Solovetsky island. White sea. Monastery. These discreet words evoke in the soul of every person an irresistible desire to visit the northernmost monastery on the White sea and to see one of the wonders of the world in the distant Pomeranian region. From the huge boulders by the hands of monks and workers was erected Solovetsky monastery – fortress, laid a beautiful Botanical garden. A three-day tour to the Solovetsky Islands can be called the first acquaintance with the archipelago, which will allow you to enjoy both the amazing Northern nature on the sea island, and feel the power of the grandiose building – the Solovetsky Kremlin.
THE PRICE INCLUDES
19: 50-23: 59 – Arrival of trains from Moscow to Kem. Meeting at the station, transfer to the hotel.
00:00 -01: 00 – Arrival of trains from Moscow to Kem. There are several trains that arrive in the given time interval. The meeting takes place at the arrival of your train. Meeting tourists at the main entrance to the railway station with a sign “Причал” between the station building and the first way. Boarding the bus. Transfer to the Rabocheostrovsk (12 km). Here guests are accommodated in a hotel for one night. The hotel is small, but with all amenities. Here you can eat and relax before a further tour to Solovki.
06:15 – Waking up and checking out. Breakfast in the cafe of the tourist complex “Berth”. For Breakfast you should expect porridge, pancakes, pancakes. At sea, it is best to take drinking water with you, as it is not available on the ship.
07: 30-Boarding the ship. Usually at this time the ship “Vasily Kosyakov” is sent. The ships are not new, but they have everything you need for a two-hour journey across the White sea.
08:00-10: 00 – Crossing the White sea to the Solovetsky Islands (2-2.5 hours). If the weather is great, we recommend to be on the deck of the ship. On Board you can see white whales Beluga whales or sea hares. That’s what local seals are called. Sometimes they come very close to the ship. Approximately 15 minutes after leaving the port, the ship will pass the Islands of the Body. There are organized excursions dedicated to nature and archaeology of the region. However, not everyone goes on a tour, limited only to the contemplation of these amazing Islands from the deck of the ship.
10:00 – Arrival to Bolshoy Solovetsky island. Meeting at the pier with the accompanying tour to Solovki from Moscow. The attendant will meet you with a sign “Polar Aurora” near the ship or at the exit from the pier. Transfer to the hotel (Solovki Hotel, Solovetskaya Sloboda). In agreement with the travelers check can be also performed in the Solo hotel Nord or at the hotel club Ostrovito Morosco. These hotels are considered the best in Solovki for quality of service. Tourists leave things at the hotel and immediately go on a Sightseeing tour, as the check-in is carried out from 12.00 or 14.00, according to the established rules.
10: 45 – Sightseeing tour of the Solovetsky monastery. The duration of this tour is about two and a half hours. Tourists are introduced to the history and architecture of the monastery, its military glory. In the course of the fortress tell about the skirmishes and small battles, as well as why did it take to build such a huge fortress in such sparsely populated areas. In addition, part of the tour is dedicated to the monastery prison and, of course, the Solovetsky special purpose camp, which was on the Solovki. This is the most informative and main excursion during the tour to Solovki from Moscow. You will not just spend around the fortress wall, and you are in a group visit the fortress wall and a number of temples, which are not allowed without a tour. It’s a walking tour.
14: 00 – Check in at the hotel. Lunch at the hotel by yourself. On the island and other cafes and restaurants. This is the refectory of the monastery, cafe “Cabin Campaign,” restaurant “Izba” cafe “Pinagor”, restaurants in hotel Solo Nord and the hotel Solovetskaya Sloboda and cafe “Old Boat”. You can have lunch and dinner in any of them, and our escort will devote guests to the order of prices, as well as the menu in these institutions.
15: 00 – Free time to continue independent acquaintance with Solovki. And our group guides will help you to spend it correctly – they will tell you about the main attractions of the island, about possible additional excursions, will help you to sign up for them, will explain where you can eat and where to go on foot or by bike in your free time. Do not forget about the White nights – this is an exceptional time for contemplation of the White sea, the fortress walls of the Solovetsky monastery!
After the tour you can have time to visit the following places:
08:00 – Good Breakfast in the hotel cafe.
10:00 — for an additional fee during the tour to Solovki from Moscow, a bus tour to Sekirnaya Hill is offered. This is one of the first monasteries founded in the monastery. According to legend, it was there that one of the first Solovetsky miracles happened. However, during the Solovetsky camp, this place was turned into a punishment cell, where many prisoners died. Sekirnaya mountain is a very beautiful place on a hill with a lighthouse Church, but at the same time it is very difficult when it comes to the sad events of 20-30 years of the 20th century. Botanical garden is another interesting stop during the tour to Solovki from Moscow. This is one of the northernmost Botanical gardens in Russia. Of course, there are no palm trees and coconuts, but in the garden grow trees, flowers and herbs, which should be found much further South. Also, tourists will find an interesting story about the nature of the Solovki and how the monks grew their own vegetables in such harsh Northern lands.
13: 30 – Lunch in any cafe or restaurant of your choice. Our guide will be happy to tell you about all the places and cuisine.
Routes for free visits or additional excursions. You can contact your escort and, subject to availability, he will be happy to sign you up for a tour. Part of the excursions during the tour to Solovki from Moscow can also be purchased individually. It is more expensive, but better and more interesting.
Independently, you can go to the Maritime Museum, which houses interesting exhibits related to navigation and fishing in the white sea. It is located in the village and it is usually recommended to leave in case of bad weather.
You can also visit two more interesting expositions-an exposition on the Solovetsky special purpose camp and “Solovki underground-archaeology”. The first is dedicated to the times of the Gulag and is located in the former camp barracks. This Museum is very difficult to perceive and at the same time interesting. It is possible to learn the customs and life of prisoners in Solovki, find famous inmates, as well as to get acquainted with the statistics — how many people passed through the camp. Archeology of Solovki is located within the monastery. There should also look lovers of antiquities.
08:00 – Good Breakfast in the hotel cafe. Collecting things. Luggage storage, check-out until 12.00.
Free time. You can devote this day of the tour to Solovki from Moscow to places where you did not have time to go. Either this is an additional tour or one of the places of self-visit described above.
Lunch in one of the cafes of the village. We recommend lunch and dinner in different cafes, so the cuisine in each of them may be different.
18:00-transfer from the hotel to the port.
18: 30 – Boarding the ship to Kemi
19:00 – departure of the ship from Solovki. Journey through the White sea (2 – 2.5 hours) in Rabocheostrovsk. Transfer to the railway station in Kem, where tourists say goodbye. Then self-departure by train to Moscow.
*Price in rubles per person
|Number of people||Solovetskaya Sloboda||Solovki Hotel|
|1 person (1 room)||29500||31150|
|2 people (1 room)||19500||20400|
|2 people + 1 child (1 room)||17400||18600|
|3 people (2 rooms)||22200||23400|
4 people (1 room)
4 people (2 rooms)
6 people (3 rooms)