Guided Tours in Novosibirsk and Around

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I offer tailor-made tours of and around Novosibirsk. Select one of the tours listed below or send me a message with your wishes.

1. Historical downtown (walking tour).
If you are short of time but want to have an idea of Novosibirsk, this tour is what you need. You will explore the main sights including: the magnificent Main Railway Station, the Ascension Cathedral (1913),  the impressive Lenin Square with the grand Opera and Ballet Theatre, St.Nikolas Chapel (the former centre of the Russian Empire), the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (1899), the busy and authentic Central Market, and a lot more. As all the main sights are easily accessible on foot, but a bus/minibus/car is possible at extra payment. Multiple museums like the Siberian Birch Bark, the Nature and History Museum, the Novosibirsk Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Nikolas Roerich can be explored on the way.

Standard duration: 2-4 hours.

Walking or car-based: walking, but a car/bus and/or public transportation can be arranged.

Price: walking — 3000 rubles/50 USD per group; car-based — depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle.

Option: You’ve got some spare time? Interested in wildlife? Want to have some fresh air? Go to the Novosibirsk Zoo, the largest in Europe. Find out more. You can do it alone or I can accompany you. Contact me for more information.

2. Academgorodok (Academic Town),

The city part designed and built in the 50ies by Mr.Khruschev, the then Soviet Leader, together with the prominent academicians, for the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science. Hidden in the middle of the vast forest for security reasons, Academgorodok is still the greenest city part. Get off the bus or park your car at the beginning of Morskoy Avenue and take a walk along its streets, lanes and forest paths. On the way explore the magnificent new building and the modest but functional first building of the Novosibirsk State University, get immersed into the everyday life of a bright international crowd of students and scientists, and discover the unique and somewhat melancholy monument to a laboratory mouse. A visit to the Museum of Minerals, the Museum of Ethnography and Archaeology or the open-air Railway Museum will make your impressions complete. On your way either to or back explore the Ob Reservoir called the ‘Ob Sea’ by the locals due to its vastness.

Note! Combine the tour to Academgorodok with the historical downtown to get full impression of Novosibirsk, as since the end of the 50ies science has been one of the main activities here! Novosibirsk and Academgorodok are inseparable, so be sure to discover both.

Standard duration: 4-5 hours.

Walking or car-based: as Academgorodok is approximately 20 km away from the downtown, either public transportation or a car/minibus is required to get there. As soon as we get there, either walking or driving around is possible. Time permitting, I recommend walking, as it’s amidst the forest, so why not having some fresh air?

Price: public transportation + walking — 5000 rubles/80 USD per group; car-based — depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle.

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3. Zaeltsovsky Park and the ethnic tea yurt. Explore the lifestyle, dwellings and traditional games and pastime of Eastern and Northern Siberian tribes and folks. Enjoy a delicious cup of traditional herbal tea in the authentic yurt and meditate to the sounds of tribal music.

Note: I recommend this as an addition to the city tour, if you have some 2-3 extra hours.

 4. Kolyvan (car-based). Founded back in the 18th century, Kolyvan is situated 40 km to the north of Novosibirsk. Before the railway bridge over the Ob river had been built in the late 19th century, Kolyvan was an important merchant town and a fortress in its earliest period. There are numerous old houses built in the 19th century bearing witness to its former splendor. Immerse into the Russian rural lifestyle and visit the peaceful Intercession Alexander Nevsky Monastery.

Duration: This tour normally lasts 3-4 hours. In summer different open-air events are held on a big lawn close to Kolyvan, so if lucky, you can experience something exciting.

Walking or car-based: Car-based, as Kolyvan is situated 40 km to the north of Novosibirsk.

Price: depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle. Please send me an inquiry providing the number of people in your group.

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All these tours are tailor-made according to your desires and preferences; they can be combined and expanded. Prices are negotiable and depend on the number of people in your group, the tour duration, the transportation, etc. Please send me an email with your wishes.

Have a longer stay in Novosibirsk? Its surroundings have a lot to offer! Choose one of the tours listed:

5Bald peaks of Bugotak, the beginning of the huge Asian mountain land. Climb one of the peaks and enjoy the scenery! This car-based tour takes up to 6 hours. On the way we will look at several traditional Siberian villages and get and idea of everyday life in the Russian province.

Price: depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle. Please send me an inquiry providing the number of people in your group.

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6Berdskiye Skaly (Rocks on the Berd), approximately 150 km to the south-east of Novosibirsk, is the most spectacular place in Novosibirsk Region, often compared to Altai Mountains. This place is beautiful all the year round. A picnic with a campfire and some hiking will make your day a romantic and unforgettable adventure. Read more.

Duration: This tour can take up to 8 hours including a picnic and a short trekking.

Price: from 12000 rubles, depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle. Please send me an inquiry providing the number of people in your group.

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7Tomskaya Pisanitsa, an open-air museum with ancient rock paintings, samples of ancient dwellings, objects of arts and crafts of the Siberian tribes, a zoo and many other attractions. It is located 30 km to the north of Kemerovo, an industrial city involved in coal mining, and approximately 300 km away from Novosibirsk. This tour takes at least one full day (approximately 10 hours) taken the distance (appr.300 km one way). A night in Kemerovo is possible to make the tour less tiresome and more informative.

Price: from 20 000 rubles depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle. Please send me an inquiry providing the number of people in your group.IMG_2184

8.  Tomsk, the university city lying 250 km to the north of Novosibirsk. It is over 400 years old. Explore its nice wooden houses, many old world-recognized universities, small unique museums, and plenty of other attractions. Have lunch or dinner in the legendary Vechny Zov restaurant or a cup of coffee in one of numerous cozy cafes in the downtown. This tour takes at least one full day taken the distance (appr.250 km one way). I recommend a night or two in Tomsk to make the tour less tiresome and more informative and enjoyable. There are plenty of hostels and hotels, as well as apartments for rent. Tomsk is accessible by car/bus or by train.

Price: from 20 000 rubles depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle, as well as the number of days/nights spent in Tomsk. Please send me an inquiry specifying the number of people in your group and your desires as to the duration of the tour.


9. Grand wooden church in Turnayevo village. On the way to of back from Tomsk take some  extra 1.5 hours to look at this magnificent building dating back to the 19th century, the architecture of which resembles the famous Kizhi ensemble in Karelia. Built without a single nail, this impressive building dominates the small Turnayevo village.

Duration: The tour can take up to 7-8 hours taken the distance between Novosibirsk and Turnayevo (appr. 160 km). It’s best to combine it with a tour to Tomsk.

Price: from 12000 rubles, depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle. Please send me an inquiry providing the number of people in your group. From 20000 rubles, if combined with a tour to Tomsk.

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10. Suzun. Old Copper factory and Mint.

Suzun is a settlements located approximately 150 km to the south of Novosibirsk. A copper factory and a mint producing coins for the whole Russia was established here in the end of the 18th century and functioned till the early 20th century. Enjoy the day exploring off-the-beaten track Siberia and learn more about the local history of mint making.

Read more here.

Duration: The tour can take up to 7-8 hours taken the distance between Novosibirsk and Suzun (appr. 160 km). Lunch or coffee break can be arranged either in Suzun or in one of the cafes along the highway.

Price: from 12000 rubles, depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle. Please send me an inquiry providing the number of people in your group.

11. Holy Spring at the Former GULAG Location, Lozhok Village

Everyone who knows at least some of history of Russia has heard of GULAGs. These camps for political prisoners were located all over the country, mostly in remote areas with harsh climate. One of such locations was not far from Novosibirsk, and it was considered to be one of the most cruel. Many prisoners died on their own because of starvation, overwork and terrible conditions, however, many were murdered deliberately. After one of such massacres, where several victims were Orthodox priests, a holy spring sprung to life… Now this is the place of worship and pilgrimage known far beyond Novosibirsk.

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Duration: The tour can take up to 5-6 hours taken the distance between Novosibirsk and Lozhok (appr. 80 km). Lunch or coffee break can be arranged in one of the cafes along the highway. This tour can be combined with a visit to Suzun (see above).

Price: from 10000 rubles, depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle. Please send me an inquiry providing the number of people in your group. If combined with Suzun, the price starts from 12000 rubles, depending on the number of tourists and the type of vehicle.

Any other tour to any other place in Novosibirsk Region and the nearby areas. If you know what you want to explore, I will be happy to accompany you there. I will be happy to be your guide, assistant, and interpreter on your travel to other Siberian cities and towns like Biysk , Barnaul and Kemerovo .

Do not hesitate to contact me for more information, as well as to book a tour, via the ‘Ask Your Question’ page. All prices are negotiable and depend on a number of people in a group, etc.

I am looking forward to your visit to Novosibirsk and will be happy to guide you!

7 Responses to Guided Tours in Novosibirsk and Around

  1. +66 811534453:

    Hi,

    My Name is Gift. I & Boyfriend will go to novosibirsk on April 15, 2018.
    We need guide tour. Can you support us.

  2. I have graduated from Novosibirsk medical academy and I love Novosibirsk and miss it…..

  3. jeremy:

    Hi. My wife and i have a 5 hour stop-over in May and would love to see the city, could you give us a price for pick-up and return to the airport with a tour.Thank you.

    Jeremy

  4. Hi, we are 4 friends beein in Novosibirsk on 2/6 and we want to take the Historical downtown (walking tour).In english or Spanish (better). Is it posssible in tjis date? Wich is the price? Thank yu, regards, Cora

  5. Heidemarie:

    Hello Olga,
    We are three persons from Austria coming to Novosibirsk at the end of July for two days. We will arrive on Friday, July 26th in the morning and will leave on Saturday, 27th July in the late evening (going to Petropawlowsk).
    Could you show us around Novosibirsk? Maybe a walking tour of the city on Friday afternoon and a trip to Kolyvan on Saturday? What do you recommend, at what price? We speak German and English.
    Yours sincerely, Heidemarie

  6. Arisa:

    Hi, we’re 2 pax and interested in the full day tour, Historical downtown and Academgorodok on the 17th Aug.
    Could you give me the pricing for the tour, in 2 cases when 1) we hire a car (we’d like to be picked up and dropped at the airport area), and 2) we go by public transportation and on foot? Also would it be possible to add the Ob river cruise to the tour? I hope to hear back from you soon. Thanks!

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