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The ancient Valaam Monastery dates back to the 10th century.
| Valaam Archipelago on Ladoga Lake, Valaam, Russia
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

An interesting place for everyone, you don't have to be an Orthodox believer to enjoy it. There's the main monastery complex and lots of small secluded places for hermits. We took a smaller private boat with couple of other people with about three or four...More

1  Thank Tina Q
Reviewed 24 July 2016

very crowded place, maybe i was not lucky with guide but tour was a bit boring... stay here.. go there... 20 people in a group and after 5 hours of tour you realized that you haven't see even a half of the island... you wont...More

1  Thank Anna R
Reviewed 9 December 2015

i am entirely convinced, all of them need visit Valam's cloister. Here you can reveal heart of orthodox religion. So, if you want visit this place in summer, the readily way took a ship (ferry) around 1800 rubles one-way ticket. Inside cloister a lot of...More

2  Thank Mikhail K
Reviewed 1 September 2015

The best way to get Valaam island is to take boat trip organized by Vodohod company. River boat itself is very comfortable, boat team is very friendly, helpful and doing all their best to organize your rest during trip. Valaam island is fantastic place with...More

1  Thank Liiloo
Reviewed 22 August 2015

A marvellous island! Unique coast line would make you happy while you are there..You can set up a tent and watch beautiful sunset. Also you can hire a bike and circle around the island browsing magnificent cathedrals.

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Reviewed 13 August 2015

A mindblower - alace to visit for anyone who goes to Russian Karelia/Lake Ladoga in summer! Monastery area with not-so-well-kept buildings and surroundings. But the athmosphere is magical...the main church is magnificient and the nature around the islands just great!

Thank Andy63Merikarvia
Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

My wife and I have just come back from a 6 week trip to Russia and Europe. One of our dreams was to visit Valaam island as pilgrims on a spiritual journey. The tour operators that worked with our operator in South Africa, refused to...More

5  Thank Meander484076
Reviewed 20 June 2015 via mobile

When my husband and I enquired about visiting Valaam island, the tour operators informed us that this is not a trip for us as we will be the only non Russian people on the boat. They were not prepared to organise this for us. My...More

1  Thank Lishje E
Reviewed 29 September 2013

We visited as part of a cruise and were shown around by a local guide with a strict time frame before the boat would depart. The site is very interesting, however the guide seemed very intent on giving the ENTIRE history of the site, in...More

7  Thank Michael076
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Valaam, the ancient monastery on the archipelago in Lake Ladoga, is reachable from Sortovala or from St Petersburg on a hydrofoil. We took the day trip from St Petersburg on a late August day in 2006. The hydrofoil leaves very early and gets back late,...More

13  Thank Philip L
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