ST. PETERSBURG 45ºF - 46ºF - RUSKEALA NATIONAL PARK - SORTAVALA 43ºF - 43ºF
Welcome to your Europamundo Trip Style!!! The information about the meeting place and start time of your circuit can be found on your voucher.We get an early transfer to the railway station with our guide, and after travelling through picturesque landscapes, we´ll reach Sortavala. We will take the tourist train from here to RUSKEALA NATIONAL PARK, a paradise on earth with virgin nature and Karelia´s marble heart. The central attraction is a fascinating canyon from where marble was mined once and is now flooded with transparent underwater. We will visit the canyon, accessible and prepared and will do an underground tour of the mountain. In the hot season, after walking by the tunnels, we could watch the flat emerald surface of the canyon during a boat tour on a floating platform. After lunch, we return to Sortavala by a regular train line. Accommodation
SORTAVALA 43ºF - 43ºF
Today we will start with a boat ride to the VALAM ISLANDS, where we will have time for lunch upon arrival. We are in the biggest of the islands forming the archipelago. The main place of interest here is the monastery, of remote and unknown origin, and its eleven hermitages, Russian style. The island is inhabited permanently by several monks and families. We will admire the monastic and traditional life of the area and its marvellous landscapes, where more than 480 species of plants grow. Return to Sortavaka by boat. Arrival and accommodation. Important note: the ship´s summer schedule lasts from May 15 to August 31. From September there will be a boat at that time as long as navigation and weather conditions allow it, we will go to the island in a boat that breaks the ice.
SORTAVALA 43ºF - 43ºF - SKERRIES NATIONAL PARK - PRIOZERSK 43ºF - 43ºF
Today, we will visit the National Park "LADOGA SKERRIES", a unique and picturesque archipelago. We will assist a traditional Sami music and culture show in this area. After lunch, we will go to PRIOZERSK, where we will visit the Fortress of Korela and stroll around this cosy town by the river Vouksi. Accommodation
PRIOZERSK 43ºF - 43ºF - THE BROKEN RING - ORESHEK FORTRESS - ST. PETERSBURG 45ºF - 46ºF
Departure to Priozersk, going parallel to lake Ladoga. We will travel "The way of Life" including the visit of the open-air museums, which remind us of moments of World War II: one at the banks of lake Ladoga (The Broken Ring) and the other at the interior, close to Saint Petersbourg (The Road of Life Memorial). Upon arrival in ORESHEK, whose historic centre and Fortress are part of the World Heritage Site, we will take a ferry to the Fortress (entrance included), where the town was born and built in 1323. It has been disputed throughout its history by Russians, Lithuanians, Finns and Swedes, and also functioned as a prison under Imperial Russia. Departure by boat to return to Shlisselburg and from there to Saint Petersburg. End of services. Our guide will drop you off at the agreed point.We hope you have enjoyed your circuit with Europamundo.
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