History, art and culture, Ballet performance, opening bridges,circus, sailing routes and more …
Moscow and St. Petersburg have quickly turned from cities with historical memories and unrealized potential into bustling cities, tourist hosts, and a vibrant connection with the astonished Westerners. These are two of the cultural capitals of Europe that still cause the visitor a storm of emotions. Museums and art, churches and architecture, theater and music in cities that express more than anything else the rich Russian culture. Gold domes, stone carvings, woodcuts and painted icons decorating the churches. We will become acquainted with the classical culture, the sea of towers and the milestones in the splendor of ancient Jewish history, all of which will accompany us throughout the trip, which includes a visit to cultural events in the best city halls.
Day 1 (Wed) - Moscow
Arrival Moscow; Meeting with our company’s representative and transfer to your hotel….Accommodation in Moscow
Day 2 (Thu) - Victory Memorial Park
After breakfast we will visit the new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center opened in Moscow on November 2012 and is thought to be the largest Jewish museum in the world. Dedicated to the complex history of Russian Jewry, it is thoroughly modern in approach, favoring personal testimony, archival video footage and interactive displays — all translated into Russian and English; From there we will continue to Poklonnaya Hill and Victory Memorial Park, where a synagogue, a mosque and a church are located in memory of those who fell in World War II. We will visit the impressive War Museum on the site. WE will then proceed towards the Basmanny District and visit the Choral synagogue, which went over numerous tribulations between the year 1881 & 1906, date of its final opening…Golda Meir visited the synagogue twice; Once in October 1948 (unauthorized visit), and a second time in 1949, but most officially as Israel's First Ambassador to Russia.After dinner we will enjoy a Circus Show. Accommodation in Moscow.
Day 3 (Fri) - The Kremlin Compound, Treasures of the Czar, Judaism
This morning we will start with a guided tour of this 800 year old city and the Kremlin Compound, a “city within a city” and a major symbol of Russia’s supremacy. Almost all the leaders of Russia and the Soviet Union, from Ivan the Terrible, through Lenin, Stalin and Yeltsin, to the present leaders saw the Kremlin as a center of political power, We’ll walk along the Square of the Tsars, see the white stone Bell Tower of Ivan the Great; We will stand on Cathedral Square, see the famous Bronze Cracked Bell and the Giant Cannon “Tsar Puská”… We will continue our visit with the Armory Museum, admire some of the Imperial treasures: Gold; diamonds, weapons and many artists' works such as the famous Faberge eggs and much more…We will see the Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Kremlin’s Walls and the Church of St. Basil, magnificent buildings and impressive monuments. We will visit the Burial Pantheon of the Great Russian nation next to the Novodyevici monastery, where Chekhov, Khrushchev, the wife of the former Soviet leader Raisa Gorbachev, the wife of Stalin who committed suicide, and other prominent figures in Russia and the world are resting.We will return to our hotel and prepare for Shabbat. Evening service at the Chabad Central Synagogue followed by Shabbat dinner.Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Day 4 (Shabbat) Moscow Jewish Center & Marina Roscha Synagogue
After coffee and cake at the hotel, we will walk to Marina Roscha Synagogue, also called “The Second Moscow Synagogue” (after the Moscow Choral Synagogue); The Synagogue is part of a large Jewish spiritual center and is a fairly u nique structure, perhaps the only one in the world with 7,200 square meters of beautiful spacious rooms. The prayer hall for 2,000 seats serves for worship, solemn events, and meetings with important guests – statesmen of different countries, actors, writers, and famous Jews of Russia. We will take a walking tour with our tour guide. Dinner at Marina Roscha's restaurant.
Day 5 (Sun) Moscow - St. Petersburg
After breakfast, drive to Moscow airport for our flight to St. Petersburg, second largest city after Moscow, Russia’s most elegant and European; Founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, It remains Russia's Cultural Center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works. After landing, we will visit the Ekaterina Palace, a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Puskin), 30 km south of St. Petersburg and the summer residence of the Russian tsars. Tsar Alexander 1 founded the Imperial Lyceum in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), also known historically as the Imperial Alexander Lyceum, was an educational institution which was founded in 1811 with the object of educating youths of the best families who would afterwards occupy important posts in the Imperial service. The famous national poet Alexander Pushkin studied there. Accommodation in St. Petersburg.
Day 6 (Mon) St. Petersburg City and Prince Yussupov Palace
This morning we will tour the city, see the squares, the fortresses, the Cathedrals and the Palaces. We shall see the Majestic “Bronze Horseman”- the famed equestrian statue of Peter the Great and one of the symbols of St. Petersburg; the Gate of the Sea (also known as the Saint Petersburg Dam), the Kazan Cathedral inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is one of the best-known symbols of St. Petersburg, the Winter Palace of the Czars. We will see the statue of Peter the Great, the warship "Aurora" and more. We will also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, where Peter the Great and all the Czars of Russia are buried. We will than visit the Church of the Resurrection, also known as the "Savior on Spilled Blood", which was built in memory of Alexander II who was assassinated in March 1881. Later on, we will visit the magnificent Palace of Prince Felix Yussupov and will be impressed by the unique exhibition connected to the famous story of Gregory Rasputin. We will also visit the city's main synagogue.
Dinner followed by a Folklore Show.
Day 7 (Tue) The Hermitage and the Ethnographic Museum
We will start the day with a leisurely boat cruise on some of the man-made city canals, and on the Nieva River, an essential part of St. Petersburg's charm. We will then proceed and visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest, oldest and most important museums in the world. One of the museum's grandest buildings is the Baroque Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Czars. We will be impressed by works of art by great masters of the Renaissance such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and modern world-famous artists, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Matisse, Monet and much more. Later we will visit the Russian Museum of Ethnography set up in 1902, that houses a collection of about 500,000 items relating to the ethnography, or cultural anthropology, of peoples of the former Russian Empire and the Soviet Union; There is also a wing that presents Jewish life as it was, and is one of its kind in Russia. After dinner we will enjoy the ballet performance "Swan Lake". We’ll end our day with A night tour watching St. Petersburg drawbridges' opening and closing is a magnificent, spectacular and captivating show.
Day 8 (Wed) Peterhof Palace and the Siege of Leningrad Monument
Today we will sail to Peterhof Palace; Peterhof (Peter's Court in German) served as Peter the Great’s personal landing during the latter part of his reign as Tsar of Russia. A cluster of breathtaking palaces, the biggest overlooking a lush French formal garden with numerous fountains, the locale has been described as the “Russian Versailles.” Among the beauties of this complex are the Marly Palace, a Russian replica of the French Château de Marly at Marly le Roi, that served as a repository for Tsar Peter’s many collections; Another highlight is the Grand Palace built by Peter’s daughter Elizabeth; Of course, the greatest fountain at Peterhof is the Grand Cascade. This work of art was modeled on an existing French fountain. It extends downward from the Samson Fountain toward the Baltic Sea. Upon our return to the city, we will visit the impressive Memorial Monument commemorating the heroes of the dramatic siege of the 900 days of the city and their dauntless heroism during World War II. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 9 (Thu) St. Petersburg – Departure…I
After a leisurely breakfast we transfer to the airport for your homebound flight…..
Sites visited & Shows while in Moscow:
Night tour in Moscow· Circus Show· The Kremlin compound· The Armory Museum· Red Square and Alexander Garden· The cemetery near the Novodovici Monastery· Poklonnaya Hill & Victory Park· The Choral Great Synagogue· The Jewish Center Marina Roscha· Metro stations· The Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center. ·
Sites visited & Shows while in St. Petersburg·
Ballet performance "Swan Lake"· Night tour with the “Opening Bridges”· Boat Cruise on the Nieva River· Sailing to Peterhof Palace (including the gardens and fountains)· Folklore Show· Hermitage Museum· Castle of Peter and Paul· Nevsky Prospect· Prince Yussupov Palace · Ekaterina Palace in Pushkin· Leningrad Siege Monument· Ethnographic Museum· Choral Central Synagogue
St. Petersburg: Рushkin Hotel by Marriott / Ambassador Hotel
21 -29 August, 2019
11-19 September, 2019
|Price per person Land Tour only||$3,100|
Domestic flight Moscow - St. Petersburg.
• Transfers from the airport to the hotel and back.
• First class hotels.
• Kosher Half-board Basis + sandwich preparation for lunch.
• All entrance fees to sites according to the itinerary
• Night tour in Moscow.
• Night tour with the “Drawbridges opening “ in St. Petersburg.
• Folklore Show with soft drinks in St. Petersburg.
• Transfers & Tours by air-conditioned coaches.
• Tour Leader / Manager
• English-speaking local guides
• Wireless audio systems throughout the trip.
Price does not include:·
Medical & Luggage insurance·
Tips to the Israeli Guide ($5 USD per person/per day)·
Any service not mentioned in “Price includes”