Explore Petrozavodsk - the Capital of Karelia Region on Private Tour!

During the city tour (on foot) you will get acquainted with the history of Petrozavodsk from the foundation by Peter the Great to the 21st century.

The history of Petrozavodsk counts for more than 300 years. During this 2-hour walking tour around the city, you will get acquainted with it. Modern Petrozavodsk is a multifaceted and diverse city. Founded in 1703 on the bank of Lake Onego Petrozavodsk played an important role in defending the borders of the Russian Empire. In 1777 Petrozavodsk was granted the status of a town and soon became the capital of the area. Petrozavodsk is the centre of a multinational republic: there are many ethnic bands of Karelian, Vepsian, Ingrian cultures.

During this guided tour around Petrozavodsk, you will see the monument to Peter the Great, newly built modern embankment, the oldest park in the city, Kirova and Lenin square, open-air industrial history museum.

Please, note that entrance tickets to the museums of Petrozavodsk are not included.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    What's excluded :
    • Meals / Drinks
    • Gratuities to guide (optional)
    • Personal expenses
    • Transportation
    • Entrance fee to the museums of Petrozavodsk
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Monument to Peter the Great, Petrozavodsk Russia

    In Olonets gubernia, they certainly wanted to erect a monument to Peter the Great, since few of the regions of Russia were favored by the attention of the great tsar. In 1871, the governor of Petrozavodsk, Grigory Grigorievich Grigoriev, went to St. Petersburg with a petition for the establishment of a statue in memory of Peter the Great in the city. The grand opening of the monument took place on June 29, 1873. The bronze figure of Peter was cast in St. Petersburg on the model of sculptor I.N. Schröder, and a pedestal of Serdobol granite was designed by IA Monigetti; Carin Barinov realized the idea.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Embankment of Lake Onega, Onega Embankment, Petrozavodsk Russia

    Embankment of the Onega lake – one of the favourite walking places among citizens and guests of the city. Overall length of the embankment is about 2.5 km. It is an open-air museum exhibiting original sculptures, most of them were presented to Petrozavodsk by its sister-cities. Embankment is also a place were the majoruty of city events and festivals are held, including the start and finish of Onego regatta organized in Karelia every summer.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Governor's Park, Gertsena St., Petrozavodsk Russia

    The Governor’s Park is a monument of landscape architecture of the capital town of Karelia. The Governor’s Park consists of two private gardens that are the oldest ones in Petrozavodsk. One of the, belonged to the Mining Chief and was established in 18thI century, and the other was the Governor’s garden established in the 1840s.

    The Mining Chief’s garden was supposed to be a typical mansion park. The Governor’s garden was designed as a landscape one. The gardens made up a park after 1917 Revolution. There are some of the oldest Petrozavodsk trees in the park. They are three larches that are about 200 years old. Near to its entrance there is a collection of items connected with metallurgic activities in Karelia and products made at the Aleksandrovsky Factory. In the centre of the park there is a statue of Gavril Derzavin, a poet who was also the first governor of the city.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: V.I. Lenin Monument, Lenina Sq., Petrozavodsk 185035 Russia

    Lenin Square firstly was called Round square or Circle. In the Soviet times the bronze monument to Peter the Great was replaced with the granite constraction of the Lenin monument. The Lenin monument is huge. Its height is 8 meters and on the whole the height of the ensemble is 11 meters. It is one of the highest monuments to Lenin in the former USSR. Under the Finnish occupation of Petrozavodsk, the monument was removed from the base and taken to pieces. They were kept in the University yard. Instead of the monument a Finnish cannon was installed. After Petrozavodsk was liberated the monument was reconstructed. On November 16, 1945 it was re-unveiled. In 1960, the square was renamed as Lenin Square.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Monument to S.M. Kirov, Kirova Sq., 1, Petrozavodsk 185035 Russia

    The Kirov Square hosts three of Petrozavodsk theatres: the National Theatre, the Russian Drama Theatre, the Puppet Theatre. There is a bronze monument to Sergey Kirov made from the pink granite in the center of the square. It was set here in 1936 and since this year the square has the name of Kirov. Before the Revolution the square had another name. Three cathedrals build in the XVIII-XIX centuries gave the name to it – Sobornaya.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Start time and meeting point in Petrozavodsk will be specified after booking.
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please, note that entrance tickets to the museums of Petrozavodsk are not included. However, the guide will suggest you some museums that you will be able to visit on your own.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-7772P168

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