The Hermitage is so vast it would take a lifetime to experience all of its treasures. Occupying more than 1,000 rooms and halls, The Hermitage collection includes pieces from every historical period. Built during the reigns of Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, the grandiose, baroque ‘Winter Palace’ and its 4 adjacent buildings house works such as those of Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt, among others. Just as dazzling are the patterned parquet floors, ornate staircases, moulded and painted ceilings, gilded furniture and decorative malachite of the Palace itself. Walk through a selection of the display rooms with your guide, who will relate fascinating facts about the Museum’s history, art and architecture. (Routes around the Hermitage are determined by museum curators therefore we cannot guarantee which works of art will be seen on the day).
Your drive to the Hermitage will take you through a portion of the city of St Petersburg where you’ll see the Neva River Embankment, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Admiralty and Peter-and-Paul Fortress.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The tour involves approximately two hours of walking at a fast pace, including many steps. You are advised that during peak season, the Hermitage can be very crowded and you may be expected to queue outside in all weathers. Camera and video fees are included in the tour cost. Flash photography is not permitted. There is limited opportunity for shopping at the gift shop within the Museum. Credit cards are accepted, and US Dollars and Euros may be accepted, unofficially. It is forbidden to take long overcoats, large bags, umbrellas or bottles inside the Museum.