Our Jewish Petersburg tour will acquaint you with the history of the local Jewish community starting from the first Jewish settlers who came here in the days of Peter the Great. From the very foundation Jews have always lived in our city. Throughout the 300 years of history, Jewish St Petersburg saw its ups and downs, prosperity in the second half of the 19th century and dreadful days of Revolution, Red Terror, Stalin’s repressions and the Siege of Leningrad in WWII. The present-day Jewish community is growing. The community members keep their traditions and family ties and are willing to share their life experience and knowledge. Our tour will take you to the Grand Choral Synagogue, where you will have a tour by a local community representative, sharing the history of this beautiful place and answer your questions about the past and present of Jewish St Petersburg. A visit to a local Jewish community centre will give you an insight to the present-day life, difficulties, joys and aspires. Jewish Cemetery is where the memory of the past lives. Upon your wish, Jewish exhibition at the Russian Ethnography Museum can be included in the tour.
Jewish St Petersburg Tour Details
Blanket visas (=cruise passenger visas)
Local English-speaking tour guide's services 9:00-17:00
Transportation by comfortable a/c vehicle of the necessary size (9:00-17:00)
Grand Choral Synagogue visit
Local Jewish community centre
Head sets to hear the guide clearly (for groups larger than 6 pax)
Activity level: moderate.
Food or drinks
Entrance fees to Russian Ethnography Museum (optional)
Jewish Petersburg tour is not available on Saturdays.
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PRICE PP FOR CRUISE TOURIST
PRICE PP FOR TOURS FROM HOTEL
09.00 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.
The Grand Choral Synagogue, constructed in 1893, has been the centre of public and religious life of St. Petersburg jews ever since.
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.
The Jewish Cemetery in St. Petersburg was founded in 1875 on a request from the local Jewish community. It started as a section of a bigger cemetery for non Russian Orthodox faiths but very soon gained independence. Closed after the October revolution of 1917, it was re-opened after a break-up of the Soviet Union. People can visit tombs of their ancestors. Funerals here are conducted only if a family member lies buried there.
OPTIONAL: Visit to the Russian Ethnography Museum.
The Russian Ethnography Museum possesses an extensive collection of costumes, everyday life and religious objects of all ethnical groups living in our country. A special exhibition is dedicated to Jews in Russia.
17:00 Finish the tour at your hotel or return back on board the cruise ship.