Solovki. My own view of history and legends

Myths, guesses, legends, hypotheses, theories are just dots on the historical map of Solovki. But, looking into the mirror of Solovetsky history, you begin to notice how distinctive features become expressive, the repetition of events suggests logic, the flickering of facts is connected to the network. 

The key nodes of this network are personalities and actions, and the network itself is the place that caught these people. The Solovetsky Islands are just such a place. They attract people, but require a non-fussy, thoughtful and contemplative attitude.

Location

G. Kem
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Duration
4 Days
3 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 25 – 28 Jun
    • 2 – 5 Jul
    • 9 – 12 Jul
    • 16 – 19 Jul
    • 23 – 26 Jul
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 40 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
G. Kem
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Solovetsky Archipelago
Visit the Solovetsky Archipelago and get acquainted with its history
Boat trip on the "inner sea"
Go along the Long Bay to explore the archipelago from the water
Flexible program
Choose an excursion to your taste and learn even more interesting things about Solovki

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Excursion "The History of the Solovetsky Archipelago"

    Arrival in the city of Kem by train No. 012H (from St. Petersburg). Until 18.07, the train arrives at 10:39, from 19.07 the train arrives at 12:46.

    Due to the fact that the schedule of train No. 012H has changed since 07/18/24, in arrivals after July 18, less than 45 minutes remain from the arrival time of the train to the departure of the ship, therefore, please do not delay when exiting the train cars and promptly approach the meeting place for transfer to the pier.

    Tourists arriving by other trains are waiting for the arrival of the 012H train.

    Meeting with a guide with a sign at the entrance to the station building from the platform.

    Transfer to the pier in the village of Rabochiostrovsk.

    Boarding the ship. 

    The transition to Solovki.

    Arrival to the Solovetsky Islands.

    Transfer to the hotel. Placement.

    Lunch at the cafe.

    Walking tour "The history of the Solovetsky Archipelago" (duration — 3.5 hours). 

    The main natural and geographical features of the archipelago, information about the local flora and fauna, rare phenomena observed on the islands — that's where we start and what first of all makes Solovki unique. 

    Next, you will see the monuments of the village of Solovetsky with a story about the main historical epochs of Solovki: from the appearance of the first people on the islands in the VI millennium BC (stop at Cape Labyrinths) to the events of our time. 

    "Solovki as a mirror of Russian history" — this idea "runs through the guide's narrative like a red thread. 

    The fascinating story unfolds the secret scroll of the Solovetsky chronicle, which tells about the regular participation of the islands in significant events for the Fatherland and their influence on their course. 

    Builders of mysterious labyrinths, harsh Orthodox ascetics, prisoners of Solovetsky prisons are the main characters of this story.

    Pedestrian crossing to the hotel.

    Placement. 

    Rest.

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  • Day 2 - Sightseeing tour of the Solovetsky Kremlin and a tour of your choice
  • Day 3 - Excursion "Long Lip" and an excursion of your choice
  • Day 4 - Excursion "Solovetsky skeets. History and legends"
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour includes accommodation in a hotel.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

HotelDouble occupancy
"Standard"
Single occupancy
"Standard"
Additional place
"Standard"
Double occupancy
"Comfort"
Solovki Hotel48 60061 30037 60052 000
"Solovetskaya Sloboda"47 70037 600
"Solo Nord"43 80052 80042 500

Increased rate for check-in on 20-23.08.2024 at the Solovki-hotel and Solovetskaya Sloboda hotels: + 1,500 rubles/person to the base cost of the tour.

Discount for children under 18 years of age — 2,000 rubles/person.

The Solovki Hotel or Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel or 3 nights
The Solovki Hotel

The most comfortable on the Solovetsky Islands is located in one of the most picturesque places of the archipelago on the shore of the bay, a 5—minute walk from the famous Solovetsky Monastery and the ancient pagan sanctuary. 

The hotel is designed in a traditional Russian style and was built in 2003 using the technology of northern craftsmen. 

The hotel is located in 6 buildings, 5 of which are designed to accommodate guests (4 buildings with 20 seats and 1 with 12 seats), and in the sixth there is an accommodation service, a bar and a restaurant. 

Standard Room:
The area is 12 sq. m. The room has 2 beds, 2 bedside tables, folding table, chairs. There is a wardrobe at the entrance. The bathroom is equipped with a shower cabin, toilet, sink, water heater, mirror and heated towel rail. There is a hairdryer and a sachet with toiletries, bottled water.

Comfort:
The area is 25 sq. m. The room consists of a work area with a table, a bedroom and a bathroom. The room has one large bed, 2 bedside tables, chairs. There is a wardrobe at the entrance. The bathroom is equipped with a shower cabin, toilet, sink, water heater, mirror and heated towel rail. There is a hairdryer and a sachet with toiletries. The room is equipped with a tea set, a TV and a mini-refrigerator, bottled water, a bathrobe and slippers.

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Another option
Solovetskaya Sloboda Hotel

It is located a three-minute walk from the Solovetsky Monastery and is a four-storey building with a facade stylized as an ancient brickwork. On the ground floor there is a restaurant with a bar and a banquet hall. There is a billiard room in the annex of the first floor.

The rooms are decorated in neutral tones, using wooden panels, and are equipped with LCD TVs with satellite channels. All rooms at the hotel have a private bathroom with free toiletries. The area and design of the rooms correspond to the European standard.

It offers free wireless Internet access (WiFi) in the rooms and the hotel restaurant, billiards, bicycle rental and tourist equipment, a souvenir kiosk and a tour center. During the day, meals are served according to a pre-approved menu, in the evening the restaurant operates on an A-la carte menu. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the restaurant's bar. The restaurant has a cozy banquet hall with 24 seats, where you can celebrate a family or corporate holiday.

Standard (maximum 2+1):
The area is 20 sq. m. It is located on 1-2 floors. The room has 2 separate beds 90x200 or one double bed, 2 bedside tables, a work table, chairs, a luggage rack. There is a wardrobe at the entrance. The bathroom is equipped with a shower, toilet, sink, water heater, mirror and heated towel rail. There is a hairdryer and a sachet with toiletries. It is possible to put one extra bed.

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Another option
Solo Nord Hotel

The Solo Nord Hotel is located 400 meters from the central architectural complex of the Solovetsky Kremlin, in the center of the village of Solovetsky. This is one of the oldest hotels in Solovki. It is a two-storey building built of wooden beams, with an extension made of the same material. 

Standard Room:
The area is 18 sq.m. The room consists of one room and a small hallway. The room is equipped with modern comfortable furniture. The room has: two 1.5-double beds, two bedside tables, a work desk, a carpet. The room has a bathroom with a shower. The room is designed for two people.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 40 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
4 days 3 nights
Group meets at
G. Kem

Included in price

  • sightseeing and transportation services on the route;
  • entrance tickets to the exhibition facilities;
  • hotel accommodation in rooms of the selected category;
  • nutrition:
    • Day 1: Lunch;
    • Day 2: Breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 3: Breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 4: Breakfast, lunch;
  • the tour leader's job.

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to and from Kemi;
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • additional excursions (booked and paid for when buying a tour):
    • "Solovetskaya dam" — 2,500 rubles/person.;
    • "Malaya Muksalma" — 3,500 rubles/person.;
    • "Island Top" — 3,000 rubles/person.;
    • "Sea trip "Cape Beluzhy" — 3,000 rubles/person.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

1. Medical preparations for individual needs.

2. Documents: passport, insurance policy (medical).

3. Comfortable sports shoes:

  • sneakers or moccasins, but not new, but familiar and comfortable;
  • replacement shoes (light sneakers or sneakers).

4. Sportswear for hot and cool weather:

  • The jacket is windproof, waterproof;
  • raincoat;
  • warm tracksuit (sweatshirt, pants);
  • T-shirts with long (from sunburn) and short sleeves;
  • sports trousers;
  • shorts;
  • socks.

5. Headdress: cap, panama hat (with visor).

6. Bathing suit.

7. Personal hygiene products.

8. Useful equipment:

  • small backpack (20-30 l);
  • flashlight with spare batteries;
  • sunscreen (required);
  • sunglasses.

9. For photo and video equipment, take care of an airtight package in case of rain.

Recommendations for participants of ecological excursions: be sure to have warm clothes for sea trips, mosquito repellents, a bathing suit and a camera if desired.

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Dates and Prices

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    25 – 28 Jun 4 days 3 nights
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    2 – 5 Jul 4 days 3 nights
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