This tour is a unique option for those, who want to dive into Russian history without missing out on the major sights of St. Petersburg. Your full day tour of the oldest trade capital of the country, Great Novgorod, will introduce you to ancient Russia and its rich folk culture. this is truly, an amazing chance to learn about Russia.
Why Should You Experience Novgorod?
Novgorod is more than 1100 years old, making it one of the oldest towns in the whole country. Novgorod was the center of its own republic and was the only town not conquered in the 1240 Mongol invasion, hence it still has the unique and opulent historical monuments, churches and magnificent Kremlin, dating back to the beginning of the 8th century. What’s more, Novgorod is only about 3 hours away from the port; so it’s the perfect place to visit if you’ll have more than two days in St. Petersburg
Your Experience at a Glace
- Nevsky Prospect
- Hermitage Museum (with early admission)
- Winter Palace
- Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood
- Canal River Cruise
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral
- The Town of Novgorod
- Novgorod Kremlin
- St. Sophia Cathedral
- Yaroslav Dvor (8th century marketplace)
- St. George (Yuriev) Monastery
- Vitoslavicy (open air wooden architectural art museum)
- Peterhoff Grand Palace
- Peterhoff Park
- Metro stations tour
- Catherine’s Palace
- All meals during the tour- Three lunches and One Dinner
- Professional Licensed Tour Guide
- Comfortable Air-Conditioned Minibus and Driver
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||St. Petersburg Seaport (dockside) or Your Hotel (if not arriving by ship)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||7:00 AM- Please arrive promptly|
|TOUR AVAILABILITY||7 days a week, though actual itinerary sequencing may vary.|
|NOTES||Guests who would prefer to craft their own tour should look into our Custom Private Tour.|
What Will Your Three Days Be Like?
DAY 1: (St.Petersburg)
After disembarking the ship and having your passport checked, you’ll immediately see your tour guide who will show you to your clean air-conditioned minibus. We will provide you with tour ticket documents before your departure to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Your tour will begin by heading for the the city’s historical artery, Nevsky prospect. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to snap some photos at some of the best scenic photo stops.
On Nevsky prospect, we will walk along the boulevard and take in the city’s unique architecture and bright colored buildings.
This will give us a chance to introduce the city to you to give you context about what you’ll see for the rest of your tour.
Next, we will head over to The Hermitage, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. There, we’ll enter the museum with a special early admission, before the museum’s official opening time, in order to beat the crowds. Then in the Hermitage you will get to appreciate the fine works of art and its palatial interior during our tour. You will be shown the Royal staterooms of The Winter Palace, including the throne hall, and the Gallery of the 1812. Our tour of the halls will cover Italian, Spanish, and Dutch masters and we will appreciate masterpieces by: Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and many more. Also, we will walk through the halls of the ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek art.
After our thorough tour of the Hermitage, we will relax and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.
We will then cross over the Neva river and tour Peter and Paul’s cathedral and fortress, the oldest structure in the city and the birth place of St. Petersburg.
There, you will find out more about the interesting relationships between the members of the royal family and the story of St. Petersburg’s founding. You will also see their final resting places while taking in the impressive gilded interior and exterior. Our tour of the fortress will culminate with a brief tour of the oldest and most famous prison in Russia.
Then we will move on to the most beautiful church in Russia, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Where you will be surrounded by its staggering mosaic-lined interior and be awed by its marvelous ornate domes.
We will complete our day with a tour of St. Isaac’s cathedral- a gorgeous feat of architecture and engineering, including the third largest cupola in the world, by volume.
We will arrive at the port no later than 17:30. What comes next is up to you: you might find yourself learning how to cook like a Russian chef , enjoying a performance by one of the most talented ballet companies in the world, or something completely different with one of our many unique evening options which include tour guide and private transportation.
Should you decide not to join us for an evening activity, that’s alright too. We’ll bring you back to your ship with enough time to make it to your on-board dinner.
DAY 2: (Novgorod)
After disembarking, you’ll see your smiling tour guide who will lead you to the minibus, like on the first day.
Then we will head to, Novgorod, one of the oldest towns in Russia. The drive will take approximately three hours from the center of the city.
Once we arrive, we will rest over a traditional Russian lunch and then head out to the town’s Kremlin.
During our tour of the Novgorod Kremlin you will get a feel for this ancient town and its history. You will walk through the 8th century fortress and will visit the town’s main square, Monument to the Milleneum of Russia, and the oldest bell tower in the whole country.
Afterwards, we will head to the St. Sophia Cathedral, the most unique Orthodox church, the oldest building of any kind still in use in the country. This cathedral is more than one thousand years old!
Our driver will pick us up and bring us to the famous “Yaroslav Dvorishe”, an 8th century market place.
We will then head to the Yuriev monastery, a functioning monastery, and tour the grounds and its cathedral.
Your time in Novgorod will conclude with a tour of the open-air “Vitoslavici” museum, where you will see the best collection in Russia of 16th-17th century wooden architecture.
Once we have finished with the museum, we will stop by a nearby restaurant where we will have traditional Russian dinner. After the dinner, our driver will pick you up and will bring back to St. Petersburg.
We will have you back on-board before 9 p.m.
DAY 3 (St.Petersburg)
Your third day will begin by meeting your smiling tour guide and driver, just as in the previous two days.
Your day will start with a scenic drive to the town of Peterhoff. On the way, we will exit the minibus and descend into some of the most beautiful metro stations in the world. You will be guided through some of Russia’s most unique metro stations designed in “Stalin Empire” style public art.
We will then be picked up just outside the metro station and continue the drive to Peterhoff.
Afterwards you will have a special opportunity to enter The Grand Peterhoff Palace, before its public opening. Your guide will give you an informative tour of the palace great enfilade, state, and private rooms. You will discover more about the Russian Royal family, Russian history, and Russian traditions through the tour of the palace.
Once we’re done, we will bring you to the famous Peterhoff Fountain Park. You will see the Grand cascade, the Samson fountain, secret “trick” fountains, Roman fountains, rotating “sun” fountain, and many more. During our tour of the Fountain park you will learn about the history of creation of Peterhoff and discover the Czar’s playful side.
For lunch, we will bring you to a nearby local restaurant, where you will continue getting to know Russian cuisine.
We will then start heading to the town of Pushkin (aka Czarskoye Selo). You will have an opportunity to take a nap or get to know your guide better before touring Catherine’s Palace.
When we arrive, we will be dropped off at the main gates of the Catherine’s palace, where we will begin the tour. Inside, we will visit the Golden enfilade, state rooms, private rooms and the jewel of the palace, The Amber Room.
After appreciating the inside of the palace, we will stroll along the palace garden’s alleys and get to see the park’s most notable buildings.
Once we’re done with our tour of the park, we will be picked up right outside the park’s gate and we will drive back to St. Petersburg. Along the way, we will have additional opportunities for scenic stops.
We will get you back to the port by 17:00 and you will be on-board your ship in time for your departure. You will leave St. Petersburg with a few more friends waiting for your return and great memories of the Northern Venice.
(Please note that the actual tour sequencing depends on the day of the week that your tour begins on.)