In the very centre of the capital of culture, on Palace Square, there is one of the most important museum complexes in Russia and the entire world – the State Hermitage Museum. Every year more than 4 million tourists come to see Winter Palace architecture. There are more than three million exhibits inside the five…
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In the very centre of the capital of culture, on Palace Square, there is one of the most important museum complexes in Russia and the entire world – the State Hermitage Museum. Every year more than 4 million tourists come to see Winter Palace architecture.
There are more than three million exhibits inside the five main buildings. You will learn the history of the emergence and formation of the collection of one of the twenty most visited museums in the world. You will see unique Winter Palace interiors created by outstanding architects of their time: Karl Bryullov, Andrey Ivanovich Shtakenshneider, Giacomo Quarenghi, and others.
In the summer season, people spend up to several hours in line for tickets. With us, you don’t waste your time – this tour includes skip-the-line tickets to the Hermitage. A comfortable private car takes you from the hotel door directly to the Hermitage entrance.
Together with your guide, you needn’t wait long and can go immediately to the exhibition and enjoy its major attractions. In the solemn Winter Palace by the architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, you will visit:
- Alexander Hall. The room is dedicated to the memory of the events of 1812 and Emperor Alexander I. You will walk among gilded columns under a blue-tinted ceiling and plunge into a military theme with the help of medallions demonstrating battle scenes of World War II on the walls.
- Armorial Hall. One of the largest great halls of 1000 sq. m. You will find yourself in a spacious room surrounded by gold and white colours, massy chandeliers, sculptures of ancient Russian warriors and banners.
- Maria Alexandrovna’s Drawing Room. The magnificent room is in the Rococo style. One of the most luxurious halls looks like the royal chambers of the Moscow Kremlin. You will go along golden walls under a low arched ceiling to the old mansion.
- Malachite Drawing Room. One of the private premises in Alexandra Feodorovna’s chambers is notable for the use of semi-precious stones in the interior design. Malachite objects: vases, two fireplaces, clocks provide a useful supplement to the interior of the Drawing Room.
- White Hall. The room looks like an ancient Roman villa. The highlight of the hall is a sculpture that adorns the entire perimeter of the White Hall.
A personal English-speaking guide will take you for a Hermitage tour of the grand halls of the five buildings with major exposition. In the Small Hermitage, you will see the famous Loggias by Raphael – a replica of the Vatican, in the Pavilion Hall – the room where the Renaissance, Antiquity and the East have come together.
In the building of the New Hermitage, you will enjoy the Mysterious Egyptian Hall, get acquainted with the world of armours and weapons in the Knight’s Hall and have a look at the halls of the Antique culture. In the halls of the Great Hermitage, you will see the works of famous Renaissance painters Vecellio Titian and Leonardo da Vinci.
During the four-hour tour you will admire the most famous masterpieces:
- Egyptian Mummy. One of the oldest exhibits dated the X century BC. In total, the collection includes at least 5 mummified bodies.
- Malachite vase. A masterpiece of the Ural stonemasons made according to the drawings by A. Galberg.
- Peacock Clock. To date, the exhibit is the only existing mechanism by James Cox in the world.
- Kolyvan queen vase. The largest vase in the world made by man.
- Black Square by Kazimir Malevich. One of the most recognizable paintings of the XX century.
After the walk, you will be taken by private car directly to the hotel.
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10.00 Meeting at the hotel to visit the Hermitage
10.30-14.00 Visit to the Hermitage Museum
10.30 Entrance to the Winter Palace from the Commandant's Entrance or from the Main Entrance from the Palace Embankment
10.40 The visit begins with a visit to the Jordan Staircase. Then you will go up to the second floor of the Winter Palace for a tour of the great halls.
11.00-12.30 Visiting the ceremonial halls of the Winter Palace: Rotonda, the Field Marshal's Hall, the Great (Nicolas) Hall, the Malachite Room, the Armorial Hall, the Portrait Gallery of the House of the Romanovs, the Peter the Great Room. You will visit the Small dining-room, where members of the Russian Provisional Government were arrested on the night of October 25-26, 1917. The tour also includes a visit to the private quarters of the Russian emperors and empresses: the library of Nicholas II, the study of Alexander II, where he died after the assassination attempt on March 1, 1881, the Boudoirs of Empress Maria Alexandrovna.
12.40 Exiting the Winter Palace, moving through the gallery of the Middle Ages to the Small Hermitage, visiting the Pavilion Hall with a Peacock Clock and a Hanging garden.
13.00-14.00 A visit to the Great and New Hermitage, a tour of the Italian Renaissance exhibition, Spanish art and the Rembrandt Hall. Then you go down the Soviet Staircase to the first floor, go through the hall with Kolyvan Vase, the Twenty Column hall, the Ancient Egyptian Hall and exit to the Palace Square
14.30-15.00 Lunch at the cafe in the General Staff building
15.10-16.30 Visit to the General Staff building
17.00 Drop off at the hotel
- English-speaking guide
- Skip the line tickets to the Hermitage Museum
- 3-hour private tour in the Hermitage Museum
- Private car
- Excursion in the General Staff Building
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