Jewish Heritage Tour: Grand Synagogue and Ethnography Museum

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4 hrs
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Jewish Heritage Tour: Grand Synagogue and Ethnography Museum

Learn about the history of Jews in Venice of the North. On this unique tour, you will learn about the history of the Jewish community and its members in Saint Petersburg. Visit the Grand Choral Synagogue and Russian Museum of Ethnography. On request: YESOD (the Jewish community center)   

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  • Grand Choral Synagogue
  • Panoramic City Tour

Explore this recently renovated breathtakingly beautiful Grand Choral Synagogue. It's a beautiful building, hidden in the narrow streets of Kolomna district, hiding Europe's 2nd largest Synagogue. It is just a quick stop on your way to the suburbs or during your city tour.

10-15 min

See as many highlights as one can cover within a short period: Aurora cruiser, the first house of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, numerous rivers and bridges, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square and the Hermitage museum, the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, Palace Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, University Embankment with its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and Saint Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, the Square of Arts with Michael's Palace, the Mosque, the Smolny Convent, the Taurida Palace, the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters) and many more!

Please note that depending on the time allowed, not all sights might be included!
2+ hrs (depending on occasion)

Detailed Program

Time Description
Please specify your desired tour start time when booking.

Meet your guide at your hotel lobby and start exploring the city and its significant landmarks on your way to the Grand Choral Synagogue, which is the home of the Jewish community in Saint Petersburg.

Get ready to see such notable city destinations, as St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church on the Spilled Blood, Admiralty, Spit of St.Basil's Island, Peter and Paul Fortress, Aurora Cruiser, Peter's Log cabin, Smolny convent, St.Michaels castle, the Russian Museum, Alexander-Nevsky Convent and much more!


On your arrival to the Grand Choral Synagogue, one of the community members will greet you and show you around the place telling the history and life of Jews in Russia and difficulties that members had to overcome to build the synagogue and establish their community. The Grand Choral Synagogue was built under the rule of Alexander II in 1888 and consecrated in 1893. Learn some facts concerning its construction and restrictions which were imposed on it. The synagogue has come through crises during the Soviet period and was demolished during the Siege of Leningrad. Nowadays, you have an opportunity to behold the newly restored synagogue.

Visit the Ethnography Museum (Jewish Section).

The Jewish section of the Russian Museum of Ethnography tells you about the history and culture of the Jewish people on the territory of Russia. This permanent exhibition was opened in 2007 after the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin discussed this initiative with the Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon during their meeting in 2003. You will learn about the origins and traditions of the various Jewish Diasporas, as well as will see numerous historical items, like Torah scrolls, a seven-lamped menorah, historical religious books, manuscripts, photographs and examples of traditional Jewish clothing.

    Optional: Explore Yesod – Jewish Cultural Center.     

YESOD in Hebrew means foundation – the first-rate, central hub of Jewish life in the cosmopolitan city of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is a beautiful modern building, built in 2005 and during the years of its existence became the home of many Jewish organizations (there are 40 of them in our city).

YESOD offers various cultural, educational, social, and community programs, as well as multiple projects aimed at the revival of Jewish self-identity, affiliation with the values and traditions of Judaism, and the creation of a spiritual connection with the state of Israel. YESOD of St. Petersburg is sponsored by the American Joint Distribution Committee.

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  • Tourist-class vehicle (*If option "By walk" ordered)
  • Lunch at a kosher restaurant "Lehaim" (please inform us in advance if you would like to have lunch there)
  • Gratuities (recommended).
  • Surcharge for other languages:
  • - German: 10 USD per group 
    - Portuguese of Italian: 20 USD per group 
    - other languages on request
NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other severe medical conditions

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