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Stop At: Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), Sofiyskaya Storona, Veliky Novgorod Russia
After pickup from your hotel in St Petersburg and transport to the bus station, relax for a comfortable 3-hour ride. Pass impressive landmarks in the historical center of St Petersburg, and see its suburbs and surrounding forests on the road to Novgorod, once the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy.
Situated on the Volkhov River along an old trade route between Central Asia and Northern Europe, this medieval city became Russia's first capital in the 9th century. Your guide will point out the many remarkable churches, monasteries and medieval monuments as you learn about their historical and cultural significance.
Visit St Sophia's Cathedral, one of Russia’s best-preserved churches built in the 11th century and still in use today, and admire the stone walls, five domes and 12th-century frescoes. See the Church of the Savior with its frescoes painted by Theophanes the Greek, who lived in Novgorod in the late 14th century.
Explore the old marketplace on the bank of the Volkhov River. Enjoy a traditional Russian lunch in a local restaurant center of Novgorod. Then head to Russia’s oldest monastery, St. George's Cathedral (Yuriev) on the riverbank.
Next, visit the Novgorod Kremlin, which contains the oldest palace in Russia – the Chamber of the Facets, built in 1433, where archbishops once met. Look up at Russia’s oldest clock tower and see a bell tower constructed in the mid-15th century. Then board your bus for the ride back to your St Petersburg hotel.
Duration: 10 hours
Pickup from your hotel
10 hours 30 minutes
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
The day was wonderful. The driver and guide were excellent. The trip to Novgorod was one of the highlights of my two week trip to Russia. I hope to use you guys again soon.
An excellent tour. Elena, our guide, gave us an in-depth understanding of Russian history and art. She took us to see the icon which had defended Novgorod during a siege and also an antique monastery by a lake outside the city.
We were v. impressed. Our guide, Elena, had extensive knowledge of Russian culture, history and religion, which she told us about during the journey + tour. Novgorod was a truly fascinating place - particularly the wooden architecture museum that gave glimpses into the origins. Definitely recommend.
A closer understanding to what life used to be with wonderful church.
A great day out.. learning about Russian history and seeing what this part of Russia's countryside looks like.. Guide and driver were lovely people and they looked after us like royalty...Well done we had a wonderful day!
Enjoyable day, however feel it is overpriced.
A good way to see a slice of the 'real Russia' - lots of history in this city and my guide did a good job reviewing the highlights of Russian history.
It is a good option if you have extra time - but if you are short on time, there is more than enough to see in St. Petersburg itself...
Fabulous trip - unfortunately due to the fact it is some distance from St Petersburg, there is a lot of driving there and back. We were fortunate to have a guide and driver to ourselves and we thought the trip very worthwhile, the place has a fascinating history and we spent a lot of time walking around the Kremlin and had the best lunch on our trip to Russia - our guide found it. Would recommend the trip.
Our day didn't have the best start as we were surposed to be picked up at 7-30, got the hotel to ring at 7-45 to see if there was a problem and time was changed to 8am. The driver arrived at 8-15 and the guide arrived at 8-30, so we were now an hour late leaving. The driver then had to stop and get petrol before we left the city which was another 20 mins wasted. We then preceded to start the tour, by the time we were about 30 mins into the tour the guide was asleep and slept the whole way. What could have been an awesome tour was very rushed to the extend that we were told that we would only be able to order a cup of coffee for lunch as there wasn't enough time to eat......We insisted that it wasn't our fault that we were running late and so ordered a small meal. We still arrived back in St Petersburg by 5-30 Looking at the itinerary we now realise that we missed some of the places we were to visit.
therefor I wouldn't recommend this tour to anyone if you get the same guide and driver we had.
The guide was good...knowledgeable and personable in general. However, she complained about the long drive to Novgorod which was somewhat dampening since we were excited to see countryside and the dachas.The driver on the other hand was terrible...they hired a cab and the driver drove too fast, got a speeding ticket and caused a fender-bender. If you have to use this tour company (it was the only option for Novgorod), be firm about a decent driver. Otherwise, use a different operator.
Spend a full day seeing the historical and architectural monuments of Novgorod, Russia’s oldest city,located a 3-hour drive from St Petersburg. View the forests and medieval churches that surround the old capital, and visit monasteries such as St George’s Cathedral and the frescoes of St Sophia’s. On this small-group tour, enjoy transport aboard a comfortable coach as your expert guide informs you about Russia’s fascinating past.