Jewish Heritage Tour of St. Petersburg
1 day tour Sample
This tour sample can be modified according to your interests and wishes.
9:00 Your private, fully licensed guide and professional driver of a comfortable, air conditioned vehicle will greet you at passport immigration control next to your ship.
You will be taken for a CITY TOUR which includes such prominent sights as: Nevsky Prospect (the main boulevard of St. Petersburg) you'll see an unusual building constructed by the commission of Ippolite Wavelberg, one of the richest Jews in St. Petersburg, Anichkov Bridge and Anichkov Palace, the Fontanka and Moika Rivers, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Winter Palace, Palace Square, General Headquarters Arch, Senate Square with the Bronze Horseman (monument to Peter the Great), Palace Bridge, monument to Nicholas the First, University Embankment with its historical buildings including: Kunstkammer, Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, and the Academy of Fine Arts, where well-known Jewish painters such as Isaac Levitan and Marc Chagall were educated. You'll see the marvelous panorama from the banks of the Neva River and get acquainted with the history of St. Petersburg, the Romanov family and the past and present of the local Jewish Community (one of the largest in Europe). Jewish history is closely intertwined with the history of the city.
PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS TOUR – the birth place of St. Petersburg, where III Lubavich Rabbi Schneerson was imprisoned at the end of the XVIII century. You will visit PETER AND PAUL CATHEDRAL where nearly all the Russian emperors are buried. The fortress developed into a city under the rule of the Romanovs - the ruling dynasty in Russia from Peter's grandfather Mikhail until the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II.
You will visit GRAND CHORAL SYNAGOGUE (available every day of the week except on Saturday and major Jewish holidays) a spectacular building in Moresque style. It was constructed in 1893 and recently restored to its former glory thanks to the gracious patronage of Lily and Edmond Safra. Except for the Synagogue we will take you to Kolomna district, center of Jewish life of 19th century. You will see the Conservatoire founded by Anton Rubenstein, which has always had numerous Jewish students, followed by Galernaya Street with former ORT-school.
12:00-13:00 lunch at Le Chiam ( optional)
Kosher meat restaurant with grill in the court of Grand Choral Synagogue.
HERMITAGE EXCURSION - Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Observe the magnificent interiors of the buildings, State Halls, and the most important masterpieces of the Western European artists. When you are inside of its miraculous halls, you'll have a strong sensation of having gone back to the times of the emperors. Depending upon your interests you may wish to visit other sections of the Museum such as the antique sculpture, numismatic/ ancient coins, the art of Egypt, China, Japan, Iran, and other Eastern countries.
Enjoy the beauty of the SAVIOR ON THE SPILT BLOOD CATHEDRAL which startles visitors with its mighty size, multicolored "onion" domes and magnitude of its decor. The interior has the largest surface in the world covered with mosaics created to depict religious subjects.
PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of St. Petersburg. You will understand why they call this city The “Venice of The North.”
18:00 Return to the ship
- Guide services
- Driver services
- Air conditioned vehicle
- Visa-free service( cruise passengers only)
- Admissions to all museums as per program
A concert of Jewish music at Grand Choral Synagogue, a meeting with Jewish Community of St. Petersburg, and/or a visit to the Jewish cemetery can be organized upon your wish.
If you like your guide can assist you in your purchase of Russian souvenirs, gifts for your relatives and friends such as shawls, objects made of malachite and lapis-lazuli, 'Matroyshka' dolls, painted wooden ecology-friendly toys for kids, watches with revolutionary or Soviet symbols, fur, crystal, gold, icons, stamps with pictures of the Russian Imperial Family, caviar, vodka and much more. We know the stores where the prices are lowest and the selections larger than usual. We want you to get the quality you desire at a fair price. You can visit the non-profit shop, "Kosher”, which supports charity programs, run by the Jewish Community of St. Petersburg.
After the tour of the first day you may return to the ship or to attend the theater either to hear an opera or to watch a ballet ($60 - $200 depending upon theater, performance and seat location). We will reserve the best tickets in advance for you for a very memorable cultural experience. You can visit famous Mariinsky (former Kirov) Theater, Hermitage Theater, Mikhailovsky Theater, Alexandrinksy or any others you may prefer. If you choose to hear and see something that is connected with Russian folklore, there are folklore shows ($60-$85) at your disposal with Russian dances, song, tricks, traditional Russian instruments (balalaika, gusli, playing on wooden spoons, or on saws) and much more, or simply enjoy a dinner at a Jewish restaurant. Feel free to share all of your travel wishes with us. We are happy to assist.