Valaam archipelago, located in the northern part of the Ladoga island distant from the mainland for more than 20 kilometers and includes more than 50 islands.
The largest of the islands - the island of Valaam.
One only of the surrounding nature enough to make Balaam to the place of pilgrimage for thousands and thousands of tourists.
One of the most comfortable and, as a consequence, mostexpensive ways - tourist cruise boat. Ship departs from St. Petersburg directly with the arrival on the island of Valaam. In addition, will need to make sure to get from Moscow to St. Petersburg, that is not a problem in general - you have express trains, ordinary trains, bus routes departing from Moscow to St. Petersburg and back several times a day.
The trip on the boat usually takes a night on the road,day on the island and another night on the road in the opposite direction. The fare includes accommodation in a cabin, meals, several sightseeing routes on the island and recreational activities on the ship.
Faster and more economical option - a journeymeteor on water (the so-called easy-deck boat) for 1 day. Departure will be, as in the previous case, of St. Petersburg, here in the way you will spend 4 hours each way, and about 8 hours of free time left to explore the island. The downside of this option is the noise boat trip, which for four-hour sail very tiring.
Another version of the arrival of tourists to Valaamespecially popular in spring and autumn, when the standard trip from St. Petersburg has stopped. It can be from Sortavala, where, for example, Moscow is the October Railway in May or November to get to Balaam. From St. Petersburg - №350 train departs on the odd numbers with Ladonezhskogo station. Electric train from the northern capital goes to the village Smithy, further to Sortavala. Departs daily from the Finland Station in 16.32 hours.
Before Mr. Sartovaly from Moscow or St. Petersburg can be reached on the long-distance bus or car, but it is tedious journey because of the length (distance between St. Petersburg and the city about 300 km), besides the car will have to leave the city for the duration of walking on Balaam. In fairness it must be said that near the pier has pretty secure and ample parking.
From the city pier to the island can be reachedby trip steam-ship on Mondays and Fridays at 16.00 or 17.00. The journey takes 2.5 hours. You can take a local tour ship "Meteor", he goes almost every day, but without a clear timetable. The journey time of 1 hour. Estimated cost 700 rubles.
In Sortavala, you can use the services andYacht Club, which is located near the famous city hotel "Piipun-Piha." From the city pier every two hours to depart Court of Balaam, and have small carriers, most of which operate either through numerous agencies, either on their own, without providing, however, the special tour guarantees safety on the water.
Journey to 'Northern Athos "and you can makeof Priozersk Leningrad Region, which can be reached by train from the station Finlyanskogo - the direction of the press - from "Devyatkino" or from the bus station "North" station m Devyatkino bus №859..
From Priozersk to Valaam can be reached onlyon the water with the Valaam berth and only the navigation season, which starts in May and ends in October. Cargo ship "St. Nicholas" flies up to the end of November, but officially not taking passengers.
In the monastic republic and has specializedpilgrimage office, which also organizes trips to the island. For example, to the monastic cloister, you can use them to fly in a helicopter. The one-day tour will cost a total of about three hundred thousand rubles, a two-day - to 450,000.