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Jewish Heritage in Moscow - Private tour

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Jewish Heritage in Moscow - Private tour

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Delve into Moscow’s Jewish heritage on a private tour of historic Jewish sites and synagogues. Alongside a personal guide, you’ll learn about local Jewish traditions, visit the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and admire select synagogues. Plus, explore the neighborhood of Kitay Gorod and enjoy a Kosher lunch (own expense).  
  • Private Jewish heritage tour of Moscow
  • Designed for history buffs and first-time visitors
  • Visit the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center and admire extravagant synagogues
  • Explore the neighborhood of Kitay Gorod and learn about local Jewish traditions
  • Enjoy Kosher Russian dishes at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by foot are included
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Meeting in the hotel
Private tour with a friendly local guide
Multiple start times available
Customized itinerary
Flexibility during the tour
Cultural insight into history, traditions and local life of Jews in Russia
Expert local advice on where to go and what to do after the tour
Entrance fees (optional, not all places have entrance fees)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lobby of your hotel. Please provide the exact name and address of your hotel.
Your guide will meet you at your centrally-located hotel, hostel or vacation rental
You don't need to call to confirm the tour. The local supplier will contact you via email

Greet your guide in the lobby of your Moscow hotel and receive an overview of Moscow’s Jewish heritage. Head to the century-old Moscow Choral Synagogue and is considered to be one of the most important in Russia.

Take a walk through the historic center of Moscow and visit the Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue built by tycoon Lazar Solomonovich Polyakov.

Climb up to the summit of Poklonnaya Hill for dramatic views of the city and visit the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue, which supplements an Orthodox church and a Mosque.

Proceed to Kitay Gorod, for a delicious, Kosher lunch (at your own expense), followed by a tour of Moscow's second-oldest district and learn about its 14th-century history.

Discuss local Jewish traditions and the origins of Russia’s Jewish community before you arrive at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, said to be the biggest Jewish exhibition worldwide.

End the tour at the Museum of Jewish History in Russia or back at your hotel, depending on your preference.    
Stop At:  
Moscow Choral Synagogue
This tour can be customized to make it a unique experience for you. Your private local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and discuss the tour itinerary with you at the beginning of the tour. Timing is flexible and you can start the tour any time you prefer.   Set out on a tour through the hundreds of years of history of the Jewish people in Russia and get a glimpse into local Jewish monuments, relics, and present-day reality. Take part in a discourse about Jewish traditions, society, and ways of life with a museum guide in Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center or Museum of Jewish History of Russia (optional tour).  Itinerary: 10.00 am Meeting the guide in the hotel lobby 11.00 am  Visit the most fundamental synagogue in Russia and in the former Soviet Union – the Moscow Choral Synagogue sanctified nearly 110 years ago. 
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Synagogue On Bolshaya Bronnaya
12.00 Historic walk through the downtown. This historical center is interactive, and permits you to truly touch history in its 12 halls. Visit Bolshaya Bronnaya Synagogue, assembled as a private synagogue by a tycoon Lazar Solomonovich Polyakov.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Victory Park
Climb up Poklonnaya Hill in Victory Park and get dramatic views of Moscow. Take in the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue that supplements an Orthodox church and a Mosque that are likewise a portion of the open air historical center devoted to Russia's triumph in World War II.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kitai-Gorod and Varvarka Street
13.00 Lunch time. Savor a delicious Kosher Lunch (not included in price). 14.00 Explore the Kitay Gorod or Maryina Roscha area, the oldest neighborhoods of Moscow after the Kremlin, developed in the fourteenth century which was home to Jews back in that time.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
14.30 Soak up the atmosphere in the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center – they say it is the biggest Jewish exhibition worldwide. Track the historical backdrop of Russia beginning from the time of Catherine the Great down to our days through the bits of history about the way of life and everyday life of the Jewish people. It is nothing like a traditional museum. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Museum of Jewish History in Russia
15.00 Finish the tour at the museum or get back to your hotel (to be discussed with a guide on tour, depends on your preference).  *The itinerary is subject to change. 
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Private walking tour with the use of metro
  • Please indicate prefer start time in comments when booking
  • The tour can be modified to meet your preferences
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: on Saturdays all the synagogues are closed for tourists (including Moscow Choral Synagogue, the Synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya street, Holocaust Memorial Synagogue) and all the Jewish museums are closed for any visitors (Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre and also the Museum of the History of the Jews in Russia).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Friendly Local Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Jewish Heritage in Moscow - Private tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Jewish Heritage in Moscow - Private tour?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Jewish Heritage in Moscow - Private tour?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Great tour
, Oct 2019
Lucy our tour guide was marvelous! She showed us the synagogues wee wanted to see and was very knowledgeable about the Jewish people.
Tour of Jewish Moscow
, Aug 2019
Kate was outstanding and made it a great experience .She is truly a wonderful asset for Viator. From the start to the finish, she was knowledgeable and personable and we got along very well.
Excellent insight into Jewish community
Bruce W
, Aug 2019
Very personable guide. Very open with us. She gave us a very good view of the Russian Jewish community.
Elena our tour guide was wonderful!
, Jul 2019
The tour is comprehensive. Elena was punctual, kind, knowledgeable and professional. We walked about 14 km that day and also took the Metro. All before 2:30 pm. Great workout!
We had atwo-person Jewish Heritage...
David G
, Jul 2017
We had atwo-person Jewish Heritage our with Julieta. Within a short time, we felt that she was a friend and not just a guide. She was very flexible in changing around what had been originally planned to include other sites that we wanted to see. Because of that, we were able to accomplish all of our goals for that day--Holocaust Memorial, three synagogues, Museum of Tolerance. I'm a historian, and already knew most of the history of Moscow and Russian Jewry, yet this tour added much to my knowledge of this area.

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