Visit Veliky Novgorod, the historic Russian trade city that straddles the banks of the Volkhov River. With a guide, you’ll travel from St Petersburg to the city, and visit key sights including the Cathedral of St Sophia, St George’s Monastery and the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior — home to the only surviving frescoes of Theophanes the Greek. A market visit and traditional Russian lunch are also included.
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
Start your day with a pickup from your St Petersburg hotel, and relax on the 3-hour journey to Novgorod. As you travel, learn about the city from your guide, and head of its significance as the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox church.
Set on an ancient trade route between Europe and Asia, Novgorod was the modern state of Russia was declared by the Rurik dynasty. As such, the city is home to many buildings of note, and your guide will show you all the monumental landmarks as you pass.
Your first stop is the 11th-century Cathedral of St Sophia, home to impressive domes, frescoes and walls. Then, continue to the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior to see frescoes by the acclaimed byzantine painter Theophanes the Greek.
After exploring the churches, walk with your guide to a market near Volkhov River. Wander the stalls, and then relax and refuel over a typical Russian lunch at a Novgorod restaurant.
In the afternoon, it’s on to St George’s Monastery or Yuriev, a place of worship that’s said to be one of the oldest in Russia. After wandering its hallowed halls, it’s then time for a visit to Novgorod Kremlin, home to the spectacular Chamber of Facets palace. Pose for photos by the country’s oldest clock tower and a 15th-century bell tower.
Then, return to your bus for the ride back to St Petersburg. Your day ends with a hotel drop-off.
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.