We did the 10 hour Peterhof/Hermitage excursion. The Peterhof piece should have been excellent, but was a major disappointment. Bad things NOT the responsibility of the organizers: No indoor pictures allowed, extremely crowded corridors, cloak room area (they made me check even my light windbreaker type jacket) is crazy and takes away valuable time. Negatives that are the responsibility of the organizers: poor timing resulted in just a few minutes in the beautiful outside gardens, an arrogant tour guide who, while very knowledgeable, was not very personable or mindful of our time, and finally, a total waste of time eating lunch at a horrible restaurant in the city. Overall, what should have been a great experience was a terrible morning saved a little by the afternoon at the Hermitage.
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