Special group of tourists from St. Petersburg and Republic of Karelia have tested tourist route "On a vintage steam train to Karelia" on existence conditions for traveling senior citizens.
October 15, 2016 three representatives of the "Association of veterans, invalids and pensioners" of St. Petersburg arrived in Karelia on a retro steam train in a group of tourists, four representatives of public organizations of Republic of Karelia joined the group in Sortavala. Total age of project participants from Karelia was exactly 300 years.
The program of the route "On a vintage steam train to Karelia" includes a sightseeing bus and walking tour of the city of Sortavala, visit the Museum of Kronid Gogolev, the Ahvenkoski waterfalls and mountain Park "Ruskeala". Meals and concert program is provided on the basis of the restaurant of the tourist complex "piipun Piha".
In the unanimous opinion of veterans, in the course of the program, they never met with obstacles or inconveniences. A significant part of a sightseeing tour of the city planned by bus with stops at notable places, a walk through the historical center does not imply larger jumps. Waterfalls Ahvenkoski equipped with wide walkways with railings and viewing platforms. In the "Ruskeala" with the age group of tourists worked as a private guide that gives you the opportunity to explore the mountain Park in a special pace. The observation deck and the route is equipped with benches, allowing you to listen to the guide and to rest. Group was the main route of the mining Park .
The idea of integrated development of social tourism in the regions was discussed 15 September 2016 in Arkhangelsk within the framework of the interregional forum "Historical and cultural tourism and active ageing". The forum brought together guests and experts from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Vologda, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk, Syktyvkar, Novgorod and Kaliningrad. The Ministry of culture of the Republic of Karelia and the Committee on tourism development of Saint-Petersburg has proposed the development of interregional projects and the promotion of social tourism among the participants of the tourism industry and public associations of veterans and pensioners.
First inter-group social tourism was accompanied by a film crew GTRK "Karelia". http://tv-karelia.ru/spetsturyi-dlya-turistov-pensionerov-predlagayut-v-karelii/
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