Tour duration: Petersburg Jewish tour can take 1 or 2 full days (upon your choice), you can also plan to incorporate Jewish culture and heritage sights into conventional tours to St. Petersburg.
Type of tour: private
Group size: any
Activity level: moderate to active – upon your choice. Can be customized to families with kids or physically impared travellers.
Transportation: a private air-conditioned vehicle of the necessary size. Car safety seats for kids are available upon request (complimentary)
Tour guide: an English-speaking tour guide by default. Tours in other languages are available upon request. Hebrew-speaking guide is available upon request.
St. Petersburg Jwish tour provides a good idea of the history and present-day life of the Jewish community in our city. The tour can be customized for your specific interests and requirements. Baltic cruise passengers frequently combine Jewish sights with conventional must-see museums. Below you will find sample tours for 1 and 2 days.
9:00 – meet your guide at the hotel lobby or by the cruise ship side
The sightseeing tour will take you to the most famous venues related to Jewish history, such as: Kolomna district (a.k. Jewish Quarter, where most Jewish families lived in the 19th century), the Concervatoire, the houses of Baron Gintsburg and Samuel Polyakov, the Academy of Fine Arts and many more
The Grand Choral Synagogue inside visit
Visit to one of the local Jewish community centres. There are dozens of Jewish centres and community houses in St. Petersburg, where visitors from other countries can meet locals and learn about activities and objectives of the community and see what is life of the Russian Jews is like nowadays
St. Petersburg Jewish cemetery visit
17:00 – finish the tour at your hotel or return back on board the cruise ship
9:00 – meet your guide at the hotel lobby or by the cruise ship side. Start your St. Petersburg Jewish tour.
St. Petersburg city sightseeing tour including conventional places of interest and Jewish history and culture sights
Inside visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue and tour of the Jewish Quarter visit to a local Jewish community centre
Time for lunch/snack (possible in a kosher restaurant/café)
The Hermitage museum tour. OPTIONAL: upon request we can arrange a tour to the Hermitage Special Treasury, also known as “Gold Rooms”. Let us know early if you would like to have this tour – the reservation is to be done well in advance
18:00 – finish at the Hotel or return on board the ship
9:00 – meet your guide, continue your Petersburg Jewish tour. Drive outside the city to Pushkin (=Tsarskoye Selo)
Holocaust memorial visit
Tour of the Catherine Palace and Park (incl. the Amber room). OPTIONAL: if you are interested in Amber room history it is possible to have a special tour to the Amber workshops, where the Amber room was recreated. You will see the actual production site with amber carvers at work and learn about different techniques applied when an amber masterpiece is created
Time for lunch/snack
Russian museum tour. Alongside with Russian art you will have an introduction to life and works of such prominent Jewish artists s Antokolsky, Levitan, Shagall, Bakst and many others
16:00 – finish at your hotel or return on board the ship