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From St. Petersburg: Full-Day Tour to Velikiy Novgorod

1. From St. Petersburg: Full-Day Tour to Velikiy Novgorod

The guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in St Petersburg. It takes 2.5 hours to reach Novgorod, the road is very picturesque as well as full of history, so the guide will start the story just from the beginning. Russian landscapes and surrounding forests on the road to Novgorod are like preparing the guests to visit the spiritual center of Russian Orthodoxy. Veliky Novgorod also known as Novgorod the Great, or Novgorod Veliky, or just Novgorod, is one of the most important historic cities in Russia, It is situated on the federal highway connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg. The city lies along the Volkhov River just downstream from its outflow from Lake Ilmen. 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. Novgorod Kremlin (also Detinets) stands on the left bank of the Volkhov River in Veliky Novgorod about two miles north of where it empties out of Lake Ilmen.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. The Millennium of Russia is a bronze monument also in the Novgorod Kremlin. It was erected in 1862 to celebrate the millennium of Rurik's arrival to Novgorod, an event traditionally taken as a starting point of the history of Russian statehood. 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 the Russia’s oldest monastery, St. George's Cathedral (Yuriev) on the riverbank. Very close to the monastery is next uniqe point-outdoor Museum of Wooden Russian Architecture, where one can see different types of houses and churches made of only wood without nails. Are  you interested to see a monastery's life from the inside and  have a talk with a real orthodox Priest? Then we have a compliment for you from our guide-visit to a Pater Dmitry,who will talk to you, answer the questions and open only for you 12-th century Nativity Church built by Byzantines.

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From St Petersburg: Full-Day Trip to Novgorod

2. From St Petersburg: Full-Day Trip to Novgorod

Discover the city of Veliky Novgorod, where the Russian state was declared in the 8th century. Meet your guide at your hotel in St Petersburg in the morning and begin the 2-hour journey to Velikiy Novgorod, during which you will hear lots of stories and historical information about the early Russian state.  Upon arrival in the city, visit Russia's oldest Kremlin. Admire the beauty of the  St. Sophia Cathedral and other UNESCO world heritage sights such as Yaroslav’s Courtyard and the Monument of the Millenium before breaking for lunch. After lunch, pay a visit to St. George Monastery before heading to your final destination, the Museum of Traditional Russian Wooden Architecture. Here, admire traditional chapels and churches form streets like those in old Russian villages. Get dropped off back at your hotel in St. Petersburg at the end of the day.

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From St. Petersburg: Private Tour of Veliky Novgorod

3. From St. Petersburg: Private Tour of Veliky Novgorod

Take a day trip from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod, the first capital of Russia in the 9th century. After enjoying the approximately 3-hour drive or train journey from St Petersburg (depending on the option you select), you'll meet your guide and set out to explore the city. You'll begin with a walking tour of the of Novgorod Detinets, the Novgorod Kremlin, and a visit St. Sophia's Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century. Next, you'll visit the Vitoslavlitsy Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture with more than 20 original wooden buildings dating from the 16th through 19th century. Churches, chapels, and residential houses collected from around the Novgorod region were moved to this site in the 1960s and provide an in-depth look at the traditional architecture of the region. Finally you'll visit Yuriev Monastery and learn about it's nearly 1000 year history. At the end of your sightseeing, you'll have the opportunity to purchase dinner at ZavodBar, an excellent local restaurant, before making the return trip to St. Petersburg either by car or train, depending on the option selected.

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What people are saying about Veliky Novgorod

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based on 6 reviews

Exceptional! Perfect in every way!

I want to make a review of this fabulous tour. I was fascinated by this peacefull little town and by his great tresures...The icons museum was unbelieveble! So many great value icons in a single location! Elena, my tour guide, is a beautifull person, very knowledgeable and nice....The meal, at the restaurant was excellent! So was the visit at Father Dmitri's monastery.... In other words, everything was perfect! I highly recommend this tour for anyone searching for beauty and truefull, simple life!

Excellent tour. Guide Sergei Zubkov was extremely knowledgeable & good

Fantastic & detailed tour into the heartland of an ancient fortressed city. My guide Sergei Zubkov was extremely knowledgeable, patient & kind, and explained the history of both Veliky Novgorod & Russia at great length all through the trip. Would recommend this trip to history buffs & those who wish to visit the most ancient churches of Russia to gain a better understanding of the history of the country, especially its link with the ancient Viking conquerors & traders.

Very interesting trip to a beautiful historic city with an excellent and friendly guide and a great driver. An absolute must!

It's a great trip with a very good explanation during the trip. And a good driver.