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  • Location:St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration:10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Novgorod Small-Group Tour from St Petersburg

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.


  • 10-hour sightseeing tour of Novgorod from St Petersburg
  • Drive along an ancient trading route connecting Europe and Asia
  • See the historical monuments of this Russian Orthodox city
  • Visit medieval Russian monasteries including St Sophia’s and St George’s Cathedrals as well as Church of the Savior
  • Admire beautifully painted frescoes and towering spires
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (included)
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Novgorod Small-Group Tour from St Petersburg

Cathedral of St Sophia

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

A closer understanding to what life used to be with wonderful church.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

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...

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

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.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2014

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.

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