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Karelia & Archangel: Architecture of Northern Russia

10 Aug — 22 Aug 2019 | Tour Director: Alex Koller

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Alex Koller,

PhD

lecturer in art history and architecture

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 0920 on British Airways arrival St Petersburg 1435. Onward flight to Archangel. Transfer to Dvina Hotel for three nights.

Day

2

Tour of Archangel with visits to the restored Merchant’s House, Gostinyi Dvor, Fine Arts Museum and city churches.

Day

3

Excursion to Antonievo-Siiskii Monastery followed by visits in Kholmogory (16th century centre for English merchants) and churches at Zaostrovje (time permitting).

Day

4

Morning: Malye Korely (Museum of Wooden Buildings) before transfer to Vaskovo Airport for afternoon flight to Solovetsky Islands. Transfer to Solovoki Hotel for three nights.

Day

5

Morning: first visit to Solovetsky Monastery. Afternoon boat trip to Bolshoi Zayatsky Island (tundra vegetation and prehistoric labyrinths).

Day

6

Optional boat trip to Muksalma Island (dam built by monks and former monastery farm). Afternoon: Sekirnaya Gora (former concentration camp).

Day

7

Excursion by rowing boat on monk-made canals and lakes with visit to botanical garden. Afternoon: second visit to Solovetsky Monastery. Transfer by ferry to Kem for overnight stay at Hotel Prichal.

Day

8

Transfer to Petrozavodsk (founded by Peter the Great) with visits en route to the Church of Peter the Apostle and Kondopoga (impressive 18th century wooden Church of the Dormition). Three nights at Hotel Fregat.

Day

9

Vists in Petrozavodsk including the Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia (collection of 17th and 18th century icons), National Museum and a selection of town churches.

Day

10

Morning lecture: Wooden Architecture at Kizhi. Whole day excursion by boat to Kizhi Pogost on Lake Onega: UNESCO-listed masterpieces of 18th century wooden architecture including the Transfiguration Church (topped with 22 wooden domes).

Day

11

Travel through picturesque Karelia lowland via 250 year old Kinerma village. Continue to Sortavala for walking tour (Finnish Art Novueau architecture) and transfer to Ladozhskaya Usad’ba for overnight stay.

Day

12

By hydrofoil to island of Valaam on Lake Ladoga: Valaam Monastery (14th century stauropegic Orthodox monastery famous for the Valaam men’s choir) and smaller convents. By hydrofoil to Priozersk and continue to St Petersburg for overnight at Hotel Ambassador.

Day

13

Morning: Russian Museum (Russian icons) followed by some free time. Depart St Petersburg 1530, arriving Heathrow 1705.

Tour Dates

10 Aug — 22 Aug 2019

Days

13

Cost

£3785

Tour Code

KARE-19

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Testimonial

Dr Koller is an articulate lucid and pleasant Tour Director, who made the (outstanding) cultural content of this course readily comprehensive on the basis of his extensive knowledge.


FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:

£300.00

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £445, optional boat trip to Muksalma Island.

 
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