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9-Day Jewish Tour of Moscow & St. Petersburg

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7 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1.5 days of walking tours with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Business class train ticket from Moscow to St. Petersburg, with accompanying transfers to and from the train stations

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Thursday

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday
ARRIVAL IN MOSCOW | walking tour 

  • Arrive at Moscow International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Gather in the hotel lobby. Meet your tour educator and depart for a walking orientation tour of the city. Pass by the famous Tverskaya Boulevard.
  • Visit the Red Square, the heart of the famous historical center of the city.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Moscow Choral Synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Moscow

Day Three: Saturday
EXPLORING MOSCOW | walking tour          

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Return to the Red Square and visit the Lenin Mausoleum, the resting place of the founder of the Soviet State.
  • Enjoy a tour of the Moscow Metro, which is well-known all over the world as the most beautiful underground transit system. It is one of the main and significant memorials of the Soviet Union era. Many stations here will remind you of the halls of palaces, with beautiful sculptures and chandeliers, decorated in a style of communist's ages - huge statues of workers, farmers and soldiers.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Kremlin Territory, the chief architectural ensemble of the city. The fortified complex in the heart of the city includes five palaces and four cathedrals, and serves as the home of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. Take in this extraordinary development, including the Kremlin Armory, one of Moscow's oldest museums, established in 1808.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Moscow

Day Four: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Stop at Vorobyovy Gori - the highest point of Moscow offering a breathtaking view of the city and Moscow-River.
  • Visit the Marina Rosha Synagogue, which was opened in 1925. This synagogue is also called "the Second Moscow synagogue". The building was burned down in 1993. In 1996 a new synagogue was built in its place. Since 2000 it also houses a Chabad Lubavich Community Center.
  • Explore the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, the largest Jewish museum in the world. The museum is dedicated to the complex history of Russian Jewry and is thoroughly modern in approach, favoring personal testimony, archival video footage and interactive displays - all translated into Russian and English.
  • Explore Old Arbat Street, a unique pedestrian street in Moscow, between the Garden Ring and Boulevard Ring Roads. During the second half of the 18th century when most of the neighboring streets were becoming a fashionable aristocratic area, Arbat Street was the only local shopping center. Many of its shops have been preserved from those times. Many famous writers, poets, composers, artists and painters (for example, Alexander Pushkin, Alexander Blok, Skryabin etc.) lived on Arbat Street and, therefore, local houses have been very carefully preserved.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, a treasure of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of the oldest districts of Moscow - Zamoskvorechye. The Gallery was founded by the famous and wealthy merchant Pavel (Paul) Tretyakov in 1856. He devoted 40 years to establish the Russian National School of Painting. The Museum boasts an enormous collection of Russian artists' paintings, sculptures, drawings etc. dating from the 12th to the 20th
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Moscow

Day Five: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer to the Leningrad train station.
  • Travel to Petersburg by Sapsan high-speed train. (The train journey is approximately 4 hours. Lunch will be served on-board the train.)
  • Arrive in St. Petersburg and begin with a panoramic tour of the city, passing by some of the main landmarks of the city along the impressive Nevsky Prospect Boulevard.
  • Enter the Peter and Paul Fortress, the oldest building in St. Petersburg and the founding location of the city. The fortress, located on the smallest island on the Neva River, was planned as a defense against the Swedes but the Swedes were defeated before its completion. Its main use until 1917 was as a political prison; one of its first inmates was Peter the Great's own son, Alexey. Walk through the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is the final resting place of all of Russia's pre-revolutionary rulers from Peter the Great onwards with a few exceptions.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise along the rivers and canals of the city to see the city's landmarks from a different perspective.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: St. Petersburg

Day Six: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Introduction to the History of the Jews of the Russian Empire and the Origin of the Jewish Community in St. Petersburg: Dialogue with Professor Shimon Iakerson, Head Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy.
  • Visit the Great Choral Synagogue, the second largest in Europe after the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest.
  • Tour YESOD, the Jewish Community Center in St Petersburg built in 2005 and the largest building dedicated to Jewish life in Eastern Europe. YESOD, which means foundation in Hebrew, has programs for all ages. The visit will include an exploration of the variety of community programs that have been developed and are offered to the community.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Hermitage Museum. Housed in the lavish Winter Palace from which Tsars ruled Russia for one-and-a-half centuries and housing what was once their private art collection, the Hermitage is one of the world's most famous and greatest art museums, comprising 18th century masterpieces by Leonardo, Titian, El Greco, Van Dyck, Rubens, and Rembrandt, amongst many more.
  • Visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: St. Petersburg

Day Seven: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Travel to the small town of Pushkin, named in honor of the great Russian poet.
  • Stop at the Formula of Sorrow, a memorial to the Jews of Pushkin who lost their lives during the Holocaust.
  • Visit the Summer Palace and park of Catherine the Great, one of the most photographed palaces in Russia and the elegant rococo-style summer residence of the Russian Czars, named for Catherine I (widow of Peter the Great).
  • Lunch en route.
  • Return to St. Petersburg with free time to explore the city on your own or relax.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: St. Petersburg

Day Eight: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Experience a guided tour of the splendor of Peterhof ("Peter's Court" in German). This fabulous complex of gardens and residences masterminded and built by Peter the Great as his summer palace was renamed Petrodvorets ("Peter's Palace") after WWII. Located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, the breathtaking centerpiece of Peterhof is the Grand Cascade, comprising three waterfalls, 64 fountains (some of which are hidden, only triggered by the unsuspecting visitor!) partially engineered by Peter himself.  The elegant Grand Palace, finished just before Peter's death, was enlarged for Empress Elizabeth and redecorated by Catherine the Great, and contains original paintings, furniture and chandeliers.  Peterhof was completely destroyed during WWII, and is largely a reconstruction from photos, drawings and anecdotes. 
  • Return to the city by hydrofoil.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Isaac's Cathedral, the largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great who was born on the feast day of that saint.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: St. Petersburg

Day Nine: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel, followed by check-out.
  • Transfer on own to St. Petersburg International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Ararat Park Hyatt

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow is located in the very heart of the capital of Russia and is one of the best situated 5 star hotels in Moscow. Just a few minutes’ walk from the iconic landmarks such as the Kremlin, Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral, our luxury hotel is within the immediate vicinity of the famous Bolshoi Theatre.

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Kempinski Moika 22
St. Petersburg

St Petersburg is the capital of elegance, beauty and culture in Russia and this is what Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is all about. Situated in the heart of the city on the Moika River, in the aristocratic mansion built in 1853, Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is flanked by Palace Square and the Hermitage museum. The hotel is just five minutes’ walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping. We gladly greet our guests with a unique, personalized European service.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Da'at Educational Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Da'at Educational Expeditions) able to continue. Should Da'at Educational Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.