More exotic than Hermitage. Another must see. Do not be confused. Catherine's palace,Pushkin, and Summer palace are the same place.Note-they charge you $4 to take photos. Your guide collects it. However, no one seems to be enforcing it. I just took all that I wanted to and no one said a thing.
Catherine Palace Rating:
Tip-the best way to get inside pictures of both Catherine's and Hermitage to to google it when you get home.--Much better and the crowds are not in them.
Words cannot describe it. A world class exhibition of artists that you know. One of the things you must do while there. Negative--Very crowded and not enough time.You have to pay to take pictures but no one seems to be enforcing it. In fact,the guards in each room were almost sleeping.
Hermitage Museum Rating:
Shopping-all of the excursions take you to the same place.I have an idea that the excursion company owns it. They always wanted to know what ship you came from. But it seemed a good place to but things from Russia that were of good quality. They take credit cards,Russian money as well as Euros-but best to use credit cards. This excursion included lunch with wine if you wanted it--Local and pretty good.
Loved it. It rained on us but so what. They do have inside seats for that. Got to see the city from the Neva. Also included an inside tour of the Church on spilled blood. This building was my favorite in St. Petersburg. I would recommend it the river cruise. Took our picture in front of the Church on spilled blood.
Neva River Cruise Rating:
You have to take some kind of excursion just to get off ship. Immigration was no hassle. No wait unless a lot of people were going through.
City Tour Rating:
Went there after a long day of Hermitage and Catherine's. Full orchestra,choir, and both men and women dancers. Excellent presentation. I have no idea what they were singing. But first class.
Tip-They also have a Russian folkloric show on board the second day. Not as excellent as the night show but a good sample anyway. Some of the same performers but a much smaller show. The ship packed us a box meal since we did not have time between excursions.