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Julia was an excellent guide. She picked us up right on time and was very helpful to us. We had a 2 year old toddler and she was considerate and patient whenever my toddler roams and causes racket. I just want to clarify in this tour that the pick-up from the hotel is actually a guide picking you up and you walk all the way to the hermitage while they point out historical stuff while you walk. I was under an expectation that there would be some transfers my mistake. Because we have a baby and I kept on slipping in the snow, Julia offered to get a taxi which was what I really needed. We learned a lot at the hermitage. Thank you to Julia.
Roman was very pleasant , knowledgeable and very helpful
W had an excellent view of the enormous Hermitage - we saw so much more with his guidance
No queueing and picked up from our hotel
We were very pleased with the guide. She was very knowledgeable, and did and excellent job. She gave us the most of touring the Hermitage galleries that one can do in the space of three hours. During the walk to the Hermitage, our guide provided interesting information of the sites, churches and other buildings we passed along the way. We would recommend this tour to anyone with limited time to view the Hermitage galleries.
We were 3 adults on this trip. Great experience. The guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable and service minded. The tour was just as described and well worth the price. There was very much to see and difficult to find your way, so the guide made it a much better visit than we would have been able to get by ourselves. The Hermitage is a large compound and after this tour we were quite satisfied with culture and history and happy to leave the premises and take lunch.
Having a guide to walk you through the Hermitage is a must to make the experience enjoyable. Our guide, knowledgeably guided us through the labyrinth of halls and exhibitions, pointing out things of interest and asking us what we would like to see. Her knowledge of Russian history and Art history really added to our experience. She was personable and very easy to communicate with. Money well spent.
Our knowlegable and wonderful guide, Lida, withMariaRose Tours spoke English clearly. Besides she was very nice. She was on time to pick us up at our hotel. She walked with us to the Hermitage and told us a Lot about Russian History through the paintings of the Czars. When her tour was over she showed us how we could find art highlights that same afternoon and told us about some some other sites to visit. One very nice tour.
This was a fantastic tour with my very knowledgable guide, Lida. She met me at my hotel and we talked about the city as we strolled to the Hermitage. She took care of most of the hassle of getting in and guided me through the entry process. I wouldn't say that we got early access but rather easier access, which still counts for a lot at this venue. I don't recommend visiting for the first time without a guide. Not only did Lida know much about the history of the place, she was able to point me to details that I would have definitely missed without her. In addition, it's quite easy to get lost and I would have wasted much time going from specific site to site without her direction. Which I did quite a lot after she left me... It was also quite a bonus to have a one-on-one experience with a guide as the contrast to the large group tours was obvious.
This Tour is highly recommended! Our knowledgable and well English speaking guide showed us all important sights outside and inside the Hermitage. Plenty of Russian history. Inside the tour was tailored to our needs of the different pieces of art we wanted to see. All in all well worth the money!
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you get the tour guide Roman, you will get the best tour you've probably ever had. We spent 5 hours in the Hermitage, and an hour walking about the city from our hotel where he met us to the Hermitage. Full of enthusiasm, knowledge and facts. He knows everything about everything in there. Really quite amazing. Can tell he loves the museum, loves the city and loves Russia. Great guide, and the museum is good too!
We were picked up at our hotel at 10AM and had a guided walk thru centrum towards the Hermitage Hotel. I highly qualified guide told us about the buildings we passed.
At Hermitage we were met be another guide that had our entrance-tickets no waiting at all, and had a very nice guided 2h-tour in the Hermitage.
I can highly recommend this - great value for money.
Leider was a very knowledgeable and personable guide. The Hermitage is huge and she was helpful in making it not feel too overwhelming. A very good tour.
Our trip was fantastic the courier named Leader was spot on time and very very good. She was so good we booked a further trip to the Summer Palace for the following day. Again spot on time and very informative. She also arranged our transfer from our hotel to the airport. The taxi arrived 30 mims early which was fantastic. Overall we will certainly recommend you to other people.
Overwhelming experiance, Even a full week would not have been enough.
Our guide was prompt, very friendly and knowledgable. We were the only two on the tour and were treated with some extra attention. Thank you Lida. To see what we saw at the Hermitage in the time would not have been possible without a guide. The only way to go.
The Winter Palace is spectacular. It contains many works of art by some of the most famous painters of the past. The interior rooms are just beautiful and the outside of the buildings are splendid. We loved it all!
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