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. These are the rules of the Hermitage.
Transportation 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 on the Palace Square, near Alexander Column.
Tour of the main complex - about 3 hours
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, Van Dyck, Rubens and more. Then the private quarters of the Winter Palace.
Everything is variable! If you prefer interiors to paintings, old masters, Impressionsits. . . or 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 you more time for the section you're most interested in.
About 30 min to sit down, have a drink or snacks and walk across the Palace Square to the General Staff building.
Great collection of Impressionists, Post Impressionists - Сezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso is accommodated there and for sure worth visiting. The tour there is about 1 hour.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
Monday is day off
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1 rubles - If your hotel isn't close enough to walk to the Hermitage you'll need rubles 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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Excellent guide for the Hermitage, shares her knowledge, asks about her client's preferences, manages to work around crowds -- even spotted a place to sit when the cafe was quite busy. The pace was comfortable and we managed to cover an amazing amount of territory.