The Hermitage Museum will open at night for an evening viewing exclusively for you and your fellow Holland America guests. Located within the Winter Palace, on the banks of the Neva River, the Hermitage Museum is a work of art in itself. Explore the museum, created by Czarina Catherine the Great in 1764 and now ranking among the world's finest museums. Her original purchase of 225 canvasses by Dutch and Flemish masters provided the nucleus of today's collection, which consists of almost three million exhibits and represents many cultures. Today, 353 rooms are filled with masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Giorgione, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and others. Pay special attention to the spectacular staircases, marble structures, malachite columns and highly decorated floors and ceilings in this former residence of the mighty Russian Czars.Notes:Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. The Hermitage requires considerable walking and stair climbing. Tour requires extensive walking. Not available on all sailings. The exact route of the tour is determined by the Hermitage authorities and may vary. Holland America Line pre-pays the required fee for you to use your camera and video camera inside the Hermitage, so there is nothing additional for you pay upon arrival at the museum. This is a convenience and a courtesy we are pleased to extend to all our guests on this tour. Flash photography is not allowed at the Hermitage.
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