While relatively versed in country’s modern-day history, very few visitors who travel to Russia are familiar with the ancient history that has significantly shaped Russia’s traditional culture. The early history of Russia is one of migrating peoples and ancient kingdoms. In fact, early Russia was not exactly "Russia," but a collection of cities that gradually coalesced into an empire. You will see two ancient capitals of ancient Rus: Staraya Ladoga and Novgorod.
Prices are given in USD per person per tour (accommodation is not included). March 01 - December 31, 2017.
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- arrival and departure transfer with local guide
- 4 full day tours with local guide and private tourist class vehicle
- entrance tickets to the museums St.Petersburg: Peter and Paul Fortress, the State Hermitage, Catherina Palace & Amber room, St.Isaak's Cathedral
- Entrance tickets to the museums Novgorod: Novgorod Kremlin, Vitoslavitsy, St. George monastery
- Entrance tickets to the museums Old Ladoga: the Fortress and Old Ladoga Museum
- All local Russian taxes; Private tourist class vehicle; English/or German/or Spanish/or Italian/or French local Guide. Other languages are at extra fee.
The State Hermitage MuseumFor those seeking a greater insight into Russian culture and history, the Hermitage's extensive collection of artworks literally paints a picture of the nation's captivating past. In fact, it is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world! The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from Berlin. Nowadays, the Hermitage has about 2.7 million exhibits and displays a full range of world art from ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe.
Catherine’s PalaceThe Romanov Imperial Estate built in Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar's Village) illustrates the extravagance and wealth of the Romanov family. The palace far surpasses famous French palaces and gorgeous Italian villas in terms of luxury and indulgence. It took over 100 kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors. The interior of the Catherine Palace is in the same degree spectacular. The Golden Enfilade of grand suites, designed by Rastrelli, starts at the spacious airy ballroom, the "Grand Hall" or the "Gallery of Lights", and comprises numerous distinctively decorated smaller rooms, including the world-famous Amber Room. The treasure of 13,000 lb of amber and gold was installed at the Catherine Palace, where the Russian Imperial family typically spent their summers. The room decor disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was looted by the Nazis, it was known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
Novgorod Sightseeing TourThe 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. 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!
Open-air Museum "Vitoslavitsy"Vitoslavlitsy Museum is located on the banks of Lake Myachino and the Volkhov River. Izbas (village houses), chapels and churches form streets like those in old Russian villages. Restorers managed to preserve the unique works of Novgorodian carpenters.
Staraya (Old) LadogaOld Ladoga recently celebrated its anniversary - "the ancient capital of Northern Russia" turned 1,250 years. The eldest architectural monuments of Staraya Ladoga are the remains of the 12th c. stone fortress and the northernmost churches of pre-mongolian Rus - the Assumption cathedral and St. George's church with the 12th c. frescoes.
St.Isaak's cathedralOne of the most stunning structures in the world, the interior decoration of the cathedral is a symphony of gold, marble, lapis lazuli, malachite and porphyry. The walls and vaults are covered with painted and mosaic compositions, and the cathedral itself dominates the central part of the city. Around the cathedral, stand 112 columns, each of granite monolith weighs 114 tons.
Day 1: Welcome to St. PetersburgWelcome to St. Petersburg. On your arrival, Fremad Russia will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take some rest and prepare for an exciting sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg tomorrow!
Day 2: St. PetersburgIn the morning learn more St. Petersburg during our exclusive city tour “The "Golden Age" of St. Petersburg architecture” combined with visit to the Peter and Paul fortress In the afternoon you will visit the State Hermitage Museum.
Day 3: St.Petersburg-Novgorod-St.PetersburgIn the early morning we leave for 190 km drive to the city of Novgorod. Enjoy sightseeing tour and admire Novgorod Kremlin with its magnificent St.Sophia. In the afternoon we offer you to visit Yuriev Monastery dating back to 1119 and the Open Air Museum of Wooden Art “Vitoslavlitsy”. Than we drive back to St.Petersburg.
Day 4: St. PetersburgIn the morning explore one of the most fascinating tsar estates of St. Petersburg Tsarskoe Selo, Catherine Palace and Amber room. In the afternoon we offer you excursion to St. Isaac’s Cathedral.
Day 5: St. Petersburg-Old Ladoga-St.PetersburgEnjoy a 120 km drive to the north-east of St.Petersburg through rural area to see the oldest Russian Capital. The major sight in the city is the Staraya Ladoga Fortress which dates from 1116. Inside the fortress we will see St George’s Cathedral, another symbol of the city. We will be back to St.Petersburg late in th afternoon.
Day 6: Leaving St. PetersburgThis day marks the end of an unforgettable vacation to Russia. Check out from your hotel by 12:00 pm. Fremad Russia will transfer you to the airport/railway station.