Information for Pilgrims to Solovets Monastery 25/07/2016 (Monday) to 30/07/2016 (Saturday)

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ!

Our Pilgrimage department is organising pilgrimage to St Transfiguration Solovets Monastery, headed by our own Fr. Vladimir from 25/07/2016 (Monday) to 30/07/2016 (Saturday). As well, as Solovets Monastery, we plan to venerate number of holy places on our way to Solovets Monastery.

The group has now been formed and is 40 people strong. Below are listed the details of our flights. If anyone is flying in before the date when the pilgrimage started, it is Ok,
as far as he would join the group at the Arrival gate at the time of the flight arrival to Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg at 15.00. We regret we can not pick up pilgrims in different location or wait too much, as our program is very intense.

Heathrow-St. Petersburg Pulkovo 25 Jul 2016, BA Dep: 9.20, Arr: 14.35, @3h15m
St. Petersburg Pulkovo – Heathrow 30 Jul 2016, BA Dep: 15.50, Arr: 17:25, @3h15m

If any pilgrims are still delaying buying ticket, please harry-up, as the price of the tickets rises now daily.

The estimated costs for this pilgrimage outside air tickets are approximately £250 which covers accommodation in the monasteries, travel expenses for bus and boat, accompanying parish priest and bus driver. Itis recommended to take around £50 with you just in case, as we cannot estimate the costs with precision of a pound, also some money for donation and some additional food to individual tastes/requirements.

The Preliminary plan of the pilgrimage is a s follows:

25th of July. Arrival to St Petersburg Airport. Coach trip to the town of Viritsa. Holy relics of St Seraphim of Viritsa. Departure for Monastery of Alexander of Svir (1542). The place of Theophany of the Holy Trinity. Uncorrupted Relics of St Alexander. Staying overnight in Monastery of Alexander of Svir.

26th of July. Lithurgy at the Monastery. Coach trip to Petrozavodsk and boat trip to Kizhi –
unique complex of Wooden church buildings (18 c) in the middle of Onega lake.
Arrival to the ancient town of Kem which is borders with the lake with the Solovets Monastery at its centre. Wooden Dormition Cathedral.

27-28 th of July. Boat trip to St Transfiguration Solovets Monastery. Holy sites of this monastery and veneration of Saints. Attending Services in the Monastery.

29th of July. Early Lithurgy. Trip to St Petersburg with the stop in Oyatsy Monastery dedicated to the Entrance of Mother of God to the Temple. Evening Service and overnight staying Lavra St Alexander of the Neva (1241). It has multitude of most widely venerated icons of Russian Orthodoxy.

30th July. Visiting holy sites dedicated to St Xenia of Petersburg – the place of her Dormition. St John of Kronstadt. St John Monastery (1899) housing the full body relics of the saint. Departure to London Heathrow.

You may also ask any questions directly to our pilgrimage department to palomnik@:russianchurchlondon.org or to Sergey by phone 07772222117. If you require Russian visas, you may contact company Scott’s Visas at http://www.scottsvisas.co.uk/russia which has good reputation among our pilgrims.