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The Best of The Solovetsky Islands

5 days1 city
Russia1 country
Tour rating: 4.89 / 5, Based on 5 Reviews
Private tour to Russia

Meet Solovki, one of the most amazing places in Russia. Immerse yourself in its historical and religious heritage, take in the beauty of the Russian countryside and local nature, and explore the wildlife of the region with the customizable private tour, including Russian visas, professional guides, and personal drivers to make your journey truly unforgettable.

5 days1 city
Russia1 country
Solovetsky Islands

The Solovetsky Islands, or Solovki, are truly among the most remarkable places in the world. The contribution of Solovki to the rich Russian history is impossible to overestimate.

Day by day
Day-by-day program
Arrival to Saint Petersburg & Departure to Solovki

Welcome to the legendary Venice of the North and the brilliant Northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg! Your driver meets you at the airport (or hotel) and transfers you to the rail station for your train to Solovki. You spend this evening on board a train, making its way through the beautiful Russian countryside.

No meals included.

Arrival to Solovki & Monastery Tour

In the morning, your train arrives to Kem. Your driver meets you at the station and transfers you to a local cafe for breakfast (meal not included). After some rest, you are driven to the Rabocheostrovsk pier from where you take a ferry to Solovki. The views on the way are stunning. If you are lucky, you can see whales on your way.

After a 2-hour ferry ride, you arrive at the Bolshoy Solovetsky Island, meet your driver, and have a transfer to your hotel for check-in.

In the early evening, you walk to the tour desk, meet your private local guide, and start a walking tour of the Solovetsky Monastery, an important monument included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. During the tour, you come to grips with both the historical and architectural sides of the monastery and the island itself. Together with your guide, you explore the central complex of the monastery, the existing temples, and the Solovetsky Fortress.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have a good rest after a busy day.

  • Note: tour to Solovetsky Islands is available between June 1 and September 15. The program is subject to change due to adverse weather conditions.

No meals included.

Exploring Zayatsky Island & Mount Sekirnaya

After breakfast, you walk to the tour desk, meet your guide, and have a 45-minute boat trip to Zayatsky Island. The stone labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island are the largest pagan sanctuary dating back to the 2nd-1st millennium BC. Archaeologists still argue about the exact purpose of this site. During the tour, you explore the mythical labyrinths, the stone harbor, and the monuments of St. Andrew's Skete. After the tour, you return to Bolshoy Solovetsky Island for lunch (meal not included).

In the afternoon, prepare for the second tour of the day. This time you travel by bus to the Sekirnaya Mountain, one of the highest points of the Big Solovetsky Island. From the top of the mountain, you catch the unforgettable views over the northern part of the Big Solovetsky Island and the White Sea.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure.

  • Note: Bolshoi Zayatsky Island is declared a reserve zone; a tour there is possible only in a guided group.

Breakfast is included.

Solovki Prison Camp & Departure from Solovki

After breakfast, you check out, walk to the tour desk, meet your private local guide, and start a 2.5-hour tour of the Solovki prison camp. During the tour, you learn about the history of the Solovki prison camp set up in 1923, its later reorganization into the Special Prison, and about the fate of its prisoners. You attend an exposition dedicated to the history of Solovki Gulag and to political repression in the Soviet Union.

After the tour, you are transferred to the pier and depart for Kem. Upon arrival, you have free time for dinner (meal not included) followed by a transfer to the Kem train station where you board a train, departing to St. Petersburg.

Breakfast is included.

Departure from Saint Petersburg

Today your train arrives to beautiful Saint Petersburg. Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver and have a transfer to the airport, hotel or other destination, depending on your future arrangements. We hope you have enjoyed Russia and return home with lifelong memories and unforgettable impressions. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

Your Choice of Hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure amazing stay and experience for you.

Country House Hotel

Escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities and take in the authentic local atmosphere, staying in a stylish country house hotel. Perfectly reflecting local customs and heritage, such hotels are nice examples of traditional local architecture, having top-notch amenities at the same time. Find more examples of country house hotels we offer in the gallery.

What's included

  • Accommodation at hotel remarkable a hotel on Bolshoy Solovetsky Island;
  • Breakfasts at the hotel;
  • 1st class train tickets: St. Petersburg - Kem, Rabocheostrovsk - Bolshoy Solovetsky Island;
  • Regular class ferry tickets for traveling between islands;
  • Transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: the hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides;
  • Exploring the 15th-century Solovetsky Monastery;
  • Taking in the beauty of the Russian nature from the Sekirnaya Mountain;
  • Guided sightseeing tour of the Solovki prison camp.

What To Know

  • Russian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers.
  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must.
  • You will be walking quite a bit during your tour, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes.