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Tailor-made tour to the monasteries of the European part of Russia


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Tailor-made tour to the monasteries of the European part of Russia

August 2010


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Day 1. Monday

15:15 – Arrival in Moscow.

Meet by the German-speaking guide.

Transfer to the hotel.

~18:00 - Accommodation.

19:00 - Dinner.

20:00 – 23:00 – Evening city tour of Moscow by car.

Overnight at the hotel.

(D)
Day 2. Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel.

07:30 – Transfer to Rogoschskoje Old Believers cemetery.

Visit to the cemetery (service starts at 08:00).

10:00 – Moscow tour with a visit to Tretyakov Gallery, GUM department store.

15:00 - Transfer to Kazansky train station.

16:40 - Departure for Arzamas by train (private cabin) Moscow Kazansky 16:40 – Arzamas 23:08. Dinner at train.

23:08 – Arrival in Arzamas. Transfer to Diveevo by taxi (~58 km).

Accommodation at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Diveevo.

(B, D)
Day 3. Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00 – morning service.

10:00 – 11:00 - Walking tour to the St. Trinity Serafimo-Diveevsky Monastery. Free afternoon in Diveevo.

~15:30 – Transfer to Nizhniy Novgorod by taxi (~170 km).

~19:00 – Arrival in Nizhniy Novgorod, accommodation at the hotel. Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel in Nizhniy Novgorod.

(B, D)
Day 4. Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the train station.

09:15 – dep. by train Nizhniy Novgorod 09:15 – Moscow 13:55.

13:55 – Arrival in Moscow from Nizhniy Novgorod. Transfer to the hotel.

15:00 – Accommodation.

16:00 - Tour by car - Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

20:00 – Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

(B, D)
Day 5. Friday

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00 - Full day tour to Kozelsk (~240 km from Moscow) by private car.

13:00 - Visit to the Optina Pustyn Monastery.

~15:30 – Departure back to Moscow.

~19:00 - Return to Moscow.

Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.



(B, D)
Day 6. Saturday

07:00 - Transfer to the airport.

10:10 - Morning flight Moscow – St.Petersburg from SVO.

11:30 – Arrival in St.Petersburg.

Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation (check-in time 14:00).

14:00 – 18:00 – Walking tour to the Hermitage.

Dinner.


Overnight at the hotel.

(B, D)
Day 7. Sunday

Breakfast.

07:30 – Departure by private car to Pskovsko-Pechorsky Monastery.

13:00 – Tour of the Monastery.

~15:40 – Departure back for St.Petersburg.

~20:30 – Return to St.Petersburg.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

(B, D)
Day 8. Monday

Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00 - City tour by car with a visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

14:00 - Lunch.

Independent time.

17:00 – Transfer to the railway station Ladozhsky.

18:25 - Departure for Sortavala by the evening train from Ladozhsky station (private cabin).

Dinner is provided as a packed meal.

23:55 - Arrival in Sortavala by midnight.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)
Day 9. Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 - Departure from Sortavala for Valaam Island by boat (1 hour ride).

Walking tour to the Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

Concert of the traditional church songs. Lunch in the refectory.

Accommodation at the hotel (from 15:00, room with private WC and shower).

Walking tour to St. Nikolas’s Hermitage.

Dinner in the refectory.

Overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)


Day 10. Wednesday

Breakfast in the refectory.

Tour to Gefsimansky Hermitage and Voskresensky Hermitage.

Lunch in the refectory. Free evening, optional walks.

Dinner in the refectory. Depending on the timetable of Church Services – attend the service at ~20:00.

Overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)
Day 11. Thursday

Breakfast in the refectory.

Boat tour to the Saint’s Island, observation of the Hermitage of Alexander of the Svir.

Lunch in the refectory.

15:00 - Departure for Sortavala by boat.

~16:00 - Transfer to the city of Petrozavodsk by car or bus (250 km).

~19:30 - En-route - dinner in a traditional wooden house in the Karelian village of Kinerma, acquaintance with culture and history of native people of the region.

~22:00 - Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Petrozavodsk.

(B, L, D)
Day 12. Friday

Breakfast at the hotel.

Petrozavodsk city walking tour.

~11:30 - Departure with the guide for the Island of Kizhi, located in Lake Onego (75 minutes one way by hydrofoil). Packed lunch is provided.

~13:00 – 15:30 - Walking tour to the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture Kizhi - Churches of the Transfiguration, Intercession, chapels and traditional wooden houses.

~17:00 - Return to Petrozavodsk in the evening.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)
Day 13. Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 - Departure for the White Sea coast (450 km to the north).

Observe the Church of the Assumption (built in 1774) in the town of Kondopoga.

Visit the Kivach Waterfalls and Nature Reserve (80 km from Petrozavodsk), featuring typical taiga forest plants and animals. Lunch at the café. Continue to the north.

Walking tour to Petroglyphs - an archeological sight, ancient rock-carvings.

~20:00 - Arrival to the White Sea coast in the evening, accommodation.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)
Day 14. Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel.

07:30 - Embarkation.

08:00 - Departure for the Solovetsky Islands by sea boat (travel time is about 2.5 hours).

~10:30 - Arrival at Solovetsky Island, transfer to the hotel.

Orientation walk on the Island. ~13:00 - Lunch. Check-in.

~14:30 - Walking tour to the famous Monastery and Fortress of Solovetsky (16th Century).

~19:00 - Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)
Day 15. Monday

Breakfast at the hotel.

~09:00 - Bus and walking tour to Sekirnaya Mountain in the northern part of the Island, where the Church of the Ascension and the observation ground are located.

~13:00 - Lunch. ~16:30 - Transfer to the pier.

17:30 - Departure for Kem by sea boat. ~20:00 – Arrival in Kem. Accommodation at the hotel.

~21:00 - Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)
Day 16. Tuesday

Early morning transfer to the train station.

~06:30 - Departure by train for St. Petersburg (private cabin). The guide travels with the clients until their flight from St.Petersburg. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided as a packed meal or served at the restaurant car.

~22:30 - Arrival in St.Petersburg in the evening, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

(B, L, D)


Day 17. Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel.

13:00 - Transfer to the airport with the guide.

16:35 - Departure.



(B)


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