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ST. PETERSBURG CLASSIC WITH JEWISH IMMERSION THREE DAY SHORE EXCURSION PACKAGE

Per Person (Based 2 paying passenger) $1012 USD
Per Person (Based 3 paying passenger) $818 USD
Per Person (Based 4 paying passenger) $678 USD
Per Person (Based 5 paying passenger) $617 USD
Per Person (Based 6 paying passenger) $548 USD
Per Person (Based 7 paying passenger) $544 USD
Per Person (Based 8 paying passenger) $524 USD
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ST. PETERSBURG CLASSIC WITH JEWISH IMMERSION THREE DAY SHORE EXCURSION PACKAGE

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Peter the Great did the unthinkable. In 1703 on the marshes of the Gulf of Finland, he built a new city which became Russia’s capital. Then he scandalized his court by making Piotr Shafirov with Jewish ancestry his vice-chancellor. Jews were forbidden to live in Russia (until 1917). You will find out how fortunes of the Jews rose and fell with the whims of the tzars and Soviet leaders, about Pale of settlement and other interesting things.

Surprisingly, Jewish life has never been as vibrant as nowadays. You will visit one of the Jewish Community ?enters like Eva, Adain Lo or Yesod that run social, educational and welfare programs. Another visit is to the second largest in Europe Choral Synagogue, the heart of the city’s limited religious life located in the former Jewish area known as Kolomna. You will chat there with the Rabbi, cantor or local Jews. The memorial plague on the front door of the Synagogue has the names of the Jewish families who contributed to the survival of Jewish traditions: Ginsburgs, Polyakoff and others. Your guide will show you another remarkable memorial plague that commemorates the birth place of the first ORT in the world in 1880.

Arrive to the Hermitage museum. Tour the Tsar’s former Winter Palace and four other buildings that house one of the world’s premier art collections. Your two hours guided tour visits display rooms with masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rafael, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso, Titian, Matisse and Renoir. Designed by Rastrelli, the Baroque Winter Palace boasts patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, molded and decorated ceilings.

Board your motor coach for a narrated drive to the suburbs of St. Petersburg: to the south to see the Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and to the west to Peterhof, passing Stalin-era buildings, modern residential apartments and dachas (country houses). This comprehensive full day tour gives you a unique opportunity to admire the most splendid palace and park ensembles of the 18th century that belonged to the Russian tsars. On the way to the Summer Palace stop by the Holocaust Memorial to pay tribute to thousands of Jews killed in the town of Pushkin by the nazi during the WWII.

Day two will begin with Catherine Palace. Designed by Rastrelli, the ornate Baroque Palace is over 1,000 feet long and features an ornate blue facade. Gold onion domes crown the palace’s north end, and the site of the chapel. Your tour visits the White Vestibule, Grand Hall, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and more. Alternatively, you will visit Palace of Paul (Pavlovsk), another masterpiece of the 18 c. located nearby (10 min. drive). The ensemble’s fame rests on the splendor of its interiors and great art collection as well as on the beauty of one of the largest landscape parks in Europe. Admire elegant rooms of the Emperor Paul I and charming, rather than grand, rooms of his wife Maria. On the way to Peterhof you will have a chance to try traditional Russian cuisine in a local restaurant. Peterhof Park – Travel to another former summer Imperial residence. Set in magnificent parks, Peterhof is reminiscent of Versailles. It was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, but has been restored to its full splendor. The parks are dotted with countless fountains, charming pavilions and summer houses. If the weather permits we provide a complimentary Hydrofoil trip to/ from Peterhof. The hydrofoil is a safe and fast boat which rises above the surface of the water.

Day three will bring you to the Jewish exposition of the Ethnography museum where you will be introduced to the Jewish (Ashkenazi) collection which illustrates the Eastern European Jewish culture. Splendid examples of religious artifacts, items used during religious ceremonies or for protecting the scrolls of the Torah demonstrate many facets of the Jewish artistic traditions and throw light on the everyday life of the Jewish people. The private Faberge Museum’s unique collection was acquired at international auctions over 10 years. It is comprised of over 4000 works of art from the late 19th and early 20th century, including twelve Faberge works, nine of which are the famed imperial eggs that previously belonged to the Romanov family. Take a relaxing Boat trip. View the city from the waterside. Main sites along the way include Anichkov Bridge, Engineer’s Castle, Summer Garden, the Salt District, Field of Mars, Church on Spilled Blood, General Staff Building and finally, when you get to the main river, St. Peter and Paul’s fortress, Trinity Bridge, the Winter Palace.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and driver and expert English-speaking guide
  • Blanket visa for cruise ship passengers
  • Standard admission to all museums listed in the itinerary
  • Permit for photo and/or video use in palaces and museums
  • All admissions and taxes
  • Day 1:
  • Visit to Jewish Community Center
  • City Sightseeing
  • Visit to Grand Choral Synagogue
  • Visit to Hermitage Museum
  • Day 2:
  • Visit to Holocaust Memorial
  • Visit Catherine or Palace of Paul
  • Lunch (included in tour cost, day 2 only)
  • Visit to Peterhof Park
  • Hydrofoil trip to downtown (weather permitting)
  • Day 3:
  • Nevsky Prospect walking
  • Visit to Ethnography museum
  • Coffee break
  • Faberge Museum
  • Canal cruise
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French($)
  • German($)
  • Mandarin($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

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Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (22 hrs) Total for all days: 9 AM - 3 PM on day 1. 9 AM - 5 PM on day 2. 9 AM - 5 PM on day 3.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

This excursion is a non-visa tour for cruise ship passengers. According to Russian Federation law, visas are not required for shore excursions if you book through companies that are officially licensed and authorized by the Russian government to receive foreign cruise passengers and to operate inside St. Petersburg port areas. We will supply you with the tour ticket, called a blanket visa or booking confirmation, which you will pass to the customs/immigration offices. Due to the length of time needed to acquire these tour tickets, we ask that you please MAKE YOUR BOOKING NO LESS THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE DAY YOU LEAVE HOME. Thank you.

We will need the following information at the time of booking: Each passenger's full name as it appears in their passport; Citizenship; Date of birth; Passport number; Passport issue date; Passport expiration date; Arrival date into St. Petersburg; Departure date from St. Petersburg.

Any information forwarded to ShoreTrips that is necessary to obtain a visa must be exact. We will pass on a $10 processing fee if corrections are necessary after we receive the visa. This is a per person fee, charged for each visa that requires changes.

This tour includes standard admission to all museums listed in the itinerary, guide's services for 3 days, driver's services for 3 days, car or minivan (Mercedes), permit for photo and/or video use in palaces and museums, and all port fees.

Except for lunch on day 2, the cost of food and beverage is not included. Suggestions will be supplied by your guide for lunch that will be quick and typical.

Gratuity is not included. We suggest a 10% gratuity to your guide and 5% to your driver.

Restrictions

• Museums are closed one day a week, usually Monday, Wednesday or Friday. The days of touring will accommodate those restrictions. Therefore you may do the Highlights Tour on the first day, the Jewish Immersion on the second day.
VERY IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BRING YOUR RUSSIAN TOURIST TICKETS (BLANKET VISA) WITH YOU AS WELL AS YOUR SHORETRIPS TRAVEL VOUCHER OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. IF YOU FAIL TO BRING THESE THERE ARE NO REFUNDS.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU OPEN YOUR RUSSIAN TOURIST TICKETS ON A LAPTOP OR REGULAR COMPUTER AS MOST SMART PHONES OR TABLETS DO NOT SUPPORT PDF FORMAT AND YOU WILL SEE THEM BLANK.

You are not able to move around St. Petersburg alone. Your blanket visa requires you to travel only with a guide.

SHORETRIPS WILL SEND YOUR BLANKET VISA AFTER THE BOOKING IS CONFIRMED. THIS IS A DIFFERENT DOCUMENT THAN YOUR PRE-PAID VOUCHER, AND YOU MUST HAVE A PRINTOUT OF YOUR TRAVEL TICKET/BLANKET VISA BEFORE YOU DEPART. If you cancel your trip after the travel tickets have been issued, a $75 per person fee will be charged.


Some of the museums may be closed on certain days. We will substitute another appropriate venue when this happens. The Hermitage Museum is closed on Mondays, Catherine Palace and the Amber Room are closed on Tuesdays, and The Church of Spilt Blood is closed on Wednesdays.

The Treasure Gallery, has 2 sections. The first, called the Gold Rooms has works from Eurasia, the Black Sea Littoral in antiquity, and the Orient. It consists of around 1,500 works made from gold and dating from the 7th century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. The main idea of the second section, which is called the Diamond Rooms, is to show the development of the jeweler's craft over the course of mankind's many centuries of history from the third millennium B.C. to the start of the 20th century. THE DURATION OF EACH OPTIONAL ADD ON IS 1 HOUR. THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU BOOK THE GOLD ROOM OR THE DIAMOND ROOM, YOU WILL SPEND LESS TIME AT THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM SEEING PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, ETC.

If you would like to visit the Gold or Diamond Room, please book it during check out. Please note that it is the same price if there is one person in your party or 9 people, as it is a charter rate, not per person. If you are unsure of how to book it please contact ShoreTrips. This extra fee is charged by the museum for a pre-arranged visit.

RESERVATIONS FOR THE GOLD ROOM AND/OR DIAMOND ROOM IN THE HERMITAGE MUST be booked by the 15th of the month PREVIOUS to your visit. No reservations will be accepted after that date.

If you wish to add an evening activity, such as a theater performance, a folkloric show, a boat trip, or even a typical Russian dinner experience, please choose one from the add-on options.