Legends of the North

St.Petersburg 1 day – Solovki Islands 5 days – Belomorsk 1 day - St.Petersburg 1 day

from June  till August 2015

Our discovery tour begins in the St.Petersbug as Russia’s Northern Capital

Friday Private transfer airport – hotel. Check-in
Saturday Breakfast. Check out. 
10 AM Greeting and meeting with guide at lobby. City tour, during which you can make wonderful photographs. Nevsky Avenu, the Rostral Columns and the Point of Basil Island, the Spilled Blood Cathedral, the Palace Square and the St-Isaac’s Square.
12 PM Boat trip “Rivers and canals” reminds you Venetian scenes. By private boat, for an hour.
1 PM Walking tour along Nevsky Prospekt - the main avenue of our city. You will see and visit authentic places: Great Kazansky Cathedral inside, Gostiny Dvor, Catherina’s Garden, Anichkov Bridge, Eliseevsky Store inside, Passage inside, Zinger House inside.
2.30 PM The lunch
3.30 PM Transfer to the Ladozhsky Train Station.
5.20 PM Departure to the northern town Kem’ by train № 22. Accommodation in the 4-beds coupes.
Linen, dinner-box and breakfast-box are included.

Sunday 9 AM Arrival to the Kem’ and transfer to the seaport.
11 AM departure to Solovetzky Archipelago by comfortable motor-ship “Metel”.
1.30 PM Arrival to the main island. Transfer and check-in at cozy guest-complex “Solovki”. Free time for rest and lunch (not included).
3 PM Walking tour to the territory of Solovetzky monastery. Masterpieces of ancient architecture - majestic Holy Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of the Assumption with the Refectory, monastery outbuildings. All the temples and monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Dinner (included).

Monday Breakfast. 10 AM Boat trip to the Grand Zayazky island. You see the largest pagan temple II-I millennium BC, unique stone labyrinth, a complex of religious and funerary structures.

Return on the main island.

2 PM Free time for lunch (not included)

3.30 PM Excursion to the Botanic Garden by bus. This is one of the most northern botanical gardens Russia. The unique microclimate allows people to grow here even watermelon! The monks began to grow fruit here in the first half of the 19th century.

Dinner (included).

Tuesday Breakfast. 9 AM boat trip to the islands Kuzova. 
Legendary Land and Unknowable Mystery 
There are ancient artifacts - the possible remains of the legendary country Hyperborea that once existed in the North. Anciently, these islands were the place of priestly rituals and divination, and the ancient observatory. On these islands Northern Search Expedition of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) works a few years, it found here megalithic attractions.
Lunch-box and dinner are including.

Wednesday Breakfast. 9 AM boat trip in the labyrinths of islands Long Bay to the island Large Muksalma.  
The famous boulder dam - hydraulic structure, which has no equal in the world. Stone field, surpassing its harmony famous Japanese rock gardens, sea stars that lie underfoot; Muksalomsky Reef, of course, interesting stories about everything that is connected with this island. Through the Strait of Iron Gate we get to the Radonezh monastery that was special prison camp.
Lunch-box and dinner are including.

Thursday Breakfast. Check out. 10 AM Excursion by bus to the Sekirnaya Hill, the highest place on the Solovetzky Archipelago. An unforgettable view of the northern part of the island and the White Sea. Lighthouse Church.
Return to the guest complex. Free time for rest and lunch (not included)
6.30 PM Departure to the town Belomorsk by comfortable motor ship “Sapphire”. Dinner-box included.
10.15 PM Arrival to the Belomorsk, transfer to the hotel. Check-in and rest.

Friday Breakfast. Check out. 10 PM Trip to the coast of the White Sea, where you will see the stone drawings Palaeolithic era – petroglyphs. Ancient people knocked on the rocks images of deer, hunters, boats etc. 
It's a real immersion in the ancient time!
Lunch (included)
City-tour during which you see the White Sea-Baltic Canal that connects the White and Baltic Seas. Thousands of political prisoners built it in the shortest possible time. Also you see river Vyg and its beautiful rapids. 
Master-class on baking traditional cakes “kalitka”. You will learn to make delicious cakes with filling. And then a tea party follows.
9.40 PM Departure to the St.Petersburg by train № 21. Accommodation in the 4-beds coupes.
Linen, dinner-box and breakfast are included.

Saturday 12.15 PM arrival to the St.Petersburg. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Free day.
Sunday Private transfer hotel – airport

Price is 1640 euro per person for group 12 persons.
- Hebrew speaking guide for 7 days
- All entrances to the museums and sights according to program
- Transport service according to program
- Eating according to program 
- 7 nights in the hotels 3*
- Train tickets St.Petersburg – Kem and Belomorsk – St.Petersburg, accommodation in the 4-beds coupe
- Private boat in the St.Ptersburg
- Motor Ship tickets (Kem – Solovki – Belomorsk) 
- Master-class of baking