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“Probably a once in a lifetime”

Around the Hermitage
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Diamond Room in the Hermitage Museum with a Curator including All Day admission...
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Private tour: The Hermitage Museum and 3-course Traditional Russian Lunch with...
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

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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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is the winter palace, and both an amazing castle to tour, and exceptional museum of art and antiquities. It is huge, and very crowded. Plan to spend enough time to see it.

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Very well organised tour which was part of our Baltic Cruise. Excellent, knowledgable guide. We visited first thing in the morning before the crowds which was a good move. A wonderful collection of art by famous artists. Only got a taste of it as one could spend weeks here. Very opulent, gold leaf rooms with beautiful designed wooden flooring in magnificent different woods. Saw the Picasso, Renoir, Monet to name but a few. Very lovely.

Thank Jenny E
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

One of the largest collections of art in the world. Allow for the long lines (take a private tour and bypass the lines). Prepare yourself to see only a few highlights as the art is contained in multiple buildings. The main building is not air conditioned.
You will experience sensory overload.

Thank Richard J
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We stopped at St. Petersbrg on a cruise (July 2011), and with a couple of days to spend here, this was the first stop on our list. We spent most of the day here, and I would definitely recommend doing the same. You need a lot of time to look around everything that the museum has to offer and take it all in. It is very busy here, but there are so many different rooms you can always head to the quieter areas first and make your way back around. So much to take in, and each room is more amazing than the last, make this a definite destination stop!

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