Jewish Tour of Moscow and St Petersburg

Russian Life: Jewish Tour

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Moscow and St Petersburg (8 days, 7 nights)

This tour offers a detailed look into the history and present-day life of the Jewish community of two Russian capitals. You will see places connected with the most prominent representatives of the community, meet community members at Jewish Centres and visit the new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre in Moscow considered to be the largest Jewish museum in the world.

The tour may be split into two parts covering Moscow / or St Petersburg sights exclusively.

DAY 1, Mon

Arrive Moscow, meet your guide, get assistance and transfer to your chosen hotel. Stay overnight Moscow

DAY 2, Tue

Have breakfast on your own

09:30Depart hotel

10:00Visit Hesed Chama Welfare Center including lunch and interaction with the elderly.

Through the Hesed Welfare Program, JDC provides material support in the form of food, lifesaving medicine, and winter relief to ensure that the greatest number of poor and elderly Jews are adequately nourished and cared for.

15:00Visit to Red Square, the Kremlin and Armoury

The Kremlin Armoury is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808 and located in the Moscow Kremlin. The Kremlin Armoury originated as the royal arsenal in 1508.

17:30Return to hotel to freshen up

19:30Dinner (table reservation in a Jewish restaurant). Overnight Moscow

DAY 3, Wed

Breakfast on your own

09:30Depart hotel

10:00Visit to Choral Synagogue and meet with the Chief Rabbi of Moscow - TBC

11:30Visit to Tretyakov Gallery

13:00Lunch in the Gallery’s restaurant

15:00Visit to Jewish Museum of Tolerance

The world's largest Jewish Museum opened to widespread praise from politicians and Jewish leaders, giving cause for hope with regard to contemporary Russia's view of the Jewish people.

17:45Arrive hotel

Free evening - Cultural event: Bolshoi - TBC

Overnight Moscow

DAY 4, Thu

Check out of hotel, free time until train departure to St Petersburg

13:30Depart Moscow to St Petersburg by train

18:00Arrive St Petersburg and transfer to hotel

Evening canal cruise

DAY 5, Fri

Breakfast on own

09:30Depart hotel

10:00Visit to YESOD JCC. Welcome briefing, tour of the building: Interactive visit to the Granatik Kindergarten; the Day Care Center; the Elderly club; meeting with survivors of the Leningrad Siege, hear their stories

Yesod is a centrally located, state-of-the-art, four-storey building, specially designed to respond to the current and future needs of the community. This Jewish Community Home is a centre for the elderly, children and students and has a special needs program.

Lunch at Yesod together with JDC leadership and heads of organizations

12:00Depart Yesod

12:30Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress

Founded in 1703, the Peter and Paul Fortress served to protect the new Russian capital from imminent attacks of the Swedish fleet.

13:30 Lunch in a Jewish restaurant

15:00 Visit the Hermitage

The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of the world culture including paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material

Rest in hotel

20:00Dinner at restaurant, then stay overnight St Petersburg

DAY 6, Sat

Breakfast on own

Walk to Grand Choral Synagogue (25 mins). You’ll be walking through Kolomna District, one of the oldest areas of St Petersburg and the centre of Jewish life in the 19th century.

10:00Shabbat services at Grand Choral Synagogue

12:15Lunch at Lechaim restaurant located in Grand Chorale Synagogue

14:00Guided Walking tour including visit to St. Isaacs Cathedral

15:30Return to hotel to rest

17:15 Depart hotel for Seuda Shlishit dinner at Lechaim restaurant in the Grand Chorale Synagogue

19:00Depart on foot

19:30Performance at the Mariinsky Theatre - TBC

Overnight St. Petersburg

DAY 7, Sun

Breakfast on own

09:00Depart for visit to Catherine’s Palace

10:00Visit to Catherine’s Palace and walk in Catherine Park

12:00Lunch in the local restaurant located in Catherine park

13:00Depart and walk to “Formula of Sorrow” monument near Catherine palace

Opened on 13 October 1991, “Formula or Sorrow” is a tragic monument to the hundreds of Jews shot at the same place during the Nazi occupation of 1941-1944. It became the first monument to genocide of Jews opened in Russia.

13:30Depart to visit Peterhof residence

14:00Visit the Great Peterhof Palace and walk in the lower park with its 150 fountains

16:30Hydrofoil ride back to St Petersburg

17:30Return to the hotel

Dinner in a Jewish restaurant

Stay overnight St Petersburg

DAY 8, Mon