Ready for an unforgettable journey? Then let's hit the road! There are three very busy days ahead, during which you will visit two great lakes of the Leningrad region and Karelia - Onega and Ladoga. During these days you'll get acquainted with the traditional Russian way of life, take part in the master-classes of the national crafts and visit the village Kinerma, where the time stopped. You will also enjoy the beauty of nature - Ladoga skerries and Kivach reserve. Take warm clothes and good mood and hit the road!
Today 500 kilometers of journey are waiting for you, and during this time you will have an opportunity to visit a fortress in Staraya Ladoga, to take part in a master-class of traditional Russian crafts, to visit a vodka museum, and in the evening to stroll along the winter embankment of Onega Lake and enjoy the coolness and northern scenery.
The stone structure of the fortress is the heart of Old Ladoga. In the times of Prophetic Oleg the fortress was built of stone and protected the waterway from the Baltic Sea to the interior of Novgorod Rus. The fortress opens the doors daily at 9 am. You can book an excursion by phone: 8 (813) 634-90-70 8 (911) 272-27-50 Ticket prices can be found at [website](http://ladogamuseum.com).
Nikolsky Monastery was founded in 1240 after the victorious battle with Swedes during the Battle of Neva. Alexander Nevsky founded the monastery and dedicated it to Nicholas the Wonderworker.
The first mention of the church on this site dates back to 1276. Until the middle of the XVIII century on the site of the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist there was a wooden John the Baptist monastery, to which tsar Boris Godunov and his family paid much attention: in 1604 two bells were presented to the monastery.
The cafe is located in the house of historical importance of the late XIX century, the interior is decorated in the traditional Russian style. Here you can taste the sweetest mead, grandmother's pies and home cooking according to the ancient recipes of Russia! Immerse yourself in the culture of our ancestors.
The Vodka Museum has a huge collection of vodka bottles - more than 3,000 of them. There is also an Exchange Fund, where you can bring a rare bottle and get vodka from St. Petersburg producers in exchange for your own and an honour for the addition to the collection.
There is a workshop to choose from, you can learn one of the oldest crafts - blacksmithing, or try working with a potter's wheel, shaping and decorating products in different ways, painting a casket in your own special style or taking traditions from different cities, or understanding the principles of the loom and reed and weaving a doily, napkin, scarf or belt. Choose a master-class to your liking and go ahead. Sign up in advance by phone: +7 (812) 347-94-04 +7 (81365) 3-10-10.
We suggest having dinner here in the tourist village. Try dishes made of rustic products, such as rabbit or quail. After dinner the road to Petrozavodsk awaits you.
The sculpture "Fishermen" is one of the silent symbols of Petrozavodsk. Two figures from metal rods throw an openwork net into the lake.
Finish your day with a short walk along the promenade, it is beautiful not only at night but also in the light of the street lamps. After a short evening stroll, head back to your hotel for your rest.
Today you will start the day with a visit to the Kivach Nature Reserve and a walk near the majestic waterfall. Next you will be welcomed by the northern huskies. Afterwards you will visit the village of Kinerma, where time has stopped and you will be able to see the traditional Karelian way of life. After the village you will have dinner in one of the best restaurants of the region.
The Kivach Nature Reserve is an amazing place, where you can enjoy being at one with nature and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The gem of the reserve is the waterfall of the same name, which does not freeze even in the cold season. Leave your car in the car park and go and explore the snow-covered surroundings.
Next stop is the resort "Marcial Waters" - one of the oldest water health resorts in Russia. There is a very interesting historical object - the Church of the Apostle Peter. The temple is remarkable not only for its atypical architecture, but also for its interior decoration, the iconostasis deserves special attention. Some researchers believe that the faces of angels depicted on the icons, have portrait similarity with the faces of associates of Emperor Peter I. Near the temple there is a shop where you can buy Karelian souvenir products. The choice is quite large - from the usual magnets and postcards to unusual tinctures made according to local recipes.
The restaurant is located in the hotel of the same name. Here you can taste traditional northern cuisine: dishes from fresh fish and forest game, Karelian ear and delicious lohikeitto, and also tender desserts with forest berries and Karelian honey.
Next stop is Karjala Park, where you can try the traditional entertainment of the north - dog sledding. Book your holiday in the park in advance via the feedback form on [website](http://www.karjalapark.ru).
Kinerma is included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Karelia. Here you will find old peasant houses with unpainted floors, Russian stoves, closets and barns. The locals are reverent and respectful of their culture and ancestral traditions, trying to preserve the old way of life as much as possible. The village has been repeatedly burned by the Swedes and raided by the Cossacks, but it has not lost its uniqueness and its unique unhurried peasant way of life. Enjoy the tranquillity by making a short stop here.
Dinner is waiting for you in the famous Ladoga Manor - one of the iconic hotels of the region. Here you can taste traditional wickets, trout and dishes from game living in these places.
Start the morning at the skerries - they are the most beautiful places in Karelia both in winter and in summer. Afterwards, drop in at Winter's Dacha, where you can stroll along the eco-trail. Another interesting stop will be Owl Mountain - rather large underground museum of military history. Let's hit the road!
The Ladoga Skerries is a unique natural complex consisting of more than 600 islands of different sizes, located in the northern and north-western part of Lake Ladoga. If you want to not just admire the natural beauty from a distance, but also to visit the most picturesque corners of the complex, you can take a snowmobile tour. You can book a trip on [website](https://terra-nordica.ru/winter_snowmobile#!/tab/40108300-2). Please note that a class "A" driver's license is required to operate the snowmobile. You should also dress warmly: the excursion will be long!
After a long snowmobile ride stop by the park-hotel Dacha Winter, where you can meet a friendly reindeer and have a rest in a cosy restaurant afterwards.
A lunch with a panoramic view of the lake awaits you on the grounds of Winter's Dacha. It is best to announce your visit in advance. Reservations can be made by phone +7 (921) 465-29-88.
"Owl Mountain" is one of the largest underground museums in Northern Europe, covering an area of more than 750 square metres. Inside the mountain itself there is a museum of military history of the region, and guided tours are held there, during which quite interesting stories are told about the process of creating the place. You can order a tour by phone: +7 921 220-20-32 +7 911 921-11-04 The museum is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.
There's a little photo stop waiting for you at old Kirch. Keep taking pictures on the road.
You can refresh yourself on the way home in one of the best gastronomic establishments of Priozersk - cafe "Point on the map". You will be pleased not only with the choice of original dishes, but also with the most beautiful views of the Ladoga nature from the panoramic windows.
You had a busy journey and saw two huge lakes and got acquainted with the culture of Karelia. Now you will have something to remember and you will always know where you can go back - where your special atmosphere is and where you are always welcome.