3-day St. Petersburg *JEWISH HERITAGE*

  • Visa-free, no cancellation fees
  • Slow pace
  • Only main attractions
  • Early admission to the Hermitage
  • Time for shopping
  • Welcome gift
St. Petersburg Overview by mini-bus passing by former Jewish quarters, visiting Grand Choral Synagogue, Peter Paul Fortress with Prison, Spilled Blood Church, guided tour of The Hermitage (Winter Palace) and General Staff with Impressionists/Post-impressionists, YESOD Jewish Community Center, Russian Museum and Museum of Ethnography, Canal cruise.
Private / $ USD / Person
Group Size (number of people)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10* 11* 12* 13* 14* 15* 16*
1232 695 522 457 429 393 368 358 336 365 354 342 335 328 323 317
  • licensed local guide
  • comfortable A/C vehicle
  • admission fees (no line-ups)
  • hydrofoil (weather permitting)
  • blanket visa
  • lunch (for groups larger than 10)
  • photo/video permits
  • bottled water
  • raincoats (in case of rain)
  • port fees, bank fees
  • welcome gift
  • lunch (private tours)
  • gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately)
  • DAY 1
  • 8:30 Meet your guide at the St. Petersburg cruise port passenger terminal, payment
  • 8:30-11:30 City tour, featuring the former Jewish living quarters and also overview of St. Petersburg historical sites, visit Grand Synagogue, visit inside Spilled Blood church
  • 11:30-13:30 Tour The Hermitage and Winter Palace
  • 13:30-14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30-15:30 View Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in the General Staff building
  • 16:00-17:00 Visit the Museum of Ethnography with the exhibition describing the life of Russian Jews
  • 17:30 Back onboard the cruise ship
  • DAY 2
  • 9:00 Meet your guide
  • 9:30-10:30 Transfer to Pushkin town. Stop at Holocaust Memorial near Alexander Palace
  • 10:30-12:00 Tour Catherine Palace, walk in the park. You can choose to skip the palace (always crowded in summer) and receive $20US discount (let us know upon booking): we will show you the Royal Carriages Museum and Catherine Park with lots of photo opportunities.
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:30 Transfer to Peterhof
  • 14:30-16:00 Tour Peterhof Fountain Park
  • 16:00-16:45 Transfer to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil
  • 17:30 Onboard the ship
  • DAY 3
  • 9:30 Meet your guide
  • 9:45-11:00 Visit Peter and Paul Fortress with Cathedral and Prison in Trubetskoy Bastion where Alter Rebbe (Shneur Zalman of Liadi) was imprisoned in 1798 for 52 days
  • 11:00-12:00 Visit YESOD Jewish community center
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch time
  • 13:00-14:00 Canal cruise
  • 14:15-15:30 Visit the Russian Museum
  • 16:00 Onboard the ship
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*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours. 

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Is Russian visa required on this tour?

No, Russian visa is not required. Guide-Guru, LLC. is the certified tour operator (MBT 010048 reference number in the Registry of Russian Tour Operators). There is a decree permitting visa-free stay in Russia for cruise passengers who take tours of the local authorized tour operators. Our tour ticket is your blanket visa.

Where do we meet our guide?

Major cruise ships dock at the St Petersburg Cruise Terminal 'Marine Facade'. Our guide and tour leader meet the groups inside the terminal in front of the passport control area. Smaller ships dock in the city center and the guide will be meeting you on the pier in front of the passport control area.

What time do we meet our guide?

The meeting time will be confirmed and mentioned in your tour tickets. The time shifts are possible to match your ship's docking time.

Can the tour be customized?

Yes, the tour is customizable.

What happens if the ship is delayed?

We will be informed of this circumstance and the guide will be waiting for you until you disembark. If the ship arrives in time and you do not show up, the waiting time will be maximum 1,5 hours. Please disembark according to the time specified on your tour ticket.

What if we miss the ship?

We do not plan distant afternoon trips on the day of your ship's departure. Our excursion programs are designed to make sure you stay close to your cruise ship on the sailing date. Our excursions normally bring you to the ship 1,5 hours before the ship's departure.

Can you give us some helpful tips while doing tours in Russia. Is it easier to bring Russian Ruble to buy snacks , or use restrooms or eat at restaurant while you are taking us on tours? Any suggestions for us to be aware of?

You can withdraw some cash rubles from any ATM in the city (there are many). Many stores and restaurants take bank cards (Visa, Mastercard). The guide will help you with money exchange on the day of the tour.

How to book:

  1. Send a tour booking and passport information (for cruise visitors).
  2. Receive our Confirmation, payment link and your tour ticket for visa-free disembarkation (cruise visitors).


Cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 0% prepayment.
Non-cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 50% prepayment.
Moscow tours (all visitors) - $200US/person prepayment.
The balance payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
European tours - 50% prepayment (if booked with Russia) or 100% (if only Europe).
Theatre tickets - 100% prepayment.

- Credit cards for prepayment - Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/Discover/JCB/Unionpay
- Credit cards for payment in St. Petersburg - Visa/Mastercard/Amex.


St. Petersburg tours: < 24 hours or no-show - NO refund.
Moscow / European tours: < 7 days - NO refund.
Air/train tickets - NO refund.
Theatre tickets (once purchased) - NO refund.
Ship's non-call in St. Petersburg port - 100% refund.
Please inform us as early as possible if you have to cancel your trip via e-mail guidegurutours@gmail.com or 24-hour phone/Whatsapp +7-921-903-28-81.


Child younger than 6 y.o. may travel with 1 parent free of charge. Schoolchildren, students and children over 6 y.o. receive a discounted rate. (Students must provide their international ISIC ID card to our Tour Coordinator upon payment to claim their discount. If they fail to do this, they will be charged the full adult price).

Tour mates:

Did you know you can save a lot of cash by finding travel companions to join your tour? You are welcome to find tour mates by placing a message on Cruisecritic/Tripadvisor boards.  

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