Begin at your prearranged time (around 8am), with pickup from your hotel or cruise port by your professional driver. Set off for Novgorod the Great in the comfort of an air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle. Take a nap during the 2.5-hour drive, or view the interesting sights on your way to the ancient town. As buses are not equipped with bathrooms, some short stops can be made as necessary on the trip to Veliky Novgorod and back.
Upon arrival in Novgorod the Great, be greeted by your English-speaking guide who will show you around the city. Visit the Novgorod Kremlin (also called Detinets) located in the heart of the city. Inside the Kremlin, behold the glorious bronze monument dedicated to the Millennium of Russia which depicts some of the most significant figures of Russian history. Here, find almost every prominent Russian who lived until 1862 including Lomonosov, Pushkin, Cyril and Methodius, Peter the Great, and more 129 personalities are represented on this monument in total.
Continue to the Chamber of the Facets (also known as Granovitaya Palata) and learn the history of this ancient architectural building and the process of its restoration. Previously a reception hall for meetings and the gathering of foreign guests, now it is the museum of Russian arts and crafts. Be awed by St Sophia Cathedral the five-domed construction which was built between 1045-1050.
Take a break for lunch; your guide will be happy to show you a nice venueto purchase lunch (at own expense). Have some free time before you proceed your tour.
Drive along the picturesque countryside as you listen to tales of the terrors of the World War II, during which Novgorod the Great was occupied and bombed. Your guide will tell you about excavation works and the results which have helped historians to discover new items significant for Russian history. Just outside the city, explore St. George Monastery, founded in 1119, a site which managed to resist Nazi attacks. The hall of the church is known for having magnificent acoustics.
Plunge into the Old Russian atmosphere, with a drive to Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture. It will surely amaze you with little rural houses that represent lifestyle of a typical Russian village in 15-17th centuries. The museum is situated in the forest near Lake Ilmen and includes wooden living houses, churches, a windmill, and blacksmiths shop. Do not lose an opportunity to contemplate this exceptional open-air museum and take some unique pictures!
As this is a private tour, guests can customize the time spent at each location. However, approximately 20-30 minutes at each site is recommended. Activity is not recommended for those with mobility or other health restrictions. A small amount of walking will be involved. At the end of the trip, be transferred back to your Saint Petersburghotel/ship, arriving at approximately 8pm.