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.