Start of Online Registration: 17.10.2018

Abstract Submission Deadline: 15.03.2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15.04.2019

Early Registration Fee Deadline: 31.12.2018


Excursions to Valaam and Kizhi are included in the Registration fee.


The name Valaam means «a high mountain» in Finnish.

The monks considered this name to be accordant to the name of the biblical prophet and called the island Valaam.

During centuries monastery have been a single landscape and architectural complex. Churches, chapels, houses, cells and roads were constructed here. Besides, Valaam was one of the largest centers of book-printing in Russia.

Valaam is an archipelago in Ladoga lake in Karelia, located a 170-km and 4-hour journey away from St. Petersburg, Russia.

The authentic history of the Valaam monastery starts since XIV century. The exact date of its foundation is 1407. It is mentioned in the «Tale of Valaam Island», which was recently found by scientists. It is also known, that till 1429 Enoch Savvatiy, the founder of the Solovetskiy monastery, lived here. The prosperity of the monastery accounted for XV century.

Valaam monastery was called «an honest and great lavra». By the beginning of XVI century about 600 monks lived here.

Valaam, dubbed Russian Vatikan, is a place that’s being wholly managed by the Monastery and its brotherhood, including all tourist affairs and activities. Management of tourist services is up to modern professional standards here, but anyway a focus in requirements for guides is on service to the Lord.

Valaam Monastery is a place of stunning natural beauty.


Kizhi is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia.

Wooden architecture can be found throughout Russia, but Kizhi Island boasts some of the nation’s most famous, and most intricate, examples. These structures on Kizhi Island date from various centuries (the oldest from the 14th century), and they have been transported to the island so that they may be preserved and be accessible to the public.

At one point in the 16th century, the island was declared a pogost or parish center by the Russian Orthodox Church and produced lumber and iron in an economy that sustained over 100 villages. After a two-year rebellion was quelled in 1771, Kizhi’s importance waned until finally in the 1950’s the island was almost forgotten. Most of the island’s inhabitants left, all of the original villages disappeared, leaving behind impressive wooden relics.

Today, this collection of traditional log structures, centered on two churches and a bell tower set in an enclosure still called the Kizhi Pogost, lives on as one of Russia’s greatest open-air museums.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990, Kizhi Pogost is located on a narrow southern spit on Kizhi island, part of the Kizhi Archipelago. The area is extremely remote, harboured in northwest Russia’s Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. The closest neighbouring country is Finland.

Among Kizhi’s highlights are the 22-dome Transfiguration Church. Built in 1714 from locally cut Scots pine logs using a special notching technique that precludes the use of even a single nail, it replaced an earlier church that burnt down.

Optional excursions

We are excited for you to enjoy the sightseeing tours around Saint Petersburg we have to offer you before and after the cruise.

St. Petersburg has a true wealth of attractions and spectacular sights, such as St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the work of the French architect Auguste de Montferrand and the city’s largest and most spectacular religious building.

Sightseeing city tour by bus + Hermitage museum

Saint Petersburg is a very young city compared to old European capitals and, probably, the only city in the world that has acquired so much historic significance in such a short time. The city, which was founded as a small fortress and just in couple of years became the principle one.

It was the capital of Russian Empire and still bears the hallmark of this «Golden Era» of Russian history, art and literature. Some of the attractions covered by the tour are:
• St Isaac’s Cathedral
• Admiralty building
• Anichkov Bridge
• The Summer Gardens
• Kazan Cathedral
• Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
• Singer House

The State Hermitage is one of the largest of art and historical museums in the world, the Federal State Institution of Culture. The State Hermitage occupies seven buildings: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Great (Old) Hermitage, the New Hermitage, the Hermitage Theatre, the Menshikov Palace and the General Staff Building. The collection of the State Hermitage Museum numbers about three million works of art and monuments of world culture.

The collection includes paintings, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.

Further information about the excursions around these and other sights of Saint Petersburg will be available soon.

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