Cultural tourism is the most developed sphere of tourism in Veliky Novgorod and Novgorod region as the majority of the local monuments is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The List includes 37 monuments and the archaeological occupation layer of 10- 17 centuries with the area of about 865 acres.
Novgorod region embraces lands to the South-East of Novgorod. Nowadays it constitutes only a little part of the former Novgorod Republic that existed before Novgorod joined Moscow in 1478. In the Middle Ages Novgorod owned Volkhov, Neva, Ladoga and Gulf of Finland; territory of the Republic reached the White Sea in the North and the Urals in the East.
Nowadays Novgorod being close to the capitals – Moscow and Saint-Petersburg – gives tourists a great opportunity to experience the famous Radishev’s journey from Saint-Petersburg to Moscow. Perfectly-established transportation services between Novgorod and the capitals, Baltic seaports, West-European and Scandinavian countries, 12 centuries of trade experience and hospitality of novgorodians attract businesspeople, artists, art critics, writers and tourists from all over the world.
Veliky Novgorod has a lot to offer to its guests: high quality accommodation services, all telecommunication providers’ coverage, dainty Russian cuisine dishes, prepared according to the authentic Russian recipes.
Those who fancy travels and discoveries might take a trip down the ancient Trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks, which centuries ago went across the Volkhov river, have a rest in Valday or improve their health at the Staraya Russa health resort, try rafting on the rapid river Msta, take part in folk holidays and rites, visit Russian music festival, take a motor ship trip and just roam about the streets of Veliky Novgorod, learning the history of Russia through the ancient churches and the walls of the Kremlin.