Jewish Heritage Tour

1-day programm

  • Schedule
    any day except Mon and last Fri of the month
  • Light
    This option is good for those, who would like to take it easy and see just the most important highlights without any rush. This tour type gives you a lot of freedom – you can spend a long time on the sights which are part of the itinerary, plus you can do some walking, shopping, or go to a restaurant and enjoy a Russian meal. This is also a good choice for those who would like to customize their tour by adding extra excursions to the program.
  • Languages
    English-speaking guide is guaranteed. Other languages are on request.
    This is a private tour, there won't be other people in your group
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Tour program
09:00 - 12:00 City tour where special attention will be paid to the history and present-day life of St. Petersburg’s Jewish community, visit to St. Petersburg Grand Choral Synagogue located in the Kolomna district
12:00 - 13:30 Visit to the Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography
13:30 - 14:30 Time for lunch (meals not included)
14:30 - 18:00 Free time for optional tours: we designed this tour in such a way that you can choose what you would like to see in the remaining time. See our optional tours
18:00 Return to the ship

*Please note that the above itinerary is valid only for the ships arriving before 07:30 AM. The program will have to be readjusted for those ships that arrive after 07:30 AM.

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.


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.

Optional Sightseeing

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

St. Petersburg
YESOD Jewish cultural center, St Petersburg
YESOD Jewish cultural center
Available on any day
Community member will give you a free tour and a donation for the center is expected
Russian Museum - Jewish Heritage, St Petersburg
Russian Museum - Jewish Heritage
Available on any day except Tue
Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg
Peter and Paul Fortress
Available on any day except Wed
Jewish Cemetery, St Petersburg
Jewish Cemetery
Available on any day, we recommend combining the visit with Pushkin tour
Free of charge
Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum
Available on any day except Mon
Canal trip by a private boat, St Petersburg
Canal trip by a private boat
Available on any day

Prices and Terms

All seasons
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$596 $365 $286 $216 $174 $146 $140 $124

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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