The tour to Ruskeala starts in the morning. You are picked up at the address and taken to marble canyon. Travel time is about 3.5-4 hours. Further transport goes to Ruskeala through Priozersk and Sortavala, making stops in Priozersk (fortress Korela), Landenpohye, near the waterfalls Ahvenkoski and Ruskeala. During the excursion to Ruskeala from St. PETERSBURG in one day you will visit the ground part of the Park. Further, by prior agreement or on the spot you can buy entrance tickets to the underground galleries (cost about 1200 rubles per person). In summer, there is a cable car and there is an opportunity to go boating on the quarry. The average stay in the Park – 1-3 hours depending on the time of year and your wishes. Lunch is not included in the price of the tour to Ruskeala, but our guide will show you the best places on the way and offer to make a stop. From November 2, the Park turns on the evening illumination, giving the gray stones of the canyon a completely different, more vivid appearance. The approximate time of the entire excursion to Ruskeala from St. PETERSBURG is about 15 hours. This program we organize only individually and for ready-made groups!
07: 00 – Transport takes you on a tour to Ruskeala from St. PETERSBURG at your designated place. Departure on the route. We use comfortable buses and cars designed for travel. All have the necessary documents for transportation. On the way, the guide will tell you the travel information along the route, as well as draw your attention to the most interesting places on the way. These are the remains of Mannerheim line fortifications, natural phenomena and other monuments. Closer to the destination you will pass and lake Ladoga. You can ask the driver to make a stop and walk along the shore.
09:30 – Arrival in Priozersk. Inspection of the ancient fortress of Korela. In this fortress at one time was the family of the disgraced Pugachev. Fans of Russian films this object was to be remembered for the filming of the first part of the film “Brother” with the participation of Sergei Bodrov Jr. It is possible to order an additional tour of the Museum.
13:00 – Lunch in one of Sortavala cafes. Lunch is already included in the price of the excursion to Ruskeala from St. PETERSBURG. Lunch time is about 40 minutes, but during this time you can have lunch and drink a couple of extra cups of tea or coffee. After lunch, a sightseeing tour of the city of Sortavala begins, during which the main attractions of the village are examined. The tour is short, as the town is small
14:15 – Arrival to the falls of Ahvenkoski during the excursion to Ruskeala from St. PETERSBURG, where the shooting of the picture “and the dawns are quiet here”took place. However, the place is remarkable not for its history, but for its natural beauty. Recently, this place is popular with tourists, so actively developing infrastructure and additional entertainment. The price of the tour already includes a passage on the hinged bridges over the waterfall, which offers a beautiful view.
15:00 – Arrival in Ruskeala. Output from the transport. A short rest before the tour
15:20 – start of the tour. During the tour in Ruskeala you will visit the main part of the Park-the canyon itself, filled with water, walk through a dry tunnel and enjoy the views and interesting story of the guide. At one of the stops on the route, a stone-working master works. He makes various interesting crafts from marble. You can watch him work and ask him a few questions. Tour time-1-1.5 hours.
16:20 – Free time. You can walk in the Park, go bungee or take a boat ride (in the summer) on the water surface of the canyon. By prior agreement with the guide, after the main tour in Ruskeala, you can go to the underground galleries located in the Park. The galleries are partially submerged, but they have a floating platform, and the water is illuminated, making this place something like the places from the movie “Avatar”. This excursion to Ruskeala is organized for an additional fee (about 1200 rubles per adult). There are age restrictions (children from 4 years). There is a bungee, boat rental, and in the winter and husky. In good weather you can do a lot
17:20 – Departure from Ruskeala Park to St. Petersburg. Along the way you will make a stop at a place called Lahdenpohja. There is an old Lutheran Church. Unfortunately, it was abandoned immediately after the Russian-Finnish war. On the way back to Ruskeala from St. PETERSBURG, the bus will stop near the brand fish shop, where you can buy trout caviar and the most delicious and fresh fish. The fact is that there are a lot of trout farms on Ladoga, and one of them is just near this shop. So don’t spend all your money on Souvenirs in Ruskeala!
23:10 – Arrival in St. Petersburg at the address you specified. On the way every one and a half-two hours sanitary stops are made. Sanitary stops are also possible on demand in permitted places.
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