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With its striking powder-blue domes and looming cathedral spires, set against a backdrop of dense woodlands and glassy blue waters, the Valaam Monastery makes a suitably arresting centerpiece to Valaam Island. Marooned on Lake Ladoga’s largest island, reaching the historic monastery is an adventure in itself, with scenic ferry cruises running from the mainland and thrilling helicopter rides linking it to St Petersburg.

Dating back to the late 14th-century and rebuilt several times throughout history, the Valaam Monastery is one of Russia’s most significant religious sites, once regarded as the country’s spiritual and cultural center and completely self-sufficient. Today, the vast complex centers around the exquisite Cathedral of the Transfiguration, surrounded by monks cells, chapels, workshops and farmlands, and remains a working monastery, with resident monks hosting regular services and choir recitals.

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Valaam Archipelago on Ladoga Lake, Valaam Island, Russia
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Private Tour to Valaam: Visit one of the Oldest Monasteries in Russia (by train)

Private Tour to Valaam: Visit one of the Oldest Monasteries in Russia (by train)

We offer boat tour to the Valaam island, which represents the combination of church architecture open-air museum and natural park. This tour is dedicated to the history of Karelia and Russian Orthodox church. The island is known worldwide as a unique and holy place. Program 06:15-10:20 "Lastochka" train from St. Petersburg to Sortavala (no guide) 10:20 Meeting with the local guide at the railway station, walking towards the pier in Sortavala 11.00-12.00 Transfer: Sortavala – island Valaam, Monastic Bay 12.00-14.00 Sightseeing tour with a guide: “Central Homestead”, lunch 14.00-14.30 Transfer Monastic Bay - Nikonov Bay 14.30-17.00 The walking tour with a visit to the Church of the Resurrection Skete, a tour of the Gethsemane Skete, the Assumption Church and the Ascension Chapel on Mount Eleon 17.00-18.00 Transfer back to Sortavala 18:00 Arrival in Sortavala, walking to the railway station 18:42-22.30 Train Sortavala-St. Petersburg (no guide) • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
  • 17 hours
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size

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