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Novgorod-the-Great tour from St. Petersburg by "Lastochka" train (14 hours)

Spend a full day seeing the historical and architectural monuments of one of Russia's most ancient cities, the historic Veliky Novgorod, located around 200km from St Petersburg. Discover the fascinating history and remarkable architecture of this World Heritage Site, and visit some of its most significant monuments.
  • Sightseeing tour of Novgorod-the-Great 
  • See the historical monuments of this Russian Orthodox city
  • Walk along the fortress walls of Novgorod's Kremlin
  • Visit medieval Russian monasteries including St Sophia’s and St George’s Cathedrals as well as Church of the Savior
  • Visit famous “Vitoslavlitsy" -  the open-air museum of wooden structures
  • Admire beautifully painted frescoes and towering spires
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (optional)
Take a taxi from your St.Petersburg hotel (own expense) and get on board of the fast train "Lastochka" connecting St.Petersburg and Novgorod-the-Great in the early morning (at 07:00 am) and relax for a comfortable 3-hour ride. You will reach the railway station of Novgorod-the-Great at 10:00 am, where the guide will pick you up, and you will start enjoying a fascinating day trip of a historic city of Novgorod-the-Great (the UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Once Russia's first capital and still considered one of its most ancient cities, Novgorod houses an inimitable variety of medieval monuments. Begin the day with a visit to Novgorod’s Kremlin, the oldest in Russia which dates back to 864 A.D. Walk along its monumental walls and admire the stunning cathedral of St. Sophia, one of Russia’s best-preserved churches built in the 11th century and still in use today, and admire the stone walls, five domes and 12th-century frescoes, before continuing the tour with a visit to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Yaroslav's Court. Explore the old marketplace on the bank of the Volkhov RiverSee the Church of the Savior with its frescoes painted by Theophanes the Greek, who lived in Novgorod in the late 14th century.
After an optional lunch at a local restaurant, continue the afternoon with a visit to Yuriev Monastery, an 11th-century medieval religious complex built along the beautiful Volkov River. Then pay a visit to “Vitoslavlitsy," the open-air museum of wooden structures located close to the monastery, for an idea of how Novgorod’s inhabitants lived in the past. 

At approximately 17:20 pm start your way towards the railway station to take the return train from Novgorod-the-Great to St.Petersburg. Your train will depart from Novgorod-the-Great at 18:00 pm and will reach St.Petersburg at 21:00 pm. Take your way to the hotel in St.Petersburg (own expense).

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 14 hours
Departure time: 07:00 AM

Important info

Price includes
  • Train tickets St.Petersburg-Novgorod-St.Petersburg
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance (in Novgorod only). Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Driver’s services as per the program (Comfortable car/minivan with A/C) (in Novgorod only)
  • Admission fees 
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Not included
  • Roundtrip transportation between St.Petersburg hotel and railway station (available for additional charge)
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
Departure and Return

Sights included in program

Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest Russian cities, first mentioned in chronicles of 859. It is one of the centers of the formation of the Russian state, a city with ancient history, and the "father of Russian cities". It was a medieval trading republic, and a transit centre between Western Europe and Russia. Novgorod is notable not only for its historical value, and the remaining monuments from the times of old, but also for its unique culture.... Read more
Velikiy Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour in Ilin Street
The Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour in Ilin Street is one of the oldest and most respected churches in the city of Veliky Novgorod. It was founded very long ago. According to legend, the holy Novgorod icon of Our Lady of the Sign, which protected Suzdal citizens in 1169, was kept in this Church. Read more
Velikiy Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : Museum of wooden architecture Vitoslavlitsy
“Vitoslavlitsy” is an open air museum of folk wooden architecture located near St. George Monastery, about 4 km from Veliky Novgorod, on the southern shore of Lake Myachino. The museum, opened on May 16, 1967, has about thirty monuments of the ancient Russian wooden architecture of the 16th century, residential and other buildings of the 18th-19th centuries. Also, “Vitoslavlitsy” is the venue for festivals in the tr...
Velikiy Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : Novgorod Kremlin
Novgorod Kremlin (also Detinets) stands on the left bank of the Volkhov River in Veliky Novgorod about two miles north of where it empties out of Lake Ilmen. Read more
Velikiy Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : St. George's (Yuriev) Monastery
The St. George's (Yuriev) Monastery was the main monastery of medieval Novgorod the Great. It stands south of the city on the left bank of the Volkhov River near where it flows out of Lake Ilmen. According to legend, the monastery was founded in the eleventh century by Yaroslav the Wise, but the first historicall-reliable reference to it is from the early twelfth century when the main church the Church of St. George (Georgieveskii Church) was fou... Read more
Velikiy Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : St. Sophia Cathedral
The St Sophia's Cathedral was built between 1045- 1050 inside the Detinets. It is one of the earliest stone structures of northern Russia, a senior contemporary of Notre Dame in Paris, and the cathedrals of Rheims, Amiens, Bamberg and Naumburg. Its height is 38 m. Originally it was taller, for during the past nine centuries the lower part of the building became concealed by the two-metre thick cultural layer. Read more
Velikiy Novgorod (Novgorod-the-Great) : Yaroslav's Court
Yaroslav's Court was the princely compound in the city of Novgorod the Great. Today it is roughly the area around the Trade Mart, the St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Church of St. Procopius, and the Church of the Myrrh-bearing Women. Read more

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