Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Departure time: 08:00
Duration: 12 hours
Prices are in USD per person per tour
Discount for kids (3-12 yo) - 15 USD
Infants (0-3 yo) are free of charge
All port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes; Visa-free formalities; Private vehicle; English/or German/or Spanish/or Italian/or French local Guide; Entrance tickets to the museums; Lunch in local restaurant (3 courses, tea/coffee, mineral water); One pass for the camera per person in the museums; 2 bottles of mineral water per person in the vehicle.
Gratuities to the guide and driver.
100% Unique! A day tour to Veliky Novgorod from St Petersburg is your chance to see one of the oldest and the most important cities of Ancient Rus!
The name Novgorod means ""New City"", but today it's in fact one of the oldest Russian cities with the oldest Russian cathedral on the territory of our country. This cathedral – St. Sophia, which of course bares some links to St. Sophia in Constantinople, strikes everyone by its very special kind of beauty – simple and strong, with its own inner energy and power. It has perfect proportions and bares some kind of ancient spirit and something very Russian in the appearance. When you enter the cathedral, you find yourself in the 12th -14th centuries and you will be really shocked by the images of Russian saints literally watching you from the walls.
The History of Novgorod is very rich and tragic, and you will hear a lot of stories about it from your guide, who will no doubt mention the most famous and really unique thing about Novgorod – they used to have a republic in the 12th -14th centuries! At that time the citizens invited princes to rule them but those princes could be dismissed by the so called "veche" – a kind of ancient parliament. Nowhere else in Russia anything a bit like that ever happened.
The Novgorod Kremlin and St.Sophia Cathedral
The Novgorod Kremlin is Russia’s oldest, although the fortifications in 1044 were originally made out of wood rather than the stunning red stone of today. First built on an old pagan burial ground, the construction of St. Sophia Cathedral made a thoroughly Christian site.
Guests should set aside ample time to explore the cathedral - Russia’s oldest church building - with its austere stone walls and five helmet-shaped domes. Inside the cathedral are Novgorod’s famous bronze gates and the graves of many famous people from Russian history.
The Millennium of Russia in the main square of the Novgorod Kremlin - a huge bell shaped monument cast in bronze - also commemorates the region's history. Around the circumference, warriors thrust swords into the air while diplomats stand in discussion. Above the bell stands a tall cross, representing the power of the tsar in Novgorod."
Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture "Vitoslavlitsy"
Vitoslavlitsy Museum is located on the banks of Lake Myachino and the VolkhovRiver. This is one of the most picturesque places in the Novgorod region. Izbas (village houses), chapels and churches form streets like those in old Russian villages. Restorers managed to preserve the unique works of Novgorodian carpenters. The buildings on display are so magnificent that they need no introduction. To get to know how Russian people lived many years ago, one must visit any of the izbas.
St. George Monastery
The legend has it that St. George monastery was founded in 1030 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise. He was christened as George (Yury, George), and after victorious campaign against the people of chud' he founded the city of Yuriev and built cathedrals in Novgorod and Kiev in the name and to the glory of his heavenly patron. The St. George cathedral in Novgorod was built on the route from the city to the country-side residence of the prince in the Rakomo village, on the shore of the Ilmen Lake. Around the cathedral a monastery of the same name was founded.