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Monastries and Villages - A cultural tour of Real Russia

I can offer an exclusive two day trip for those who dream to see real Russia, without official palaces and five-stars hotels. For those who want to understand the mysterious Russian soul living where the prayers sound in several monasteries spread around the forest.

Tour details:


Staraya Ladoga. In Russian Staraya means old - in this case the settlement was founded in 753 A.D. Its location on important trade routes helped it grow and it become an ancient capital of Russia. You will visit the fortress, picturesquely situated down on the river bank. The next place we will visit is the Aleksandro-Svirsky monastery, well known for its beautiful ancient architectural complex. During the communist period the monastery was closed and it’s buildings used as a forced labor camp (Gulag). Restored nowadays after many years of and oblivion it is visited by a huge number of pilgrims. We will have an opportunity to hear a real monastic man's choral singing during the Evening service.


After staying overnight in the local hotel "Old Settlement" we will visit the dying village of Tervenichi, occupied many years ago by an ancient Veps tribe, and despite many difficulties life still goes on there.


We have an excursion around the Pokrovski convent and visit the Veps Cultural Center named "Enarne ma" where you will learn about one of the first settlements of eastern Slavs in the territory of what is now Leningrad region. You will be able to see, and if you wish, buy unique handmade items produced by local craftsmen.


Next we have a cultural treat in store - "an oyatsky vecherka" - which is a sort of traditional gathering, organized for us by a local folklore ensemble.

At the vecherka you will be able to try oyatsky baking: "gates", "bast shoes oyatsky" and "Olud" a drink made of honey.




No. of people. Price per person per day.
2 $770
4 $600
6 $500
8 $385
10 $275

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Car rent with a driver (business class minibus )
  • Excursion services and tickets
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals - twice a day

Tour itinerary

Day 1
7.00a.m. Departure from St. Petersburg
10.00a.m. Old Ladoga. Excursion around the fortress and monasteries.
1.00p.m. Lunch
2.00p.m. Departure to the Aleksandro-Svirsky monastery
4.30p.m. Arrival at the Aleksandro-Svirsky monastery
Check-in at the hotel. Excursion around the monastery. Evening service.
7.00p.m. Dinner

Day 2
8.00a.m. Breakfast and check-out.
9.30a.m. Departure to Tervenichi.
10.30a.m. Excursion around the Pokrovo-Tervenichesky convent.
Morning service for those who want to see it.
12.30p.m. Excursion around the ”Enarne ma“ cultural center.
1.30p.m. Oyatsky vecherka with folklore ensemble, entertainment and lunch.
Master class “making dolls”.
4.00p.m. Departure to St. Petersburg
Arrival time in the city is about 8.00p.m.

Please note:

  • Hotel conditions are modest.
  • It is possible to book a banya.
  • Roads are not good everywhere, distances are long (about 600 km from Saint-Petersburg).
  • Clothes have to be without defiant inscriptions, ladies need skirts and scarfs, and also shoulders have to be covered. No shorts and sandals for men. Conversations in the temples and on the territory of monasteries aren't welcomed. On the territory of the monastery we will be accompanied by a guide.

Thank you for your understanding.

 +Tatiana Collins+