3 days and 2 nights
St. Petersburg - departure at 20.00
At 18:00 (6:00 PM) embarkation will begin. Two hours later, at 20:00 (8:00 PM) the ship will sail from St. Petersburg and head towards Valaam. You will be served dinner shortly afterwards.
Try your best get up early on this day to enjoy some truly magnificent views while approaching Valaam!
Once you reach the island, you will have a walking tour of the sketes of Valaam, which will be followed by an excursion to the Central Manor of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
You can either walk to the Monastery (approx. 7 km) or you can take a hydrofoil ride (at extra fee, preorder is required)
Valaam is an archipelago of about 50 islands in Ladoga Lake. It is also the largest island in the area of Karelia, at one time belonging to Sweden. In the period of 1811-1917 the island belonged to the Grand Duchy of Findlay, a part of the Russian Empire. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, Finland received its independence. Valaam was one of the few holy places that was not destroyed and closed. After the war between the Soviet Union and Finland, Valaam was returned to the USSR. Valaam is famous for the Valaam Monastery as well as for numerous sketes. A skete is the place where monks live keeping much stricter rules than in monasteries. On Valaam, many monks who were searching for salvation through renunciation of the world, would move from monasteries to sketes, and later become hermits. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were 13 sketes and numerous hermitages with their churches and chapels throughout the islands.
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St. Petersburg - arrival at 08.00
You will arrive back in St. Petersburg at 08:00 AM and will be offered morning tea/coffee. Disembarkation is after breakfast.
Welcome aboard the M/S Belinsky and prepare yourself for a great trip! Built in Germany in 1980, the ship was aesthetically renovated in 2010. The ship capacity is 298 passengers. All the cabins except for the Lower Deck feature large panoramic windows. Each cabin is air-conditioned and has private toilet and shower. There are two bars, a restaurant, a conference hall, a medical room, an ironing room and a souvenir shop. From the spacious lounges to sweeping sundecks, our floating hotel offers unique way to see Russia.
The surcharge for single occupancy in a double cabin is 75% of the total amount for the cruise.
Please be informed that all pre/post cruise services (additional arr/dep transfers, hotel accommodations, additional excursions, etc.) can also arranged by us.
Conditions of payment: To book your cruise a 25% deposit is required in advance. The trip must be fully paid 41 days before departure.
Cancellation terms for river cruises:
41 or more days before departure – a fee equal to 10% of the entire package will be charged.
40-20 days before departure – a fee equal to 55% of the entire package will be charged.
19 days or less before departure or in the event of a no-show - a fee equal to 100% of the package will be charged.
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