The bus tour to the Solovetsky Islands from St. Petersburg in the summer 2020, which is as saturated as possible with excursions. On our trip, we will try to create the most convenient travel conditions for the traveler, starting from traveling on a comfortable Neoplan bus with accommodation on Solovki in the center of the village in rooms with the amenities of the Solo Nord hotel and ending with a varied excursion program. First of all, the tour is intended for tourists who want to see as many architectural monuments of Solovki as possible, to learn the rich history of the Solovetsky archipelago, to slowly plunge into the mysterious world of the Russian North, with which the fate of the foundation and development of the Solovetsky monastery is inextricably linked …
COST OF THE TOUR:
26 800 rubles. Surcharge for 1 local accommodation 3 400 rubles.
TOUR COST INCLUDED:
Transport services, sea passage on the route Rabocheostrovsk – Solovki – Rabocheostrovsk, excursions and meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches), accommodation in rooms with private facilities.
TOUR COST NOT INCLUDED:
Meals along the route and excursions indicated as “on their own” or “for an additional fee”.
NOTES: The order and time of excursions can be changed by the host as a result of weather conditions or local events, without changing the contents of the excursion program. The approximate cost of set dinners is 500 rubles.
21:00 – Departure (Prospekt Veteranov Metro Station) on the route St. Petersburg – Kem – port Rabocheostrovsk (night crossing 860 km). There are three technical / sanitary stops for 30 minutes each. The guide speaks only Russian. Please consider this information. For ready-made groups, we can do a similar tour with a guide in the required language.
11:00 – Arrival of the bus in the village. Rabocheostrovsk on the White Sea. Late breakfast in the cafe. Landing on the ship.
12:30 – Crossing the White Sea (2.5 hours) to the Solovetsky Islands. During the sea passage from the side of the vessel, tourists can see the inhabitants of the White Sea: belugas – northern dolphins, sea hares and seals.
14:45 – Arrival on the Big Solovetsky island. Meeting at the Tamarin pier. Transfer to the Solo Nord Hotel (in the center of the village, opposite the monastery), accommodation in rooms with private facilities.
15:00 – Lunch at the cafe.
15:30 – Sightseeing tour of the Solovetsky Kremlin (2.5 hours) – the tour introduces visitors to the history of the Solovetsky Monastery. Tourists visit the territory of the central complex of the monastery, existing temples, monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, objects of economic activity of the monastery.
18:00 – Free time. At will – an independent walk along the picturesque shore of the White Sea, where you will see the “dancing” Solovetsky birches and “labyrinths” – a reconstructed cultural monument of prehistoric civilizations.
08:00 – Breakfast in the cafe.
09:00 – Bus – walking tour “Sekirnaya Mountain. Holy Ascension Monastery ”(4 hours). Sightseers will visit one of the highest points of the Big Solovetsky Island – Mount Sekirnaya, from the top of which an unforgettable view of the northern part of the Big Solovetsky Island and the White Sea opens. They will get acquainted with the history and monuments of the current Holy Ascension Skete, where during the times of the Solovetsky camp there was a punishment cell – the place of detention and punishment of prisoners. They will see a unique lighthouse church. The monastery is valid, excursionists must comply with the requirements of the charter of the monastery and be properly dressed. Continuation of the excursion “Botanical Garden – Makaryevskaya Deserts”. Tourists will visit one of the northernmost botanical gardens in Russia, which is located on the territory of the former Makaryevskaya desert, see monuments, unique plantings of different periods of the history of the Solovetsky Islands, enjoy an amazing view of the ensemble of the Solovetsky Monastery, which opens from the Alexander Hill.
13:00 – Return to the hotel. Lunch at the cafe.
14:00 – Excursion “Sights of the Big Zayatsky island” (3 hours). Boat trip to the Big Zayatsky island. Tourists will visit the largest pagan sanctuary of the II-I millennium BC, see stone labyrinths, a complex of religious and funerary structures, the first stone harbor in Russia, and the monuments of St. Andrew’s Skete. Note: Travel time from the Bolshoi Solovetsky Island to the Bolshoi Zayatsky Island by sea is 45 minutes. The tour is conducted under favorable weather conditions and in the absence of a storm warning.
17:30 – Free time.
08:30 – Breakfast in the cafe. Releasing rooms (things in the left-luggage office).
09:30 – On request, at choice, for an additional fee:
– A boat trip in a small circle of the lake-channel system on boats “Lakes and Canals of Solovki” (5 hours). During the tour, visitors will learn about the hydrotechnical monuments and structures of the Big Solovetsky Island, will go on boats through man-made canals connecting 5 lakes. The distance that visitors will cover on the lake-channel system is 5-6 km. Note: the distance from the tour desk to the boat station (2.8 km) and back visitors walk. After the briefing, visitors are seated in Pella boats with a capacity of 4-5 people. The boat is independent. The tour is conducted under favorable weather conditions and in the absence of a storm warning. The cost of 850 rubles per person with russian group.
– Excursion “Boat trip to the island of Big Muksalma” (5 hours). Boat trip on the picturesque Gulf of Long Bay to the island of Big Muksalma. Visitors will see a grandiose hydraulic structure – a man-made boulder dam 1.5 km long, connecting the islands of Bolshoi Solovetsky and Bolshaya Muksalma, amazing landscapes, and also get acquainted with the history of the Sergievsky monastery of the Solovetsky monastery. Note: the distance from the tour desk to the pier in the Long Bay (5 km) and back visitors walk. Travel time from the pier in the Long Bay to the island of Bolshaya Muksalma is 40 minutes. The tour is conducted in the absence of a storm warning and favorable weather conditions. The cost is 1,200 rubles per person with russian group.
14:00 – Lunch at the cafe. Free time to visit the company store of the Arkhangelsk algae plant.
15:15 – Transfer to Tamarin Pier. Landing on the ship.
16:00 – Sea passage to the settlement of Rabocheostrovsk.
18:15 – Arrival at the port. Boarding the bus. Departure to St. Petersburg (night moving).
06:00 – Estimated time of arrival in St. Petersburg. End of tour