Russian North: Karelia Republic, White Sea and Solovetsky Monastery

Book the tour — 05 Jul - 15 Jul

On the Solovetskiy island in the White sea there is a place where man can find ancient pagan architecture, Solovetskiy monastery ensemble and the first Soviet labor camp museum

  • Dates – 5-15 July 2019
  • Duration – 11 days
  • Total mileage – 3300 km
  • Difficulty – medium (gravel and roads, off-road skills needed, changing weather conditions)
  • Roads 95% asphalt, 5% gravel
  • Price is 2450 EUR (includes BMW F700/F800GS rent, extra charge for R1200GS - 300 EUR)
  • Deposit for the motorcycle 1000/1200/1500 Euro for F700GS/F800GS/R1200GS
  • Price if you ride your own bike – 1350 EUR  
  • Extra price for the passenger – 1250 EUR

Key tour highlights: Saint-Petersburg, Valaam, Solovetsky Islands, Kizhi, Valday

Price includes:

  • Motorcycle rental (BMW F700/F800GS, extra charge for R1200GS - 500 EUR)
  • Petrol (for rented motorcycle only, if you ride your own motorcycle petrol is not included)
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels (based on sharing a double / twin room)
  • Breakfasts (during all days)
  • Meals during the riding days (lunch and dinner)
  • English-speaking guide on a motorcycle
  • Support VAN
  • Motorcycle insurance
  • Entry tickets to places of interest

Price does not include:

  • Air tickets to Russia
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra motorcycle insurance (extra 500 Euro, no deposit needed, full coverage)
  • Visa counsel fee


Route: where we will go

Moscow – Seliger – St.Petersburg – Sortavala – Kem’ – Petrozavodsk – Valday - Moscow

Day 1.  Moscow – Seliger, 380 km.

We will leave Moscow early in the morning. Our first stop will be at Savvino-Storozhevskiy monastery in Zvenigorod where will go for a swim and get a bit closer to the history of this place. We will also visit Nealo-Stolbenskiy monastery named so in honor of ven. Neal who passed away here. After that we will drive to Zvenigorod where we will stay for a night.

Day 2. Seliger – St. Petersburg, 510 km.

We will start our day with visiting a very special place – source of the Volga river, where it starts just with a small spring. After that via Luga we will approach Gatchina, one of the suburbs of St. Petersburg, where we will see a beautiful Royal Palace. Our next stop will be in the Northern capital of Russia which is considered to be one of the most breathtaking places in Russia. We will stay for a night here to get ourselves ready for the upcoming journey to Karelia.

Day 3. St. Petersburg - Sortavala, 330 km.

We will leave St. Petersburg using a brand new toll road and head towards Karelia, one of the Northern regions of Russia. A stage Priozersk – Sortavala is considered to be one of the most spectacular roads in Russia. We will spend a night in Lamberg recreation center.

Day 4. Sortavala

On this day we will make a visit Valaam monastery which is based on a small archipelago in the big Ladoga lake. We will get there by boat and after returning back to the hotel we will enjoy dinner at the lake shore.

Day 5. Sortavala – Kem’, 700 km.

It will be a long ride North. There will be plenty of beautiful roads with no traffic. In the evening we will approach Kem’ which is at the White sea.

Day 6. Solovetskiy monastery

We will leave our bikes at the hotel parking and go to Solovetskiy archipelago by boat. Here we will find a majestic Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy monastery which is considered to be one of the most outstanding architecture gems of Russia together with being one of the most sacred places for Russian Orthodox Church. First monks arrived here in the early XV century and since that time a monastery was playing a very import fortification role. It also worth mentioning that this place was infamous for the Soviet labor camp which was established here in 1930s. During a private tour we will be able to learn something new about the history of this place and enjoy the fantastic nature of the Russian North.

Day 7.  Kem’ – Petrozavodsk, 410 km.

We will approach Petrozavodsk, Karelia’s capital, in the afternoon. As soon as we are there will make a boat trip to Kizhy island where we will see a fantastic example of exclusive wooden architecture – Kizhy Pogost. We will finish our day with a local food in a traditional Karelian restaurant.

Day 8.  Petrozavodsk - Valday, 640 km.

On the pre-last day of this tour we will visit Iversky monastery, placed in Valday. It was founded in 1653 by patriarch Nickon in honor of Iverskaya Holy Virgin icon. The monastery played a very important role in unification Russian Orthodox church. One of the first tile manufactories and typographies of ancient Rus’ are placed here.

Day 9. Valday – Moscow, 400 km.

Heading back to Moscow via Konakovo ferry crossing.

Book the tour — 05 Jul - 15 Jul
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