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Nizhny Novgorod Highlights: City tour and Scenic River Boat Trip (4 hours)

What could be more fascinating than the opportunity to combine informative tourism with a scenic river cruise! Get a unique chance to explore the best of Nizhny Novgorod on foot, enjoy the natural beauty of the city and get the most out of your experience while taking a river cruise along Volga and Oka rivers.

Meet your guide in the city center - at the Chkalov monument and start your tour of the city's central highlights.

Nizhny Novgorod is one of Russia’s major cities. The dominating feature of the city skyline is the grand Kremlin (1500-1511), with its red-brick towers. After Bolshevik devastation, the only ancient building left within the Kremlin walls is the tent-like Archangel Cathedral (1624-31), first built in stone in the 13th century. The city has a truly fascinating history that you will learn more about during your tour. The city was founded in the 13th century and became one of the Russian Empire’s most important outposts by the 16th century. In the 19th century it became the capital of trade for the whole of Russia due to its perfect location on the Volga. By the early 20th century it had also become an industrial hub. Between 1932 and 1990 the city was known as ‘Gorky’ after the famous Russian writer who was born there. During the Soviet era the city was actually closed to most foreigners in order to protect the production and military facilities in the city. Nowadays it’s a true mix of the cultural and historical monuments, yet with a contemporary vibe.

During the tour you will see:

  • Kremlin
  • Chkalov staircase
  • Minin and Pozharsky Square
  • Archangel Michael Cathedral
  • Arsenal
  • Governor`s house
  • Eternal Flame monument WW2
  • WW2machinery
  • Kozma Minin tombstone
  • Column monument to national heroes.
Kremlin is located right in the city's heart, easily accessible from any place you stay in Nizhny. It`s a highly impressive medieval fortress combining both traditional Russian and Italian construction technologies, inside there is a public garden with several administrative and heritage building and a fascinating hilltop view of the two rivers the Oka and the Volga. There is a lot of history to tell, and it`s probably the best place to make photos on all sides and see a good part of downtown Nizhny. Inside you may optionally visit the Russian art museum and Arsenal modern art center that holds all sorts of temporary exhibitions, the museums, the towers and wall tickets are each 300-400 RUR per pax, otherwise it`s a great outdoor experience on a good day.
After exploring the main central highlights hop on a river cruise boat to see some points of the city which are located quite away. You will see both coasts of the city and will have a unique chance to view to city from another perspective. You will see the panorama of the city, admiring points of historical and cultural importance: The Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, the football stadium, The Chkalov staircase and many others.
Tour concludes in the city center. 
Type: Private Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 02:00 PM, 04:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • City walking tour 
  • River cruise tickets
Not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Any entrance fees (Kremlin entrance fee is around 300-400 RUR per pax)
  • Transport
  • Food / Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info
  • You can get any public transport or taxi to get to meeting point of the tour. The riverside extremity of the Minin square where you arrive is topped with a statue to a famous Soviet aviator - Valery Chkalov, this is supposed to be the meeting place (mind you have an umbrella on a rainy day).
  • Kremlin walk may be a bit tiring for small kids and seniors, coffee break can be done inside one of its towers, Pantry Tower.
  • For fans of Russian art, Art Museum is usually open from 11 to 6 p.m., 12 to 8 pm. on Thrursday and closed on Tuesday, they have a good collection of icons and paintings, worth seeing, that`s a good continuation of the Kremlin tour.
Departure and Return

Meeting point: Chkalov monument

Tour concludes in the city center.

Sights included in program

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Nizhny Novgorod : Kozma Minin tombstone
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