Novgorod - the first Russian Capital (overnight & transport)

HOTEL ACCOMODATION

Beresta Palace Hotel

A four-star hotel Beresta Palace is located on the bank of Volkhov river within 10 min from the city center, Kremlin and Art Gallery. It is the only international class hotel between Moscow and St. Petersburg and belongs to the hotel's chain Marco Polo. The modern hotel's building was constructed in 1991 and has 5 floors with totally 226 rooms: 203 standard guest rooms, 16 Studio rooms, 5 two rooms Suites, 1 Family Suite, and 1 President Apartment. All the rooms are equipped with bathroom, satellite TV and phone. "BERESTA" Restaurant is the largest and the top restaurant in Great Novgorod with the capacity to serve up to 450 guests at a time. It features the main dining hall, 2 VIP halls and bottom hall. A conference room is able to fit up to 180 persons and can be transformed into two rooms of 100 and 50 pax accordingly. There are also two meeting rooms for business guests and two banquetting halls of 25 persons each. Wellness and spa center invites hotel guests to enjoy the pleasure of visiting spacious swimming pool, saunas for men and women, icy-cold mini-pool and gym. Other amenties include laundry, barber shop, casino, lobby-bar. The cost of the room includes morning sauna and pool visit (until 13:00) and porterage (2 pieces per person).
  Persons Nights Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
GRP Standard Room 20 1 10 140.00 1,400.00
Porterage (in/out) 20 0 20 4.00 80.00
Registration fee 20 0 20 5.00 100.00
DAY 1

****Novgorod General Description****

The cradle of the Russian Empire, Great Novgorod is situated on the Volkhov river, in 190 km to the south from St. Petersburg on the way to Moscow. The distance to Russian capital is 600 km. The city was founded in 859. Today, its population is around 215 000 people. In several kilometers to the south from Novgorod there is Ilmen lake located, which, depending on the time of the year, ranges in a size between 610 and 2100 sq km. The oldest Russian Kremlin of Novgorod is located in the center of the city, on the shore of the Volkhov river across from the trade area. High walls dating back to the 14th century surround architectural jewels such as Faceted Palace, the "Millennium of Russia" memorial, and the Cathedral of St. Sofia. The church was built around 1050 and is the oldest stone church in Russia. The city has an airport but it is used mostly for military needs and freight transportation. To get here, it is recommended to take either a private car/coach transfer from St. Petersburg or a train from Moscow. No one other Russian city has such an amount of architectural and art memorials dated by the IX-XVII centuries. Since 1992 all the memorials in Novgorod are protected by UNESCO, as a part of the world cultural treasure. The city has a military airdrome located in nearby Krechevitsy village, but it is also planned to use it for civil needs after reconstruction (scheduled for 2009).
Train Moscow - Novgorod (#042) leaves Moscow daily at 21:50 and arrives in Novgorod at 06:10 (duration of trip 08:20 H). It takes around 7-9 hours to get from Moscow to Novgorod by car.

Train arrival/departure to Novgorod-on-Volkhov train station

Trains to/from Moscow, St-Petersburg and other destinations are available.
Classes of the tickets available:
- Coupee compartment for 4 passengers. Pls check if lunchbox is included in the rate or not.
- SV Standard class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Standard class with lunchbox included.
- SV Comfort class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Comfort class with lunchbox included.
- Platzkart class: the economy class. The wagons with about 44 sleeping shelves for 44 passengers, the coupee compartments are open and there are no doorss, all the space in the wagon is open.
Each wagon is equipped with minimum 2 toilets, a boiler with drinking water used for making tea/coffee. The stewards are not English-speaking and are responsible for checking the tickets, serving tea upon request, for handling of bed linen and cleaning the wagons.
Lunchbox usually includes: a yogurt, a sandwich with ham/cheese, biscuits, bread, butter, a small pack of jam/a chocolate bar. It is common to order tea from steward (payment in Roubles cash only) and have breakfast in the coupee. Wagons-restaurants are also available but not in all the trains (check with yr manager).
It is recommended to arrive to train station within 45 - minimum 30 minutes prior to departure time. It is recommended to store your luggage under the sleeping shelves.
Transfer from / to railway station by transport as per confirmation.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Bus transfer to/from railway station- hotel 20 1 100.00 100.00
Guide for transfer 20 1 80.00 80.00

Welcome dinner at Beresta restaurant (Beresta hotel)

"BERESTA" Restaurant is the largest and the top restaurant in Great Novgorod with the capacity to serve up to 450 guests at a time. It features the main dining hall, 2 VIP halls and bottom hall. A fantastic "Festival of Taste" awaits you at "Beresta" restaurant. The wine menu features beloved wines from the popular winemaking regions in France, Italy, Spain; a specialty menu offers unique culinary masterpieces capable to inspire even the most proficient ones. It ranges from deer under garnet sauce, lamb with flaming cognac, royal shrimps baked under "Concasse" sauce, grilled sea crests to superb, mouth watering deserts. The "Festival of Taste" is completed with exquisite cognac, a variety of tea, coffee and a special cigar choice, enhanced by elegant music. "BERESTA" Restaurant can organize and fantastically handle any event.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Dinner-1, 09 20 20 47.33 946.60
DAY 2

Transport & Guide full day

Please note due to the traffic situation and according to Russkie Prostori Quality Standards - all transportation is ordered 30 minutes prior to use to ensure exact departure. Guides will be available 15 minutes prior to dispatching of the coaches Transportation in according to stated time and hours can be used with or without guide. We recommend to have assistance to enable assistance with translation - non English speaking drivers - and providing general help and explanations. Surcharge after midnight hour according to specification below. All additional hours are charged additionally according to drivers journals. For full day& Evening assistance of guide / hostess during lunch/dinners an additional cost for meals of drivers & guidesmightll be charged. Beverages (mineral water) will be supplied only upon extra order. Please note restrictions of drinking and eating in some vehicles. In case of more then three (3 coaches/vehicles) we strongly recommend an additional "runner" providing service and coordination at each stop and arrival (assistance with parking, tickets, forgotten things advising correct bus and items not provided by guides at the time). NB! The vehicles presented on the pictures above are samples of vehicles used but not necessarily provided during the actual transportation confirmed.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Guide full day 20 1 200.00 200.00
Transport full day 20 1 315.00 315.00

NOVGOROD CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

A tour around the main historical sights of the city, including a panoramical visit to the old town and the Sophia's area (the city's earthworks, the churches of Vlasiy, Troitskaya, 12 Apostles, Peter and Pavel, Pokrov monastery etc.), Trade area (Znamenskiy cathedral, Feder Stratilat's Church etc.) Walking tour with entrance to Yaroslav Yard and "torg" (political and economical centre of Great Novgorod during XI-XV centuries). Panoramical visit to the most significant architectural sights of Novgorod: the gate of Gostiniy Dvor, Nokolo-Dvorischenskiy cathedral (found in 1113), the churches of Prokopiy, Zhen-Mironosets, Paraskevy Pyatnecy, Uspeniy, Ivana na Opokah and others. Please, note, that the given route is a sample and might be changed and planned according to request with other sights included.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
City tour, including the visit to Kremlin, St. Sophia Cathedral & Yaroslave Yard, grp from 10 pax. Transport not included 20 20 18.00 360.00

- St. Sophia Cathedral

St. Sophia Cathedral was founded by Yaroslav the Wise and by his son Vladimir and built during 1045-1050. St. Sophia was a patroness in ancient Russia. People believed that she was the one to help them during the most dramatic days, such as Tatar's invasion of 1238. St. Sophia Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Russia, constructed on the model of Kiev's Sophia, which was built a few years earlier. Despite that the construction of the Cathedral was finished by 1050, the walls were not painted until the XII century - the first painting was made in 1108. Today the walls keep not only the fragments of frescos but so called ancient "graffitos". Except Novgorod's Sophia, there is no other architectural memorials in Russia dated by the XI-th century. The Cathedral is open for visits daily from 10:00 until 17:00.

Lunch at Detinets Restaurant

The restaurant “Detinets” is located on the territory of the Kremlin, in the Pokrovskaya Tower, which dates back to 1490. It is a perfect place to feel the ancient history of the city and enjoy delicious food at a time. The interior of the restaurant, its decoration and kitchen utensils sustain the atmosphere of the place in an old Russian style. There is a hall for 60 guests, cellar room for 30 people, and cells for 6 and 20 seat capacity as well as a summer terrace for 60 persons. The restaurant keeps up old Russian cooking recipes and ‘spoil’ guests with unforgettable dishes and beverages. Try Medovukha - honey drink.
FRI, SAT, SUN - live music.
Open: 12 am – 11 pm (closed from 4 till 6 pm).
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Eurocard, UnionCard, Maestro, Visa Electron.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Lunch/Dinner-1, 2009 20 20 45.00 900.00

Train arrival/departure to Novgorod train station

Trains to/from Moscow, St-Petersburg and other destinations are available.
Classes of the tickets available:
- Coupee compartment for 4 passengers. Pls check if lunchbox is included in the rate or not.
- SV Standard class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Standard class with lunchbox included.
- SV Comfort class compartment for 2 passengers. SV Comfort class with lunchbox included.
- Platzkart class: the economy class. The wagons with about 44 sleeping shelves for 44 passengers, the coupee compartments are open and there are no doorss, all the space in the wagon is open.
Each wagon is equipped with minimum 2 toilets, a boiler with drinking water used for making tea/coffee. The stewards are not English-speaking and are responsible for checking the tickets, serving tea upon request, for handling of bed linen and cleaning the wagons.
Lunchbox usually includes: a yogurt, a sandwich with ham/cheese, biscuits, bread, butter, a small pack of jam/a chocolate bar. It is common to order tea from steward (payment in Roubles cash only) and have breakfast in the coupee. Wagons-restaurants are also available but not in all the trains (check with yr manager).
It is recommended to arrive to train station within 45 - minimum 30 minutes prior to departure time. It is recommended to store your luggage under the sleeping shelves.
Transfer from / to railway station by transport as per confirmation.
  Persons Quantity Price, EUR Total, EUR
Bus transfer to/from railway station- hotel 20 1 100.00 100.00
Guide for transfer 20 1 80.00 80.00
PROGRAM TOTALS
  Price PP, EUR Total, EUR
TOTAL PRICE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION 79.00 1,580.00
TOTAL PER PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT PER PERSON 110.33 2,206.60
TOTAL LOT PERSON PRICE - LAND ARRANGEMENT 34.75 695.00
ESTIMATED TOTAL PROGRAM COST 224.08 4,481.60
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