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Private St Petersburg Jewish Cultural Tour
"Explore the Jewish heritage of St. Petersburg on a full-day tour with a private guide. After a pick-up from your city hotel or cruise ship port drive past the magnificent palaces of the Russian tzars and the romantic bridges and monuments of the city’s rivers and canals.You’ll visit Theater Square closely associated with the composer Anton Rubinstein and stop by the Academy of Fine Arts where Jewish painters such as Isaac Levitan and Marc Chagall studied.During this tour you will visit the Big Choral Synagogue which is not only a magnificent monument of architecture but has always been the center around which Jewish life in St. Petersburg takes place."
From $525.00
 
Jewish Saint Petersburg Tour
"Visit the Grand Choral Synagogue is an important part of the tour: Designed in Moorish style by architects Shaposhnikov and Shreter the Synagogue opened in 1893 by which time the Jewish community had reached  16500 nearly 2% of the city’s population. Accommodating over 1200 persons the Synagogue was the only Jewish place of prayer to survive the repressions of 1930s. It continued to function even during the Siege of Leningrad 1941-1944. Today the Synagogue still has an active community. St. Petersburg has a well developed Je dozens of Jewish centers and community houses welcome visitors from all over the world. You will meet locals there learn about activities and tasks of the community and see for yourself how Russian Jews live today -all this in your  visit to one of the local Jewish community centres (e.g. famous Yesod). After that lunch/snack/coffee-break in a local venue of you
From EUR110.00
 
Russian Ballet Evening and 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch in Saint-Petersburg
"A driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby and drive you to the centrally located Russian restaurant. Here you will taste the famous courses of Russian cuisine such as fresh cabbage salad with apple vinegret (Old-style Russian salad with cooked and pickled vegetables) Shchi (Russian cabbage soup) with sour cream chicken cutlet ""Pozharskaya"" with tomato sauce hot pancake with fruit spread chicken fricassee in mushroom sauce Kasha (buckwheat porridge with onion). And of course
From $149.00

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Not Something I've Used

Whilst St Petersburg seems a city dedicated to the infernal combusting engined machines I can imagine it being a perfectly cycleable city, during the summer at least. Although the main roads are busy 24/7 and there are no cycle paths (at least none I noticed) a bit of careful planning would allow you to get around using the side streets, riverside walkways and the various gardens and parks.

If you want to rent a bike the city has a public bicycle hire network where you can pick up a bike from one of the stations and return it to any other around the city. The system looks simple enough. You can register using a Facebook account. Then you provide you mobile phone number and pay a 200 rouble, minimum, deposit.

It's not, however a cheap way to get around with hire starting at 1.5 roubles per minute (first 5 minutes are free) and with a daily rate of 600 roubles.

Website below has all the details. They're in Russian but Google translate seems to work fine with it.

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johngayton
Jul 23, 2014

Bicycling: difficult but possible

With the increasing automobile traffic and lack of bicycle lanes or paths, St. Petersburg is difficult for bicycles. Not to mention icy roads in winter.
However, outside the city there is almost always a footpath off the road for people. Many of these are paved and can make bicycling possible.

In 2007 the first bicylce tours started , 10:30 on Sunday mornings, during the warm months.
You meet at Skat Prokat, 7 Goncharnaya st. (Moscow Station) and rent the bicycle and take the tour. Or just go there and rent a bicycle if your are brave.

Photo: On the road since 2000, Pablo from Argentina is halfway on his journey around the world.
He started form his home in Argentina and now in St. Peterburg Russia for a day or two as he continues. He travels on a budget always looking for sponsors and new friends.
He figures it will be another 4 years (2008) to make it back to Argentina. Say hello!

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sennaya
Apr 04, 2011

Using a bicylce

With Russian traffic you can call this adventurous indeed. But, nevertheless, there are people cycling around Petersburg. In order to have your hands free, you need to be inventive, so that you can transport your loved ones around (see pic).

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Mar 31, 2006
 
 
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St.Isaac's Cathedral

Having a boat trip along the city canals you will see lots of magnificent edifices. his is the golden dome of St.Isaac's Cathedral built in 1818 - 1848. St.Isaac was the patron saint of Peter the...
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Admiralty

This huge complex of buildings can be seen from the three main thoroughfares of the city. You can see this tower with the old spire crowned with a weather vane shaped like a caravelle. The spire...
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Hermitage

As any Great Museum of the World Class, the State Hermitage has collections representing human culture from pre-historic times till XX century. At the ground floor you are going to find hall #65 the...
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Grand Palace

The Palace Church was built in 1751 by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. This Church played a special role in the history of the Russian imperial court. In the summer months, when Peterhof...
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