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5 days
3 cities
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St. Petersburg, Russia

Visiting Saint Petersburg? The most romantic place in Russia also referred to as ‘The Second Capital of Russia’ is worth at least four days of your journey. Pay a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress - where almost all Russian emperors and empresses have been buried, then make your way to the most famous church in St. Petersburg the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. For the most memorable experience in Saint Petersburg, we recommend going on a river tour to see the stunning palaces and really understand why the city is also called ’The Venice of the North’. ...
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    Day 1: Departure
    You meet your private driver for a transfer to the station.

    Please, note: you may start and / or end the tour to Solovetsky Islands in Petrozavodsk. Contact your travel specialist for details.

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Connection | St. Petersburg - Solovetsky Islands
1st Class Sleeper
Ladozhsky Station
St. Petersburg, Russia
13 h 30 min
Kem Station
Solovetsky Islands, Russia
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Solovetsky Islands, Russia

The Solovetsky Islands (or Solovki) are an archipelago in the waters of the White Sea in northern Russia. Since the 15th century, the islands have been home for Solovetsky Monastery and an important pilgrimage destination. In 20th century the Solovetsky Islands served as a Soviet prison camp where over a million prisoners died. Nowadays the islands attract visitors with its natural beauty, spiritual significance and rich history. Some sighs on the isands are included onto the UNESCO World Heritage List....
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    Day 2: Arrival & Monastery Tour
    In the morning your train arrives to Kem. Your driver meets you at the station and transfers you to a local cafe for breakfast (meal not included). After some rest you are driven to Rabocheostrovsk pier from where you take a ferry to Solovki. The views on the way are stunning, if you are lucky you even can see whales.

    After a 2-hour ferry ride you arrive to Bolshoy Solovetsky Island, meet your driver and have a transfer to your hotel for check-in.

    In the early evening you walk to the tour desk, meet your private local guide and start a walking tour of Solovetsky Monastery, an important monument included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the tour you come to grips with both historical and architectural sides of the monastery and the island itself. Together with your guide you explore the central complex of the monastery, the existing temples and the Solovetsky Fortress.

    Following the tour you return to your hotel and have a good rest after a busy day.

    Please, note: tour to Solovetsky Islands is available between June 1 and September 15. The program is subject to change due to adverse weather conditions.

    Day 3: Exploring Zayatsky Island & Mount Sekirnaya
    Following breakfast you walk to the tour desk, meet your guide and have a 45-minute boat trip to Zayatsky Island.

    The stone labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island are the largest pagan sanctuary dating back to the 2nd-1st millennium BC. Archaeologists still argue about the exact purpose of this site. During the tour you explore the mythical labyrinths, the stone harbor and the monuments of St. Andrew's Skete. After the tour you return to Bolshoy Solovetsky Island for lunch (meal not included).

    In the afternoon prepare for another tour. This time you travel by bus to Sekirnaya Mountain, one of the highest points of the Big Solovetsky Island. From the top of the mountain you catch the unforgettable views over the northern part of the Big Solovetsky Island and the White Sea.

    After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

    Note: Bolshoi Zayatsky Island is declared a reserve zone; a tour there is possible only in a guided group.

    Day 4: Solovki Prison Camp & Departure
    After breakfast you check out, walk to the tour desk, meet your private local guide and start a 2.5-hour tour of Solovki prison camp.

    During the tour you learn about the history of Solovki prison camp set up in 1923, its later reorganization into the Special Prison and about the fate of its prisoners. You attend an exposition dedicated to the history of Solovki Gulag and to political repression in the Soviet Union.

    After the tour you are transferred to the pier and depart for Kem. Upon arrival, you have free time for dinner (meal not included) followed by a transfer to the Kem train station.

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    Solovki Hotel
    3-star hotel
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    Solovki Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    You will be staying in a hand-picked downtown hotel. We carefully inspect all of our hotel properties and recommend only the ones that are conveniently located to major city attractions, have great atmosphere, comfortable rooms, and guarantee exceptional service.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Standard Class Return Ferry Tickets
    • Half Day Monastery Tour
    • Half Day Zayatsky Island Tour
    • Half Day Mount Sekirnaya Tour
    • Half Day Solovki Prizon Camp Tour
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Connection | Solovetsky Islands - St. Petersburg
1st Class Sleeper
Kem Station
Solovetsky Islands, Russia
13 h 30 min
Ladozhsky Station
St. Petersburg, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia

Visiting Saint Petersburg? The most romantic place in Russia also referred to as ‘The Second Capital of Russia’ is worth at least four days of your journey. Pay a visit to the Peter and Paul fortress - where almost all Russian emperors and empresses have been buried, then make your way to the most famous church in St. Petersburg the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. For the most memorable experience in Saint Petersburg, we recommend going on a river tour to see the stunning palaces and really understand why the city is also called ’The Venice of the North’. ...
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    Day 5: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver and have a transfer to airport, hotel or other destination depending on your future arrangements.

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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at hotel remarkable hotel on Bolshoy Solovetsky Island;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Spb - Kem and back 1st class train;
  • Rabocheostrovsk - Bolshoy Solovetsky Island and back regular class ferry;
  • Regular class ferry for traveling between islands;
  • Transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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