"To the roots of Russia": Novgorod tour

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Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Nature and Wildlife, Religious Heritage, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent)

Make a fascinating one-day trip to an ancient town near St Petersburg

This tour allows you to learn about very beginnings of Russian history and to look at how life "outside the capitals" looks like. It is ideal for those who would like to to step beyond the royal palaces and museums of St Petersburg, and to understand Orthodoxy as a millenium-old spiritual tradition of the country.

A 100-mile drive from St Petersburg gives you a taste of authentic rural country with birch-tree forests, small wooden villages and WWII sights, and brings you to a small provincial city with perfectly preserved medieval center. Here we have a close look at a kremlin and St Sophia cathedral, the oldest in Russia, where we get acquainted with the Orthodox tradition of icon painting, after which we visit one of the medieval churches with frescoes, made in an Italian Renaissance style, and a market and craftsmen neighborhood of the city.

The tour also includes a lunch with dishes prepared at rural Russian wood-burning stove.

For discussing further details, feel free to contact me!


The sample of tour itinerary:

08:00-11:00 Meeting at the port, drive to Novgorod, giving you a glipse on how rural Russia looks like

11:00-13:00 tour of the old Kremlin with a visit to Cathedral of St Sophia + (if required) a visit to a gallery of Russian icons at Novgorod State United Museum

13:00-14:00 lunch at a local place with traditional old Russian dishes and berry liqueurs

14:00-16:00 Yaroslav's Court and the market area, where most important medieval buildings of the city are located in a walking area

16:00-17:00 Church of Transfiguration in Ilyina Street with surviving 13th century frescoes by Theophanes the Greek OR when the Transfiguration Church has a day-off - Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign or St George Monastery

17:00-20:00 Drive back to St Petersburg

Depending on the day of the week and traffic situation, the timings may vary.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 12 hours


Modern Air-Conditioned Mercedez mini-van OR for 2 people Ford/Toyota/Mercedez sedan

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation
  • Admission Tickets

Other: Photo/video permits
Bottled water

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2000 Roubles - Do not worry about local cash! Most of the places in Novgorod do accept foreign bank cards, and in case you really need local money, we can do a quick stop at an exchange office. If you feel more comfortable to change money in advance, count on 2000 roubles per person (full lunch + small shopping if required).

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Blanket visa or "tour ticket" to enter Russia ($30 per person) !! For cruise passengers only !!

For any additions to the tour, as visiting to a wooden architecture museum or Russian banya, please, contact me, and I will get back to you with costs calculation.


No restrictions.

Private tour guide Vladimir

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