Veliky Novgorod is one of the oldest Russian cities with a great number of well-preserved historic monuments. The museum in Novgorod Kremlin hosts valuable collections of birch bark manuscripts and Orthodox icons. Vitoslavitsy museum of wooden architecture cannot really match Kizhi but it is also worth visiting. Other interesting places in Novgorod region include Valdai National Park, town of Staraya Russa with Dostoevsky house-museum and Old-believers village of Lyakova. Novgorod is easily accessible on a day tour from St. Petersburg. If you want in-depth experience please feel free to request a 2-day or longer tour.