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

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  • Group size —   2-10 people
  • Season —   Winter
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Dog and Reindeer Sledding in the Russian North (KL-09)

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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Day 1
Thursday - St. Petersburg
Arrival Transfer to the Railway Station. Departure to Petrozavodsk
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. 
Day 2
Friday - Petrozavodsk
Orientation City Tour. Dog Sledding on the Lake. Visit the Husky Farm. Ice-fishing
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.
Day 3
Saturday - Petrozavodsk
Dog Sledding along the Forest Trail. Reindeer Sledding. Transfer to 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.
Day 4
Sunday - Petrozavodsk - Kizhi - Petrozavodsk - St. Petersburg
Kizhi Open-air Museum Guided Tour. Departure to St. Petersburg
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 is the 22-dome Church of the Transfiguration (1714), 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
St. Petersburg City Tour
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 - St. Petersburg
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.
Day 7
Wednesday - St. Petersburg
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 jewelery. The Hermitage is an unforgettable place to visit.
Day 8
Thursday - St. Petersburg
Departure Transfer from the Hotel
Transfer to the airport. Our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign board at the hotel lobby.

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Hotel Nevsky Grand St. Petersbrug 3*
Hotel Nevsky Hotel Grand is ideally located in the center of St. Petersburg, and within easy walking distance of the famous landmarks of St. Petersburg - such as Hermitage; Kazan, St. Isaac's and Savior on Spilled Blood Cathedrals; Russian museum. The hotel features elegant interior and cozy homelike atmosphere. The hotel’s 135 guest rooms and 5 suites are designed in the modern style with a touch of antique, complimented by the technological amenities, including telephone, free WiFi, interactive satellite television, safe, air-conditioning system. There is a hall on every floor with soft drinks, coffee and tea, open 24 hours a day.Learn more
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  1. All prices are per person, in US Dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote an airfare for you. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. 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.
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We thrive on feedback! We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us. Please browse our guestbook below, read our clients' feedback on Tripadvisor and also watch a short customer's interview sharing her travel experience with Go Russia. To respect our clients' privacy all names are encoded.
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.
Angelo Montgomery
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.
Ashley Patterson
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!
Carl Watson
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St. Petersburg
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Draw Bridges Night Tour by Car Like 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.


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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.


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Russian Museum Guided Tour Russian 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.


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Folk Show at Nikolaevsky Palace The 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.


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Starts Ends St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Departs Duration Thursday 8 days
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