Excursion on the holy sites of the North West of Russia
Basic tour programme
1st day. Arrival to Moscow. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Leisure time (Moscow city tour). Dinner. Moscow hotel.
2d day Departure by coach to the Holy Trinity.Sergius Lavra. Meeting of the group in the Holy Trinity.Sergius Lavra. Divine Liturgy in the Dormition cathedral of Lavra. Acquaintance with history and architecture of Lavra. Lunch . Departure to Moscow (with a short stop in Radonezh village near Khot’kovo). Dinner. Departure to Pskov (by train).
3d day Arrival to Pskov. Meeting of the group in the railway station. Breakfast. The Kremlin of Pskov, the Troitsky cathedral (the relics of Saint right-believing Princes Vsevolod (Gavriil) and Dovmont (Timothy). The John the Theologian cathedral (wonderworking icon of John the Theologian) Pokrovsky complex. Lunch. Departure to Pushkinogorye. The Sviatogorsky Monastery. Alexander Pushkin’s tomb. Accommodation in the hotel of Pushkinogorye. Dinner in the frater of Sviatogorsky Monastery.
4th day Breakfast. Excursion to Trigorskoye manor and Mikhaylovskoye reserve museum. Lunch. Departure to Pechory. Vesper in the Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechorsky Monastery. Dinner.
5 th day Divine Liturgy. Breakfast. Visit of the monastery and caves wonderfully created by God. The Holy little mount. Lunch. Staraya Russa. The museum of F.М.Dostoevsky. The St. George the Trophy bearer cathedral. Icon of the Mother of God known as “Starorusskaya”. Departure to Novgorod. Accommodation in the hotel in Veliky Novgorod. Dinner.
6 th day Breakfast. Visit of Novgorod: the Kremlin of Novgorod, St. Sophia cathedral, Yaroslavovo Dvorishche (merchant part of the Old town), cathedrals of Novgorod. Lunch. Visit of the Yuriev, Khutynsky and Vyazhishchsky Monasteries. Dinner.
7 th day Breakfast. Departure to Lodeynoye Pole (the Alexander Svirsky monastery). Arrival to Lodeynoye Pole. Lunch on “Gospodin Veliky Novgorod” motorship. Visit of the Aleksander Svirsky Monastery. Embarkation and departure. Dinner on motorship.
8 th day Breakfast on motorship. Arrival to Valaam. Voskresensky and Gefsimansky hermitages. Lunch on “Gospodin Veliky Novgorod” motorship. Embarkation of “ОМ” boat - passage to the Central monastic manor. Visit of the Central monastic manor (cathedrals, old monastic cemetery). Compline. Embarkation of “ОМ” boat - passage to Nikonovskaya bay, embarkation of “Gospodin Veliky Novgorod” motorship. Dinner.
9 th day Embarkation of “ОМ” boat - passage to the Central monastic manor. Divine Liturgy. Embarkation of “ОМ” boat - passage to Nikonovskaya bay, embarkation of “Gospodin Veliky Novgorod” motorship. Departure of “Gospodin Veliky Novgorod” motorship from Valaam island to Konevets island. Lunch on “Gospodin Veliky Novgorod” motorship. Arrival to Konevets island. Prayer by the relics of Venerable Arseny Konevsky. Cup of tea in the brotherhood’s frater. Visit of the monastery. Departure to Saint-Petersburg. Dinner on motorship
10 th day Breakfast on motorship. Arrival to Saint Petersburg. Excursion “The orthodox Saint-Petersburg”: Alexander Nevsky Lavra and St.John Monastery in Karlovka (visit). Peter and Paul’s fortress, St.Issac’s, Kazansky, Marine and Vladimirsky cathedrals, the Saviour-on-Blood cathedral (on a way). Lunch. Visit of Smolensky cemetery – Chapel of St. Xenia the Blessed of Petersburg. Dinner.
11th day Breakfast. Continuation of the city tour, (visit of Hermitage - optional, not included in the tour price). Leisure time. Departure by train to Kem’.
12 th day Breakfast in train. Lunch in train. Arrival to Kem’. Dinner in Kem’. Departure by sea to Solovki (3 hours – by ocean-going launch). Arrival to Solovki - Meeting of the group and accommodation in the hotel.
13 th day Breakfast. (05:30 germane prayer in the monastery - optional). Visit of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky (Holy Transfiguration) Monastery: territory, cathedrals, towers, necropolis. Lunch. Excursion “The history of Solovetsky GULAG”. Dinner.
14 th day Divine Liturgy in the Spaso-Preobrazhensky cathedral. Early lunch in the “Solovki Hotel”. Excursion to the Sekirnaya Mount. Visit of the local Botanic garden. Acquaintance with the lakes and artificial channels of Solovki archipelago. Dinner.
15 th day Breakfast. Leisure time, (extra excursions – Zayatsky island or Anzer island, requests are applied 3 days before the excursions and approved by the administration of monastery and museum). Gathering of the group. Lunch. Transfer to the Solovki airport, departure by through flight Solovki - Arkhangelsk - Moscow). Arrival to Arkhangelsk. Emplanement for the flight Arkhangelsk - Moscow. Departure for Moscow. Arrival to Moscow, transfer to the hotel. Dinner
16 th day Breakfast. Visit of the Moscow Kremlin (territory + Assumption or Archangel Cathedral). Walking tour in the Red Square. Lunch. Leisure time. Dinner in the hotel.
17 th day Breakfast. Transfer by coach to the airport. Check-in and departure.
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