Highlights of the Hermitage
The Hermitage has only a few equals around the world, comparable for the scale and quality of the collections and beauty of the exhibition halls. Nowhere else is the museum of culture and art so tightly fused with history of the country. The museum covers the imperial winter residence with the main throne room of the Russian Empire, works of art purchased by Catherine the Great, when she started the Hermitage, paintings by Rembrandt, Leonardo and Raphael as well as works by Impressionists and throughout the twentieth century to Picasso.
You DON'T NEED to book ENTRANCE TICKETS online. I'll do the booking for you, it's included in the cost of the tour. If you do booking yourself your guide also needs a ticket as other individual visitors (and we queue to get it ). These are the rules of the Hermitage. It's more work for you and more difficulties for me to save your time and avoid a line at the entrance.
Trnsportation is not included! Will be glad to arrange a private transportation for you upon request.
I'll meet you in the lobby of your hotel or by the central "golden" gate of the Winter Palace and we'll walk (go by taxi or pre-arranged car) to the Hermitage. There you'll see the state rooms of the Winter Palace, masterpieces of European art (old masters)- Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt, Velasquez, El Greco, Rubens and the private quarters of the Winter Palace.
Everything is variable! If you prefer interiors to paintings, old masters or Impressionsits or if there is something you like particularly, don't hesitate to say! In that case I'll arrange our tour in the way that will give us more time for the section you're most interested in.
Important! Impressionists, Post-Impresionists, Matisse, Picasso are in the General Staff building now across the Palace Square! If you're interested in seeing these artists with me please let me know when you book!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: lobby of your hotel or where it is convenient for you.
End location: The Hermitage
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
Monday is day off,
If we go to General Staff building the tour can be a bit longer, about 4 hours insread of 3,5.
taxi, public transport, walking
I can book a car for you, in this case the car will be waiting for us, while we're in the museum.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
400 rubles - You may need some extra roubles for the museum cafe if you decide to make a short coffee break, as they DON'T take CREDIT CARDS, dollars or euros.
If your hotel isn't close enough to walk to the Hermitage you'll need roubles for public transport or taxi. Taxi will be about 300-600 rubles one way, depends on the distance. Public transport is cheap, you can have 100 rubles per person.
I am not permitted to guide in the Russian language in the museums - only English.
In Russian can be only city tours.
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We spent a fabulous and interesting morning touring the Hermitage and surrounding buildings with Irina. She knows everything there is to know about the buildings and the artwork, and guided us through the museum (before it opened to the public) on a "greatest of the great" half day tour. Our entire family learned so much and enjoyed all of the time we spent with Irina. She is friendly, knowledgeable, warm, and a pleasure to spend time with.