Charm of the Russian North, Self-drive Tour, 14 Days

Karelia- is a place of rare beauty where nature and architecture coexist in full harmony and revive a unique atmosphere of the past.
Self-driving tour in Karelia is unforgettable experiment. You will experience great new adventures every day. You will discover remarkably beautiful places of northern austere nature:
- Boundless, pristine forests, as almost one million hectares, or more than 5% of the total area of the region, are protected areas
- Crystal-clear lakes, as there are about 60,000 lakes, including the two largest lakes in Europe - Ladoga and Onega. 
- «White nights», or the midnight sun which is a unique natural phenomenon in the areas behind the Arctic Circle, when even during the night the sun does not set.
Karelia…let the day never end

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Driving distance: 2950 km
Types of driving:  On Road, easy off-road
Activities: Self driving tour (Fly&Drive)
Minimum driving age:21
Accommodation: Best hotels on the way
Nutrition: 3 times a day
Best time: June – September
High season: Middle of June – Middle of July


Day 1. Arrive in Moscow. Transfer from airport to the hotel. Rest. Meeting with a local guide and discussion on the program. (-/-/-)

Day 2. After breakfast we start driving to Ostashkov Town (373 km) located on the shore of Seliger Lake. The Great  Volga river originates from the lake.  We do some sightseeing on the way and spend night in a hotel in Ostashkov. (B/L/D)
Day 3 After breakfast we start driving to Veliky Novgorod (310 km), visit source of Volga river and work off-road over Seliger lake. After arriving to V. Novgorod we will visit Vitoslavlitsy ( ethnographic museum). Accommodation in a hotel (B/L/D)
Day 4.
 After breakfast we will have SS tour in V. Novgorod, then start driving to Verhniye Mandrogi (344 km).  We will visit OLd Ladoga Fortress and village-museum of Verhniye Mandrogi. Accommodation in a hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 5.
 After breakfast drive to Pudozh (277 km). We will see the beautiful landscapes of Onega Lake and do some off-road on the way. Accommodation in a hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 6
.  After breakfast we start driving to Kem (450 km), which is northeast point of this tour. We will visit white sea. Accommodation in a hotel (B/L/D)

Day 7.  This day we will visit Solovetsky Island. We’ll take the 2-hours trip on a ship, have SS tour there and then get back to Kem. Accommodation in a hotel (B/-/D)

Day 8. After breakfast we start driving to Petrozavodsk (450 km.) visiting Kivach waterfall on the way. Accommodation in a hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 9. This day we will visit Kizhi by ship, have SS tour there and come back. Accommodation in a hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 10. After breakfast we start driving to Sortavala (266 km) visiting Ruskeala park with beautiful Marble Quarry on our way. We will also drive off road, then get in a hotel for accommodation. (B/L/D)

Day 11. This day we will visitValaam by Ship, have SS tour there and then come back. Accommodation in a hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 12. Drive to St. Petersburg (480 km) visiting Vyborg town.on the way. Then continue to drive to St. Petersburg. Accommodation in a hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 13. After breakfast we drive 60 km from St. Petersburg to the special place where we will get an unforgettable experience in Russian monster cars, called SHERP. You will have an opportunity to drive on ice, water and mud for 2 hours and test unique vehicles, that have no analogues in the world. (B/-/D)

Day 14. Departure  

Minimum group: 6 people Maximum group: 12 people


Accommodation in 4* hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg

The cost includes:

  • Car rental with petrol and transfers cars back to start point (UAZ PATRIOT)
  • All Transfers according to the program
  • A support car with all the necessary equipment, with a local driver, who is a skillful mechanic too, one professional driving instructor
  • English speaking  manager from the company
  • Accommodation according to the program ( 4 *-and Best hotels on the way)
  • Nutrition according to the program
  • Driving on the wild fields or frozen lakes one or two times (this service is not prepared specially for the group, it takes place spontaneously, depending on the circumstances)
  • Sightseeing tours according the program
  • Sherp cars test drive on St. Petersburg

The cost does not include:


  • Single supplement
  • Early check in into the hotels and extra breakfast
  • Lunches in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Sight Seeing tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg (we also can do it additionally)
  • Strong drinks
  • Personal expense
  • Tips
  • Any changes in a the program
Number of days: 14
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.