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  2. St. Petersburg
  3. Grand Choral Synagogue

St. Petersburg: Jewish Heritage Tour

Product ID: 203254
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Take the chance to hear the fascinating history of Jewish life in St. Petersburg on a tour visiting the most important historic places as well as a modern Jewish community center.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian

Pickup included

From the the lobby of your hotel or at your accommodation in St Petersburg.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the Jewish district of St. Petersburg and learn about its present and past
  • Marvel at the interiors of the Grand Choral Synagogue
  • Learn about the history of Jews in the Russian Museum of Ethnography
  • Visit the local Jewish community center YESOD
Full description
Start your city tour with a drive through the old district of Kolomna which was the center of Jewish life in the 19th century. Stop at St. Petersburg Conservatory founded by Anton Rubinstein and hear about its outstanding Jewish graduates.

Next, drive by some historical sights associated with the first Jews of the 18th century including the ornate palaces of the Ginzburgs and the Polyakovs, the two powerful dynasties of Jewish bankers. See Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s central street with the monumental Wawelberg Bank building that belonged to the wealthiest bankers of Poland, and other famous structures.

After the sightseeing tour, you’ll get inside the Grand Choral Synagogue and find out about its architecture, the history of its foundation and construction, as well as its life today and in the past. At the Russian Museum of Ethnography you will learn about the history of Jews that lived on the territory of the Russian Empire, their everyday life activities, occupation, and culture.  

Before returning to your hotel you will visit the YESOD center where you will get to see how the Jewish community of today lives. This center combines Jewish organizations that cater for all ages, from young children to senior citizens.
Includes
  • Admission to the Russian Museum of Ethnography, Grand Choral Synagogue, and YESOD
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle and professional driver
  • Hotel or port pickup and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional, but greatly appreciated)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• This is a private tour by vehicle
• The Grand Choral Synagogue is closed on Saturdays and during religious holidays
Save up to 20%

From US$ 156.55 US$ 125.24 per person

Organized by

TJ Travel

Product ID: 203254