Around 250 miles from St Petersburg, lies a city which offers a rare opportunity to learn about very first periods of 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, a bustling trading town upon the river routes between Scandinavia and the East, where Russia as a state was formed in the year 862 CE by the first Viking dynasty. Novgorod the Great witnessed all major events of Russia's ancient history: transformation from paganism to the Eastern Christianity under Prince Vladimir the Bright Sun, gloomy centuries of Mongolian conquest and Russia's resistance to Western dominance in the region, and 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, present day 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 their 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.
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