Day 8 cruised up Lake Onega, the 2nd largest lake in Europe, to Kizhi Island, where settlements date back to the 15th century. Wooden churches included the 22 domed Transfiguration Church & the Intercession Church as we also toured relics of the old farmhouses, etc. We then toured back down the huge lake overnight toward the Russian village of Mandrogy.
Day 9 arrived in village of Mandrogy walking around the entire island. We then sailed along the 139 mile long Svir River known as the “Blue Route,” through Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake at nearly 7,000 square miles and continued after gorgeous sunset overnight along the Neva River to St. Petersburg.