Your walking tour begins at your St Petersburg hotel with a 30-minute stroll to the State Hermitage Museum. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will point out some impressive sights, such as Kazan Cathedral, the Anichkov Palace, built in the Baroque style for Empress Elizabeth, and the Admiralty – the site of Russia’s former naval headquarters.
Then enter the magnificent Hermitage, which to any art-lover’s delight holds the largest collection of paintings in the world! Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the six historic buildings include the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
After a short introduction, explore the museum with your guide for at least two hours and enjoy the vast collections of art from the masters. View French Impressionist paintings by Rembrandt and Matisse, as well as those by Picasso. See Italian Renaissance works by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Rafael. Then, visit the Spanish section to admire paintings by Velázquez, Goya and El Greco and those of Rubens and Van Dyck in the Flemish section.
After the tour, you can choose to stay longer to experience the Hermitage Museum on your own or leave with your guide back to the city center.