City of Novgorod

Experience history and enjoy nature – this is the promise of the City of Novgorod, one of the oldest Russian cities that lies about 180 km away from St. Petersburg and that invites you to a spectacular day trip:

The City of Novgorod - What will you see in this tour?Yuryev Monastery

Veliky Novgorod (in English "Novgorod the Great") was first mentioned in documents in 859 AD and is hereby one of the oldest Russian cities.

The fact that the 29th Hanseatic Day in 2009 was held in the City of Novgorod is entirely grounded in the history of the city. Novgorod was situated on the trade route "from the Varangians to the Greeks," that connected the Baltic Sea with the Black Sea. Thanks to the convenient traffic conditions, Novgorod converted into an important commercial centre in the 10th century. Later it became one of the Hanseatic Cities.

Kremlin and St. Sophia Cathedral

It is interesting that Novgorod is home to one of the earliest democracies. Between 12th and 15th century, there existed the early Democratic Republic of Novgorod, which stretched from the Baltic to the Urals. The highest organ of power was the Veche (public assembly). At that time the city was called "His Majesty Lord Novgorod the Great”.

Wooden Art Museum Vitoslavlitsy
The entire old town of Novgorod is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1992. Many churches, monasteries, the Kremlin with the Cathedral of St. Sophia (1050) have been preserved from the Middle Ages; the "Millennium of Russia” Monument shows the whole history of the Russian state. In the surroundings of Novgorod, the Yuryev Monastery at the Lake Ilmen and the open-air Museum "Vitoslavlitsy" (when closed will be replaced by the Russian Icons museum) are popular destinations. You will admire all this and more in the course of your day trip to Novgorod.

The day trip to Novgorod takes about 11-12 hours. You will be picked up from the hotel at 8am by the driver with a car, minivan or bus depending on the number of guests. Around 11am you will reach the City of Novgorod, where you will be greeted and guided by your personal tour guide from Novgorod: Alexandra in English or Lyudmila in German (further languages upon request). At around 4-5pm you will go back to St. Petersburg to arrive there at around 7-9pm.

Prices - What does the City of Novgorod tour cost?

The prices for the City of Novgorod tour depend on the number of participants, they are provided in the table below and include a vehicle of an appropriate size with a driver for the whole day only for you, a private professional guide in English or any language of your choice in Novgorod and all the entry tickets for the sights highlighted in bold in the tour description above.

Number of Participants123456-78910111213more than 13
Price, per person, EUR**315185142115105100959087848276upon request

**Payable in Rubles in 2 goes: 1) approx. 30% deposit payment when booking and 2) balance payment in cash to the guide in Novgorod. Compare here. Set menu lunches are not being offered, but your local guide will advice and help.

Alexandra, Your Personal Guide in Novgorod

Alexandra, your guide in Novgorod

Professional Linguist:

Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at the Novgorod State University, 1997

Born in Novgorod.

Licensed Guide in Novgorod employed by the Museum of Novgorod's Kremlin.

Many years of guiding experience with English-speaking visitors.

Ljudmila, Ihre persönliche Tourbegleiterin in Nowgorod



Germanistikstudium an der Nowgoroder Staatlichen Pädagogischen Universität, 1992

Geborene Nowgoroderin.

Lizenzierte Fremdenführerin in Nowgorod.

Jahrelange Berufserfahrung als Fremdenführerin mit deutscher Sprache.

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