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3 Day Jewish Heritage Private Tour

Highlights

Synagogue

Colomna

Jewish center

Ethnography museum

City tour

Peter & Paul Fortress

Church on Spilled Blood

Hermitage

Catherine Palace

Peterhof park

Metro Tour

Description

This 3–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) as well as a trip to the suburban former summer Royal Palaces on Day 3 (Catherine Palace, Peterhof Park).

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.

Day 3. Suburban Royal Palaces.

Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St. Petersburg: to the south to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the west to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th century that belonged to the Russian tsars.
Catherine Palace – Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace’s north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more.

Catherine Palace – Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace’s north end, the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more. Alternatively, you will visit Palace of Paul (Pavlovsk) – another masterpiece of the 18 c. located nearby (10 min. drive). The ensemble’s fame rests on the splendor of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming rather then grand rooms of his wife Maria.
Peterhof Park – Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent parks, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, but has been restored to its full splendor. The parks are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. The diversity of fountains in the park is surprising. From monumental ensembles like the Samson Cascade to the ever popular Joke Fountains, including one which sprays anyone who steps on a particular paving stone.
Take a Metro (Underground) ride. The stations are worth seeing for their beautifully decorative interiors. Many are adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble vestibules and beautiful frescoes. 

If the weather permits we provide a complimentary Hydrofoil trip to/from Peterhof. A hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water. The trip takes 30 minutes.

Itinerary

What you see:

- Synagogue
- Colomna
- Jewish center
- Ethnography museum
- City tour
- Peter & Paul Fortress
- Church on Spilled Blood
- Hermitage
- Catherine Palace
- Petehof park
- Metro Tour

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
• Tickets to Hydrofoil

• 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 person: 995 EUR.

private group 2 persons: 562 EUR per person.

private group 3 persons: 445 EUR per person.

private group 4 persons: 367 EUR per person.

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

 

Duration: 3 days / 22 hours.

Languages: English. Other languages upon request.

Additional information:

- Metro tokens are not included. The price is $1 (pay while on tour).
- Hydrofoil is provided complimentary, if the weather permits.
- An order of sights visited may vary.

- This is a moderate activity tour.