3-day Jewish Heritage Tour

Intense walking
Multiple languages
Price from:
237 USD
p/p
If you would like to not only enjoy the main city sights, but also learn about the past and present of the Jewish community in St. Petersburg, this three-day tour will give you this unique opportunity! Visit the Grand Choral Synagogue and a Jewish community center, explore the Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography and of course admire at the city’s highlights such as the Hermitage and Catherine Palace.
DAY 1

9:00 am​ Meeting at the ship (please note the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship’s arrival time)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm​ ​City tour with a visit to the Grand Choral Synagogue. Subway and Russian food market visit. During the city your you will see the most famous landmarks including: St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Admiralty, Neva river, Menshikov Palace, Sphinx at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bronze Horseman, English Embankment, Wedding Registration Palace №1, etc.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm​ ​Lunch (expenses are not included)

1:00pm – 1.30 pm A visit to the Jewish community center (either MAOR or ESOD)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm​ ​Guided tour of Yusupov Palace

3:00 - 3:30 pm Guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral

4:00 pm​ ​Return to the ship or optional evening program

DAY 2

9:30 am​ ​Meeting at the ship

9:30 am – 10:30 am​ ​Drive to Peterhof

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Guided tour of the Peterhof Upper gardens and Fountain park

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (expenses not included)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Drive to Pushkin with a stop near Holocaust monument in the center of the town

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Drive back to the city Drive back to the city

4:30 pm​ ​Return to the ship or optional evening program
DAY 3

9:00 am​ ​Meeting at the ship

10:00 am - 12:15 pm​ ​Inside guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission). In order to minimize the flow of tourists inside the museum, the Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slot. 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm​ ​Lunch (expenses are not included)

2:00-3:00 pm Guided tour of the Jewish section at the Russian Museum of Ethnography

3:30 pm Return to the ship

The order of museum visits and the time spent at each venue may vary depending on ticket availability, museums’ days-off, and the traffic situation in the city.

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Visa/Tour Tickets

According to the Russian legislation a licensed tour operator has the right to arrange visa-free tours for cruise passengers arriving to St. Petersburg port. TJ Travel is an officially registered tour operator authorized to issue blanket visas. You will receive your free blanket visas (tour tickets) through email once you book a shore excursion with us. Please ignore warnings from your cruise ship company indicating that only a cruise ship company is allowed to run visa-free tours in St. Petersburg. Warnings/notifications of that kind don’t have any legitimate basis.

Please note you must print your blanket visas received via email from TJ Travel and bring it along with your passports each day of your tour. Blanket visas and your passports should be presented to an immigration officer on duty during disembarkation/embarkation in St. Petersburg.


Payment information 

A 50% deposit must be paid at the moment of booking. The remaining balance is due upon your arrival to St. Petersburg;


Cancelation policy

If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing. All payments are fully refundable 72 hours prior to the date of your tour; payments are non-refundable within 72 hours prior to the date of your tour. In case of no-show, no refund is granted.

Availability

Please ensure to make your booking at least 4-5 days prior to your ship's arrival to St. Petersburg. The port authorities require all passport information in advance, and the bookings sent in less than 4 days prior to arrival will be rejected.


Notes

Please note that in case the Hermitage museums is overcrowded, museum authorities may limit the entrance which cause an extra waiting time – up to 30 min.


Tips and Discounts

  • Children (7 - 17 y.o.)/students get 50 USD off the tour price. Students must have an ISIC card, otherwise the discount is not available. 

  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!

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Inside visits:
  • Hermitage Museum (early admission)
  • Grand Choral Synagogue
  • Russian Museum of Ethnography
  • Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
  • Fountain Park in Peterhof
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Yusupov Palace & Rasputin Exhibition
Price includes:
  • Admission to all the museums in the program, metro visit
  • Professional guide for 3 days
  • A/C vehicle (Mercedes or VW) with driver for 3 days
  • Photo/video permit at the museums (except Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 3$ pp, video pass is 6$ per person)
  • Subway visit
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • Headsets for groups of 5+
Price doesn’t include:
  • Lunches. It's recommended to add lunch if your group is 8 people+. The additional cost is $20 per person per 1 lunch/ or $30 per person per 1 lunch in an upscale restaurantTips (recommended tips for the guide: 10% of the tour cost, for the driver: 5% of the tour cost)
  • Photo/video permit at Yusupov Palace (camera pass is 3$ pp, video pass is 6$ per person)
  • Tips (recommended tips for the guide: 10% of the tour cost, for the driver: 5% of the tour cost)
Extra options:
  • One-way hydrofoil ride to Peterhof - 15 USD per person