A window to Europe on the way from the Varangians to the Greeks. Holiday tour of the Novgorod region

Touch the living history created centuries ago by Grand Dukes Vladimir and Yaroslav the Wise!

You will learn the story of merchant Sadko on the shores of the legendary Ilmen Lake. You will visit the first Orthodox monastery and learn about the traditions and life of the peasants of the Novgorod province in the Vitoslavlitsy open-air living museum. 

Visit Staraya Russa, where the inhabitants called themselves rushans and cooked salt. The resort town is known as the Imperial health resort akin to the German one in Baden-Baden. You will find out how valuable salt was in the Middle Ages, taste the salt and sugar of the Old Russian land.

Location

Veliky Novgorod
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Duration
3 Days
2 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 23 – 25 Feb, 2025
    • 8 – 10 Mar, 2025
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Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 40 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Veliky Novgorod
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Tour highlights

Let's plunge into history
We will visit a theatrical walking tour of the old city, learn the history of Sofia and the Sofia Belfry and the monument to the Millennium of Russia
The largest of the Novgorod monasteries
We will visit the current, largest of the Novgorod monasteries - St. George the Victorious, traditionally called Yuriev
Salt City on the Great Waterway
Let's take a walk around Staraya Russa, the oldest Russian city with a history

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Veliky Novgorod

    6:20-10:20 Arrival in Veliky Novgorod. 

    Meeting with the guide at the railway station at the main entrance from the platform. Check the meeting details the day before.

    Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation (in the morning, if possible at the hotel, calculation. the hour is 14:00).

    Breakfast in the hotel restaurant, except for the hotel "On Prusskaya" (without breakfast – tea/coffee/ snacks). For tourists staying in other hotels and arriving after 10:00, breakfast is replaced with dinner at the hotel).

    11:00 2-hour walking tour of the old town: Sofia and the Trade side.

    A theatrical tour with posadnik Sbyslav or posadnitsa Efimiya, guests will learn about games and rituals, about fiery snakes, and about the Detinets of Novgorod. We will hear a story about the monuments of the Kremlin territory.

    Let's look at the walls and towers. We will learn the history of Sofia and the Sofia Belfry and the monument to the Millennium of Russia, which was erected in 1862 in honor of the thousandth anniversary of the legendary vocation of Princes Rurik, Sineus and Truvor to Russia.

    We will visit the place where all the most important events took place - the reception of ambassadors, meetings of the Novgorod “parliament” (Council of Lords) and the Sovereign Court, solemn feasts.

    Crossing the "Great" bridge to Yaroslav's Courtyard, where in ancient times there was a lot of noise.

    Yaroslavovo dvorishche complex, bargain. The Hanseatic Fountain is a symbol of the union of Hanseatic cities of Modern times.

    As a gift - an entrance ticket to the museum to choose from: "The history of Novgorod and the Novgorod land from ancient times to the XVII century." in the museum building on the territory of the Kremlin and "Russian icon of the XI – XIX centuries." Ancient – world masterpieces or the Lord's Faceted Chamber Jewelry and decorative arts of the V-XVII centuries.

    The organization of lunch in the cafe is an additional fee. 700 rubles/person. Booking in advance.

    Free time in the city center.

  • Day 2 - Car tour of the surroundings of Veliky Novgorod. Vitoslavlitsy
  • Day 3 - Staraya Russa
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour includes accommodation in a hotel.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

Accommodation in Novgorod A place in a 2-bed roomSingle occupancyExtra bed (3rd in a standard room)Additional day of stay (place in 1-/ 2- local number)
Mr. “On Prussian”1390014700133002200/2600
Mr. Intourist 3*1630018300141002700/3700
Mr. Sadko 3*1520016400130002400/3000
G-ca “Velkom Inn" 3*1610017300141002600/3200
Mr. Volkhov 4*2070022100161004200/4900
G-ca “Park Inn" 4* (morning sauna, swimming pool)2440031000182005500/8800
Excursion package
(without accommodation)
                                                      7800
 
The price includes:
  • accommodation in a hotel of the selected category;
  • 3 buffet breakfasts (except for the hotel On Prusskaya – tea/coffee/snacks);
  • lunch on the field trip;
  • guide services;
  • tour service;
  • entrance tickets;
  • transfer railway-hotel-railway, 
 The discount for a child for any accommodation under 16 years of age is 500 rubles.
“On Prussian” or Intourist 3* or 2 nights
“On Prussian”

Hotel On Prusskaya 8 is located in Veliky Novgorod. This is a great option for those who are looking for accommodation near the Novgorod Kremlin. The friendly receptionists at the reception desk will help with any question, as well as provide an opportunity to warm up with a cup of tea or coffee.

Due to the fact that the hotel is located in a 19th-century building, the interior is designed in accordance with its historical features. The fresh renovation is perfectly combined with rare items that have been carefully selected by the staff. There are both shared and private rooms. They all have a private bathroom.

In the morning, guests can enjoy a delicious continental-style breakfast. In addition, there are a number of catering establishments near the hotel where you can have a good time.

The Museum of Fine Arts is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and Leni Golikov Square is a 7-minute walk away. The train station is just 1 km away.

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Intourist 3*

The Intourist Hotel is located in Veliky Novgorod. It offers free access to a free Wi-Fi network. Car owners will be able to use private parking. If necessary, you can use a washing machine and ironing facilities.

The hotel offers 118 rooms decorated in a modern style. They are equipped with everything that is so necessary for a cozy and comfortable stay. The bathroom must have a hairdryer and personal hygiene products.

In the morning, you can order a delicious breakfast at a reasonable price. Products can be purchased in the nearest shops and supermarkets. You can also have a delicious meal at the nearest restaurant.

A conference room for 60 people is specially equipped for business people on the territory. It is fully equipped with special appliances and furniture.

Next to the hotel there is the Church of Simeon the God-Giver, the drama theater named after F. M. Dostoevsky, as well as the Dukhov Monastery. The distance to the airport is approximately 187 kilometers.

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Sadko 3*

Sadko Hotel is located in Veliky Novgorod. It offers free Wi-Fi.

It offers comfortable rooms equipped with modern appliances and furniture.

A wide range of Russian and European dishes are served in the Sadko restaurant. Guests can enjoy homemade cakes at the cafe, as well as a selection of drinks at the lobby bar.

Nearby there is the center of the historical and architectural complex of monuments of Yaroslav's Courtyard, the Church of the Savior on Ilyina Street with frescoes by Feofan the Greek, the Sergei Rachmaninov Center for Musical Culture.

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“Velcom Inn" 3*

The comfortable Welcome inn hotel is located in Veliky Novgorod, near the interchange of public transport and the main streets of the city.

Guests can stay in spacious and bright rooms, each of which is decorated in a pleasant color scheme and includes comfortable wooden furniture, modern appliances and wireless Wi-Fi access. The rooms have private bathrooms.

Everyone can have a tasty and satisfying snack in cafes, restaurants or bars that are located within walking distance from the hotel itself.

The nearest airport is Pulkovo Airport, 153 km away, and the train station is 2.6 km away. The main attractions of the city, cultural centers and shopping and entertainment complexes are located within a 15-minute walk from the building.

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Volkhov 4*

The Volkhov Hotel has a long history and is located on the Sofia side of Veliky Novgorod, in close proximity to the main attraction - the Novgorod Kremlin. It is a combination of architectural elegance and comfort. For a variety of leisure activities, there is a souvenir shop and a spa complex with various wellness services.

The spacious and comfortable rooms are presented, which have comfortable furniture, appliances and a private bathroom with personal hygiene products.

Meals are served in the European-level restaurant "MARUSYA", as well as in the coffee bar.

Two conference halls are equipped with modern technical equipment for holding business events: seminars, meetings and meetings.

Nearby there is a cinema, park areas, a drama theater and more. The distance to the airport is 152.8 km, to the railway station - 0.9 km.

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Park Inn 4*

The hotel On Studentskaya (the old name is Park Inn Veliky Novgorod) is located in the center of Veliky Novgorod, close to various attractions and recreation areas.

The room stock is represented by various categories of rooms, which are decorated in the same style. The modern interior and cozy atmosphere are complemented by comfortable furniture and necessary amenities: a TV and a telephone. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom.

The on-site restaurant will delight vacationers with a wide range of dishes on the menu.

The spa center with a swimming pool and a sauna is an excellent choice for relaxing after a hard day. There is a spacious amusement park with access to the river within walking distance. The distance to Pulkovo airport is 152.1 km, to the railway station - 2.6 km.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 40 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
3 days 2 nights
Group meets at
Veliky Novgorod

Included in price

  • accommodation in a hotel of the selected category;
  • 3 buffet breakfasts (except for the hotel On Prusskaya – tea/coffee/snacks);
  • lunch on the field trip;
  • guide services;
  • tour service;
  • entrance tickets;
  • transportation services on car tours;
  • transfer railway-hotel-railway

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Veliky Novgorod and back;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • insurance (optional);
  • other expenses.

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