CITY TOUR AROUND MOSCOW WITH THE ACQUAINTANCE WITH MOSCOW SYNAGOGUES — This tour is designed to help you become acquainted with Jewish life, history and culture in Russia. Moscow joins tens of other Russian Jewish communities with thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of Jews. Moscow has five synagogues, several day schools, yeshivas, Jewish institutions, a kosher restaurant and the increasing availability of kosher meat and food products.
JEWISH THEATRE SHALOM — This theatre, which used to be called the Jewish Drama Ensemble, got its official status in 1988. Modern comedies and musicals are staged almost every night. Performances are usually held in Russian & Yiddish with simultaneous translation into English. Arkady Khait is the main playwriter.
MOSCOW KREMLIN & CATHEDRALS — The Kremlin has always been perceived as a symbol of power and might of the vast Russian lands. Each era of Russian history left it’s architectural mark on the Kremlin; within the Kremlin walls there are many architectural monuments, churches, cathedrals, museums, etc.
THE TRETYAKOV STATE GALLERY — Is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. It is located in one of the oldest directs of Moscow — Zamoskvorechye, not far from the Kremlin.
The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 150 000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists.
MOSCOW CIRCUS ON ZVETNOY BULVAR — There are two wonderful circuses in Moscow: the Old and the New ones. Both of them attract children and adults from all over Russia and are very popular with foreign guests. Circus shows usually include acrobats, jugglers, bears, dogs, lions, clowns, trapeze, hula-hoops, balancing acts, an illusion show and more.
ARBAT STREET — Walking along the most famous pedestrian area in Moscow which deservs the title of Moscow Monmartre. A lot of diffrent cafes, antique shops and stands with traditional Russian gifts and souvenirs are situated here. Numerous artisans and painters display their works just in the street.
ST. PETERSBURG CITY TOUR — St. Petersburg was built on numerous islands, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. On this tour you will see all the major city highlights in the course of a 3-hour tour, including a visit to the Peter & Paul Fortress, the first building of the city and once a prison for revolutionaries and now the burial place of Russian Emperors.
HERMITAGE MUSEUM — The Hermitage Museum ranks among the world’s major museums. Its collection consists of nearly 3 million art objects including West European art, the Antique world, Primitive culture, Oriental culture and art, the history of Russian Culture and coin and currency collections. Exhibits are displayed in the Winter Palace, as well as the Small, Old and New Hermitages.
HERMITAGE THEATRE — Commissioned by Catherine II, the Theatre was built from the design of the architect Giacomo Quarenghi in 1783-1787. The building is notable for the balance of architectural forms and is a beautiful example of the Russian Classicism. On its stage one of the best St. Petersburg performances take place.
PETRODVORETS — Petrodvorets (Peter's Palace), formerly called Peterhof, one of the major palace-and-park complexes in the suburbs of St. Petersburg, was founded by Peter the Great in the suburbs of the "new capital" of Russia in the early 18th century. The stately parks, innumerable fountains, beautiful cascades, guilt and marble statues of gods and heroes, exuberant decoration of the palaces in Peterhof were meant to symbolize the grandeur of Russia, which "having cut a window on Europe" consolidated itself on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
ST. PETERSBURG GREAT CHORAL SYNAGOGUE — The Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg sometimes called the St. Petersburg Synagogue - is the second largest synagogue in Europe. It was built between 1880 and 1888, and consecrated in 1893.
After the 5 million dollar donation by the Safra family in 1999, the reconstruction of the Grand Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg was made between 2000 and 2005. Upon conditions of the donation the St. Petersburg Synagogue was renamed The Edmond J Safra Grand Choral Synagogue, although the community still calls it in Russian Bolshaya Sinagoga.In 2005 a new Mikvah was built from a design by Israeli architect M. Gorelik. The new Mikvah in the Grand Choral Synagogue was inaugurated on April 19, 2005.
Today the Great Choral Synagogue of St. Petersburg is a registered landmark and an architectural monument of federal importance.