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The Karelian Isthmus is the approximately 45–110-kilometre-wide stretch of land, situated between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga in northwestern Russia, to the north of the River Neva. Its northwestern boundary is a line from the Bay of Vyborg to the westernmost point of Lake Ladoga, Pekonlahti. If the Karelian Isthmus is defined as the entire territory of present-day Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast to the north of the Neva and also a tiny part of the Republic of Karelia, the area of the isthmus is about 15,000 km2 . The smaller part of the isthmus to the southeast of the old Russia-Finland border is considered historically as Northern Ingria, rather than part of the Karelian Isthmus itself. Wikipedia

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Private Tour to Ruskeala Mountain Park, Karelia 2 days

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Hotel "karelia", Saint Petersburg

Choose this private two-day tour to Karelia and you will see the beautiful mountain park Ruskeala, and admire the Lake Ladoga during boat trip. You will have an oppurtunity to visit real russian wild forest and also you'll be able to see wild animals. Enjoy the beauty of northern nature

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Private Tour to Valaam: Visit one of the Oldest Monasteries in Russia (by train)

Hotel "karelia", Saint Petersburg

We offer boat tour to the Valaam island, which represents the combination of church architecture open-air museum and natural park. This tour is dedicated to the history of Karelia and Russian Orthodox church. The island is known worldwide as a unique and holy place. Program 06:15-10:20 "Lastochka" train from St. Petersburg to Sortavala (no guide) 10:20 Meeting with the local guide at the railway station, walking towards the pier in Sortavala 11.00-12.00 Transfer: Sortavala – island Valaam, Monastic Bay 12.00-14.00 Sightseeing tour with a guide: “Central Homestead”, lunch 14.00-14.30 Transfer Monastic Bay - Nikonov Bay 14.30-17.00 The walking tour with a visit to the Church of the Resurrection Skete, a tour of the Gethsemane Skete, the Assumption Church and the Ascension Chapel on Mount Eleon 17.00-18.00 Transfer back to Sortavala 18:00 Arrival in Sortavala, walking to the railway station 18:42-22.30 Train Sortavala-St. Petersburg (no guide) • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance

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Saint-Petersburg + Karelia (5 day tour)

Hotel "karelia", Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is a very young city in comparison with old European capitals and probably the only city in the world that has acquired so much historic significance in such a short time. After the huge megapolis' visit it's nice to compare densely forested and gloriously remote Karelia, the region is a paradise for nature lovers. If you’re looking for wilderness, powerful history and even the Finnish soul, your search should start here.

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One-day private tour to Ruskeala by retro train for small group

Hotel "karelia", Saint Petersburg

We invite you to visit the beautiful Mountain Park, located in Karelia, near the town of Sortavala. Karelia is well-known as one of the most beautiful places in the country. Here you can enjoy the wonderful nature with its lakes, waterfalls and giant cliffs with trees growing on them. The mountain park “Ruskeala” is one of the most beautiful places in the region. Marble used for constructing lots of buildings in St. Petersburg has been quarried here since the 18th century. Nowadays, it’s a tourist centre whose main attraction is a former marble quarry which is now a lake with crystal clear water. Itinerary: 6.30 a.m Departure to Sortavala (250 km from St. Petersburg) Retro train to the Mountain park “Ruskeala” (designed in the style of the 19th century) Lunch at the local cafe Visit the picturesque Ruskeala waterfalls Excursion in the Ruskeala mining Park and the Marble canyon. City tour in Sortavala 11 p.m. Arrival to the hotel or to the ship in St. Petersburg

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6-Day Snowmobile Tour to Kizhi from Saint Petersburg

Hotel "karelia", Saint Petersburg

You will start this exciting 6-day tour from the beautiful “Venice of the North”, St. Petersburg. In a very short time you can take in the history and culture of this truly unique and memorable city and explore its major attractions. From there you will visit Karelia, in the Russian Northwest, with a vast areas covered in forests, thousands of rivers and lakes, two National Parks and several Nature Reserves. Among the numerous cultural sights of Karelia, Kizhi Island is the most famous, with a unique complex of wooden buildings, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: a beautiful example of authentic Russian culture. You will feel like a real arctic pioneer riding a snowmobile on the frozen lake of Onega, the second largest in Europe, through the surreal beauty of frozen desert covered with fluffy Russian snow – and there will be plenty of it, for sure, as well as unforgettable memories of your amazing holidays in the heart of the Russian North!

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