Jewish Saint Petersburg Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Russia

Tour description provided by Viator

You will visit  the most famous places connected with the Jewish community history in St. Petersburg. You will have a walk in the Jewish quarter and visit a kosher shop. St. Petersburg has a well developed Jewish community today, dozens of Jewish centers and community houses welcome visitors from all over the world. You will meet locals there, learn about activities and tasks of the community and see for yourself how Russian Jews live today...
Visit the Grand Choral Synagogue is an important part of the tour: Designed in Moorish style by architects Shaposhnikov and Shreter, the Synagogue opened in 1893, by which time the Jewish community had reached  16500, nearly 2% of the city’s population. Accommodating over 1200 persons, the Synagogue was the only Jewish place of prayer to survive the repressions of 1930s. It continued to function even during the Siege of Leningrad 1941-1944. Today the Synagogue still has an active community. St. Petersburg has a well developed Jewish community today, dozens of Jewish centers and community houses welcome visitors from all over the world. You will meet locals there, learn about activities and tasks of the community and see for yourself how Russian Jews live today -all this in your  visit to one of the local Jewish community centres (e.g. famous Yesod). After that lunch/snack/coffee-break in a local venue of your choice, possible at a kosher restaurant/café (optional, not included in the tour price).You may also visit the St. Petersburg Jewish cemetery at the end of our tour. The cemetery is located on the outskirts of the city and is being actively restored after the negligence of the Soviet atheistic times. Many famous St. Petersburg Jews are buried there.

What’s included

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Lunch

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by an art historian
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