The Hermitage Museum is often referred to as the best in St Petersburg, but it has some serious competition from the private Fabergé Museum in the Neoclassical Shuvalov Palace. Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg bought the palace to house his priceless collection of artwork, and the building itself is something of a masterpiece. You’ll find the art among parquet floors and tapestried walls that point towards the decadence of Russia’s Imperial Age. There are over 4,000 pieces of art, dating back to the 19th century, but the star attraction is undoubtedly the Fabergé egg display. Only 50 imperial eggs were ever made by jeweller to the Tsars, Carl Fabergé. You’ll be able to see the world’s largest collection of these at the museum. These include the Rosebud Egg, the Lilies-of-the-Valley Egg, the Hen Egg, the Order of St George Egg, and the most valuable of all – the Coronation Egg. Each egg is unique and quite ornate – they’re enamelled and encrusted with jewels.
There is about 40 steps in the museum.
If you’re planning to go ashore in St Petersburg and you're joining us on one of our organised shore excursions, you will be covered by our group visa. But if you wish to go ashore independently at anytime, you’ll need to obtain your own visa from the Russian Federation Embassy prior to your cruise.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.