular beauty of Kizhi Island on a romantic tour. This tour is especially recommended to take during the Saint Valentine period. 

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Petrozavodsk City: Private Guided Tour

3. Petrozavodsk City: Private Guided Tour

Your guide will meet you at the hotel, from where, depending on the location of the hotel you will either go by foot or by public transport to the central part of Petrozavodsk. Petrozavodsk is distinguished among other towns of Northern Russia by its Neoclassical architectural heritage, which includes the Round Square and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You will see the town's landmarks such as the outdoor statues of Peter the 1st, Gavrila Derzhavin, a Russian poet who was the governor of Olonets, and Alexander Nevsky. You will be free to observe the modern embankment, inaugurated in 1994, that displays an assortment of Karelian granites and marbles. You can also visit the central landmark Lenin Square, an oval space with a large Soviet-era statue of Lenin in the center, and learn why it is especially notable for English-speaking visitors. Your tour will then end in the center of the city.

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Kizhi Island: Magical Christmas tour

4. Kizhi Island: Magical Christmas tour

Get into the Christmas spirit by taking a walking tour through the beautiful and festive Kizhi Island. Discover a wide variety of traditions and customs when it’s filled with colors and traditional Christmas offerings. With your local expert guide, see the exquisite exterior decoration of the Open-Air Museum. Wander through the streets draped in Christmas lights, and feel spellbound by the magical atmosphere during the festive time. Learn about the history of the Christmas tree and the first person who decorated it. Hear interesting the stories of the Christmas spells, and the Christmas legends of the city. See the beautifully decorated old-fashioned Christmas Market in the city center. At the authentic Christmas markets, savor some of the most renowned local products of the city. Fill your heart with joy and experience the magic of Kizhi Island. 

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Petrozavodsk and Kizhi Island: Private Sightseeing Tour

5. Petrozavodsk and Kizhi Island: Private Sightseeing Tour

Join an expert, private guide for a full-day tour of Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia. Roam the beautiful city and admire its neoclassical architecture while learning about its past and present.  Next, hop on the "Comet" and cross Lake Onega to visit Kizhi Island, a site known since the 15th century for its churches, which are fine examples of northern wooden architecture. Journey to the pogost, a fenced area which includes two large wooden churches (the 22-dome Transfiguration Church and the 9-dome Intercession Church) and a bell-tower. According to local legend, the huge Transfiguration Church was built without a single nail.  The entire area forms part of an open-air museum, which gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1990. Often compared to St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow in appearance, the wooden domes, gables, and ingenious decorations were carefully designed to keep water off the walls of the church. Learn this and many other secrets exploring the museum with your knowledgeable guide.

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