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Jewish Heritage, Major City Highlights & Peterhof

2-day programm

  • Moderate

    This option includes quite a lot of sightseeing, but it still gives you some freedom in spending a little more time in the places that you like, or adding extra tours to the itinerary. With this option you will also have some time for taking a walk, doing shopping or visiting a restaurant.
  • Languages

    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
  • PRIVATE TOUR

    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
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Itinerary

Tour program
Day 1
08:00 - 11:00 City tour where special attention will be paid to the history and present-day life of St. Petersburg Jewish community, visit to St. Petersburg Grand Choral Synagogue located in Kolomna district
11:00 - 13:00 Tour of the Hermitage Museum
13:00 - 14:00 Time for lunch (meals are not included)
14:00 - 15:00 Visit to Peter and Paul Fortress
15:00 - 17:00 Tour of the the Jewish section of the Russian Miseum of Ethnography
17:00 Return to the ship

Day 2
09:00 - 10:30 Drive to Peterhof
10:30 - 14:00 Visit to Peterhof Palace, Upper Gardens, Lower Park, Anton Rubinstein monument, time for lunch (there are many cafes in the park)
14:00 - 15:00 Drive back to the city
15:00 - 15:30 Tour of the Catheral on the Spilt Blood
15:30 - 17:00 Free time for walking around, shopping or extra tours
17:00 Return to the ship

Included Sightseeing

These sights are included into the standard package:

St. Petersburg

The Grand Choral Synagogue

The Grand Choral Synagogue

Built at the end of the 19th century and richly decorated in Moorish style, the Grand Choral Synagogue is now the second largest synagogue in Europe and definitely a very impressive one. It was consecrated in 1893 and was completely restored to its former glory in 2005. The area of the synagogue is approximately 3,200 sq m and its domed tower stands 47m high. The majestic Grand Hall can accommodate 1,200 worshippers. The Synagogue's territory also contains the Small Synagogue, a kosher restaurant, and even a gift shop where one can buy Rabbi matryoshkas.

Peterhof Grand Palace, Lower Park and Upper Gardens

Peterhof Grand Palace, Lower Park and Upper Gardens

Peterhof was founded by Peter the Great as Russia's answer to Versailles. Peter the Great is famous for the westernization of the country, and the main purpose of this particular residence was to impress foreign guests and to show that Russia was able to compete with Europe in architecture and park design. The Peterhof Upper Gardens and Lower Park are genuine masterpieces of landscape design. They include over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. What differentiates Peterhof's fountains from those of Versailles is that the water runs using its natural pressure without any pumps - the idea belonged to Peter the Great and it still works! The Grand Palace dominates on the park. This truly impressive building was the official summer residence of several Russian Tsars. This is one reason why the interiors are made up of different architectural styles deriving from different époques.

Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress

The fortress was founded by Peter the Great in 1703. Besides the ancient fortifications, the fortress includes the Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in the early XVIII century. The cathedral includes the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian Tsars, the museum of Trubetskoy Bastion prison and the expositions: The History of St. Petersburg, History of the Imperial Mint as well as a printing workshop and the museum of space exploration and missilery. It is also possible to walk along the walls of the fortress and observe the fabulous architecture of the surrounding areas. Any tour to St. Petersburg is not complete without a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Kolomna

Kolomna

Kolomna is one of the oldest districts of St. Petersburg which lies between the Moika and the Fontanka rivers. The district is traditionally associated with classic Russian literature. Characters of novels by Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Gogol all lived here. In the 19th century, the district also became the center of St. Petersburg's Jewish life. The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg is located in this district.

Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography

Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography

In 2007, a permanent exhibition entitled 'History and culture of the Jewish people on the territory of Russia' opened in the St. Petersburg Museum of Ethnography. This exhibition is considered the first step to the formation of an independent Jewish museum in St. Petersburg. The exhibition consists of 2 sections, the Historical and Ethnographic. The Historical section demonstrates and informs of the formation and development of the Jewish community. It contains exhibits such as Torah scrolls, Torah crowns and shields, a seven-lamped menorah as well as old religious books and portraits of well-known Jewish cultural figures. The Ethnographic section consists of objects associated with Jewish culture. Of special interest, are different types of amulets that were supposed to protect the owner from evil spirits as well as traditional Jewish clothing made using local materials. Special attention is paid to Jewish festivals and religious rituals. This part of the exhibit includes festive costumes, musical instruments, a rich variety of Chanukah lamps and ritual utensils and games.

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage is one of the greatest museums in the world. The museum consists of five historical buildings including the Winter Palace - the residence of the Russian Tsars. The museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage's treasures are artworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and many others.

Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

St. Petersburg's most Russian looking building, the cathedral would seem at home on Moscow's Red Square with its onion shaped domes and multi colored facade. The cathedral is built on the ground where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated by terrorists. It is notable for its extremely beautiful mosaics and icons.

Anton Rubinstein monument in Peterhof

Anton Rubinstein monument in Peterhof

Anton Rubinstein, was a famous 19th-century Russian composer of Jewish origin. He was also an outstanding pianist, conductor, and the founder of Russia's first musical Conservatoire in St. Petersburg. The composer spent many years in Peterhof giving charity concerts here. His Peterhof dacha turned into a center of local cultural life and he was even given the title of 'Honorable Citizen of Peterhof' for his many achievements. It is only fair that the composer's statue was erected here in 2005!

Optional Sightseeing

You can enrich your experience by adding the following extra tours:

St. Petersburg

Yusupov Palace

Yusupov Palace

Available on any day
YESOD Jewish cultural center

YESOD Jewish cultural center

Available on any day
Community member will give you a free tour and a donation for the center is expected
St. Isaacs Cathedral

St. Isaacs Cathedral

Available on any day except Wed
Canal trip by a private boat

Canal trip by a private boat

Available on any day

Prices and Terms

All seasons

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Prices are per person based on the group size. Prices for groups over 8 people are on request

Prices include

  • Pick-up and drop-off in the port
  • Tickets to all museums
  • Transportation to museums and for excursions
  • Guide service
  • Tour ticket (also called a blanket visa) - - the document which allows you to go ashore in St. Petersburg without a visa.

Tours can be customized to your taste. We can include additional excursions or performances on your request.

Booking procedure
To book your tour we need a prepayment of 10% of your tour cost. Full payment is required not later than 14 days before your arrival to St. Petersburg. As soon as you are ready to confirm your booking we will need the following information from you via e-mail for each member of your group:

  • Full name as per passport
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birth
  • Citizenship
  • Dates of the tour with us
  • Name of the ship

After this, we will issue tour tickets for each member of your group (one ticket for each day) and forward them to you via e-mail. As of that moment we consider your tour officially booked with us.

Payment policy
To book your tour we need a prepayment equal to 10% of your total tour cost. Full payment is required not later than 14 days before your arrival to St. Petersburg. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard. Payment by bank transfer is also possible.

Cancellation policy

  • You may cancel your tour reservation 14 days before your tour begins with a fee of 20 USD per person .
  • For cancellations received less than 14 days before the start of your tour or in case of not appearing on the pier on the day of your tour, we will apply a penalty equivalent to 50% of the total cost of the tour program.
  • Concert and theatre tickets: There are no refunds for evening tours (theatre, tickets, folk show or boat rides).

Child/Student discounts
Children 6 years and under are free of charge. A 20 USD discount per day is offered to children 7-17 years old.

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