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One-day ancient Novgorod city tour

ico_maps_add_2 Created with Sketch. Novgorod, Russia

1 day (11 hours)


For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 10

Group Size


Novgorod the Great is one of the oldest cities in northwestern Russia. Unlike St. Petersburg, it features traditional Russian architecture, its churches are white and crowned with those famous onion-shaped domes, which will perfectly match your expectations of what old Russian towns are all about. In addition, this city is unique, because while the southern parts of Russia were under tatar-mongol yoke, Novgorod, situated so much more to the north, was not affected and preserved its Russian culture. St. George’s Cathedral dates back to the 12th century! In addition, during your visit you will see wooden architecture. For those structures Russian masters used only one tool – the axe! So if you are intrigued by old Russia, this tour is definitely for you!

Activity level:

Comfortable sedan ( 1-2 people ) ,Mercedes Viano ( 3-4 people ) , Mercedes Sprinter ( 5+ parties)  with a/c ; Wi-Fi ( upon request ) or high speed train “Lastochka”.

experienced and licensed English- speaking guide (this tour is available in Spanish, German, French, Italian , Portuguese, Chinese as well  but by slightly different price).


  • Kremlin( fortress) of Novgorod the Great
  • St. Sophia Cathedral
  • Yaroslav ‘ s Court and Merchant Headquarters
  • XII century St. George Monastery
  • Open –air museum of popular wooden architecture

Option one

to Novgorod  and back by comfortable car

8:30 am Meeting in the port (or in the lobby of your hotel).

8:30 am-12:00 pm Driving to Novgorod.

12:00 pm — 2:00 pm City tour of Novgorod, visit to the Kremlin of Novgorod the Great. Inside visit to St. Sophia Cathedral, Yaroslav’s Court and the former Merchant’s Headquarters.

2:00 pm-4:00 pm Lunch (upon your wish), visit to St. George’s Monastery. Tour to an open-air museum of popular wooden architecture.

4:00 pm-7:30 pm Driving back to St. Petersburg

7:30pm  meeting you on the rail way station , transfer to your ship/hotel

Option two
to Novgorod and back by high-speed Lastochka train

6:30 am picking you up near your ship or in the lobby of your hotel

07:25- 10:17 am Driving to Novgorod by high speed train “Lastochka”

10:30 pm — 12:30 pm City tour of Novgorod, visit to the Kremlin of Novgorod the Great. Inside visit to St. Sophia Cathedral, Yaroslav’s Court and the former Merchant’s Headquarters.

12:30 pm-2:30 pm Lunch (upon your wish), visit to St. George’s Monastery. Tour to an open-air museum of popular wooden architecture.

2:30- 5:30  pm Your free time in Novgorod : you may take a boat ride on the Volkhov rivervisit museum of icons or the church with frescoes of Famous Theophanes the Greek.

6:05-8:55 pm Driving back to St Petersburg by “Lastochka”  high speed train

9-9:30 pm meeting your near your carriage on  railway terminal, transfer to  your hotel or to the port.

Number of people in your group 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person US $ (when traveling by car) 365 190 150 115 105 90
Price per person US $ (when traveling by Lastochka train) 265 155 120 105 90 85

Children under 6 у.о. will be included   for free ; children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC will  get discount $15 off the cost of the tour.

  • Pick you up and drop off either in the lobby of your hotel or near your ship in the port
  • Guide services in Novgorod - 4 hours for both options
  • Option 1 only: driver services for 1 day (driving to, from and inside Novgorod city)
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Option 2 only: local Novgorodian driver service (4 hours) and return tickets for Lastochka train
  • admittance fees to the museums listed in the program
  • Permits for video and photos in the museums
  • Bottled water (one bottle per person, per day)
  • The cost of a lunch and lunch boxes (about $ 10-15 per person, per day)
  • The cost of entrance fees to the Museum of Icons, the church with frescoes of Theophanes the Greek and cost of boat ride along the Volkhov River ( option 2)
  • The cost of morning transfer to the railway terminal from your ship/hotel and evening transfer to your ship/hotel when traveling by train

Activity's Location

Ico_maps Created with Sketch. Novgorod, Russia


Do I need visa for shore excursions in St Petersburg?
According to the laws of Russian Federation cruise passengers, arriving to SPb for no more than 3 days, do not need visas (stamp in your passport which you get in Russian Embassy in your country) in their passports when accompanied by fully registered tour companies (like us; our register number is РТО 006852). The system is as such if you decide that you wish to have a tour with us we will ask you to provide us with your passport information. We will prepare for you so called tour tickets (visa substitutes) and submit your personal details to the port authorities on the eve of your ship's arrival thus you'll disembark.
Where do I meet my guide?
You will be met by our guide (holding the plaque with logo of the company) in the lobby of Marine Facade Port (not outside) - just follow the flow of other cruise passenger.
Where do we finish excursion day?
We will leave you directly near your ship.


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