St. Petersburg — Valaam — St. Petersburg cruises start on May 12, 2017 and end in early October. Other cruises which include both Valaam and some other destinations like Kizhi and Mandrogi, start on May 5.
Cruises to Valaam
Much of cruises will be done on three big river passenger ships departing almost every day from St. Petersburg to Valaam from May to October.
A schedule of standard package tour looks like that: departure at 20.00 from the city, night on the go with music and entertainment programs, the following day is fully dedicated to excursions on Valaam, in the evening the ship leaves for St. Petersburg with arrival next morning. Thus, it is 2 nights / 3 days.
Package tours to Valaam can be bought at many travel agencies in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Prices for cruises to Valaam from St. Petersburg which we have found right now start from 7000 rubles to 15900 depending on date, level of comfort and a ship. 7000 is for a seat in a 4-seat cabin, 15900 for a 1-seat cabin on the main deck.
These are the prices of the ship owner, other agencies sell it at higher rates. Prices in July and August are higher by nearly 30% than in other months.
There are also cruises including other destinations, for example, St. Petersburg — Valaam — Kizhi — St. Petersburg start from 17500 rubles. St. Petersburg —Valaam — Mandrogi — St. Petersburg from 12700 rubles.
Excursions to Valaam
You can buy a trip to Valaam that includes a 3-hour land stretch St. Petersburg — Priozersk (by car or by bus) and then a water trip by a hydrofoil or boat. This option gives you one day on the island (about six hours) with an evening return home. Prices range from 5000 to 6000 rubles.
You can also go wholly on your own as described in our post about how to get to Valaam.
Please, note that English-speaking guidance is being provided only for groups. On the island no employees speak English or ready to serve you. Valaam is a religious place where tourists are guests, but not clients.
Another important notion: no direct St. Petersburg — Valaam regular trips by hydrofoil available, all hydrofoils depart only from Priozersk.