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One day Novgorod tour (by train)

1 day (15 hours)

Duration

For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 1; max unlimited

Group Size

Overview

History and culture don’t end inside city lines. Venture out a little further to nearby locales and gain an even greater understanding of the region during your trip.

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! Getting to Novgorod by high speed train “Lastochka”, you will have extra time to keep exploring  the city on your  own and see frescoes of famous  Theophanes the Greek, visit Museum of Icons, ride along the Volhov River and admire recently opened after restoration Faceted Chamber (was laid in 1487 by Italian architect Marco Friazin as a throne hall for state receptions in the new Great Prince’s Palace of Ivan III)

Highlights (the cost is included in the cost of your tour):

OPTIONAL:

Number of people in your group 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person US $ (when traveling by Lastochka train) 265 165 130 110 100 95

Activity level:
Moderate

Transportation:
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”.

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

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, enjoy The St Iliaya’s Church with frescoes of famous Theophanes the Greek аnd admire exquisite church utensils in the recently opened  after restoration Faceted  Chamber.

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.

  • Guide services in Novgorod - 4 hours
  • local Novgorodian driver service (4 hours) and return tickets for Lastochka train
  • admittance fees to the museums listed in the program in orange colour
  • 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, the cost of boat ride along the Volkhov River and The Faceted Chamber
  • The cost of morning transfer to the railway terminal from your ship/hotel and evening transfer to your ship/hotel when traveling by train
  • port fees ( for cruise passengers)
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Chinese Palace which was created at the time of Catherine the Great. It is a unique rococo style residence with a famous bugle work cabinet. It is the only palace in the vicinities of SPb which survived World War II. It is one of the private residences which means that only chosen ones could come there, be one of them. Enjoy this unique architectural miracle, much more impressive inside than from the façade. Feel special as it’s only the second season when you can take pictures inside.

This stunning pavilion was created for the wife of Nicholas I which could relax after grand receptions there. It is located on a man made island and decorated in the style of Pompeii and XVIII century Italian country houses. The pavilion is a dream about Italy, an oasis of Southern paradise in the North of Russia. Only the chosen ones could come here. Join them!

There is a chance to drop to the Amber Workshop to see how masters responsible for the restoration of Amber Room keep creating other masterpieces; there will be a chance to take pictures in the workshop as it is not allowed to do that in Amber Room itself.

A special treasure room with ambassadors’ gifts and private belongings of Russian Tsars-all made of gold and covered with diamonds, rubies and emeralds; it is possible to visit it with the museum guide only, should be booked well in advance

One of the most famous collections of French impressionists and post impressionists outside France is situated in the General Staff Building in St Petersburg – just opposite the main Hermitage Museum Complex ( across the Palace Square) – let us know if you are interested and we will book tickets in advance.

We offer unique, once in your life time experience, which proved to be a climax of St Petersburg visit for many of our guests: a lunch with Russian family in their apartment. Enjoying home cooking and speaking with your host and hostess you will learn and understand a lot about Russian culture, traditions and lifestyle, see the way local people live and discuss with them everything under the sun!

The Pavlovsk Park and Palace ensemble is among the finest royal residences in the environs of St Petersburg. Unlike other famous royal residences Pavlovsk has the unique charm of a private estate. The palace was designed in reserved classical style and will be highly appreciated by true art connoisseurs. During a tour of Pavlovsk Palace you will not only be able to witness stunning state rooms used for official ceremonies and festivities in the palace, but also some private rooms where the family could gather together in the evening.

An interactive museum of Soviet arcade machines that are the core of the collection. There are over fifty of them on display. The ticket includes some tokens to play. The museum will help you to go back in time and learn more about the Soviet Russia. As for your kids, they will be curious to learn what was interesting for their fathers and grandfathers.

One of the coziest and most hospitable museums of our city.

Museum has 12 halls of art space. Interior dolls, theatre dolls, fairy-tale dolls, dolls depicting customs and traditions are on display there. All in all, the museum has over 40000 exhibits. It is guarded by purring spirits – 3 cats that appear when the museum is closed and dolls wake up… The only disadvantage is that you can’t play with the dolls, you can only look at them.

A unique and the first one in Russia art space where exhibits of shadow art are on display. You will learn the history of our city in light and shadow language there, meet Peter the Great, its founder, and even face your own shadow. Are you ready to look at everything and even yourself from a different angle?

Unique monument of the XV century built in Western gothic style. The only civil building in this style that survived in our country. There ambassadors were received, the Novgorod parliament and court sat and the grand dinners took place. Now the Novgorod jewelry collection of VI-XVII centuries is on display there.

Enjoy 14 halls with over 250 Novgorod icons of XI-XIX centuries. Novgorod is one of the centers of icon painting in our country. This exhibition is one of the best collections of Russian icons as it allows to follow the history of icon painting in our Russia.

Stretch your legs and enjoy the public boat ride. You will see views of the Volkhov river and the lake Ilmen which is called the Slavonic Sea because the area round is so flat. It takes 1-1.5 hours.

Kremlin is the heart of the city, the fortress in its center. During the tour you can see St Sophia cathedral, the oldest temples of our country made of stone, the monument to the Millennium of Russia and the place where merchants used to trade which is called “Yaroslavovo Dvorische” – Prince Yyaroslav court.

A functioning Russian orthodox monastery. It was founded in the XI century by Yaroslav, the grand duke who was baptized by St George, hence the name. St George cathedral, a gem of Russian medieval architecture, has unique frescoes and even an ancient graffiti.

Kazan Cathedral  one of the grandest churches in St Petersburg with its colonnades of 96 columns embracing Nevsky prospect like the outstretched wings of a gigantic eagle; it  was built between 1801 and 1811 to house a venerated icon Our Lady of Kazan by Andrey Voronikhin (a serf of Count Stroganov).

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Russian museum is the biggest museum of national art in the world and a unique architectural ensemble of the historical center of Saint Petersburg. With its 400000 exhibits it covers the history of Russian art from X century icons  up to XX-XXI century avant-guard art  and soviet  painting. You can see Ilya Repin, Mikhail Vrubel, Mark Shagal, Vasiliy Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and many others there.

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One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

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Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

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