Private tour to Novgorod - old capital of Russia


Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



Russian (fluent), English (fluent)

A day trip to Novgorod

A trip to Novgorod is a unique opportunity to see ancient Russian town. It differs so much from classical, grand and European St. Petersburg! Novgorod shows you traditional Russia with Kremlin, old churches and monasteries. It's Russia as it was before Peter the Great's reforms. The town has a very rich history. It was the old capital of Russia in the 9 th century, in the 11th it became a center of the huge independent land and in the 15th was conquered by the prince of Moscow.
Tour to Novgorod is also a good chance to see "average" style of life in Russia, that you can't actually find in cities like St. Petersburg or Moscow.


Meeting at the hotel
Driving to Novgorod (about 2, 5 hours)

Tour of the Novgorod Kremlin with St. Sophia Cathedral
Climbing up the belfry of St. Sophia for best pictures

Walking on the Trade Side with the visit to one of ancient churches


Yuriev Monastery
Vitoslavlitsy Open Air Museum of wooden architecture

Driving back to St. Petersburg

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: your hotel

End location: your hotel

Duration: 12 hours

can be a bit longer because of the traffic on the way back


comfortable AC car or mini van

What’s Included

entrance fees to the museums on the program

Estimated Local Cash Needed

500 rubles - You can use credit cards in most places (cafes, souvenir shops), but it's good to have some cash for street coffee, street souvenirs.

What’s Extra

You are responsible for any purchases of a personal nature


I am not permitted to guide in the Russian language in the museums - only English.
In Russian can be only city tours.

A Recent Review of this tour

This was a wonderful day trip from St Petersburg. A bit off the beaten path, but we really enjoyed our visit to Novgorod. Irina was a wonderful guide and knows the area very well. We were jet lagged and needed to start the trip later in the day; if you do this tour you should follow Irina's advice and start the tour earlier so as to spend more time in the the wooden village museum. We would definitely rebook with Irina in the future!
Jeffrey F.

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