Duration - 3 hours
Can be shorter or longer upon request.
For a group of 1-2 people - 80 Euro
For a group of 3-4 people - 90 Euro
For a group of 5-10 people -110 Euro
Includes: meeting with me at the lobby of your hotel and my guiding services around the highlightes of the Hermitage.
Doesn't include the Hermitage entrance fee which is 14 Euro. I will book the tickets in advance to avoid the lines to the museum.
Description of the tour.
During my tour you will see all the high lights. Usually the tour takes about 3 hours. If you are in hurry we can make it shorter. Or longer if you wish to see more.
During my tour you will see the most beautiful Gala rooms in the Winter Palace, you will know about history of the Russian tzars and soviet periods in a context of the Winter Palace.
After Gala rooms we will pass through 30 rooms of the Italian art. We will see the masterpieces of such geniuses as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto.
After, we will go to the rooms of the Spanish art. Our Spanish collection is considered to be the largest after Madrid. Velasquez, El Greco, Goya and many others are placed in two rooms.
Then there will be the Dutch and Flamish works of art: Gerard Terborch, Paulus Potter, Williem Kalf, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrand, who's collection is the largest after the Rembrandt's museum in Amsterdam and consists of 25 paintings.
The third floor of the Winter Palace houses an exhibition of the main schools of painting of the late 19th - early 20th century, Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism. You will enjoy the works by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, August Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin. We have 2 rooms of the the early and late periods of Pablo Picasso's work.
Then you will know why we have the largest collection of Henri Matisse in the world and will be able to make sure with your own eyes. You will understand what is the meaning of Matisse words: "the painter must have a gift of colour, just as a singer must have a voice".
My excursion is very easy and enjoyable for people who are not very familiar with the arts. In the same time it is very informative, and I'm sure even if you know a lot about arts you will learn some new and very interesting information.
I promise, you will never regret having the professional guide in the Hermitage. If you would like to hire me for this tour you have to notify in advance(at least 1 day before), as I need time to book the tickets. If we don't book the tickets in advance we will waste long time in the huge lines.
Few words about the Hermitage museum.
The Hermitage museum is one of the must see places in Saint-Petersburg. Sometimes tourists think that the Winter Palace and the Hermitage are the different buildings. But I'm going to deny this frequent mistake. The Hermitage is the name of the world known collection which is displayed in six buildings, the main one being the Winter Palace which used to be the official residence of the Russian tzars.
The Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world, it ranks among the Louvre in Paris, Prado in Madrid, Metropolitan in New York, London museum. It used to be the biggest before the Soviet period in Russia when many works of arts were sold out abroad. Now the collection numbers about 3 mln. items. It is said that if you spent 1 minute looking at each exhibit, it would take you about 9 years to get out the exit.
The Winter Palace by A.Petrosyan