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Russia and the Baltics Jewish heritage tour

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6 persons 900 €/person
3500 € 233.33 € per person/day
Tour through the well-preserved historic streets of the Old Town of Vilnius (Vilna)
Visit the site of the Gaon of Vilna
Pay tribute at the national monument for Jewish martyrdom in Ponar Forest
Enjoy the picturesque views of Lithuanian nature sites
Visit Kaunas - the hometown of the numerous Jewish spiritual leaders
Learn about Lithuania as a multiethnic and multicultural country
Get thrilled by an Art Nouveau Architecture in Riga
Touch Jewish heritage in Peitavas Synagogue
Walkthrough the streets and lanes of Riga Ghetto
Go shopping to the Central Market in Riga
Visit medieval Castle Sigulda
Enjoy Turaida Castle Museum and Sculpture Park
Visit Kadriorg park and palace in Tallinn
Observe Tallinn from Toompea fortress hill
Pray at the newest Synagogue in Tallinn
Walkthrough the Old Town of Tallinn
Visit the former 1980 Olympic village
Visit Peter and Paul Fortress
Explore the excellent art collection in Hermitage Museum
Admire fascinating Peterhof Palace, Gardens and Fountains
Explore magnificent Fabergé museum
Enjoy performance at Mariinsky Theater
Take a spectacular cruise along Neva River and its canals
Walking on the Red Square
Visit the Kremlin
Plunge into Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
Explore Russian Fine Arts at Tretyakov gallery
Enjoy fabulous Russian Ballet at Bolshoi Theater
View Stalin's high-rises, ultra-modern Moscow-city and explore Moscow Metro

Russia and the Baltics Jewish heritage tour

A full-guided Russia and the Baltics Jewish heritage tour represents you the best of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. You will learn about the history, heritage, and culture of these cities. 

Baltic tour itinerary emphasis would be on the Jewish heritage travel. For many western Jews, these countries are the homeland of their ancestors, who left for the new world some 120 years ago. Here was a world of famous rabbis, excellent schools, cultural leaders, and political movements. 

Cruise to Russia and Baltics is very popular. We want to emphasize that the land tour gives you a much more in-depth discovery. Lithuania, for example, cannot be visited appropriately from a cruise, as most highlights and landmarks are far from the seaport.

Iconic ArchitectureJewish HeritageLate-Modern HistoryLocal CuisineLocal Customs & TraditionsMedieval HistoryReligious LandmarksScenic Views

Dress code

Comfortable shoes, light jackets, umbrella, hats, sun protecting clothing

Age

12-

Trip Conditions

Temperate
Activity Level 3
15 Days
14 Nights

Trip Conditions

Temperate
Activity Level 3
15 Days
14 Nights

Tour Highlights

8-9 hour daily tour program led by a local guide
First class coach for all the transfers
High quality kosher meals and local delicacies
history and culture experts onboard
Jewish heritage
Kosher tour in Russia and the Baltics
Jerulita Travel

Tour Plan

Day 1 Jewish Heritage Russia and the Baltics tour starts in Vilnius, Lithuania
Day 2 Tour in Vilnius and a trip to Trakai
Day 3 Kosher tour for Shabat - Jewish Walking Tour in Vilnius
Day 4 Russia and the Baltics tour goes through Lithuania to Latvia, visiting Kaunas and Siauliai
Day 5 Part 1 Riga city tour as the pearl of Russia and the Baltics architecture
Day 5 Part 2 Jewish Heritage sights in Riga
Day 6 Jewish Heritage tour in Russia and the Baltics move to Estonia, visiting Sigulda and arriving in Tallinn.
Day 7 Tallinn history and heritage
Day 7 part 2 Outside the city center of Tallinn
Day 8 Jewish Heritage tour moves to Saint Petersburg
Day 9 Tour in St Petersburg, Russia
Day 10 Shabat in Saint Petersburg
Day 11 From Saint Petersburg to Peterhof
Day 12 Tour of Russia, we take a train to Moscow
Day 13 The baltic tour enters Moscow
Day 14 Moscow arts and Jewish sights' tour
Day 15 Departure from Moscow.
Day 1

Jewish Heritage Russia and the Baltics tour starts in Vilnius, Lithuania

We will commence in the afternoon with a short session with your local guide and tour director for the Baltic part. 

We will offer you a short excursion in the southern Baltic capital, Vilnius. It will start at the Cathedral square, the very center of the city and observe the timelines of Lithuanian history. 

Then we will whisk through the narrow street to the Presidential Palace and the Old Vilnius University, founded in 1579. You will walk along the medieval “Pilies” street in the heart of the Old City. We will finish our sightseeing tour at “The Uzupis Republic,” a district of Vilnius inhabited by artists, musicians, actors, and other people of culture. 

Day 2

Tour in Vilnius and a trip to Trakai

In the morning, visit the Jewish cemeteries of Vilna and pray at the grave of the Gaon of Vilna, and pass by the tombs of many other prominent Jewish figures. Continue to the world-famous printing house of “Widow and Brothers Romm.” 

Drive to Ponar Forest near Vilnius, where more than 100.000 people, mostly Jews, were murdered during World War II. 

In the afternoon, we will go to Trakai, the land of lakes and forests. This little town was an ancient capital and the residence of Grand Dukes of Lithuania. We will see the 14th-century insular castle – today, the museum of Lithuanian history. 

Next, we will visit the Karaite museum that represents the story of a small ethnic group. They are confessing Judaism in a particular way. After a visit to the beautiful town of Trakai, we will head back to the hotel in Vilnius to prepare for Shabbat.

Day 3

Kosher tour for Shabat - Jewish Walking Tour in Vilnius

There are no real kosher hotels in Russia and the Baltics, so we choose kosher friendly and well-located hotels for Shabat stays.

Morning prayer in the Vilnius Synagogue, “Taharat Ha’kodesh.” After the meals (seudah), we will be walking in the medieval Jewish quarter. You will hear the history of the Great Vilna Synagogue. The particular topic is the personality of the Gaon of Vilna, the most significant spiritual figure in Lithuanian Jewish history. 

See the localities of Small and Large Ghettos of the period of WWII, where more than forty-five thousand Jews of Vilna were concentrated. We will enter the courtyard of the Jewish council (Judenrat) on Rudninku street. Learn about the activities of the FPO, the United Partisan Organisation under the leadership of Itzik Vitenberg and Abba Kovner. Stop at the former Ghetto Theater, where we will speak about the spiritual resistance in Vilna Ghetto.

Day 4

Russia and the Baltics tour goes through Lithuania to Latvia, visiting Kaunas and Siauliai

Morning drive to Kaunas, the second large city of Lithuania. Enjoy a panoramic view of the town, and walk in the Old Town with its art galleries and cozy cafes on A. Mapu, and L. Zamenhof streets. We will stop by the buildings of Jewish Real and Schvabe gymnasiums. You will stroll on Laisves Aleja boulevard for pedestrians. 

We will visit Kaunas Synagogue and will continue to Slobodka neighborhood. It was a Jewish suburb of pre-war Kaunas and the site of the ghetto during WWII. You will explore the Ninth Fort Museum and the Memorial outside it. 

Next, we will drive north to Riga, the Latvian capital. En route, we will stop for a city tour of Siauliai, including the city center, Jewish neighborhood, and Chaim Frenkel’s tannery and Synagogue. 

Continue to the Hill of Crosses, a symbol of Lithuanians’ struggle for national identity and resistance against foreign rule, with its over 500.000 crosses. 

Day 5 Part 1

Riga city tour as the pearl of Russia and the Baltics architecture

A city tour of Riga includes the Old Town and the surrounding districts. 

In the old town of Riga, we will see the Dome Cathedral, constructed in 1211, with an extraordinary organ of 6781 pipes. You will pass by the Great and the Small Guilds of Riga, and the guide will tell you about the economic history of the city. 

One of the cutest corners of Riga is the Swedish gate and the Beer-brewers street. This place breaths with a medieval atmosphere and legends. After that, in a few minutes, you will see the best-promoted site in Riga – the Cat’s house. “Three Brothers” architectural complex shows the development of the construction in the city. To crown the walking tour, we will show you the House of the “Blackheads” and the town hall square.

Day 5 Part 2

Jewish Heritage sights in Riga

In the afternoon, we will take a tour of Jewish settlement in Riga. We will see the Memorial of the Great Synagogue, and next to it, The Wall of Righteous among the Nations. 

In a minute drive, you will see the first state-supported Jewish school in Russian Empire, founded in Riga in1840. Next to it begins the Ghetto area. It was divided into the Small and German jews (ReichJuden) Ghetto. 

There is a former Synagogue building on Maskavas street and Jewish Hospital Bikur Holim. Today, mostly poor people live here, and you will see a lot of abandoned houses as well. On the outskirts, you will see a Park, which used to be the Old Jewish Cemetery. 

At the end of the travel day, we will drive to see Rumbula Memorial, where thousands of Jews from Latvia, Germany, and Czechoslovakia were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Day 6

Jewish Heritage tour in Russia and the Baltics move to Estonia, visiting Sigulda and arriving in Tallinn.

In the morning, we will visit the substantial Central market in Riga. You will continue to Alberta street to see an outstanding collection of Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture.

After it, we will drive to visit Sigulda – the “Switzerland of Latvia.” It is a picturesque national park on the banks of the Gauja river. You will enjoy walking by the ruins of Sigulda Castle. Then you will drive down to the valley of the river to visit Gutmana caves. The last stop in this national park will be in the Turaida Castle Museum. The territory of the museum includes the old wooden church and the beautiful Stone Sculpture Park.

Drive along the Baltic Sea coast to Tallinn. En route, we will make a short visit to Parnu, a resort in Estonia. 

Late afternoon arrival to the capital of Estonia – Tallinn. 

Day 7

Tallinn history and heritage

We will go on a walking tour of the Old City of Tallinn. It will include the small Upper part with an impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Close to it, you will see “Kiek in de Kok” defensive tower. Upper Tallinn is famous for a beautiful panorama of Tallinn and its harbor.

City Hall and 15th-century pharmacy are impressive landmarks located in the main square of the city. 

We will walk on the Pikk Jalg (street) and will see the “Blackheads” guild. We will finish the walking tour in Tallinn by visiting the Katarina guild workshops watching craftsmen work in the process. 

Day 7 part 2

Outside the city center of Tallinn

Next is the driven part of the day tour. We will visit Tallinn song festival grounds. This place and event gave start to the “singing” revolution, which helped to the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

Now, we will drive to the Pirita suburb, where sailing of Olympics-1980 took place, stop at Rusalka (Mermaid) monument. We will walk through Kadriorg Park and see the palace built by Italian architect Nicola Michetti for Peter the Great. 

You will visit Tallinn Synagogue, and meet with the members of the local Jewish community.

Day 8

Jewish Heritage tour moves to Saint Petersburg

Morning drive to Russia. After arrangements at the hotel, we will go out for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Northern capital of Russia. Saint Petersburg is located on numerous islands of Neva river and its tributaries, its parts connected with close to 500 bridges.

Day 9

Tour in St Petersburg, Russia

Start exploring the city from Peter and Paul fortress built by Peter the Great in 1703. Visit the fortress cathedral whose spire is seen from elsewhere in the town. The crypts of all Russian tsars after Peter the Great in Petropavlovskaya Cathedral tell the 200 years history of the Russian Empire. 

Tsar Peter himself designed the layout of Vasilyevsky island. We will pass by the first University in Russia, the Academy of the Fine Arts, and “Kunstkamera” – the first museum in Russia. 

On to the left bank of the Neva River, you will admire the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great. We will stroll through the famous Nevsky avenue. We will visit the impressive Empire style Kazan Cathedral. Across the street, you will take a look at the famous Singer House, a striking example of Art Nouveau architecture. 

We will finish this day in St. Petersburg by a spectacular river and canal cruise. 

Day 10

Shabat in Saint Petersburg

Russia and the Baltics Jewish heritage tour is kosher and keeps Shabbat. So, we start with a Morning prayer in the Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg. After the break, we will visit the Winter Palace, former residence of the Russian Emperors. Nowadays, Hermitage is one of the most remarkable art museums. 

You will spend several hours admiring the masterpieces of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, and many, many others. At night (1:30 a.m.), an option to watch spectacular Neva river bridges openings.

Day 11

From Saint Petersburg to Peterhof

After breakfast, we will drive to the Russian Imperial summer residence, Peterhof Palace, and Gardens Ensemble. We will tour the Grand Palace of “Russian Versailles,” admire Monplaisir and Marly palaces. 

You will take a look at the Great Cascade of gorgeous fountains decorated by gilded statues of biblical characters. 

We will return to St. Petersburg and will visit Fabergé Museum. It exhibits more than 4,000 works of decorative applied and fine arts, including gold and silver items, paintings, porcelain, and bronze. The highlight of the collection is the group of Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the Russian Tsars. 

Optional: an opera or ballet performance at Mariinsky or Mikhailovsky theaters.

Day 12

Tour of Russia, we take a train to Moscow

Morning is free for individual activities. Take a transfer to St. Petersburg railway station to board the high-speed train to Moscow. Afternoon arrival to the capital of the Russian Federation. After check-in at the hotel a panoramic sightseeing tour of Moscow.

Day 13

The baltic tour enters Moscow

After breakfast, we will start exploring the city from Red Square. You will see the picturesque St.Basil Cathedral, an outstanding masterpiece of Russian Orthodox architecture. You will not miss Lenin’s mausoleum just in the center of the square. 

We will proceed to the Kremlin, which ruled Russia and the Baltics in the 19th century. You will walk in the Kremlin Squares seeing the Tsar-Pushka huge cannon, then Tsar-Kolokol biggest bell in the world, and three Cathedrals. Also, visit the fabulous Armoury Museum, home to a vast array of priceless Russian Imperial Treasures.

After the Kremlin, we will advance to Alexander Park and see the Unknown Soldier Tomb and the obelisk for the Romanov dynasty. Next, we will continue by bus to Stalin’s high-rises and “Empire” style architecture. 

In the evening, we will see Moscow Metro, renowned for the stations lavishly decorated in marble, mosaics, chandeliers, and statues.

Day 14

Moscow arts and Jewish sights' tour

After breakfast, you will visit the State Tretyakov Gallery, an art museum holding the most significant depository of Russian fine art in the world. It contains exhibits of Andrey Rubliov and the masterpieces of modern art such as Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich. 

We will continue to Moscow Choral Synagogue, functioning from 1906. After the break, visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Еxtensive exhibition of the museum is dedicated to the history of Russian Jews, their traditions and culture. In you can evening enjoy ballet or opera performance in Bolshoi Theatre.

Day 15

Departure from Moscow.

It is the last day of Russia and the Baltics Jewish heritage tour, which covered Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and two big Russian cities. We hope you have been comfortable and enjoyed the content provided by our best guides

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Itinerary

Day 1. Jewish Heritage Russia and the Baltics tour starts in Vilnius, Lithuania

Day 2. Tour in Vilnius and a trip to Trakai

Day 3. Kosher tour for Shabat - Jewish Walking Tour in Vilnius

Day 4. Russia and the Baltics tour goes through Lithuania to Latvia, visiting Kaunas and Siauliai

Day 5 Part 1. Riga city tour as the pearl of Russia and the Baltics architecture

Day 5 Part 2. Jewish Heritage sights in Riga

Day 6. Jewish Heritage tour in Russia and the Baltics move to Estonia, visiting Sigulda and arriving in Tallinn.

Day 7. Tallinn history and heritage

Day 7 part 2. Outside the city center of Tallinn

Day 8. Jewish Heritage tour moves to Saint Petersburg

Day 9. Tour in St Petersburg, Russia

Day 10. Shabat in Saint Petersburg

Day 11. From Saint Petersburg to Peterhof

Day 12. Tour of Russia, we take a train to Moscow

Day 13. The baltic tour enters Moscow

Day 14. Moscow arts and Jewish sights' tour

Day 15. Departure from Moscow.

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