The Masterpieces of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Collection
The tour to the Hermitage is much more than just a visit to an art gallery. Besides the fact that Hermitage possesses one of the largest collections in the world (about 3 million exhibits, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, applied art, furniture, etc. ), it is located in 5 buildings along the Neva River and General Staff building where the works by French Impressionists and modernists are displayed. The main Royal Residence of Russian Imperial family - the Winter Palace, where the world famous gems are kept, also shows its splendid interiors and keeps memory of the Bolshevik Revolution that succeeded in one of its 1500 rooms. Beautiful baroque styled building of the Palace was designed in the middle of the XVIIth century by Italien Architect Rastrelli, and the first royalty to move in was Catherine the Great - the one to start the collection in 1764. During this tour we will talk not only about art from ancient to modern times, but about history of Romanoffs, Russia and Europe as well.
During this "classical" tour we will see the pearls of the collection:
1) State Rooms of the Winter Palace
2) Italian Renaissance (Works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Caravaggio)
3) Spanish Art (Velasquez, Murillo, El Greco)
4) Dutch Art (Rembrandt)
5) Flemish Art (Rubens)
6) French Art (Impressionists, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the entrance to the Museum (we should get in touch before to specify which entrance it will be). If you are staying far away, or do not wish to walk I can arrange trasnportation for additional cost or help you book the taxi.
End location: We will end the tour at the Hermitage, you can stay in the museum after the end of the tour until it closes.
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
This tour is not available on Mondays, since Hermitage is closed.
We will be walking around the Hermitage Museum
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 rubles - You will need cash if you wish to have something to eat at the Hermitage cafe as they only accept rubles cash
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Irina was a very knowledgeable & overall perfect tour guide. Our small group was able to do a quick walking tour of the main area of St. Petersburg, and then a tour of the Hermitage. She was extremely knowledgeable of all the art the Hermitage has to offer, and was able to meet our limited req. of seeing 'the best the Hermitage has to offer in just 2 hours'. I won't do another museum tour without a guide like this. Very conversational w/ perfect English - overall one of the best tours I've done from here.