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Preliminary schedule of the trip


1.00 p.m.
Departure from St.-Petersburg


8.00 p.m. — 10.00 p.m.
Kizhi Island: walk excursion «Kizhi reserve»


8.00 a.m. — 1.00 p.m.
Petrozavodsk: excursion to waterfall Kivatch


5.00 p.m. — 9.00 p.m.
Valaam Island: excursion to Valaam Monastery


8.00 a.m.
Arrival to St.-Petersburg

Brief information about the cultural program

Island Valaam. Valaam Monastery

The island of Valaam within an archipelago of islands in the Ladoga Lake does deserve its world fame. The island hosts a functioning friary with its chronicle dating back to the X century, Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, the St. Peter and Paul Church and several skits that preserve spiritual values and are magnificent monuments of Russian architecture. Besides all this are combined with the island’s unique nature.

Island Kizhi. Reserve of Kizhi

This small island is a unique quarter of the Russian land in the Onega Lake where the famous ensemble of Kizhi temples is located, including over 80 monuments of wooden architecture, created by old masters several centuries ago. The Church of the Transfiguration (1714) is a world masterpiece of wooden architecture. Five tiers of 22 domes, wonderfully changing color during the day, look magnificent from any point of the island. The iconostasis in the Church of the Protecting Veil was selected from the richest collection of old icons from churches throughout the Onega region. There is also one of the oldest monuments of Russian wooden architecture, the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus from Murom Monastery (2nd half of the XIV century). Since 1993 the museum of Kizhi has been under the auspices of UNESCO.


Petrozavodsk is the capital of the Republic of Karelia stretching along the western edge of Lake Onega. It is a city with a rich history and exciting present, founded in 1703 to house an iron foundry to manufacture and supply anchors for the Baltic Fleet. During the captivating bus excursion about 60 km. away from Petrozavodsk you will visit the Kivatch Waterfalls — the natural pearl of Karelia. Kivatch Waterfall is located on the Suna River, on the territory of the Nature Reserve «Kivatch». It is the second among the plain waterfalls in Europe by its size — 10.7 m. The water in it falls in cascades from several ledges causing an impression of an unusual power and stream force.