Russia vacation, St Petersburg and Karelia

“The highlights and hidden corners of St Petersburg and the wild nature of Karelia this tailor made Russian tour combines culture and adventure.”


Guided tour of St Petersburg | visit the Hermitage | option to tour St Petersburg on bike or walking | Peterhof Palace | train to Petrozavodsk | white water rafting down the Shuya River | Kizhi Island and open air museum | optional visit to Valaam Archipelago | trek across taiga to the Kivach Nature Reserve | overnight train to St Petersburg

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Russia vacation, St Petersburg and Karelia


All our activities are run with respect to the environment, making sure that the volume of participants and type of tourism we offer doesnt have any negative impact on local conditions and infrastructure.
Taking into consideration that sustainable development is still a new topic in Russia, we educate our partners and suppliers about environmental responsibility of their operations and we encourage them to improve sustainability of their practices. Our clients are also asked to act as role models and to give example to Russian communities on hoe to live in respect to the environment.
We give priority to public transport and optimise the itinerary to reduce the carbon footprint. From St Petersburg to Karelia, tourists travel by train. In the cities, we walking/biking tours are offered.
We reduce carbon footprint of our tours by offering our clients a compensation scheme, thanks to our cooperation with Atmosfair, encouraged especially when booking flights through us.
We are keen on recycling, energy-saving solutions and minimising litter, water and atmospheric pollution both in our office and at any specific tourism activity we provide. We recycle waste produced at our office and bring it to special collection points.
We encourage our clients to limit waste produced on the tour by using reusable tea flasks, and reusable bags to collect litter.
We inform our travelers about protected areas they visit, including Vodlozero and
Kalevala National Park, restrictions and accepted behaviors.


We are a small Russian inbound tour operator based in Moscow, run and owned by young enthusiastic entrepreneurs who love Russia, its breathtaking nature, rich culture and hospitable people. As a company, we aim to contribute to the long-term future of Russias economic stability, environmental wellness, cultural heritage and peoples well-being by acting responsibly and implementing sustainable solutions on all levels of our operations.
This tour is exclusively operated by local suppliers, local service providers and local guides.
We place our guests at the heart of the local communities by using small and medium locally run and locally owned accommodation providers.
Travelers on this tour visit sites of cultural significance, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including Peterhof (near St Petersburg) and Kizhi museum in Karelia.
We organize informal language classes, giving our tourists the chance to learn the basic Russian phrases, which will help them to interact with locals more freely.
We provide our customers with quality and adequate information on destinations they visit, to increase understanding of local culture, its problems and facilitate cultural exchange with local people.
We educate our customers by providing them guidelines on how to travel responsibly. Information is delivered in the pre-arrival kit, available on our tours and on our website.
We encourage our staff to act sustainably and train them on the most efficient ways to do it.
We actively participate in discussions about sustainability and responsible tourism, providing feedback and sharing our experiences.

1 Reviews of Russia vacation, St Petersburg and Karelia

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Difficult to say, but I think the quality of the guides was really exceptional. The privilege of walking around with young and knowledgeable people who are
very welcoming and can answer almost any question is very memorable. A guide who took us to a bagna in which we spoke like old friends. Another guide who explained about what she liked best herself in Saint Petersburg. Et cetera.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You may end up spending quite a lot if like us you like a full program, but if you see the work that goes into all of this and the quality of what you will get, you
will see this is actually really worth the money and more.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All guides were real Russians loving to explain their country. We visited many places we would never have found ourselves and met Russians and Karelian on
the way. Twice traveling with a night train was great as well. Environmentally friendly, but even more a nice adventure in this huge country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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