The State Hermitage Museum is a highlight of St Petersburg, the second largest art museum in the world and a must-do for culture lovers. Founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great acquired a private art collection, its five buildings, including the magnificent Winter Palace, now house the most impressive antiquities. You will also find art by famous painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Matisse, Picasso and Rembrandt, and Michelangelo’s sculpture, Crouching Boy You will pay a special visit to the Diamond oom, where the largest collection of the Russian Emperor’s fine jwellery is located. It showcases masterpieces of Russian and European jewellery art from private assortents and works by Fabergé. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Russian lunch with vodka tasting and a tour of the vodka museum. This afternoon, spend time at the Palace Square, the central city square of St Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. The iconic Alexander Column is located here, and the square is also home to the Winter Palace and one of St Petersburg’s oldest buildings, The Admiralty. You will also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, which is the original citadel.