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Karelia Private Tour

This private tour will open for you one of the most beautiful places in Northern Russia — Karelia
Marble Canyon, Northern lights, Ruskeala Mountain Park, Kizhi's wooden architecture are all look like hand-made marble settings from the fairytales of Karelia — a sparsely populated region with pristine ecology and ragged northern nature, crystal clear rivers and lakes, is beautiful at any time of the year.

Today Karelia is one of the most promising regions for the development of green tourism in Russia. Visiting this northern region, it is impossible to ignore one of its most wonderful corners: the "Ruskeala Mountain Park" with its famous marble quarry. Today, this park is an amazing blend of the original, almost untouched natural beauty with the results of creative human activity.
Marble Canyon, Northern lights, Ruskeala Mountain Park, Kizhi's wooden architecture are all look like hand-made marble settings from the fairytales of Karelia — a sparsely populated region with pristine ecology and ragged northern nature, crystal clear rivers and lakes, is beautiful at any time of the year.

Today Karelia is one of the most promising regions for the development of green tourism in Russia. Visiting this northern region, it is impossible to ignore one of its most wonderful corners: the "Ruskeala Mountain Park" with its famous marble quarry. Today, this park is an amazing blend of the original, almost untouched natural beauty with the results of creative human activity.

Ruskeala Mountain Park

And the main jewel of the park - famous Marble Canyon
The main attraction of the "Ruskeala Mountain Park" is the famous Marble Canyon, which 7 years before the opening of the park was included in the list of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation as an outstanding monument of the industrial culture of Russia in the late XVIII — early XX centuries. The canyon itself is by no means a natural formation — actually it is only framed by the beautiful wild Karelian nature. Since the beginning of the XVII century, development of marble quarries began here, and materials was then used by the Swedish authorities during construction. As a result of the excavation of marble blocks, a huge bowl formed in the ground, which was subsequently filled with groundwater and formed the famous canyon, which today is about 400 meters long and 50 to 100 meters wide in different places.

The sight of the Marble Canyon makes a stunning impression on the viewer: the sheer gray marble walls, and often at a negative angle, go into the turquoise-blue waters of the lake, and create a unique visual effect by their reflection. If you rent a boat, then this impression can be further strengthened by swimming in man-made grottoes and admiring the bizarre play of light, many times reflected from the water and marble walls.

In summer, the park is a favorite training place for divers, who have long appreciated the attractiveness and beauty of flooded quarries, connected by bizarre labyrinths of underwater passages. Moreover, the water here is crystal clear both in the depth and on the surface of the lake, because the park staff regularly clean it of debris and falling leaves.
The main attraction of the "Ruskeala Mountain Park" is the famous Marble Canyon, which 7 years before the opening of the park was included in the list of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation as an outstanding monument of the industrial culture of Russia in the late XVIII — early XX centuries. The canyon itself is by no means a natural formation — actually it is only framed by the beautiful wild Karelian nature. Since the beginning of the XVII century, development of marble quarries began here, and materials was then used by the Swedish authorities during construction. As a result of the excavation of marble blocks, a huge bowl formed in the ground, which was subsequently filled with groundwater and formed the famous canyon, which today is about 400 meters long and 50 to 100 meters wide in different places.

The sight of the Marble Canyon makes a stunning impression on the viewer: the sheer gray marble walls, and often at a negative angle, go into the turquoise-blue waters of the lake, and create a unique visual effect by their reflection. If you rent a boat, then this impression can be further strengthened by swimming in man-made grottoes and admiring the bizarre play of light, many times reflected from the water and marble walls.

In summer, the park is a favorite training place for divers, who have long appreciated the attractiveness and beauty of flooded quarries, connected by bizarre labyrinths of underwater passages. Moreover, the water here is crystal clear both in the depth and on the surface of the lake, because the park staff regularly clean it of debris and falling leaves.

Ruskeala Mountain Park in the winter

It should be noted that in winter the Ruskeala Mountain Park is no less attractive and convenient for visiting, and the canyon at that time turns into a real "Snow Queen's Palace", consisting of bizarre ice blocks, frozen stalactites and snow caps. A clever artistic lighting only emphasizes this impression.
Walking on the ice that bounds deep Marmara Lake, you can conveniently get right up to to the bays and the entrances to the mysterious grottoes, one of which even got the name "Musical" for the special acoustic effect created by its arches.

Marble Canyon in Winter
Ruskeala Park, Karelia, Russia
What is included in the tour
Personal Guide
This tour will be conducted by one of our professional guides
All Tickets and Admissions
All tickets are already included in price. No hidden costs!
All Transfers
The tour includes a personal driver on private car/train or bus tickets
Itinerary
This itinerary can be tailored to you and your family's precise requirements and interests. If you want us to create an individual route for you, please,  write to us
07:30
07:30
Start of the Tour
Pick Up from the Hotel. Meet Your Guide
11:30
11:30
Transfer to Sortavala
The city of Sortavala is located on the shore of Ladoga, in the very center of the Ladoga skerries. Some urban areas are located on adjacent islands, so a typical Karelian landscape is obtained — a lot of water.
11:30-13:00
11:30-13:00
Lunch in the Sortavala
Traditional Russian Lunch (not included In the price)
13:30-16:30
13:30-16:30
Ruskeala Mountain Park Private Excursion & Free Time
Your visit to the park will begin with a guided tour. A licensed local guide will tell you not only the history of this place, but also provide complete information about what you can do in the park in your free time. After the tour, you will have free time in the Ruskeala park.
16:30-19:00
16:30-19:00
Transfer to Priozersk
Priozersk is a small and fairly old city (the first settlement dates from 1295) in the Leningrad Region, located in the north on the Karelian Isthmus
19:00-20:30
19:00-20:30
Dinner in Priozersk
Traditional Russian Dinner (not included In the price)
20:30-23:00
20:30-23:00
Transfer to St. Petersburg
After dinner we will go to St. Petersburg
23:00
23:00
Drop off
Return to the hotel

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