There will be crowds! Even with the tour guide from our Baltic cruise, there is a process for entering. Once inside, the cruise guide handed us over to a Hermitage guide and you need to be prepared for a lot of walking and standing in those crowds. It is a marvellous museum in more than one building and if you are only there once in your life it would be a shame to miss this wonderful collection of art even though you actually see only the highlights. By the time we got downstairs (after 3 hours) to the gold collection and with another guide describing the holdings there, I was really tired. The guide was extremely knowledgeable but unless you are really interested in ancient Russian gold artifacts, it might be worth choosing a tour that does not include this area. Before I went on this trip, I had read a novel called "The Firebird" that starts in Scotland but most of the story takes place in St. Petersburg and I felt it gave me a good glimpse of ancient Russian history and the Winter Palace which is the Hermitage and Catherine's Palace which is the Summer Palace.
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