Around 250 miles from St. Petersburg, there lies a cozy city of Veliky Novgorod. Novgorod Day Tour with a Historian Guide offers a rare opportunity to learn about the very first periods of the Russian history and at the same time to experience modern life of a small provincial centre and countryside.
According to the chronicles, it was Novgorod the Great (Veliky Novgorod), a bustling trading town upon the river routes between Scandinavia and the East, where Russia as a state was formed in the year of 862 CE by the first Viking dynasty. Novgorod the Great witnessed all major events of Russia's ancient history: transformation from paganism to Eastern Christianity, during the reign of the prince Vladimir the Bright Sun; the gloomy centuries of Mongolian conquest and Russia's resistance to Western dominance in the region; squashing of regional freedoms of merchants' republic in the process of centralization of Russia under John the Terrible.
Thanks to meticulous work of Soviet restorers after WWII, Novgorod the Great takes pride in something no other Russian city can offer to its visitors in just one day trip:
The journey from St. Petersburg to Novgorod the Great takes around 3 hours by car on the major highway, connecting St. Petersburg and Moscow. 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 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.
For those interested in Russian culture and of-the-beaten-paths tours, we suggest:
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Fantastic tour and excellent guide!
My wife and I were in St. Petersburg for 5 days and booked 3 tours with Tailored Tours Co. They organized wonderful tours. The guides were very knowledgeable and we can't recommend this company enough. I tire very easy and our guides were very attentive to my special needs of sitting down and resting. We booked a full day tour to Novgorod to visit the Icon museum and the Kremlin. We had a very comfortable van and the driver was excellent. Our guide was super and was well prepared. We went to a great restaurant for lunch.
May of 2019
Our 3 day private tour was excellent, with quality guides, a nice vehicle with a considerate driver, and we got to see everything we wanted at a comfortable pace. Highly recommended.
docmark, New York