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Stop At: Valaam Archipelago, Valaam Ostrov ul. Tsentralnaya d. 24, Sortavala 186756 Russia
Valaam Archipelago is one of the most interesting cultural, historical and nature attractions in the North of Russia. The nature of Valaam is unique and extremely beautiful. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims come from all over the world to this northern part of Lake Ladoga, the biggest lake in Europe.
Besides the nature beauty Valaam island is best known as the 14th century Valaam Monastery that is nowadays permanently inhabited by monks and families. There are about 600 residents on the main island, including monks and guides, army service personnel and restoration workers. In the 12th century the islands were a part of Novgorod Rebublic. In the 17th century it was captured by Sweden. Russia has conquered Valaam back less than a century later.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Valaam Monastery, Valaam Archipelago on Ladoga Lake, Valaam Russia
The heart of Valaam is its magnificent monastery complex founded in 992. During the tour you will visit the Central Monastery Complex and walk around the monk cells. You will also enjoy a concert of the Valaam choir and taste the monastery's food during lunch in the refectory.
Duration: 3 hours
St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
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We offer boat tour to the Valaam island, which represents the combination of church architecture open-air museum and natural park. This tour is dedicated to the history of Karelia and Russian Orthodox church. The island is known worldwide as a unique and holy place.
06:15-10:20 "Lastochka" train from St. Petersburg to Sortavala (no guide)
10:20 Meeting with the local guide at the railway station, walking towards the pier in Sortavala
11.00-12.00 Transfer: Sortavala – island Valaam, Monastic Bay
12.00-14.00 Sightseeing tour with a guide: “Central Homestead”, lunch
14.00-14.30 Transfer Monastic Bay - Nikonov Bay
14.30-17.00 The walking tour with a visit to the Church of the Resurrection Skete, a tour of the Gethsemane Skete, the Assumption Church and the Ascension Chapel on Mount Eleon
17.00-18.00 Transfer back to Sortavala
18:00 Arrival in Sortavala, walking to the railway station. Say goodbye to your local guide here
18:42-22.30 Train Sortavala-St. Petersburg (no guide)