5 days and 4 nights
St. Petersburg - departure at 19.00
At 16:00 (4:00 PM) embarkation will begin. Three hours later, at 19:00 (7:00 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!
On the island, you will have three sightseeing program options (you will have to choose one):
- Walking tour of the sketes of Valaam
- Excursion to the Central Manor of Holy Transfiguration Monastery
- Walking tour "Rocky Coast", during which you will get acquainted with the unique nature of Valaam and Ladoga Lake
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 Holy Transfiguration 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.
Cruise along Europe's second largest lake, Lake Onega and arrive on the island of Kizhi. Here you will visit a fascinating open air museum containing numerous examples of elaborate Russian, wooden architecture.
Kizhi Island is located at the northern end of Lake Onega. The island is renowned for its open-air Museum of Architecture, which is assembled from over 80 monuments of wooden architecture from various areas of the country and restored to form a glimpse of the past. The most impressive site on the island is the Church of the Transfiguration or Preobrazhenskaya (the church of twenty-two wooden domes). This masterpiece of architecture, featuring five tiers of 22 domes, was built in 1714 without the use of a single nail, only an axe and pine trees. The church magically changes color as the day grows old, it is certainly one of the most interesting things you will see during your time in Russia.
A stop in the village of Mandrogui. Enjoy walking around this traditional Russian village in its beautiful setting and spending a day of rest, relaxation and fun. We will have a fantastic barbeque picnic on the banks of the river featuring one of Russia's favorite specialties - shashlik (meat shish kebab prepared on an outdoor fire). You will love it!
Mandrogui is really more of a living museum than a live-in village. It features a collection of old wooden houses and is geared towards showing visitors what a traditional Russian village resembled in the past. One of the features here is the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of Russia´s favorite pastime.
St. Petersburg - arrival at 09.00
You will arrive back in St. Petersburg at 09:00 AM and will be offered buffet breakfast. 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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