Explore the Jewish heritage of St. Petersburg on a full-day sightseeing tour. Visit the Grand Choral Synagogue, Yesod Cultural Center, and Jewish Cemetery. Then, tour the Russian Museum, home to the finest collection of Russian art in the city.
What to Expect
Explore the Jewish heritage of St. Petersburg on a full-day tour with a private guide. After a pick-up from your city hotel or cruise ship port, drive past the magnificent palaces of the Russan tsars and the romantic bridges and monuments of the city’s rivers and canals.
Discover how Jewish history is interwoven with the general history of St. Petersburg, and learn how it became the center for Jewish publications, organizations and social and cultural services from the 19th century. The Jewish community of the city produced brilliant men, such as Simon Dubnov, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Babel and others. You’ll visit Theater Square, closely associated with the composer Anton Rubinstein, and stop by the Academy of Fine Arts, where Jewish painters, such as Isaac Levitan and Marc Chagall studied.
Drive along English Embankment, past the sites of the mansions of Ginsberg and Polyakov. At Nevsky Prospect, admire the unusual building commissioned by Ippolite Wavelberg, one of St. Petersburg’s richest Jews. Go to the Moorish Grand Choral Synagogue, and visit the new Yesod Building, home to St. Petersburg’s Jewish community today.
Explore the Jewish Memorial Cemetery in the Preobrazhenskoe Cemetery, where prominent Jews such as the entrepreneur S.S.Polyakov, the publisher D.G. Ginzburg, the sculptor M.M. Antokolsky, and the historian M.S. Altman are buried, along with the soldiers and sailors that perished during the Great Patriotic War and the citizens who died in the Siege of Leningrad.
Finally, see the State Russian Museum, home to the finest collectiom of Russian fine art in St. Petersburg, where you can wander through the opulent Italiante interiors of Mikhailovsky Palace.
- Transportation in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
- Visa-free arrangements for ferry and cruise passengers
- Tour of the Grand Choral Synagogue
- Tour of the Yesod Cultural Center and School
- Visit to the Jewish Memorial Cemetery
What's Not Included
- Lunch (can be pre-booked at a kosher restaurant by the Synagogue)
- Russian Museum
Know Before You Go
• Please note that the Russian Museum is not available on Tuesday tours