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2 Day Jewish Heritage Private Tour

Highlights

Synagogue

Colomna

Jewish center

Ethnography museum

City tour

Peter & Paul Fortress

Church on Spilled Blood

Hermitage

Description

This 2–Day package incorporates Jewish sightseeing on one day (Synagogue, Jewish center, Ethnography museum) as well as the main highlights of the city on the other day (city tour Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral, The Church on Spilled Blood).

Day 1. Jewish Sightseeing.

Peter the Great did the unthinkable. In 1703 on the marshes of the Gulf of Finland, he built a new city which became Russia’s capital. Then he scandalized his court by making Piotr Shafirov with Jewish ancestry his vice-chancellor. Jews were forbidden to live in Russia (until 1917). You will find out how fortunes of the Jews rose and fell with the whims of the tzars and Soviet leaders, about Pale of settlement and other interesting things. Surprisingly, Jewish life has never been as vibrant as nowadays. You will visit one of the Organizations like Eva, Adain Lo or Yesod that run social, educational and welfare programs. Another visit is to the second largest in Europe Choral Synagogue, the heart of the city’s limited religious life located in the former Jewish area known as Kolomna. You will chat there with the Rabbi, cantor or local Jews. The memorial plague on the front door of the Synagogue has the names of the Jewish families who contributed to the survival of Jewish traditions: Ginsburgs, Polyakoff and others. Your guide will show you another remarkable memorial plague that commemorates the birth place of the first ORT in the world in 1880.

The Jewish exposition of the Ethnography museum introduces its visitors to the Jewish (Ashkenazi) collection which illustrates the Eastern European Jewish culture. Splendid examples of religious artifacts, items used during religious ceremonies or for protecting the scrolls of the Torah demonstrate many facets of the Jewish artistic traditions and throw light on the everyday life of the Jewish people. For lunch (optional) stop at one of the kosher or vegetarian restaurants.

Day 2. The Gems of St. Petersburg.

A full day of sightseeing includes general sightseeing tour of the city along with visits to the Hermitage, the world’s famous art treasury, and Peter & Paul Fortress , a place where the city got its start and the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, one of the city’s landmarks as well as several photo stops and shopping.
The Hermitage – The Tsar’s former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world’s premier art collections. Your two hours guided tour visits display rooms with masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, and Renoir. Designed by Rastrelli, the Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings.
Peter and Paul Fortress – Originally built to protect the city from Swedish attack, the fortress soon became Russia’s Tower of London, a place for political prisoners – including Peter the Great’s own son.

The Peter and Paul Cathedral – The city’s tallest structure in the days of Peter the Great and even today. Only the television tower exceeds it in height. The ornate interior boasts gilded iconostasis, 18th century paintings, icons, and the tombs of many Tsars and Tsarinas, including Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.
The Church on Spilled Blood – It was built on the spot where the Emperor was mortally wounded. The interior of the Church is decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day. The Church was closed for services in 1930 and finally reopened in 1997 after almost 30 years of restoration in all its breathtaking former glory.

 

Itinerary

What you see:

- Synagogue
- Colomna
- Jewish center
- Ethnography museum
- City tour
- Peter & Paul Fortress
- Church on Spilled Blood
- Hermitage

Pictures

Pickup

at the cruise ship terminal / hotel.

Dropoff

at the cruise ship terminal / hotel.

Things to bring

printed voucher.

photo / video camera.

Inclusions

• English speaking guide

• Air-conditioned vehicle

• Entry fees as per program

• Welcome gift pack

• Bottle of water daily

• Ear piece set ( for groups larger than 6 pax)

• Photo permits
• Visa-free visit

• Port fees

• Local taxes

Exclusions

lunches.

Cancellation

Cancellations more than a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date: 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

Prices:

private tour 1 persons: 628 EUR per person.

private group 2 persons: 347 EUR per person.

private group 3 persons: 271 EUR per person.

private group 4 persons: 221 EUR per person.

For groups more than 4 pax please contact us for additional information and prices.

 

Duration: 2 days / 14 hours.

Languages: English. Other languages upon request.

Additional information:

- An order of sights visited may vary.

- This is a moderate activity tour.