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Spend a day exploring St Petersburg's magnificent Hermitage and pay a private small-group visit to the museum's Diamond Room, renowned for its priceless gem collection. Enjoy over an hour within this renowned treasury in the company of a knowledgable art historian and curator. Marvel at jewels dating as far back as 3,000 BCE, see exquisite Fabergé works and learn about the Romanov's excessive wealth while discovering this unique collection. Afterward, tour the Hermitage's vast exhibition halls with an all-day admission ticket, taking in works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Van Gogh.
All day pass is very good to appreciate the Museum. We saw Rafael, Rubens, Rembrandt. One day is probably not enough to cover all the halls. Thursday is free admission though but long queues to get in.
Diamond Room is a good addition to the day. You do need to have extra ticket to get in so this tour did allow to see the pieces which are not open for general public viewing. There were no diamond crowns inside but nevertheless magnificent jewellery making craftsmanship displayed. Do visit.
Our guide Ilya was very knowledgeable. He managed to help us avoid the crowds as much as was possible and really helped to show us the important collections in the museum.
Alexandria was excellent! The only negative was it has hard to hear her translation through the docent. But, she was extremely knowledgable and very nice!
Esin K United Kingdom
Truly enjoyed the whole tour. Both of the guides Anastasia and Ilya were very friendly and knowledgable.
The tour was excellent, very informative, both guides knew their history and as we were interested even our Russian speaking guide started speaking to us in English. The only downside was that I was expecting to see the jewels in your photo of the tour, in fact we seemed to see more gold items. That part I found disappointing.
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