Because I was apprehensive about the amt of walking, my husband went to the Hermitage the first day without me. He had a great time and took about a 1000 pictures. On the second day we took the canal tour through RC. Though in time I'm sure it will be a fun memory, at the time it was truly miserable. We chose the sit on the upper deck of the boat in the torrential pouring rain so we could see something as the lower deck's window were all fogged up. We did get some great pics though I was almost immediately sick and still am. Once we ended that part of the tour, the tour guide set off at a astounding pace toward the Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Catherine's Cathedral. One woman in our group had apparently had a stoke and walked slowly. We completely lost them. She never stopped, she never counted people. It was nervewracking as we had been told over and over that you couldn't be in Russia w/out a tour guide. She didn't count heads until an hour and a half later, half a mile away, when we were on the bus. "Oh," she says. "We're missing two people." Really. Everyone in the bus knew who it was but her. I was definately not impressed. I was impressed with Russia itself.