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St. Petersburg

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

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USD 525.00
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Stop At: Valaam Archipelago, Valaam Ostrov ul. Tsentralnaya d. 24, Sortavala 186756 Russia

Valaam Archipelago is one of the most interesting cultural, historical and nature attractions in the North of Russia. The nature of Valaam is unique and extremely beautiful. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims come from all over the world to this northern part of Lake Ladoga, the biggest lake in Europe.

Besides the nature beauty Valaam island is best known as the 14th century Valaam Monastery that is nowadays permanently inhabited by monks and families. There are about 600 residents on the main island, including monks and guides, army service personnel and restoration workers. In the 12th century the islands were a part of Novgorod Rebublic. In the 17th century it was captured by Sweden. Russia has conquered Valaam back less than a century later.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Valaam Monastery, Valaam Archipelago on Ladoga Lake, Valaam Russia

The heart of Valaam is its magnificent monastery complex founded in 992. During the tour you will visit the Central Monastery Complex and walk around the monk cells. You will also enjoy a concert of the Valaam choir and taste the monastery's food during lunch in the refectory.

Duration: 3 hours
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Important Information
Departure Point
St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance in Sortavala-Valaam. Other languages upon request
  • Tickets to the hydrofoil boat (round trip)
  • Entrance fees
  • Dinner
  • Sightseeing tours according to the program
  • Train tickets St.Petersburg-Sortavala-St.Petersburg
  • Entry/Admission - Valaam Archipelago
  • Entry/Admission - Valaam Monastery
  • Roundtrip transportation between St.Petersburg hotel and railway station (for additional charge)
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities to guide(optional)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code. During visits of active churches of the monastery situated within inside square line of monastic buildings men must remove headwear and women must wear skirts and headwear or kerchiefs. Sport suits, shorts, tube tops and low-cut dresses are not allowed. Footwear convenient for long walks is strictly recommended. Some slight changes could be made to program if considered necessary.
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • To get to Valaam you will first have to take a train from Saint Petersburg to Sortavala station.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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By: U Visit Russia
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  • Languages Offered: English
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