Our St. Petersburg Jewish tours offer a close-up look at the city’s long Jewish history and contemporary Jewish revival. Learn how life in Jewish Russia extended well beyond the shtetl! The Grand Choral Synagogue is one of the largest and most splendid prayer houses in Russia, where you can explore the main hall, chuppah hall, women’s gallery, and genizah. St. Petersburg’s Jewish community center YESOD is also well worth a visit.
St. Petersburg’s dazzling urban landscape hooks the visitor from the start. With pastel palaces and onion-domed churches, St. Petersburg is a wonderland of brilliant whites, pale greens, and shimmering golds splashed across magnificent Petrine Baroque buildings and set amongst a network of glittering canals. The city’s entire historic center designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Former seat of the imperial family, this “Venice of the North” is a visual dynamo, full of grand palaces and opulent museums whose enchanting exteriors rival the treasures they hold within.
Whether Imperial, Communist, or democratic, St. Petersburg has been a flourishing center of European cultural life and Russia’s most cosmopolitan city since its founding in 1703 by Peter the Great. Some of the greatest artists and thinkers in the world have called St. Petersburg home, including giants like Pushkin, Chagall, and Dostoevsky, whose legacy can still be felt in the summer breezes that rush down Nevsky Prospect. Round out your visit with the Hermitage and its vast collection of art and antiquities!
The charm of St. Petersburg extends beyond its delightful waterways and impressive architecture. Any visit must include the Tsar’s summer palace Catherine’s Palace, with its opulent Amber Room and extraordinary gardens, as well as Peterhof, the “Russian Versailles.”
For those traveling to St. Petersburg on a cruise ship, we offer a special packages to include the best that this marvelous city has to offer in the short time you are here. No need to worry about visas for your St. Petersburg shore excursion, we have you covered!