Forget going to St Petersburg in the summer when all the other travellers have taken the best hotels and there are people in all your photos. Get there early January, beat the crowds and get the snow capped photos that will impress all your friends.....well that was our reasoning anyhow. Coming from Australia you are not going to find any city covered in snow and the Russians know how to deal with it.
Sure, it was -25 for a couple of days but if you layer up and have good boots it doesn't matter. Our guide knew all the facts and was so nice we also booked her and a driver to take us to the Catherine Palace and a city tour the next day for 5 hours. The workmanship will blow you away and the fact the nazis flattened it and they rebuilt it has to impress everyone. The Amber Room at the Catherine Palace was stolen and never found so they reconstructed a new one, piece by piece as per the original photos !!!
SPECIAL TIP Early Jan is Russian Xmas time, taking a tour gets you in the side door so you don't have to line up in the snow :
Its a must to have a guide take you through this magnificent museum.
We really enjoyed this tour. Very knowledgeable guide. Showing the highlights of the hermitage. Handy helpful tips too. Highly recommend. We went on a Wednesday which meant that we could enjoy rest of day looking around in our own time.
Brilliant and knowledgeable explanation
Great! We were picked up by Elena in our hotel and had a nice and informative walk to the museum and then another 2.5 hours there. The museum is huge so it is good to have someone to show you around and tell you interesting stories about the most significant rooms and painting.
Best tour ever !!!
Our tour guide was very informative and set the pace of the tour to suit myself
and my grandson. As my grandson is studying history at university, she was able to answer all his questions in depth.
The Hermitage is a wonderful museum which I would recommend to everyone to visit with our tour guide. Thank you.
We highly recommend this
Amazing-we had the same guide for this tour and the Catherine Palace-Lida-she was brilliant-really interesting, informative and kept the four of us totally engrossed for well over three hours!
We were collected at our hotel at 10am. Our tour guide was Leider, only my husband and myself on the tour. We can't praise Leider enough, her knowledge and professional approach was superb, we spent 3hrs with her, she is a very pleasant and very nice young women, and we felt over lucky to have her for a guide. I would highly recommend both the tour and Leider.
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