Individual excursion tour «Solovki – Kizhi – Valaam»

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Welcome you to the amazing trip with visiting unique Karelian places: the Solovetski Islands, Valaam Archipelago, Petrozavodsk, famous Kizhi Island, original village Kinerma.

Tour features:

Excursions to the Solovki Islands depend on weather conditions and their consequence time schedule and can be changed.

In case of bad weather conditions, water tours can be replaced by individually organized driving and hiking excursions. 

Accommodation according to the program (if there are no available places in the mentioned hotels you'll be offered alternative options with recalculation of the tour price if needed).

Please note: tour can be organized individually in dates convinient for you.

*Price of the tour depends on the number of pax in a group.


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

3 days on Solovki with the most interesting walking and water excursions

individual tour to the Solovetsky Monastery

boat trips to Kuzova Archipelago and Cape Beluzhy

optimal linear route

opportunity to get acquainted with Petrozavodsk – the capital of Karelia

individual sightseeing tour on the Kizhi Island with a visit to the Preobrazhensky Temple

acquaintance with the traditional way of life and customs of the southern Karelians in ethnic village of Kinerma

private tour to the Valaam Island 

the opportunity to look from an unusual angle at famous sights

comfortable accommodation and transport

the possibility to choose any dates and adjust the program

Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 1 to 6 pax
Participation with children: from 10 years old
Duration: 6 days
Accommodation: Hotel — 5 nights

Tour dates:

from 28 July to 02 August 2024

from 04 August to 09 August 2024

from 11 August to 16 August 2024

from 18 August to 23 August 2024

150 000 RUB / person

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 0. Arrival to Kem from Moscow

Arrival to Kem from Moscow. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation.***

***Not included in the tour, for extra charge.

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Day 1. Arrival to Kem from Saint-Petersburg. The Solovetsky Islands. Ancient monastery

10:39 Arrival to Kem from Saint-Petersburg (departure from Saint-Petersburg a day before at 21:24).

Transfer to the tour camp Prichal (30 minutes).

Breakfast at the cafe.

12:30 Departure to the Solovetsky Islands by ship (2 hours).

14:30 Arrival.

* Also possible to take a flight to the Solovetsky Islands via Arkhangelsk city (if there are tickets).

Lunch.

Accommodation at the hotel Solovki (twin rooms).

16:00 Individual sightseeing excursion to the Solovetsky monastery.

20:00 Returning to the hotel (on foot).

Dinner at the hotel restaurant (not included, paid on spot).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

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Shower available

Day 2. Solovki. White whales and skete's legends. Cape Beluzhy

08:30 Breakfast at the hotel.

09:30 Individual excursion around Solovetsky sketes (by car and on foot, 4 hours).

Lunch at the cafe on the seashore.

Motorboat trip to Cape Beluzhy (in a combined group, 2 hours).

The excursion is organized in case of good weather conditions, at low tide.

* Time of excursion depends on the time of sea tide and corrected daily.

* In case of bad weather conditions / storm on the White Sea motorboat trip is replaced by an excursion to the labyrinths of Bolshoy (Big) Zayackiy Island (by water and on foot).

Returning to the hotel.

Free time. It's possible to walk independent to Labyrinths Cape.

Dinner at the hotel restaurant (not included, paid on spot).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

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Day 3. Mysterious sides of Kuzova Archipelago. Transfer to Petrozavodsk

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out (luggage can be left in a storage room).

09:30 Departure to Kuzova Archipelago by speedboat (in a combined group).

Kuzova Archipelago is famous for its monuments from the ancient Saami times and amazed with the beauty of northern nature.

The Kuzov's sides and idols are unrivalled and included in the list of protected sites of national importance.

You'll take part in an exciting walking excursion around Nemeckiy Kusov with hiking to the top of the island where there is a breathtaking view of the archipelago's many islands.

Duration of the excursion – 4 hours in a combined group in a case of good weather conditions.

* In case of bad weather conditions / storm on the White Sea excursion can be replaced by water-walking tour of Solovki Island sea or a boat trip on the lakes and canals of Solovki.

13:30 Returning to the hotel for luggage.

Lunch.

Transfer to the pier.

16:00 Departure to Kem city by ship (2 hours).

18:00 Upon arrival transfer to Petrozavodsk by comfortable bus or by car (450 km, 6 hours).

About 00:00 arrival in Petrozavodsk.

Accommodation at the hotel on the quay of Lake Onega (twin rooms in hotel Fregat / Cosmos).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

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Shower available

Day 4. Lake Onega. Kizhi Island

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

11:00 Departure to Kizhi Island by a speed ferry (1 hour 15 minutes).

12:30 Individual sightseeing tour (2 hours).

You'll visit the amazing Preobrazhensky temple with 22 domes. It was finally opened in 2022 after 40-years reconstruction!

Lunch at the restaurant.

16:30 Returning to Petrozavodsk by a speed ferry.

18:00 Arrival at the hotel, free time for walking along the quay (independently).

Dinner (not included, paid on spot).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

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Shower available

Day 5. Kinerma village and Ruskeala Mountain Park

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out with luggage.

10:00 Transfer to Sortavala city (110 km).

11:30 Arrival to ethnic Kinerma village.

During individual walking excursion you'll get acquainted with traditions and customs of the southern Karelians.

Lunch with traditional local dishes cooked in a Russian stove.

14:30 Departure to the Ruskeala Mountain Park (170 km).

16:00 Individual excursion in the park (2 hours).

In this unique nature monument marble mining was developed from XVIII century. As a result quarries with sheer marble walls were formed there.

After the mining has been stopped, the water flooded these pit bowls and turned them to the marvelous green lakes.

18:00 Transfer to the park-hotel Lamberg located on Lake Ladoga bank (30 minutes).

19:00 Accommodation in cottages or twin hotel rooms.

Dinner at the hotel restaurant (not included, paid on spot).

Accommodation in a hotel

Electricity available

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Shower available

Day 6. Final day of the tour. Valaam Island

09:30 Breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out with luggage.

10:15 Transfer to the Sortavala pier (15 minutes).

11:00 Departure by a speedboat «Meteor» to Valaam Island (45 minutes).

11:45 Individual excursion with visiting Central monastery manor and the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral.

Walking to one of the most beautiful Valaam skete – Nikolskiy (St. Nicholas'). You'll go along picturesque bays of the Ladoga Skerries and wooden bridges will lead you to the magnificent St. Nicholas' skete.

Lunch-picnic.

Transfer to Nikonov Bay. Excursion to the Voskresensky and Gethsimansky sketes.

17:00 Returning to Sortavala by speedboat.

17:45 Free time.

Independent walking around the historical Sortavala center, visiting souvenir shops.

Dinner (not included, paid on spot).

Transfer to the railway station.

20:37 Departure to Moscow by train №160А.

* Please note! In case of bad weather conditions / storm on the Ladoga Lake, the excursion to Valaam can be replaced to the excursion «Passo Peak – Sortavala – Akhvenkoski waterfalls» or to Ladoga Skerries.

* Time is approximate.

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+ What is included in the price

  • English speaking guide service
  • visa support
  • accommodation according to the program (if there are no available places in the mentioned hotels you'll be offered alternative options with recalculation of the tour price if needed)
  • breakfasts and lunches according to the program
  • individual transfers by car or minibus (depending on the number of participants)
  • transfers by motor ships Kem – Solovki – Kem, Petrozavodsk – Kizhi – Petrozavodsk and Sortavala – Valaam – Sortavala
  • pier – hotel – pier transfers in Solovki
  • excursions (individual or group excursions as described in the programme; two marine excursions to Solovki are in combined groups, all the rest are individual)
  • entrance fees to all sightseeing objects according to the program
  • health insurance

- What is not included

  • tickets to/from Karelia
  • dinners 
  • porter services
  • alcoholic drinks
  • tips

Price clarification

Tour price per 1 person:

150 000 RUB per person – group of 6 persons (3 twin rooms)

160 000 RUB per person – group of 5 persons (2 twin rooms + 1 single room)

175 000 RUB per person – group of 4 persons (2 twin rooms)

210 000 RUB per person – group of 3 persons (twin room + single room)

260 000 RUB per person – group of 2 persons (twin room)

470 000 RUB per person – individually for 1 person (single accommodation)

Tour map

How to get there

The tour is planned for arrivals and departures by trains.

Arrival
By train from Saint-Petersburg:
Day 1 – 10:39 Arrival to Kem by train from Saint-Petersburg (departure from Saint-Petersburg a day earlier by train №022Ч at 21:24).

By train from Moscow:
In case of arrival from Moscow, you'll need extra overnight in the Kem city (not included in the tour, for extra charge).
Day 1 – 22:49 Arrival to Kem by train №092А (20:10 departure from Moscow a day earlier)

Departure
Day 6 – 20:37 Departure to Moscow by train №160А from Sortavala city (09:28 arrival to Moscow next day).

The timetable is valid for May 2023. Please, check the timetable on the Russian Railways website.

Meals

During the tour you'll be provided meals according to the program:
breakfasts and lunches are included in the tour.
Dinners are not included and ordered and paid on spot.

Essential equipment list

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F.A.Q.

Answers to popular questions
Are flight or train tickets included in the tour?
Flight and train tickets to Karelia are not included in the tour price. You can book them individually, or we can help you with it. 

TOUR DATES

from 28 July to 02 August 2024

150 000 RUR /person

from 04 August to 09 August 2024

150 000 RUR /person

from 11 August to 16 August 2024

150 000 RUR /person

from 18 August to 23 August 2024

150 000 RUR /person

from 25 August to 30 August 2024

150 000 RUR /person

Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 1 to 6 pax
Participation with children: from 10 years old
Duration: 6 days
Accommodation: Hotel — 5 nights

Tour dates:

from 28 July to 02 August 2024

from 04 August to 09 August 2024

from 11 August to 16 August 2024

from 18 August to 23 August 2024

150 000 RUB / person