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The Solovetsky Islands is an inaccessible archipelago located in the middle of the cold White Sea. However, at one time this place was chosen by the founders of the monastery because of its inaccessibility. Therefore, tours to Solovki are not so common in comparison with other famous islands – Valaam and Kizhi. In just a year, about 50,000 travelers are sent on tours to Solovki. And all tourists come on tours to Solovki during the short summer season, which lasts from June to the end of August. Then the archipelago again leaves for the winter quarters, and only rare groups that can afford to rent a plane to Solovki disturb its silence. However, summer is the most important period for a tour to Solovki. In addition to shrines, tourists will find stunning and untouched nature.
When choosing a tour to Solovki, you can discuss the possibility of staying in a particular hotel or private sector. At the moment, there are seven hotels and hotels on Solovki, which, despite the relatively high price, are still inferior in service to their counterparts on the mainland. Also, for a tour to Solovki, you can choose the private sector or stay in pilgrim hotels. Here the service is even simpler, but everyone goes to these islands for their own. Some go on tours to Solovki to pray, others to admire beluga whales and seals, and still others are interested in the history of the Solovetsky special purpose camp. And someone does want to get a complete picture of the history of the archipelago, including all categories.
The most common tours to Solovki are pilgrimage trips. Service is simple, food is fast, accommodation in large rooms for 6-10 people. The advantages of such tours to Solovki are the low price and the opportunity to visit a number of routes for free. However, perhaps, in addition to attending services, obedience in the monastery will also be appointed to help the brethren and workers in everyday matters. In general terms, this is really not really a tour to Solovki, but rather a pilgrimage with elements of obedience. However, many are happy to go on such trips.
The second option for a tour to Solovki is a social trip. The island has private hotels, secular guides, cafes and restaurants, the services of which can be used without any problems. The cost of such a tour to Solovki is noticeably higher, however, the service is much higher. You can choose your place of residence, room category, food options and excursions of interest. Services in the monastery during such tours to Solovki (in the monastery, by the way, during the pilgrimage, too, no one is forced) can be attended on a voluntary basis. Or you may not visit at all. Tours can be chosen secular, more historical, which were prepared by the staff of the Solovetsky Museum. And village cafes during such tours to Solovki will provide not only a lenten menu, but also a variety of dishes. Of course, not always everything happens on the island, but still there is a choice, which pleases.
The third type is tours to Solovki, which have been developed individually for tourists. Here you can also choose the method of delivery to the Solovetsky archipelago, make an appointment with the brothers, talk to them, take routes that are not the main ones. In general, prepare the program of the tour to Solovki in such a way as not to depend on groups, transport and other subtleties. Such tours to Solovki in recent years have been actively developing, however, their cost is much higher than combined group tours. The main accommodation places for such tourists are Ostrovito Moryushko or Solovki Hotel. The Patriarch of All Russia Kirill annually stays in the Solovki Hotel, and Ostrovito Moryushko is popular for large entrepreneurs who decided to get to the northern islands instead of the Maldives or Seychelles.
In 90% of cases, tours to Solovki are organized by sea passage from Kem (Rabocheostrovsk) to the islands. You can get to the Kem station from Moscow or St. Petersburg by trains that go to Murmansk. In the summer, there are enough of them, and motor ships carrying tourists to the famous archipelago leave at a convenient time. Tourists from the northern capital arrive in Kem at about 11 am, and the ship leaves at 12.30. During this time, you can get to Rabocheostrovsk, get tickets, have a quick breakfast, and at 14.30 already be in Solovki. The story is a little worse for tourists from Moscow. All Moscow trains arrive at Kem at night. Therefore, before the tour to Solovki, you need to spend the night in this town or Rabocheostrovsk in the tourist complex “Prichal”. The disadvantage of such a tour to Solovki is the high cost due to the overnight stay in Kemi, and the advantage is that on the first day in Solovki, tourists will be rested after moving by train.
You can also order a speedboat to the islands. Tours to Solovki on high-speed boats are held every day, but the owners of the boats do not like to gather groups, so, most likely, you will have to rent the boat as a whole. However, if there are a lot of tourists (a large family or a group of friends), then the cost of renting a boat will be slightly higher than tickets for a regular motor ship. There is other good news as well. On such a tour to Solovki, you can go to Liu