Explore Viborg Castle and the pearl of Russia's natural resorts
Go several centuries back to the ancient time when Swedish people were ruling the land. You will find out about the relationships between Russia, Sweden and Finland because all these three beautiful and very different countries came together to settle down in Viborg, the most ancient and multinational place in the North West.
First of all we will take a high speed train to Viborg (Viipuri in Finnish) and there the journey begins. Please be aware that we are going to walk quite a distance during this tour because we will walk the historical center and the Viborg's castle with its museum (optional).
Then, after having lunch and resting in the restaurant we are going by bus or taxi to the pearl of Russia's natural resorts, the "rock" Monrepos Park. There we will walk in the forests, see the beautiful Northern landscapes, the ancient ruins of attractions and a famous Kalevala statue, Väinämöinen playing the kantele.
After the park visit we can end up with a souvenir shop and a cafe if you'd like.
10:00 Meeting time, going by public transportation to Finlandsky railway station.
10:45 Leaving to Viborg
11:45 Arriving in Viborg
11:45-13:00 Walking tour around center of Viborg, talking about the city, nations and general idea of the city, its buildings and attractions. Time for nice pictures at the most beautiful points. Viborg is a very important fortress.
13:00-13:30 Coffee break and snack
13:30-15:00 Viborg castle. Museums and souvenirs.
15:00-15:30 A trip to Monrepos park
15:30-17:30 A walk and excursion at Monrepos park. Very nice rocks and Kalevala monument. Ancient ruins and the falling stones. Hiking. Great angles for pictures. Souvenirs from the park.
17:30-18:00 Back to Viborg city.
18:00-20:00 Good time at a nice restaurant (Russian cuisine)
20:00-21:30 Back to Saint-Petersburg.
21:30-22:00 Back to the meeting point.
NOTE! The itinerary is estimated. You are free to change the times, add or discard activities from the tour. I can make a personal tour for you.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or any other point you suggest, preferably close to the center of St. Petersburg, I will hold a paper with your name in my hands.
End location: I will bring you back to the point you suggest in St. Petersburg.
Duration: 12 hours
Estimated time is 12 hours but heavy traffic, or seasonal weather conditions may affect the tour duration.
Public transportation. Taxi or a private driver can be organized upon request.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3000 RUR - Restaurant food and drinks, souvenirs
I am not a driver guide but I can make transportation arrangements.
I cannot guide inside museums at the moment.