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, TueHave breakfast on your own
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
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.
Free evening - Cultural event: Bolshoi - TBC
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
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
12:30Visit 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