a full day private tour of the history of St. Petersburg Jewish community and observing its present-day life.
Discover cultural, religious and historical Jewish Heritage of Russia together with me. Touch the treasures of the past and get a chance to enjoy the modern achievements of outstanding Jews in Saint Petersburg today.
I offer a full day tour dedicated to the history of St. Petersburg Jewish community and observing its present-day life.
This particular tour will give you an opportunity to get better understanding of Jewish heritage of Russia and experience it in one of the most beautiful and majestic cities of the world.
Season: all year around
•Days: tour is not available on Saturday, Monday and last Friday of the month
We can adjust the tour to accommodate you on these days as well
•Duration: Approximately 7 hours
•Service: licensed guide, car/van with driver, Ethnography museum tickets without waiting in line
We start the day with the tour of the Jewish history exhibition in the museum of Ethnography.
Then we drive through Kolomna district talking about the community life in the 18th and 19th century.
We look at the former mansions of the rich Jewish families - Ginsberg and Polyakov, then stop at the Theatre square with the oldest Russian school of music - Conservatoire established by Anton Rubinshtein - the esteemed Jewish composer and pianist.
We visit the Grand Choral Synagogue - one of the largest in Europe.
If you like we can have lunch in the Kosher restaurant «Le'chaim» located in the Synagogue.
Then we head to Petrogradskaya site (north of the city) to visit YESOD - St. Petersburg Jewish community center.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your accomodation
End location: at your accomodation or any place in the city by your choice
Duration: 7 hours
I provide a modern air-conditioned car or van with professional driver
English-speaking licensed guide;
Air-conditioned modern car/van with the diver;
Ethnography museum entrance fee;
Synagogue tour permit
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 Russian Rubles - You may have some 1000 Russian Rubles for lunch at the kosher restaurant Le'Chaim. The restaurant accepts credit cards though.
You are responsible for any purchases of a personal nature
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Learning about the Jewish Experience and Jewish life today in Russia was fascinating. Svetlana is an excellent guide who is Jewish herself so her narrative is personal, not just factual. My grandparents came from the shtetl experience so I saw my own heritage during this tour. We began in the Ethnographic Museum to learn about Jewish life in all parts of Russia and ended our day at the main synagogue and JCC where the buzzy place captured the incredible sense of community here. Svetlana is wonderful!