I only gave this 4 stars because our 3 hours there weren't enough. Even we hurried through, we were only able to see a few of the over 2 million paintings, sculptures, etc. Phenomenal museum with some of the most famous paintings in the world.
One of the major parts of the two day package. Be prepared to queue and the place is absolutely packed so there is no hanging around to admire things. Think of it as a taster rather than "seeing" the Hermitage.
Not enough time, impressionists moved out of museum to another museum not included in tour, what we did see was rushed due to the need for tour to get to souvenir shop. We spent more time in souvenir shop than in museum.
A 'must' for any visitor to St. Petersburg. I marvelled at the palace itself but found the tour slightly disappointing because we didn't have enough time in the galleries with so many other tour groups there. Most disappointing of all was the absence of the collection of Impressionists which has now been moved to another building.
This museum housed mainly in the "winter Palace" is unbelievable. The artifacts, paintings, memorabilia, sculptures, etc. has to make for one of the most extensive collections in the world.The Grand Staircase is very "grand" to say the least. Our guide said it would take 7 years (yes, years) to go through the whole collection of everything contained there giving each article more than just a walk by. There is lots in the "basement or wherever things not on display are kept.
THe Hermitage opened at night just for the cruise passengers on the Sat. we were in port. What a wonderful perspective of the art work and palace with all of those candelabaras and chandeliers glowing!
Rushed through so fast, of a nine hour day we only spent one hour inside, walking here to there the entire time. Guide was good. Both days we stopped to shop for tourist crap instead of real local goods. Cost was outrageous, $495 per person which, if booked locally, ran less than half that.
Very nice tours of the Hermitage and churches. St. Pete is a very interesting city. Lots of history. Tour guides were good, spoke really good English and were knowledgable. The Hermitage gets extremely busy! Be prepared. Lots of walking and stairs.
Massive place that you can only touch on in a short visit. Our guide had selected certain rooms to be of interest and as she was good it worked fine for us. As you'd expect in a place this size there are some parts that are amazing, others of less interest to an individual. Our guide made sure we saw things well and weren't too rushed
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