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Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Delve into Russia’s rich history and Orthodox religion on a private 10-hour trip to Veliky Novgorod from St. Petersburg. One of Russia’s most important historical cities, UNESCO-protected Novogord is filled with well-preserved medieval churches and landmarks. Visit the walled Kremlin, multi-domed St. Sophia Cathedral, fresco-painted churches and more, and see the traditional, nail-less wooden buildings on show at the open-air Wooden Architecture Museum. Private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and lunch included.
  • Private full-day trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg
  • Soak in picturesque countryside on route to one of Russia’s oldest cities
  • Learn about UNESCO-listed Velikiy Novgorod’s place as a cradle of medieval art and Russian Orthodoxy
  • Visit the Novgorod Kremlin, St. Sophia Cathedral, and fresco-coated churches
  • Explore the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, showcasing old wood buildings made without nails
  • Includes lunch, private air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personalized attention from a private guide, with a separate driver
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Professional art historian guide
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up in any hotel in St.Petersburg

Departure Time

8:00 AM
After hotel pickup from St. Petersburg, head south from the city with your private guide and driver. Travel through picturesque countryside on route to Veliky Novgorod, also called Novgorod, Novgorod Veliky or Novgorod the Great.

Learn how the city is one of Russia’s most important historically, and the cradle of Russia’s Orthodox religion. Straddling the River Volkhov, it once stood on a trade route between Asia and Northern Europe, and became Russia’s first capital in the 9th century.

After about 2.5 hours, arrive and admire the churches and medieval monuments as your guide sheds light on their history. Head for the Novgorod Kremlin, the 15th-century fortress overlooking the river. View the red-stone walls, and go inside to visit St Sophia's Cathedral, one of Russia’s best-preserved churches. Built in the 11th century, this stunning building is graced with five domes and 12th-century frescoes. Study the artworks, and then wander to the nearby Millennium of Russia monument, built in 1862 to commemorate Russian statehood.

Leaving the Kremlin, visit the Church of the Savior, a stunningly simple church painted with 14th-century frescoes by Theophanes the Greek. Stroll around the marketplace, and savor a delicious Russian lunch in a local restaurant.

Then, after seeing the riverbank Church of St. George, explore the Museum of Wooden Russian Architecture. Follow the pathways around this open-air museum, viewing the reassembled old wooden buildings made without nails. Admire the churches and other structures, and explore the izbas (houses) for insight into the lives of Russian peasants of yesteryear.

If you wish, arrange with your guide to include a talk with a Russian Orthodox priest during your trip. Enjoy a private meeting with Father Dmitry of the 12th-century Nativity Church to learn first hand about today’s Orthodox ways.

Your tour then ends with a hotel drop-off in St. Petersburg.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Our accredited guide will tell you about Novgorod Kremlin (also Detinets) whos stands on the left bank of the Volkhov River in Veliky Novgorod about two miles north of where it empties out of Lake Ilmen.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Sophia Cathedral
You are visit St Sophia's Cathedral, one of Russia’s best-preserved churches built in the 11th century and still in use today,
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture
Very close to the monastery is next unique point-outdoor Museum of Wooden Russian Architecture, where one can see different types of houses and churches made of only wood, without nails.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tetra Spb

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Full-Day Trip to Velikiy Novgorod from St. Petersburg?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Novgorod is beautiful in the winter...
Celine Chan
, Jan 2018
Novgorod is beautiful in the winter and our guide Elena was very professional and informative. She drove us herself in her new car which was very comfortable. If you have a day to spend, please visit Novgorod in a private tour like this one. We walked around without feeling rushed and visited unrestored churches. Elena suggested a nice usbek restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we visited a small monastery and spoke to her friend Father Dimitri, which is quite different from other tours.
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Our guide Elena was fabulous. You...
msghayman
, Sep 2017
Our guide Elena was fabulous. You could ask her a question about anything in Russia or St. Petersburg and their history and she would have an in-depth answer. She went above and beyond on the tour to make it an interesting, rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone.
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Stunning trip to Novgorod. Grateful...
Jan-Marc F
, Aug 2017
Stunning trip to Novgorod. Grateful we did this journey to medieval setting of Novgorod. Recommend to spend a day there during a Saint Petersburg. Fantastic tour guide Elena provided us with all the context and stories around the history of the place as a Hansestadt.
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