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The Soul of Northern Russia

  • Karelia Valaam Island Kizhy Island Petrozavodsk Solovki Islands
  • Start your journey at Valaam Island and its famous monastery. Then go to the historic village of Kinerma, then to the Kiji Island. After enjoying the charm of Petrozavodsk, you will discover the Solovki Islands and their legendary history.

day 1 - Priozersk - Sortavala
Voyage Carélie - Forteresse de Korela
Forteresse de Korela
Voyage Carélie - Forteresse de Korela
Forteresse de Korela

Welcome at the reception of the hotel in St-Petersburg.

Transfer to Priozersk (156 km). Visit to the Korela fortress: The Korela Fortress-Museum was built between the end of the 13th century and the beginning of the 14th century, and subsequently severely damaged by a fire. Rebuilt, then renovated, the fortress has since become a museum with nearly 12,000 items in it.

Lunch in a cafeteria.

Transfer to Sortavala (122 km). Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

day 2 - Valaam Island
Voyage Russie, Carélie - Ile Valaam
Ile Valaam
Voyage Ile Valaam - Monastère
Monastère Ile Valaam

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Sortavala (5 km). Departure by Meteor fast boat on Lake Ladoga to Valaam Island (50 min). Visit of the monastery, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, the skit of the Holy Prophet Elijah and the skit of the Resurrection.

Lunch in the refectory of the monastery

Concert of the Valaam Choir. Excursion to New Jerusalem. Return to Sortavala.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

day 3 - Ruskeala - Kinerma
Voyage Carélie - Village Kinerma
Village Kinerma
Voyage Carélie - Parc Ruskeala
Parc Ruskeala
Voyage Carélie - Canyon de marbre
Canyon de marbre

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.

Transfer to Ruskeala Mountain Park (50 km) and visit of the park: Discovery of the Ruskeala waterfalls and the marble canyon, a national heritage of Russia since 1998. This unique natural environment is also a memorial to the history of marble that has been extracted by Karelians, Swedes, Russians, and Finns.

Transfer to the historical village of Kinerma (210 km). Check- in to a Karelian house. This village has the only chapel of the Mother of God in Karelian wood dating from the nineteenth century, surrounded by a pine forest, authentic houses, and some banyas of the nineteenth century. This village won the title of "Most Beautiful Village of Russia" in 2016.

Lunch (Karelian specialties). Free time. Dinner. Night in a Karelian house.

day 4 - Kizhy Island
Voyage Carélie - Église de la Transfiguration de Kiji
Église de la Transfiguration de Kiji
Voyage Kiji - Eglise de la Transfiguration
Eglise de la Transfiguration

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Petrozavodsk (110 km).

Departure by Meteor boat to the island of Kizhy (1h15). Walking tour of the Kizhy Ecomuseum: Considered one of the first open-air museums in Russia, it has the most remarkable wooden religious buildings on the island. These summer churches were built of logs using the traditional architectural technique of Russian carpenters and therefore were constructed without nails. Since 1990, the pogost of Kizhy has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lunch in a cafeteria.

Boat trip on the island facing and installation at the Ostrov hostel in Sennaya Gouba. Dinner and overnight stay at the hostel

day 5 - Kizhy - Petrozavodsk - Kem
Voyage Petrozavodsk - Sur le quai Onega
Sur le quai Onega
Voyage Petrozavodsk - Sculpture de pêcheurs sur le quai du lac Onega
Sculpture de pêcheurs sur le quai du lac Onega

Breakfast at the hostel. Free time. Check-out. Lunch.

Return by boat to Kizhy Island. Return to Petrozavodsk (1h30).

Petrozavodsk city guided tour: the capital of Karelia is a quiet city that lies on the edge of a beautiful lake. During this excursion, you will visit the historical center of Petrozavodsk and its main attractions. You can walk along the pier of Lake Onega. Stop to take pictures near the monument of Peter the Great.

Dinner in a cafe in the city. Check in at the hotel. Free time to rest.

Transfer to Petrozavodsk station. Night train, departure at 3am towards Kem.

day 6 - Kem - Solovki
Voyage Russie, Iles Solovki - Monastère Solovetsky
Monastère Solovetsky
Voyage Iles Solovki - Monastère Solovetsky
Monastère Solovetsky

Reception by your guide at the Kem station. Transfer to Rabotcheostrovsk village (30 min).

Departure by Metel fast boat to the Solovki Islands (2 hours). Arrival, transfer to the hotel Priut and check-in.

Lunch in a cafe. Free time (In option: guided tour of the Kremlin. Excursion around the monastery complex. You will listen to the history of Solovki Monastery, which used to be one of the richest monasteries in Russia, visit its church, and walk along the thick walls of the fortress)

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

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day 7 - Solovki Islands
Voyage Russie, Iles Solovki - Monastère Solovetsky
Monastère Solovetsky
Voyage Carélie - Mont Sekirnaya
Mont Sekirnaya

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for personal discovery. Lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Option 1 - History of the GULAG of the Solovki Islands - 160€, 2h15 (group rate). During the visit you will discover the history of the Solovki Gulag, the stages of reformation and the creation of the Solovki prison in 1937. Visit to the SLON, the repressive complex of the Solovki Islands and the exhibition dedicated to the prisoners of the camp.

Option 2 - Mount Sekirnaya, Ascension Skite- 240€, 2h30 (group rate). Bus trip: 11 km. Discovery of the hermit houses of the Solovki Islands, and the magnificent panorama of the Big Island of the archipelago. Visit to the Ascension Hermitage where there were isolation cells of the camp, and the only lighthouse church.

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day 8 - Solovki Islands
Voyage Iles Solovki - Monastère
Monastère
Voyage Iles Solovki - Monastère
Monastère
Voyage Solovki - Monastère
Monastère
Voyage Carélie - Beluga
Beluga

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for personal discovery. Lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Option 1 - Canals of Solovki by boat - 280€, 5:30h (group rate). Visit of the Petit Canal of the island and crossing of 5 artificial channels dug by the inhabitants of the island (3 km by foot). You paddle alone on the boats.

Option 2 - Botanical Garden - 195€, 3h30 tour onfoot (group rate). Discovery of the most northern garden of Russia with the gardens of former prisoners. An unobstructed view of the entire Solovki Monastery.

Option 3 - Visit of Cape Beloujiy - 310€, 6h (group rate). Walking tour (15 km) on an ecological path along the White Sea to Cape Beloujiy. You will discover different landscapes, their climatic specificities, and the animal and plant worlds that inhabit the Solovki Islands. With a little luck, you will be able to observe belugas, white whales, that come here to breed.

The tours are organized from June 15 to August 15, during which beluga whales approach the shores of Solovki Big Island. Beluga whale watching depends on low tide times (whales are more visible when the sea is low). This is why visiting times are determined by schedule of the tides.

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day 9 - Solovki Islands
Voyage Iles Solovki - Ile au lièvre
Ile au lièvre
Voyage Iles Solovki - Canaux
Canaux
Voyage Carélie - Bolchaïa Mouksalma
Bolchaïa Mouksalma
Voyage Carélie - Île Anzer
Île Anzer
Voyage Carélie - Île Anzer
Île Anzer

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for personal discovery. Lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Option 1 - Boat trip to Hare Island - 366 €, 3h (group rate). Departure by boat (45 km) on the White Sea. Visit the largest pagan sanctuary of the I and II centuries BC, stone labyrinths, the church of St. Andrew made of wood, and observing seabirds.

Option 2 - Boat trip to Bolshaya Mouksalma Island - 195 €, 5h (group rate). Walk (10 km). Motor boat cruise (40 min) on the picturesque Dolgaya Guba Bay to Bolshaya Muksalma Island. You will see grandiose hydraulic constructions: an artificial dike of rocks 1.5 km long connecting the Bolshoi Solovetsky Islands and Bolshaya Muksalma, and surprising landscapes. You will also discover the history of the Svyato-Sergiyevsky Monastery.

Option 3 - Towards the austere Monastery of Anzer Island - 45 €, 12h (In a Russian-speaking group, with a translation by your interpreter). Walk (10 km). Motor boat cruise on picturesque Dolgaya Guba Bay to Anzer Island, the second largest island in the archipelago. You will admire natural landscapes and discover the history of the island through the history of the monastery, then of the camps.

Visits are organized on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the blessing of the vicar of the monastery. The Golgofo-Raspiatskiy monastery, still active, operates according to very strict rules. During the visit, tourists must respect these rules, especially regarding the requirement of proper clothing.

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day 10 - Solovki Islands
Voyage Iles Solovki - Monastère Solovetsky
Monastère Solovetsky

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.

Transfer to Solovki airport.

Return flight to Moscow or St-Petersburg.

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. The order of the excursions can be modified according the touristic sites or for any other technical reasons  

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