Join 9-day Moscow & St. Petersburg tour.

Let us take care of your kosher food needs, while you enjoy sightseeing, meeting local Jewish community leaders and taking part in all kinds of events and holidays.

  • Visit the places connected with the cultural, religious and political life of the Russian Jews. 
  • Walk the streets of these grand cities with our expert guide to plunge yourself into the life and history of the country.
  • Visit the must-see sites in both cities – the Kremlin in Moscow and the Hermitage and Catherine’s palace in St. Petersburg.
  • Admire the art collections of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
  • Learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye. 

 

 

Accommodations

Marco Polo Presnja in Moscow

Courtyard Marriott Pushkin in St. Petersburg

Included

Museum Entrance Fees

Hand-picked professional local guides

7 kosher breakfasts and lunches at various restaurants or boxed meals, daily bottled water

High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg 

All on-tour transportation provided by modern air-conditioned motor coaches including arrival and departure transfers 

Whisper technology enhanced touring

Luggage handling in/out

Visa support, registration fees

 

Additional information

OccupancyDouble (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)
1

Day 1 - Wed: Welcome to Russia

Arrival to Moscow. You will be met, greeted and escorted to your hotel.

2

Day 2 - Thu: Moscow Highlights - city tour and Tretyakov Gallery

Today we offer you some insights into the rich history of Moscow.

Then step into Red Square to view the famous landmarks including the Savior Tower, Kremlin walls, GUM department store, the State Historical Museum and Lenin’s Mausoleum.

Drive around the Kremlin and when visit Poklonnaya Hill (Bow Hill) – commemorating the events of World War II. Enter the Synagogue and the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust.

Have the kosher lunch and then visit the Old Tretyakov Gallery – the main museum housing a collection of Russian art from the XII to the XX century.

Take a Metro ride with your guide and stop to explore the grandeur of its most impressive stations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

3

Day 3 - Fri: Jewish Moscow

This tour is devoted to visiting places connected with the cultural, religious and political life of the Moscow Jewry. You will be taken to places associated with prominent Jewish intellectuals, such as Mandelshtam, Michoels, Isaak Levitan, Lazar Poliakov, and Leo Trotsky. Learn about the Pale of Settlement and about the first generation of Soviet Jews, their idealistic ideas of the Revolution’s internationalism, that promised to eradicate all national prejudice and inequalities. Get acquainted with the life of the Jewish community in Moscow and visit the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

4

Day 4 - Sat: Kremlin day

Enter the Kremlin walls to feel the country’s past and present. The Kremlin is an old fortress and the most important historical and political center of Russia. 

Visit the Armory Chamber – the treasury of Russian tsars that houses a collection of unique jewelry, court regalia, armor, coronation dresses, golden carriages, and some of the fabulous and priceless Easter Eggs by Karl Faberge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5

Day 5 - Sun: Back in USSR – Rail to St. Petersburg

Meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for the KGB tour. Visit the places connected with the time of great repression and fear. Step on Lubyanka Square to see a memorial to the victims of political repression – Solovetsky Stone. Then visit Donskoy Monastery and Cemetery where the victims of repression were buried. Learn what it was like to live under the KGB’s watchful eye in Russia. Walk in the Park of Arts Muzeon – one of the largest Russian outdoor museums where the statues of disgraced leaders share their place with diverse creations by contemporary sculptors.

Later you will be transferred to Leningradsky railway station to board the rapid train Sapsan to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at St. Petersburg check in to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

6

Day 6 - Mon: St. Petersburg – The City of Tsars and Revolutions

After breakfast join the tour of the northern capital of Russia. First of all, view the Palace square and take in the spectacular panorama of the General Staff building, Alexander column, and the Hermitage. Then the city tour will feature the impressive St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Bronze Horseman statue of Peter the Great and splendid view of the city from the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. Follow your guide to the oldest part of the city – Peter and Paul Fortress where the town of Peter started in 1703. Continue past the Field of Mars and the Summer Gardens to the most famous church in the city the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.

After kosher lunch walk along the Nevsky prospect, lively at any time of day and night – the most elegant avenue lined with palaces and mansions.

You’ll have time to refresh back at the hotel before the performance. Enjoy the evening program (Ballet/Opera/Folk dance show/Classic music) – the schedule is subject to change.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

7

Day 7 - Tue: The Hermitage and Jewish St. Petersburg

This morning go to the Palace square. A highlight of your stay is a guided visit to the famous Hermitage Museum with its masterpieces by hundreds of artists including Renoir, Da Vinci, and Matisse. The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings and is one of the oldest and largest art galleries in the world. It is estimated that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute!

Then visit the beautiful Big Choral Synagogue and Jewish Community center. Enjoy a delicious lunch there.

Learn more about the history of St. Petersburg’s Jewish community on this tour. From the era of Peter the Great to today, the Jewish community has faced difficulties and hard times. The Revolution brought great opportunity and equality to the Russian Jews when the Pale of Settlement was abolished. We will remind you about Stalin’s repressions and the victims of  WWII.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

8

Day 8 - Wed: The Catherine's Palace and Peterhof fountains

Depart to the Pushkin town (Tsarskoye Selo), just outside St. Petersburg. It is famed for its majestic Catherine’s palace where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died.

Its main attractions are the mirrored Grand Ballroom and the opulent Amber Room.

Continue to the beautiful Catherine Park surrounding the palace. On your way from Pushkin see the Monument to the victims of the Holocaust – The Formula of Mourning. During the WWI there was a ghetto.

In the afternoon join an unforgettable tour to Peterhof Park – the “capital of fountains” – with the most famous Grand Cascade. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

9

Day 9 - Thu: Depart St. Petersburg

Departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices

Borscht & Bagel Tour – 9 Days

4 nights at Marco Polo Presnja 4* and 4 nights at Courtyard Pushkin 4*

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – Sunday, May 26, 2019 – Thursday, May 30, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – Sunday, June 16, 2019 – Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – Sunday, July 14, 2019 – Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019 – Thursday, August 15, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 2019 – Thursday, August 29, 2019

 

  • Double (shared hotel room, per person): from $3,800
  • Single (individual hotel room, per person): from $4,700

 

Payment Conditions:
Deposit: 10% of the price 
Final Payment: 90 days prior to departure

Cancellation Fees: 
91 days prior to departure or more: 10% of the price 
90-61 days prior to departure: 20% of the price
60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of the price
30 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the price

 

Centrally located 4* boutique hotels 

4 nights in Moscow:  Marco Polo Presnja 

4 nights in St. Petersburg: Pushkin Courtyard Marriott