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Curator-led Private tour: Hermitage Museum Including Tours of Diamond and Gold Rooms (4 hours)

The most prized section of the Hermitage - and definitely the most difficult to get into - is the Treasure Galleries, that consists of 2 parts - The Gold Room and The Diamond Room. The Galleries contain one of the best fine jewelry collection in the world. Take a tour of the Hermitage Treasure Galleries (also known as the Diamond Room and Gold Room) with a Hermitage Curator! These are the most prized sections of the Hermitage. The Diamond Room has the biggest collection of the Russian Emperor's fine jewellery and the Gold Room is a spectacular collection of gold, silver, and royal jewels that belonged to the Russian tsars. It has the best and biggest collection of Scynthian Gold in the world. The Romanovs (the Russian Emperor's dynasty) were the richest family in the world at the beginning of the 20th century, and their collections are really worth seeing. Experience the luxury of the Russian Emperors and ancient kingdoms and afterwards have a private guided tour of the other exhibitions of the Hermitage!
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Led by an art historian
  • All entrance fees included
  • Likely to Sell Out

St. Petersburg used to be the capital of the Russian Empire and the Romanov's (the Russian Emperor's dynasty) were the richest family in the world at the beginning of the 20th century; the Diamond Room houses the biggest collection of the Russian Emperor's finest jewellery. As a result, this collection is really worth seeing!

The Gold Room houses a significant collection of archaeological finds - the famous Ancient Greek gold, the world's biggest and best collection of Scythian gold, oriental jewellery items from India, Iran and China, as well as superb examples of ceremonial oriental weapons. It consists of around 1,500 works in total, made from gold and dating from the 7th century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. 

Access to the Diamond and Gold Rooms (also called Treasure Galleries) is usually by pre-arranged appointment only, with no exceptions, and a regular tour usually lasts for 30 minutes and you would have to be part of a large group. Also, due to extremely high demand usually you cannot visit both Galleries on the same day either. So this private 4-hours tour is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and not to be missed! 

Your private tour of the Diamond and Gold Rooms will take place with curators, who actually curate the rooms themselves. All of the curators at the museum have aPhD. in art history and are real connoisseurs of art. They are also extremely enthusiastic about their collection. You will have 1 hour 15 minutes for each room to look at the unique jewellery masterpieces. The curators will share details with you that you won't find in the guidebooks.

You will also have a 1 hour and 20 minute private guided tour of the other exhibitions at one of the best museums in the world: The State Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, is the biggest museum in the World (together with the Louvre in Paris, they are in competition for the World's "No 1" in terms of exhibition space, number of items and collections etc.). The buildings that the Hermitage occupies are brilliant examples of European architecture. The walls of these buildings have also seen a great number of important historical events - from Peter the Great to Nicolay II. Every visitor can feel the force of Russian history here. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Departure time: 11:00 AM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional art historian English/German/French-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Private skip-the-line Diamond and Gold Rooms visit with a Curator
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Hermitage
  • Entrance fees
  • As-long-as-you-want stay in the Hermitage museum after the Rooms tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (there is a cafe inside the museum where you can take a break for lunch)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide/driver (optional)
Additional expenses

 

Additional info
  • Before entering the Hermitage Museum, you must cross the metal-detector (for safety reasons)
  • The tour price already includes all the taxes & fees, you will not see any of them later during the checkout.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Hermitage urges you not to be late - in the case of delay, they reserve the right to cancel or shorten the tour

Departure and Return
Departure point: 

main entrance to the Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace). It is located at Palace Square, the gates with the golden Two-

Headed Eagle (Russian Coat of Arms)

Departure time: due to extremely high demand, the exact departure time of the tour will be confirmed 1 day before
The tour will usually start between 11am and 2pm.
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Return details: tour concludes at the Hermitage Museum. After the tour is finished, you can stay there as-long-as you want to explore more of the Museum's collections on your own

Sights included in program

Saint Petersburg : Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum is the world culture encyclopaedia written in Russian. It is a unique museum that combines a beautiful art collection with the memory of Russian national history. This is a museum of culture, a museum of art, a museum of Russian history, and also the museum of Russian architecture. The whole Hermitage is where the heritages of different nations were collected and displayed. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the w... Read more
Hermitage Museum : Hermitage Diamond Room
The Hermitage Diamond Room is a breathtaking museum, famous for priceless gems that used to belong to the Romanov family as well as diplomatic gifts to Russian court. The Diamond Rooms showcase masterpieces of Russian and European jewelry art and private family collections, as well as pieces of church art and some works by Fabergé. It is an absolutely fascinating collection of snuff-boxes, watches, pendants, pins, mirrors, earrings, r... Read more
Hermitage Museum : Hermitage Gold Room
Possibly the most prized section of the famous Hermitage is the fabulous Golden Room, a spectacular collection of gold, silver, and royal jewels that belonged to the Russian tsars. The Gold Room presents a significant collection of archeological finds—the famous Ancient Greece gold, the best in the world collection of Scythian gold, numerous royal gifts and a fabulous collection of Eastern European jewelry made by the most prominent je... Read more

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