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Day 1. Lodeinoe Pole
Departure for the town of Lodeinoe Pole from Moscow (18:25) or St. Petersburg (00:00).
Day 2. Lodeinoe Pole - Valaam
Arrival in Lodeinoe Pole (~04:08 - train #012 from St. Petersburg, ~06:05 - train #018 from Moscow). Meet the guide. Transfer by bus to the town of Olonets (~1 hour ride). Breakfast. Transfer to the town of Sortavala (188 km). City tour. Lunch. 13:00 - Departure for Valaam by boat. Accommodation at the hotel very close to the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Excursion to the Cathedral and Hegumens' cemetery. Dinner. Walking excurison to the "All Saints'" Hermitage (6 km).
Day 3. The Nikolski Island
Breakfast. Walking excursion to the Nikolski Island and Nikolski Hermitage. Transfer by boat to the Nikonovskaya Bay. Walking excursion "New Jerusalem": Hermitage of the Resurrection, Gefsimanski Hermitage, Eleon Mountain. Lunch at the refectory. Monks' chorus concert. Return to the hotel by the main Monastery Road (6 km). Dinner.
Day 4. Cruise time
Breakfast. Cruise around Valaam (duration about 10 hours). Visit to the Saint Island and the Hermitage of Alexandr Svirsky. Visit to the Lembas Island and Iliinsky Hermitage. In July and early August, we may spot Ladoga Ringed Seal inhabiting the Island. Lunch (lunch box or picnic). Visit to the Oboronniy (Defence) Island and the fortified structures made by Finnish army during the WW2. Return to the hotel, dinner.
Day 5. Petrozavodsk
Breakfast. Free time. Departure for Sortavala by boat. Lunch. Transfer to Petrozavodsk by bus (250 km), with photo stops en-route. Accommodation at the coutryside hotel "Urozero" (19-20.07 - another hotel). Dinner.
Day 6. Petrozavodsk
Breakfast. Petrozavodsk city tour. Tour to Kizhi Museum by hydrofoil. Lunch (lunch boxes). Transfer to the train station to the train for Moscow, departure at 19:00. Departure for St. Petersburg - at 23:00.
Price is starting from $ 840
- Accommodation in a double room (3* hotel, breakfast, dinner are included)
- Meals as per itinerary
- 1 day Valaam cruise
- All excursions as per itinerary (individual licensed English speaking guide, foreign car, professional driver)
- All transfers according to the program with arrival/departure transfers
- Entrance tickets
- Train tickets from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk (2nd class)
- Train tickets from Lodeinoe Pole to St. Petersburg (2nd class)
- visa support application documents for the whole period of staying in Russia