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1-Day Jewish Heritage Private Tour of St. Petersburg
In addition to the most popular highlights of St. Petersburg, our 1-Day Jewish Heritage Tour offers a focused presentation of the Jewish life of the city past and present, including a visit to the Museum of Ethnography and a tour of the Jewish district and Grand Choral Synagogue.
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.
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 - 18:00
|08:30 : 09:00||Meet and greet at the ship right after immigration, at the port.|
|09:00 : 11:00||
Citysightseeing tour combined with a tour of the old Jewish District and Jewish historical sites. A visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue* and photo stops at St. Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
*On specific religious holidays, the synagogue may have restricted visitation.
|11:00 : 13:30||
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.
|13:30 : 14:30||Lunch or snack (optional).|
|15:00 : 16:00||A visit to The History of Russian Jews exhibition in the Russian Museum of Ethnography.|
|16:30 : 17:30||A visit to the Jewish Community Center (ESOD).|
|18:00||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
✓ Ponchos in case of rain
✓ Audio headsets for groups of +6 guests
Tour price does not include the following services:
✘ Cost of lunches or snacks;
✘ Gratuities to the guide and driver (suggested tip is 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver given separately)
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.
*On Mondays the Hermitage is closed. The itinerary would instead include Yusupov Palace.
Please note the visit to the Hermitage Winter Palace does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the General Staff building. It's available upon request on private tours at an extra fee of $10 USD per person. The visit takes 1.5 hours including standing in line to get into the museum.