St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum Excursion Reviews
Worth the visit
Can't get enough of this. Would spend all day here if we could. Just hoards of famous artworks.
Russia probably had the best tour guide and bus drivers, they were very efficient at getting us in and through the Hermitage in a well organized but rapid pace. The guides used wireless l headsets to communicate and this worked very well.
In before the museum opened, no lines, many rooms our group of 8 was the only one there.
The gold room was well worth the visit
Unbelievable!!! Beautiful!! Impressive!! Fabulous!!!!
We were at the hermitage in the afternoon so it was hot and crowded. We covered the highlights of the museum and had a good amount of free time at the end to look at monet paintings or go to the gift shop. The building is extremely large and covers a wide area of sculptures and artwork.
The tour took us there at the busiest time of the day, and it was impossible to see anything at all. It was an exhausting, unpleasant experience, with the constant fear of losing sight of the guides "lollipop" A major disappointment. We spoke to an American couple who had booked a minibus tour independently, and it was a group of only 4. It gave the guide much greater flexibility, and they visited the Hermitage when it was relatively quiet, though I think it was very expensive indeed.
Beautiful, but wall to wall people.
Overwhelming. Our guide hurried us through a bit, but that was probably necessary.
Over the Top
excellent guide-group tour-a must do-very educational
Must see but incredibly busy. Make sure to see the gold room.
A must visit. Very crowded very rushed. Heard from other passengers that Independent Tours was the way to go. Better arrangements and better value. Cunard very expensive.
Our guide had a great knowledge of the history of the Hermitage and the artwork.
Viewed many of the impressionists works
Never knew that Picasso had done ceramic works until we saw them there
Enjoyed Cross's pointillism work
Again, arrival by hydrofoil is preferable - the Russian police can be most unreasonable about coaches disgorging not entirely able-bodied elderly American tourists. You could spend every day for a month looking round that place, taking in one of the most amazing collections of artwork in the world and being able to get right up close to masters so you can examine each brush stroke without being fenced off or peering through glass.
Not enough time to see everything, we were separated from the rest of the tour group and lost them at one point.
An exhausting 2 hour tour but we saw some of the major things we wanted to see. A wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide.
Huge crowds made the museum a disappointment. It would have been enjoyed much more it we could actually get close to the art work!
A word of warning...much of the museum is not air conditioned and windows are left closed to keep moisture out. Huge crowds + no air conditioning = hot!
You can never tire of going to the Hermitage Museum. There are works of art to suit everyone's taste. Three hours just flew by. We were lucky enough to go first thing in the morning when, although crowded, you could still get round easily. Our guide even found lifts for me and my scooter so that I could keep up with our group.
The Hermitage Museum is amazing so much to see. It was very crowded in June and we were walked through at a fast pace. I would love to go back when there are less people and have a guide to ourselves.
Mind Bogling......Fantastic don't miss this...
Lot of walking but worth it.
An evening trip to the Winter Palace and Hermitage, which included a concert. I felt sorry for those who had opted for the Ballet and were forced to go in jeans and trainers! The Hermitage tour guide was Dutch and was honest enough to explain that a sensible tour would not cover everything. Finishing up with a concert and a glass of champagne was excellent. My advice would be that three tours in one day is too much and P&O ought to warn about the risk of being a bit frazzled at the end.
Lana took us to the Gold Room (jewelry, gold work, silver) where the Museum guide gave a commentary, translated by Lana (who was frustrated at not being the guide; we told her to just give us her own spiel and skip the translation.) The museum guide was very dour, not very excited about these treasures. Lana selected a limited number of paintings or work for each art period, so we didn't have to stand for hours listening to commentary. The building itself is a gem.
Evening visit with a short concert by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra finishing it off. If you do one tour do this, the museum is closed to all but cruise guests so you have space and time to scratch the surface of the collection at the Hermitage.
Too much to see. Done't even blink or a major item will be missed.