A tale of bygone years. Valdai, Veliky Novgorod and Staraya Russa

Immerse yourself in the ancient legends of Veliky Novgorod, ring the Valdai bells, walk along the ancient streets, visit Yaroslav's Courtyard, St. George Monastery and Staraya Russa with colorful monuments and resort areas. 

Interactive museums, peaceful landscapes, a warm welcome and friendly company are waiting for you!

Location

Veliky Novgorod
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Duration
3 Days
2 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 3 – 5 Jan, 2025
    • 5 – 7 Jan, 2025
    • 26 – 28 Jan, 2025
    • 2 – 4 Feb, 2025
    • 9 – 11 Feb, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 40 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
Veliky Novgorod
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Wellness in Staraya Russa
Take a walk in the park and breathe ionized air
Dostoevsky's Legacy
You will open a window into the world of the great Russian writer and his work
Valdai Bells
Learn all about the bell industry and ring the famous bells
The Spirit of Orthodoxy
Go to the shrines of the Novgorod land and get acquainted with the architecture, history and traditions
A warm welcome
Get acquainted with the hospitality of Novgorod and treat yourself to sweets

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Staraya Russa, St. George the Victorious Church, Dostoevsky House Museum

    Arrival in Novgorod (we meet the train from Moscow and St. Petersburg).

    Meeting with the guide at the railway station at the main entrance from the platform.

    Guaranteed hotel accommodation at 14.00. 

    Morning check-in if possible. 

    You can leave your belongings free of charge in the luggage room of the hotel.

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Departure to Staraya Russa (103 km).

    The Imperial resort city - a sightseeing tour of the city, a visit to the church of St. George the Victorious (15th century), where the miraculous list of the Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God (19th century) is kept; acquaintance with the history of strange temples, including the architectural monument of the 12th century – the Transfiguration Monastery.

    A visit to the house-museum of F. M. Dostoevsky, where great works were created – the novel "Demons" and "The Brothers Karamazov", acquaintance with the life and work of the writer.

    A walking tour of the oldest health resort in the north-west of Russia, the Staraya Russa resort, on the territory of which there are nine mineral springs, seven of them form mineral lakes, creating zones of increased air ionization in the resort park. Inspection of the famous Muravyevsky fountain, which is the highest column of mineral water in Europe, gushing from the ground.

    Visit to the interactive museum "Manor of the medieval Rushanin" (for an additional fee of 350 rubles).

  • Day 2 - Visit to the Kremlin complex. Excursion "The Shrine of the Novgorod land" - St. Sophia Cathedral (XI century)
  • Day 3 - Valdai. Excursion program "Tales and legends of the Valdai Backyard"
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour provides accommodation in a hotel of your choice in Veliky Novgorod.

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

HotelPrice validity period
Category
Double roomSingle roomAdditional place
AMAX Hotel Russia 3*
10.01-26.04.2024
Standard150001845614104
«Welcome inn» 3*10.01-26.04.2024Standard241922547222144
Intourist 3*10.01-26.04.2024Standard220162291219968
10.01-26.04.2024Comfort2355227904
Sadko 3*10.01-26.04.2024Standard220162291219968
10.01-26.04.2024Comfort2444831448
Volkhov 4*10.01-06.03.2024Standard230402547220864
10.01-06.03.2024Comfort2572829568
Volkhov 4*11.03-26.04.2024Standard239362598420864
11.03-26.04.2024Comfort2636830080
Beresta Park Hotel 4*10.01-31.03.2024Standard253442841622784
10.01-26.04.2024Business--
"Bianchi" 4*10.01.-26.04.2024Standard268543120622886

A discount of 400 rubles for a child under 16 years of age in any accommodation option.

Package of meals: 3 lunches - 1,650 rubles and 3 dinners - 1,650 rubles.  Except for dinners at Bianchi 4* and Beresta Park Hotel 4*.

Welcome inn 3* or Intourist 3* or 2 nights
Welcome 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 from the property, 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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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 the historical part of Veliky Novgorod. 

The hotel is located in a 5-storey building. All rooms at the hotel have cable TV and a private bathroom. 

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. 

Guests can visit the hairdressing salon of the Sadko Hotel during their stay at the hotel. There is also a shop in the hotel where handmade souvenirs from Novgorod are sold. 

The hotel is located about 1 km from St. Sophia Cathedral and 2 km from Lake Ilmen. Moscow and St. Petersburg can be reached directly via the nearby M10 motorways.

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Volkhov 4*

The Volkhov Hotel is located in the center of Veliky Novgorod, a few minutes' walk from the ancient Kremlin and the Sofia Embankment. 

It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, a TV and a mini fridge. The windows overlook the park or the courtyard. 

The Volkhov Hotel's restaurant serves delicious dishes of European and Russian cuisine. The lobby bar serves a variety of wines and other drinks.

A Finnish sauna is available on site.

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Beresta Park Hotel 4*

Beresta Park Hotel is located in Veliky Novgorod, 2 km from the center.

All conditions for a comfortable stay are created here — there is a refrigerator, TV, hairdryer, iron, safe, heating, terrace, mini-bar.

The hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a sauna, and a conference room. And you'll probably want to relax by the pool — it's here too. And indoor. Each guest will have Internet access, you can upload photos, send a file or call your family by video.

If you have a car, you can leave it in the parking lot. If you get there on your own, use the transfer service.

At your service: dry cleaning, laundry, room service, luggage storage, express check-in/check-out.

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Bianchi 4*

The Bianchi Hotel is located in Veliky Novgorod. It offers parking and free Wi-Fi.

The hotel can accommodate from one to four people. The rooms have all the necessary furniture, bed linen, towels. The bathroom has toiletries and cosmetics. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available for an additional fee. The room is cleaned daily.

There is a coffee shop and a bar on site. Breakfast can be ordered in the room.

Within walking distance of public transport stops, chain stores, and some local attractions. Cafes and restaurants are 100 m away. The river is 200 meters away. The distance to the railway station is 4 km.

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AMAX Hotel Russia 3*

The Amaks Russia Hotel is located on the coast of the Volkhov River in Veliky Novgorod. This is a three-storey building, which has a fairly convenient location. Among the services provided to guests are the following: free Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the territory, a parking area for cars, luggage storage, cooler, laundry, ironing service, shuttle service, wake-up service and a safe. In addition, registration of foreign citizens is possible here. There is also a small library where various volumes of works by great writers are collected. Those who wish can pre-book a city tour.

The comfortable and cozy apartments are decorated in warm, pastel colors of the standard of the AMAKS Hotels&Resorts chain. Depending on the category, the rooms have refrigerators, TVs, a table, a chair, a wardrobe, a bedside table, a luggage rack, a mirror, and bathrooms are equipped with toiletries, a set of towels, a hairdryer, a bathrobe and slippers. All rooms are spacious and have good enough sound insulation, which will allow you to have a good rest after a hard day. If necessary, you can order room cleaning or change of bedding. Qualified staff will always be able to help you if you have any questions during your stay.

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Tour conditions

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

Included in price

  • accommodation in a hotel of the selected category;
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts;
  • excursion service according to the tour program;
  • transport support according to the tour program;
  • group meeting and departure at the railway station;
  • guide services.

Paid extra

  • railway tickets to Veliky Novgorod and back;
  • the museum "Manor of the medieval Rushanin" – 350 rubles/person.;
  • lunches and dinners (3 lunches - 1,650 rubles and 3 dinners - 1,650 rubles, dinners are paid for when buying a tour, lunches are available on site);
  • personal expenses.

It's important to know

Are plane tickets included in the price of the tour?

Air and railway tickets are not included in the price of the tour. You can purchase them yourself or contact us for help.

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Are there any possible changes in the program?
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