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NOVGOROD DAY TOUR

Taste medieval Russia: a day trip to the ancient city founded in 9th c.
Length
12 hours
Activity
basic
Group size
min: 1 person
max: 54 persons
Guided visits
Kremlin, St.Sofia Cathedral, St.George Monastery, Wooden Architecture Museum

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:

 

  • Russia's oldest cathedral of St Sophia built in the 11th century seating a venerable icon of Our Lady of the Sign still believed to work miracles;
  • “Vitoslavlitsy” village formed in the 1960-70es by wooden cottages, household buildings and churches brought from desolated countryside from the north-west of Russia; 
  • A dozen of tiny churches preserving Renaissance-type frescoes made by prominent Greek masters, such as Theophanes the Greek – sometimes compared to El Greco;
  • St George monastery founded on the site of per-Christian place of worship.

   

 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.

 

  

Group size 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12+ Max group size
Private tour
USD/person
370 275 220 180 170 140 135 130 125 120 115 Contact us 54
Group size Private tour
USD/person
2 370
3 275
4 220
5 180
6 170
7 140
8 135
9 130
10 125
11 120
12 115
12+ Contact us
Max group size 54
- Children up to 6 years: free of charge
- Children from 7 to 17 years and students (with ISIC only): USD 5 discount
Price includes:
- private expert guide,
- private a/c vehicle,
- alladmission tickets,
- headasets for a group of more than 7 people
Price does not include:
- Gratuities for guide and driver
 
 
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Julie and I wanted to thank you (and Sergei) once again for making our visit to St. Petersburg so memorable!! It was the high light of our trip and much credit for that goes to you!
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