This three-days’ St. Petersburg and Novgorod Shore Tour includes comprehensive excursions to Peterhof Parks and Fountains, the Catherine Palace, the Hermitage (Main Complex), the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Novgorod Kremlin, St. Sofia Cathedral. Combine classical St. Petersburg tour with a journey to Veliky Novgorod. Far off the beaten track, discover a small Russian city, from where “Russia started”. Compare rich cathedrals of the tsars in St. Petersburg with coziness of tiny medieval churches of Novgorod, and contrast imperial grandeur of the palaces of the Romanovs with wooden architecture of the peasants' cottages. Our guide is ready to answer your questions, whether it is about the mysteries of Russian soul or the circumstances of Rasputin's murder.
The journey from St. Petersburg to Novgorod the Great takes around 3 hours by car on a major highway. The road itself is a pleasant way to see the countryside. You will be accompanied by a historian ready to share his knowledge on Medieval Russia in an easy way, and to prepare you for understanding the very roots of the Russian culture. In the city itself you will spend around 5-6 hours (walking + driving), visiting all the sites mentioned and anything beyond we can pick up to match your interests. After a lunch you will take a ride back to return to St. Petersburg in the evening.
In St. Petersburg you will witness the beauty of the Peterhof Fountains and visit the world-famous Amber Room in the Catherine Palace. To avoid the crowds you will have a separate entrance admission.
Take a tour with an art historian in the Hermitage - home to a world-renowned collection of paintings by the Renaissance artists. We will weave through the galleries with our guide, pausing to study and discuss famous works by Rembrandt and Leonardo Da Vinci, as well as lesser-known treasures.
Our Three-days’ St. Petersburg and Novgorod Shore Tour includes a visit to the three main cathedrals as well: the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral.
At the end of this tour you will have a full understanding of Russian culture from both perspectives – peasant and noble.
Need more of an in-depth experience, take a look at our St. Petersburg special interest tours:
|8.30 – 9.00||Meeting at the sea port.|
|9.00 – 10.00||Drive to Peterhof.|
|10.00 – 12.00||Petrhof Fountain Parks tour. Grand Cascade and Grand palace (exterior).|
|12.00 – 13.00||Lunch.|
|13.00 – 14.00||Drive to Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin).|
|14.00 – 16.00||A visit to the Catherine Palace with Amber Room and a walk in the park.|
|17.00||Return back to the ship or an optional evening program.|
|8:00||Meeting with guide at the sea port.|
|8:00 – 11:00||Drive to Novgorod.|
|11:00 – 13:00||Novgorod highlights tour with inside visits to Kremlin, St.Sofia Cathedral.|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch.|
|14:00 – 17:00||St.George Monastery and Museum of Wooden Architecture. Drive back to St.Petersburg.|
|20:00||Return to the ship.|
|9:00||Meeting at the sea port.|
|9:30 – 10:00||The Hermitage early entrance.|
|10:00 – 12:30||The Hermitage highlights tour (Main Complex, Winter Palace).*|
|12:30 – 13:00||Spilled Blood Church (inside visit).|
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch.|
|14:00 – 16:30||City highlights tour with St.Isaac’s Cathedral (inside visit), Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral (inside visit).|
|17:00||Return to the ship.|
*Please note: The collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in General Staff building is not included and can be added on request.
|Group size||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||12+||Max group size|
|Group size||Private tour
|Max group size||Any|
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