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2-Day Jewish Heritage Private Tour of St. Petersburg
An extended version of our 2-Day Jewish Heritage Tour of St. Petersburg, this tour combines our most popular tour, the 2-day Deluxe Tour, with a focused presentation of the Jewish life of the city past and present.
Due to requiring a specialized tour guide, this tour has limited availability.
Museum of Ethnography: A guided visit in one of the largest museums of Ethnography in the world, hosting a collection of more than 500.000 items related to the lives and culture of over 150 ethnic groups living in Russia. This tour features a visit to The History and Culture of the Jewish People exhibition, which offers a rare display of objects related to the community.
Grand Choral Synagogue*: A visit to the marvelous Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg, the center of public and religious life of Jews in the city, and the 3rd largest synagogue in Europe. *On specific religious holidays, the synagogue may have restricted visitation.
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace): Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s most famous halls, including major highlights such as the Jordan Staircase, the Raphael Loggias, the Pavilion Hall with the famous Peacock clock, and many others, along with the world-class collection of artworks. Our tour is designed to give you a thorough introduction to truly one of the greatest museums in the world.
Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens: The summer residence of Peter the Great, also known as the Russian Versaille. This estate features meticulously maintained gardens and a collection of gold statued fountains that is unlike anywhere else in the world. The Grand Cascade (the park’s centerpiece) features 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its center shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky.
Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood: The iconic Orthodox church where Alexander II was fatally wounded. The richly decorated exterior and the exquisite mosaic interior are a must-see for any visitor to St. Petersburg.
There will also be time for panoramic city sightseeing (with options for photo stops) including the Jewish District and more. A metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations are included.
This tour is Visa-free for cruise ship passengers docking in St. Petersburg for less than 72 hours who arrive and depart from a cruise ship. SPB-Tours is a licensed Tour Operator in the Russian Federation and has the legal right to offer Visa-free excursions to cruise ship passengers.
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 17:00
|08:30 : 09:00||Meet and greet at the ship right after immigration, at the port.|
|09:00 : 10:00||Tour of the old Jewish District and Jewish history sites, combined with the city sightseeing tour.|
|10:30 : 11:00||
A visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue*.
*On specific religious holidays, the synagogue may have restricted visitation.
|11:00 : 13:00||
Visit and guided tour of the Hermitage Winter Palace*
*The exact entrance time can vary. Pre-booked time slots to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the management of the Hermitage Museum.
|13:00 : 14:00||Lunch/snack (optional).|
|14:00 : 15:00||Guided visit inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.|
|15:00 : 16:30||A visit to The History of Russian Jews exhibition in the Russian Museum of Ethnography.|
|17:00||Return to the ship, or optional evening activity.|
DAY 2 | 09:00 - 16:00
|09:00||Meet at the ship.|
|09:00 : 10:00||City sightseeing tour with photo stops, including a metro ride.|
|10:00 : 11:00||
Drive to the Peterhof Summer Residence.
|11:00 : 12:30||Tour of the Peterhof Fountain Park and Upper Gardens, including photo opportunities of the breathtaking Grand Cascade and exterior of the Grand Palace.|
|12:30 : 13:30||Lunch/snack (optional).|
|13:30 : 14:30||Drive back to St. Petersburg.|
|14:30 : 15:30||
A visit to the Jewish Cultural Center (ESOD).*
*On specific religious holidays, the Jewish Center may have restricted visitation.
|16:00||Return to the ship.|
St. Petersburg, Berlin or Warnemünde/Rostock, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn:
Tour price includes the following services:
✓ All port fees and all local Russian taxes for the tour
✓ Professional and personable English-speaking guide (other languages available upon request for private tours for an additional $60 USD per day)
✓ Air-conditioned vehicle
✓ WiFi on the bus
✓ Admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
✓ Pre-booked entry time to the Hermitage Museum
✓ One camera pass per person in the museums
✓ Subway ride
✓ One bottle of water per person per day
✓ Ponchos in case of rain
✓ Audio headsets for groups of +6 guests
Tour price does not include the following services:
✘ Gratuities to the guide and driver (suggested tip is 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver given separately)
✘ Cost of lunch or snacks
Note: Tour sequence may vary depending on overcrowding at venues, museums’ closing days and traffic conditions. The itinerary above is a sample only. If your ship is in port for less time, adjustments will be made.
The visit to the Hermitage does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the new General Staff building. You can request it additionally when booking a private tour. The extra fee of $10US/person will apply. The visit takes 1,5 hour including standing in line to get into this museum.