Novgorod and its Historic Cathedrals with Lunch by Private Van & Guide
St. Petersburg, Russia
- Novgorod – One of Russia’s Oldest Towns:Considered the most important historic destination in the country, Novgorod serves as Novgorod Oblast’s administrative center.
- St. Sophia Cathedral: Damaged during the Nazi occupation of Novgorod, this 125-foot-high cathedral was constructed by Vladimir of Novgorod, following his father’s instruction.
- Yuriev Monastery and St. George Cathedral:Featuring the oldest cloister in Russia, Yuriev Monastery is situated on Volkhov River’s left bank and boasts an entry on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
- Saint George Cathedral: one of a dozen surviving white-stone churches, built between 1230 and 1234.
About this St. Petersburg tour
One of Russia’s most popular cities, Veliky Novgorod is better known as Novgorod or Novgorod the Great. It boasts huge historic importance, and after the city of Kiev was completed, the region was considered the second main metro area. Ancient and beautiful, its location means that you will need to take a three-hour, approximate 125-mile drive southeast from St. Petersburg to Lake Ilmen.
You’ll have a blast taking in untouched countryside views on this road trip. An opportunity to witness forgotten corners, the scenery features wooden houses and older villages. The landscape won’t disappoint when you arrive in Novgorod. There, you’ll be greeted with a smile at a city hotel and a Russian pastry that will satisfy your sweet tooth, washed down with a hot tea or coffee.
With your tummy warmed, your Novgorod exploration will commence. In the heart of the city, sites you will see include the St. Sophia Cathedral (circa 1045), Mikhail Mikeshin’s masterpiece, The Millennium of Russia, timeworn mural paintings and various other iconic tributes to Russia’s culture.
The open-air museum, Vitoslavlitsy, and a cluster of architectural monuments dating back to the 12th and 16th centuries protrude from the banks of the Volkhov River, including Paraskeva-Pyatnitsa, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Saint George Cathedral and Yuriev Monastery.
One of the Most Contradictory & Turbulent Figures in Russian History
Quite a contradictory figure, Yuri Dolgoruky was Moscow’s founder. Following the attendance of a party inside a Kievan nobleman’s house in May 1157, Yuri died shortly after, with many people presuming that he was poisoned. Dolgoruky was the Prince of the Rurik Dynasty.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Not all Novgorod venues are accessible to wheelchairs except the Beresta Hotel where accessible restrooms are available on the first floor.
Don't forget your camera for some amazing photo opportunities along your tour!
Travelers must walk approximately 2.5 miles over even, flat, cobblestone and gravel surfaces. Tour involves considerable amount of walking over uneven surfaces and stair climbing, it is not recommended for travelers with limited walking ability.
Full Day, Cultural, Private Tour, Scenic
Vehicles? We have them all. Cars for up to three travelers on the rear seat, Minivan for up to nine folks, and Vans for groups of up to 16 travelers.
Entrance fee to to Novgorod Kremlin, Sophia Cathedral, Yaroslavo Dvorische, Jurievsky Monastery and Cathedral, and Open air museum Vitoslavlitzi
Photo/video charges where applicable
Headsets for 16
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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