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Dog and Reindeer Sledding in the Russian North (KL-09)

Group size
2-10 people
Season
Winter
Duration
8 days
Departs
Thursday
Starts
St. Petersburg
Ends
St. Petersburg
Countries
Russia
Cities
St. Petersburg, Kizhi, Petrozavodsk
Price
from £1,345
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Have you ever dreamed of an adventure holiday in the Russian North in the winter? Enjoy the unique and unforgettable experience of a journey along the frozen lakes and snowy taiga on dogsleds. You will love the pristine wilderness, the thrill of being surrounded by abundant wildlife and the majestic winter scenery. The clear air and the endless snowy forest will transport you to the world from a winter fairy- tale. We offer you breath-taking and challenging adventures in the Russian North. You will also visit charming St. Petersburg and explore its major attractions.

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St. Petersburg
Draw Bridges Night Tour by CarLike Venice, St. Petersburg is spread across a lot of big and small islands and it's hard to walk more than a few hundred meters without crossing a bridge! St. Petersburg has the largest number of bridges of any city in the entire world. With a total of 539 bridges (315 in the historical centre alone), not even Venice, Stockholm or Amsterdam can beat the city’s total! And more than 20 of all bridges are drawbridges. The elegance of some bridges can be compared only to the beauty of the city architectural ensembles. The bridges of St. Petersburg have become an integral part of the city.
2 hours | £125 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | £60 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)Guided visit to one of the major architectural treasures of the Royal St. Petersburg - settlement of Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. This small town has two gigantic palaces, set amidst huge and beautiful parkland: the glorious Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece by the Italian architecture Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and the Alexander Palace, where the last tsar family dwelt. We will visit the Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room. It features splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov and Monighetti.
5 hours | £110 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | £55 per person

Day 1 – Thursday
Transfer from the airport to the railway station
Arrival in St. Petersburg. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector with a Go Russia sign board. Transfer to the railway station to board a comfortable overnight train to Petrozavodsk.
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Train: St. Petersburg - Petrozavodsk
Day 1 – Thursday
Night train: St. Petersburg - Petrozavodsk
You will travel on a comfortable fast train to Petrozavodsk. Both 1st (2 berth) and 2nd (4 berth) compartments are available. Clean linen, including sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are provided for each berth. The train also has a dining car that serves good meals. Arrival in Petrozavodsk early in the morning.
Petrozavodsk
Day 2 – Friday
Petrozavodsk orientation city tour
Transfer to the countryside hotel
Introductory course to dog sledding. Dog sledding on the lake
Visit the local husky farm
Ice-fishing on the lake
Upon arrival in Petrozavodsk - the capital of Karelia - we will have a short orientation city tour. Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of the lake Onego for approximately 27 kilometers and is distinguished by its neoclassical architectural style of 18-19 centuries.

Today is our first day of exciting winter activities. We will have a theoretical introduction to, and practical classes in dog sledding. Our guide will show you how to operate the sleds and you will have a short introductory "cruise" to adjust to dog sledding on the flat surface of the frozen lake. After lunch we will visit our dogs’ farm where you will meet the dogs and see the equipment used on the tours. You will also see how the dogs are bred and trained.

This is your opportunity to try ice-fishing on the frozen lake and to experience the traditional way of fishing in the Northern regions. After lunch at the guesthouse the guide will show and explain how to use the equipment and everybody is welcome to fish. By the way, if you are lucky enough, the fresh fish can be prepared for us for dinner.
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Petrozavodsk
Day 3 – Saturday
Dog sledding along the forest trail (15-20 km)
Picnic in the forest
Return to Petrozavodsk: Petrozavodsk - Petrozavodsk
Today we will ride the dog sleds along the forest trail (15-20 km) and enjoy the snowy taiga. As the trail sometimes go uphill, it may be necessary to help the dogs to climb. We may also see some forest birds as well as various animal traces. Picnic in the forest. Transfer to Petrozavodsk. On our way to Petrozavodsk, we will make a stop at the reindeer farm to try reindeer sledding.
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Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - St. Petersburg
Draw Bridges Night Tour by CarLike Venice, St. Petersburg is spread across a lot of big and small islands and it's hard to walk more than a few hundred meters without crossing a bridge! St. Petersburg has the largest number of bridges of any city in the entire world. With a total of 539 bridges (315 in the historical centre alone), not even Venice, Stockholm or Amsterdam can beat the city’s total! And more than 20 of all bridges are drawbridges. The elegance of some bridges can be compared only to the beauty of the city architectural ensembles. The bridges of St. Petersburg have become an integral part of the city.
2 hours | £125 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | £60 per person
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)Guided visit to one of the major architectural treasures of the Royal St. Petersburg - settlement of Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) located 25km south of the city. This small town has two gigantic palaces, set amidst huge and beautiful parkland: the glorious Catherine Palace, a Baroque masterpiece by the Italian architecture Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and the Alexander Palace, where the last tsar family dwelt. We will visit the Catherine’s Palace with the Amber Room. It features splendid interiors, designed by eminent architects Rastrelli, Cameron, Stasov and Monighetti.
5 hours | £110 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | £55 per person

Day 4 – Sunday
Hovercraft: Petrozavodsk - Kizhi
Kizhi Open-air Museum Guided Tour
Hovercraft: Kizhi - Petrozavodsk
Local suburban train: Petrozavodsk - St. Petersburg
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
We set off for our winter discovery of Kizhi by hovercraft. The Kizhi museum is one of the most interesting cultural sights in the Northern Russia; it is also included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This open-air museum includes more than 80 magnificent structures. The most amazing are the 22-dome Church of the Transfiguration (1714) and the oldest wooden church in Russia - the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus. Dating from the 14th century, its whole structure was built without a single nail! Transfer back to Petrozavodsk to board a local train to St. Petersburg. Arrival in St. Petersburg late in the evening. Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board to transfer to the hotel.
Day 5 – Monday
St. Petersburg City Tour by Car
It is impossible not to fall in love with St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and after you visit it, you can understand why. The most European of all Russian towns and cities, St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. Unlike the busy capital Moscow, it is however calm and unhurried, just as a real museum-city should be. Start your discovery of St. Petersburg with a guided city tour by car that will take you around the stunning "Venice of the North"; you will see the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of Christ's Resurrection (The Saviour of the Blood). You will also see the famous cruiser Aurora; the legendary ship whose canon gave the signal, on the order of Lenin, for the beginning of the Great Social Revolution more than 90 years ago.
Day 6 – Tuesday
Yusupov Palace Guided Tour
The beautiful Yusupov Palace will always be associated with scandal, for it was here that Grigory Rasputin met his grisly fate. This influential figure, said to have wielded significant power over Tsar Nicholas II, was murdered here and the cellar where the crime took place now exhibits artefacts telling that gripping story. The splendour of the palace itself is a far cry from such horrors and you’ll delight in exploring its stunning interiors. Packed with sumptuous decor with the finest marble, gilded chandeliers and elaborate carvings dating from the 19th century, the palace offers an unrivalled glimpse into the life of a wealthy aristocratic family.
Day 7 – Wednesday
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided Tour
A guided tour of the Hermitage, former residence of the Russian Tzars (famous Winter Palace) and one of best museums of the world. This stunning palace, an architectural masterpiece in itself, contains a collection over 3,000,000 works of art re presenting the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. The collection includes works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, French impressionists, sculptures and treasures icons, coins and Tsar’s jewellery. The Hermitage is an unforgettable place to visit.
Day 8 – Thursday
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the hotel lobby.
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Comfort - 3*
Year of travel
2022
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single / Solo supplement Train upgrade Book
06/01/2022 - 13/01/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
13/01/2022 - 20/01/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
20/01/2022 - 27/01/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
27/01/2022 - 03/02/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
03/02/2022 - 10/02/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
10/02/2022 - 17/02/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
17/02/2022 - 24/02/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
24/02/2022 - 03/03/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
03/03/2022 - 10/03/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
10/03/2022 - 17/03/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now
17/03/2022 - 24/03/2022 £1,345 / £1,645 £145 / £645 £75 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.
  6. "Train upgrade" supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
See what our clients say about this tour
We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
The experience of seeing the Kizhi area and the amazing churches was something special. I thought the skidoo adventure was well organised and Anna our interpreter did a very good job. I must say at this point I can not emphasise enough just how good our guide Sveltlana has been. We were also blessed everyday with blue skies and pleasant temperatures, I am sure it is like that all the time! Thank you all again.
We had an excellent holiday, thanks very much for your help in putting it all together. The different parts all worked very well together, we were met at every stage as planned, the accommodation was comfortable and all the guides were very helpful. We loved the snow mobile trip and the guest house near Kizhi. I'm very impressed with your website, the information was very helpful as preparation for the trip.
It was a superb holiday that was well organised - we would not hesitate to go again! It was cold (as expected) but having been warned we were sometimes over-warm! We enjoyed the holiday immensely - and have already recommended it to friends and colleagues. Thanking you again for helping to organise a memorable holiday!

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