Solvychegodsk, Veliky Ustyug, Totma, Kargopol and Solovetsky Islands

The hit of the summer season! The program of the excursion tour of the Russian North covers two regions of Russia at once – the Arkhangelsk and Vologda regions. We will see unique monuments of stone and wooden architecture, get acquainted with the history of these amazing places, feel the hospitality and warmth of the locals, who will treat you to delicious rustic dinners from a Russian oven and teach you how to sculpt the world-famous Kargopol clay toy.

We will take you by boat across the White Sea to the Solovetsky Archipelago, where the stronghold of the Orthodox faith stands - the Solovetsky Stavropol Monastery with its rich history. Throughout the route you will admire the beautiful northern nature, breathe clean air, swim in crystal lakes and rivers. 

We are sure that the trip will leave indelible impressions in your memory and will make you love our northern region with all your heart!

Location

Arkhangelsk region, Nyandoma
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Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 2 – 11 Jun
    • 23 Jun – 2 Jul
    • 28 Jul – 6 Aug
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Accommodation
  • Guest House
    2 nights
  • Train
    1 night
  • Hotel
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
  • Upscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 10 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
Arkhangelsk region, Nyandoma
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Introduction to folk crafts and crafts
There will be an opportunity to get acquainted with Kargopol clay toys, blackening on silver, birch bark craft and weaving
Beautiful monuments of stone architecture
Let's admire the ensemble of the Mikhailo-Arkhangelsk Monastery, the churches of the Transfiguration of the Savior and the Sretensky Transfiguration of the XII-XVIII centuries, Ascension and St. Nicholas of the XVII century.
Rustic lunch in the Oshevenski style
We are waiting for a rustic lunch with lots of pies from the Russian oven
Additional excursions
A large selection of additional excursions for every taste, which will make your vacation more exciting and eventful
Totma is a small town with a great history
We will walk through the provincial streets of the county town, consider wooden houses with angular balconies and carved architraves, discover temples of amazing beauty in the style of "Totem Baroque"
By boat on the White Sea
We will go to the Solovetsky Islands, where we will get acquainted with the Solovetsky historical and architectural ensemble, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Solvychegodsk. Excursion to the Annunciation Cathedral

    09:14 Arrival of tourists at the station Kotlas South by train No. 78 S.St. Petersburg - Vorkuta.

    10:03 Arrival of tourists at the station Kotlas South by train No. 376 Moscow – Vorkuta. 

    Meeting - gathering of tourists at the main entrance to the railway station from the side of the platform with a sign. 

    10:15 Transfer to Solvychegodsk (32 km).

    12:00 Sightseeing walking tour – Saline Lake, mineral spring, embankment of the Vychegda river. 

    Excursion to the Annunciation Cathedral – the house church of the Stroganov merchants (XVI century), which houses the exposition of the Solvychegod Historical and Architectural Museum. Frescoes and an iconostasis of the XVII century have been preserved in the interior of the temple. The bell tower of the cathedral offers a wonderful panorama of this small county town. Acquaintance with the Vvedensky monastery, founded in the XVII century near the Salt Lake, on the shore of which the salt barn has been preserved. The seven–tiered carved iconostasis and icons of the Stroganov school of the XVII century, impressive in size, have been preserved in the main temple of the monastery - the Vvedensky Cathedral. 

    Note: during the excursion day, time is allocated for an independent snack in the Solvychegodsk cafe.

    16:00 Transfer to Veliky Ustyug (101 km).

    18:00 Accommodation at the Dvina Hotel in rooms with amenities. 

    Free time.

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  • Day 2 - Sightseeing walking tour with a visit to the temple of Prokopiy Ustyuzhsky
  • Day 3 - Excursion to the Museum of Ancient Russian Art
  • Day 4 - The darkness. Sightseeing tour of the city "Small town with a great history". Museum of Church Antiquities
  • Day 5 - Kargopol. Excursion to the Cathedral of the Nativity
  • Day 6 - Bus and walking expedition to the "Oshevenskaya parish". Rustic lunch in the Oshevenski style
  • Day 7 - Kenozersky Park
  • Day 8 - Crossing the White Sea to the Solovetsky Islands. Sightseeing tour of the Solovetsky Kremlin
  • Day 9 - Excursions to choose from for an additional fee
  • Day 10 - Bus and walking tour "Sekirnaya Mountain. Completion of the program
Difficulty
For any person
Tour organizer's comments

Bus and walking tours are waiting for you.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Guest House
    2 nights
  • Train
    1 night
  • Hotel
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
  • Upscale

The tour provides accommodation in rooms with amenities.

The cost of the tour for 1 person:

  • for 2-bed accommodation 97,700 rubles.
  • for 1-bed accommodation, 115,400 rubles. 
Guest house "Kargopolskaya Sloboda" 2 nights

Guest house "Kargopolskaya Sloboda" is a two—storey cottage made of round pine forest on the territory of the future country park-hotel 12 km from Kargopol on the very bank of the Onega River. 

It offers 8 cozy rooms with an area of 12-14 sq.m. with all amenities (shower, bathroom, TV). On the ground floor of the guest house there is a cozy hall-refectory with plasma TV, where guests can be served breakfast and dinner upon reservation. 

On the territory of the cottage there is a Russian sauna with steam room, Parking for cars with video surveillance. It offers: tour desk, souvenir shop, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee at any time of the day.

Room description: standard 2-bed room with shower/bathroom, free soap and shampoo, TV, 2 single beds, bedside tables, a small dining table with two upholstered stools, a wall module for clothes with hangers, a fire alarm system.

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Vologda — Nyandoma train 1 night
Dvina Hotel 3 nights
Tourist complex/hotel in the port of Rabochiostrovsk 3 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 10 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Group meets at
Arkhangelsk region, Nyandoma

Included in price

  • meals according to the tour program (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches);
  • accommodation in rooms with amenities along the entire route;
  •  sea crossing on the route Rabochiostrovsk – Solovki – Rabochiostrovsk;
  • guided tours according to the tour program;
  • group transfers for meetings and send-offs.

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to Kotlas Yuzhny station and back from the city of Kem;
  • railway tickets on the Vologda - Nyandoma route;
  • meals and excursions indicated as "on your own" or "for an additional fee".

Additional excursions are booked and paid for locally.

It's important to know

Are tickets included in the tour price?

Railway tickets are not included in the price of the tour. You can purchase them yourself or contact us for help.

Railway tickets for the Vologda - Nyandoma internal crossing are also purchased by tourists themselves (through a travel agency).

Is insurance included in the price?
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Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 1 090
    2 – 11 Jun 10 days 9 nights
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    23 Jun – 2 Jul 10 days 9 nights
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    28 Jul – 6 Aug 10 days 9 nights
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