Jewish Heritage Tour

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Vendor: Express To Russia
$155.26 CAD
Tour program
09:00 - 12:00 City tour where special attention will be paid to the history and present-day life of St. Petersburg’s Jewish community, visit to St. Petersburg Grand Choral Synagogue located in the Kolomna district
12:00 - 13:30 Visit to the Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography
13:30 - 14:30 Time for lunch (meals not included)
14:30 - 18:00 Free time for optional tours: we designed this tour in such a way that you can choose what you would like to see in the remaining time. See our optional tours
18:00 Return to the ship

*Please note that the above itinerary is valid only for the ships arriving before 07:30 AM. The program will have to be readjusted for those ships that arrive after 07:30 AM.

Included Sightseeing
These sights are included into the standard package:

St. Petersburg

The Grand Choral Synagogue
Built at the end of the 19th century and richly decorated in Moorish style, the Grand Choral Synagogue is now the second largest synagogue in Europe and definitely a very impressive one. It was consecrated in 1893 and was completely restored to its former glory in 2005. The area of the synagogue is approximately 3,200 sq m and its domed tower stands 47m high. The majestic Grand Hall can accommodate 1,200 worshippers. The Synagogue's territory also contains the Small Synagogue, a kosher restaurant, and even a gift shop where one can buy Rabbi matryoshkas.

Kolomna is one of the oldest districts of St. Petersburg which lies between the Moika and the Fontanka rivers. The district is traditionally associated with classic Russian literature. Characters of novels by Pushkin, Dostoevsky and Gogol all lived here. In the 19th century, the district also became the center of St. Petersburg's Jewish life. The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg is located in this district.

Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography
In 2007, a permanent exhibition entitled 'History and culture of the Jewish people on the territory of Russia' opened in the St. Petersburg Museum of Ethnography. This exhibition is considered the first step to the formation of an independent Jewish museum in St. Petersburg. The exhibition consists of 2 sections, the Historical and Ethnographic. The Historical section demonstrates and informs of the formation and development of the Jewish community. It contains exhibits such as Torah scrolls, Torah crowns and shields, a seven-lamped menorah as well as old religious books and portraits of well-known Jewish cultural figures. The Ethnographic section consists of objects associated with Jewish culture. Of special interest, are different types of amulets that were supposed to protect the owner from evil spirits as well as traditional Jewish clothing made using local materials. Special attention is paid to Jewish festivals and religious rituals. This part of the exhibit includes festive costumes, musical instruments, a rich variety of Chanukah lamps and ritual utensils and games.

Optional Sightseeing
You can enrich your experience by adding the following extra tours:

YESOD Jewish cultural center, St Petersburg
Available on any day
Community member will give you a free tour and a donation for the center is expected
Russian Museum - Jewish Heritage, St Petersburg
Russian Museum - Jewish Heritage
Available on any day except Tue
Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person $16 $16 $16 $16 $16 $16 $16 $16

Peter and Paul Fortress, St Petersburg
Available on any day except Wed
Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $20 $11 $11

Jewish Cemetery, St Petersburg
Available on any day, we recommend combining the visit with Pushkin tour
Free of charge

Hermitage Museum
Available on any day except Mon
Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person $21 $21 $21 $21 $21 $21 $21 $21

Canal trip by a private boat, St Petersburg
Available on any day
Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person $160 $80 $54 $40 $32 $27 $23 $20

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