City tours


Take a look at the variety of sightseeing tours of St.Petersburg. All tours can be booked right away or tailored to your own personal liking, interests and travel style. You can book any particular tour or simply send us an e-mail giving your travel dates and explaining your major interests so we can tailor your private itinerary. Please feel free to request for the combination of tours or any changes.

Please e-mail us at info@jewishtours-petersburg.com to ask for any other special tours not mentioned in our list.

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OUR CITY TOURS:

St.Isaak’s cathedral

CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR WITH VISITS TO
PETER –AND –PAUL FORTRESS
AND GRAND CHORAL SYNAGOGUE

After being picked up at your hotel in St. Petersburg you will start the five-hour driving tour of the city escorted by our expert English-speaking guide. The tour is the best way to get an overview of the city and see all the major sights with plenty of opportunities for photos.

Enroute we will see: St. Isaac’s Square, the Palace Bridge, the Spit of Bazil Island, the Egyptian sphinxes, Arts Square, the legendary cruiser Aurora, Smolny Cathedral, Field of Mars.

The tour includes the visit to the birth place of the city – the Peter and Paul Fortress where the founder of Habbad Judaism was imprisoned and of course the beautiful Grand Choral Synagogue

•Season: all year around
•Days: tour is not available on Saturday
•Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours
•Service: licensed guide, car/van with driver, museums tickets without waiting in line

CANAL CRUISE

No doubts it is one of the most popular activities in St.Petersburg. Many guidebooks describe our city as ‘Venice of the North’ or ‘the city of rivers, canals and bridges’. It is true – over 70 kilometers of rivers and canals, over 350 smaller and bigger bridges. St.Petersburg was built facing the water. Taking a canal cruise you have a chance to see the city in its best – the most beautiful views, the best palaces and monuments. Usually the canal cruise takes one hour during the day. There is also a night option to watch the draw bridges.

•Season: May to October
•Duration: 1 hour
•Pick up point: the pier in the city center
•Return point: the pier in the city center
•Service: canal cruise with the commentary in your language

HERMITAGE

                               

HERMITAGE TOUR

There are only few museums in the world that rival the Hermitage in size and quality. It is impossible to be in St. Petersburg and not visit the Hermitage. Impressive reception halls of the Russian tsars, masterpieces of da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Canova, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens. Enormous exhibition of Rembrandt including the famous portraits of the Old Jews. And of course the famous collection of French Impressionists - Monet,  van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, Picasso and several works of French-Jewish artist Camille Pissarro.

•Season: all year around
•Days: tour is not available on Monday
•Duration: Approximately 4 hours
•Service: licensed guide, Hermitage tickets without waiting in line, museum photo permit

 

Grand Choral Synagogue

    JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR

We invite you on the tour dedicated to the history and heritage of the Jewish community in St.Petersburg.

Enroute we will see: the oldest Russian school of music – Conservatoire established by Anton Rubinshtein - the esteemed Jewish composer and pianist; Kolomna district which was largely populated by the Jews in 19th century; the Academy of Fine Arts, where well-known Russian-Jewish painters such as Isaac Levitan and Marc Chagall were educated; English Embankment where former luxurious mansions of Ginsberg and Polyakov are located.

The tour includes the visit to the center of the Jewish life - famous Grand Choral Synagogue – one of the largest in Europe.

After lunch in the Kosher restaurant ‘Le’chaim’ we head to the museum of Ethnography to visit the exhibition dedicated to the history of Jewish communities on the territory of former Russian Empire. You will see the unique evidences of Jewish life all around Russia from the West to South-East and even Siberia.

•Season: all year around
•Days: tour is not available on Tuesday and the last Friday of the month
•Duration: Approximately 6 hours
•Service: licensed guide, car/van with driver, museum tickets without waiting in line, museum photo permit

 

Church of Our Savior-On-The-Spilled Blood

RUSSIAN ART AND
JEWISH HISTORY TOUR

We are pleased to offer a walking tour to combine the jams of the Russian Art and the Jewish history.

We start with the visit to the magnificent, unforgettable Church of Our Savior-On-The-Spilled Blood dedicated to the assassination of the Tsar Alexander II. You may not remember all the details of his reign and death but you won’t forget the 7.000 m2 of colorful mosaic decorating the interior of the church.

Our second stop – the State Russian museum which collection numbers some 400,000 works and covers the entire history of Russian fine art from the tenth century to the present day. Quite a number of Jewish names is to be found in the museum’ s halls – Isaak Levitan, Mark Shagal, Leo Bukst, Natan Altman and others.

After a coffe-break we will visit the museum of Ethnography and its unique exhibition dedicated to the history of Jewish communities on the territory of former Russian Empire. You will see the evidences of Jewish life all around Russia from the West to South-East and even Siberia

•Season: all year around
•Days: tour is not available on Tuesday, Wednesday and the last Friday of the month
•Duration: Approximately 5 hours
•Service: licensed guide, museums tickets without waiting in line, museums photo permits

 



        The State Russian museum

RUSSIAN MUSEUM VISIT

We invite you to discover the fascinating world of Russian art visiting The State Russian Museum.  You’ll never regret about the hours spent there. And it will contribute to your understanding of “mystic Russian soul”.

The collection of the Russian Museum numbers some 400,000 works and covers the entire history of Russian fine art from the tenth century to the present day. It reflects virtually every form and genre of art in Russia, including a unique collection of early  Russian icons, works of painting, graphic art and sculpture, decorative and applied art, folk art and numismatics, as well as the world's finest collection of Russian avant-garde. Quite a number of Jewish names is to be found in the museum’ s halls – Isaak Levitan, Mark Shagal, Leo Bukst, Natan Altman and others.


•Season: all year around
•Days: tour is not available on Tuesday and the last Friday of the month
•Duration: Approximately 3 hours
•Service: licensed guide, museum tickets without waiting in line, museum photo permits

 



        YUSUPOV PALACE

YUSUPOV PALACE VISIT

  We invite you to visit the most sumptuous non-imperial palace in St. Petersburg. It was the home of the unabashedly rich and powerful Yusupov family. The traces of the incredible wealth that once kept this place pulsating with life still remain: the various sitting rooms, the intricate chandeliers and candelabras that adorn every room and corridor, and the beautiful private theater that looks like a cozy version of the Mariinsky.

The palace also houses an exhibition dedicated to one of the mystical murders in Russian history – the murder of the Mad Monk Gregory Rasputin. Along the tour we will go down to the basement of the palace to see how and where the bloody event had happened.

•Season: all year around
•Duration: Approximately 2 hours
•Service: licensed guide, museum tickets without waiting in line, museum photo permits

     LENINGRAD SIEGE TOUR

We offer you an opportunity to learn about the heroism of the defenders of Leningrad in the 900 days of Siege. For most of the Siege, there was no land link between the city and the mainland. Food supplies in Leningrad were limited to almost non-existence, forcing the citizens to eat glue, rats and anything that they could possibly find. Until today, the exact numbers of victims are not known, but are said to be exceeding 1,000 000 people. We shall say that there were about 100.000 Jews among them. We bring you to the museum of Leningrad Siege to show the documents and photographs representing the every-day life in the city surrounded by the enemies. We will talk not only about the general situation in the city but also about the role of Jews in St.Petersburg during the Siege.

•Season: all year around
•Days: the tour is now available on Wednesday and last Thursday of the month
•Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours
•Service: licensed guide, museum tickets without waiting in line, museum photo permit

 



        

CITY WALKING TOUR

St.Petersburg is definitely a walkable city. It is a great pleasure to walk along the embankments and avenues being able to stop when and where you want. During the walking tour we will explore some less known streets and squares as well as the famous ones. Snickers, camera and bottle of water – and we are ready to go…

Walking tour is the most flexible one. We walk as long as you can. We can go to the backyards, look at some interesting monuments, stop in the local cafes for a cup of coffee, walk through the gardens…Just to enjoy the city as it is.

•Season: May to October
•Duration: Approximately 4 hours
•Service: licensed guide

 

News

10.04.18 The new Modern Art Museum ‘Erarta’ welcomes the visitors
The new Modern Art Museum ‘Erarta’ welcomes the visitors

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