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Two-Day “Jewish Heritage” tour

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2 days (17,5 hours)

Duration

For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size

Overview

Please note, this is a private tour. That means you are the only participants on it. The tour price does depend on the number of travelers and the itinerary is fully flexible: press Custom Tour button to see more museums/activities you can add/ replace/ eliminate .

Judaism has played an essential role in the evolution of many cities, shaping neighborhoods and buildings as well as historical events and current culture. Our special guides help you to see, taste and explore the influence of Jewish community on St Petersburg’s  cultural  and social life.

On the first day you start with a city tour which includes the parts of the city where the most prominent Jews used to live. Then you visit the Grand Choral Synagogue (second largest in Europe). After that we take you to the magnificent baroque style Catherine palace with its world-famous Amber Room, and will show you the monument to Holocaust nearby. Next attraction is Peterhof, the summer residence of the tsars with its wonderful fountains and a metro tour to show you the most beautiful metro stations on the way back to the city. Lunches are optional which means you can order a la carte.

on the second day you will  visit Savior on the Spilt Blood Church, famous for its wonderful mosaics, enjoy Gala Rooms and masterpieces of European collection of  The Hermitage Museum (we have just the right time to see the highlights and not get too tired) and finish the tour with a visit to the Jewish Exhibition in the Ethnography museum, devoted to the History of Jews in the Russian  Empire.  
 
Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-12
Price Per Person US $ 555 410 340 300 270 245 235 Upon request

children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC will  get discount $15 off the cost of the tour

Activity level:
Moderate

Transportation:
Comfortable sedan ( 1-2 people ) ,Mercedes Viano ( 3-4 people ) , Mercedes Sprinter ( 5+ parties)  with a/c ; Wi-Fi ( upon request ).

Guide:
Local, experienced and licensed English- speaking  guide (this tour is available in Spanish, German, French, Italian , Portuguese, Chinese as well  but by slightly different price).

Day 1

8:00 am Meet near your ship .

8:30 am-10am  Driving city tour.We will visit Kolomna  Jewish district where  many buildings  are connected with names of outstanding  Jewish  musicians, painters, artists and business people.

10- 10:30 am  Short tour of Grand Choral Synagogue(open  from 10am).

10:30 am-11:30 am Driving to Pushkin town. A monument to the victims of Holocaust by Vadim Sidur

11:30 am-1:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with its world famous Amber Room.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm Driving to Peterhof.Monument to Anton Rubinstein ,  a founder of St. Petersburg Conservatory

2:00 pm-2:45 pm Lunch (optional)

2:45 pm-4:15 pm  Peterhof Lower Garden and Upper Garden.

 

4:15m-5:30 pm Driving back to the city, visit to St Petersburg metro stations on the way there.

6:00 pm Return to the port

Day 2

9:00 am Meet near your ship

9:00 am-10:30 am Second part of the City tour, Souvenir Shopping

10:30 am-11:00 pm Guided tour of Church of our Savior on Spilt Blood

11:30 pm-2:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum

2:00 pm-3:00 pm Lunch

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Guided tour of the Jewish exhibition in the Ethnography Museum.

5:00 pm Return to to the port

  • Pick you up and drop off either in the lobby of your hotel or near your ship in the port
  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Admittance fees to the museums highlighted in orange
  • Bottled water (one bottle per person per day)
  • Rain ponchos in case of rain while visiting Peterhof Lower park
  • Permits for video and photos in the museums
  • Headphones for groups of 6 or more
  • Visa substitutes ( blanket visas, tour tickets) for cruise passengers or visa invitation letters for on-land travelers
  • Special memory gift
  • The cost of lunches (about $10-15 per person at a traditional Russian pancake or pie house)
  • Port fees for cruise passengers

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Jeanine Ottman, 24-25 June 2019 ; “Celebrity Silhouette” cruise ship
Julia, We all had the most wonderful 2 days in St Peterburg and thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Vladimir and the wonderful Helena. I’m so glad I booked with your company and have already recommended you to a few couples who are visiting St Petersburg soon, and I will continue to do so in future without hesitation. Best wishes, Jeanine Ottman
Susan and Jerry, Corinthia Nevsky Palace Hotel
Julia,The exciting, engaging and informative tour by Vladimir, Elena and Anatoly, was a superb experience. They attended to all needs, and exhibited warmth and caring. In addition, the June 13th concert at the Duke of Vladimir Palace was truly phenomenal, the orchestra professional and powerful, the performance orchestrated perfectly.St Petersburg is a magnificent city, and we feel fortunate to have experienced it for a wee
Nigel & Karen, “Celebrity Eclipse”cruise ship
Julia,Thank you for arranging our recent 3 day tour in St Petersburg on 9th, 10th and 11th of July 2017. It was a great shame that our tour guide Lana was taken ill after the first day as it would have been good to get to know her better, however the guides we had the following days, Lisa and Elena were equally knowledgeable and showed a great passion for the city. We were greatly impressed with the wealth of their knowledge and it was appreciated that we were taken to local shops and cafes to sample local fare and arrived at all the places we visited on time. We would have no hesitation in highly recommending your firm to anyone as the service, tour choice and value for money in our opinion cannot be beaten particularly when the tour is tailored and exclusive for a small group of 6 like ours. Special thanks to Sergei who was always waiting where he said he would be, assisted some of our group both in and out of his vehicle which was spacious and clean.
Joelyon, , «Vision of the Seas» cruise ship
Julia, I was with the Lance DuPre party that booked a two day St. Petersburg tour recently. I just wanted to say thank you and especially Olga and Vladimir. They did everything possible to make our visit wonderful. Words can not express my appreciation for such an experience of a lifetime!! Thank you so very much!!
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