Guided tour

St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

From £37.59 per person

Tour the world-renowned Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg with a 3-hour guided visit. Walk the reception halls of the Winter Palace, and tour the art gallery to behold the great masterpieces of Western European art. Then explore the rest at leisure.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Russian
Pickup optional
Your guide will be meeting you at the arrival area of the port with the company logo sign to travel together by car to join a group for the tour. After the tour the return port transfer will be organized.
Wheelchair accessible
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit one of the largest art galleries in the world on a 3-hour guided tour
  • Enjoy one of the best Western European art collections in the world
  • See masterpieces from Raphael, Leonardo, Rembrandt, and many more
  • Experience the grandeur of the former winter imperial residence
  • Visit the Treasure Room or Hermitage Archive on request
Full description
The State Hermitage Museum ranks with the Louvre, Prado, and Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of the world's most important and richest art galleries. Explore the museum and learn more about its founding and collections during a 3-hour guided tour in St. Petersburg. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Raphael and Leonardo's "Madonna", Titian's "St. Sebastian", and Rembrandt's "Return of the Prodigal Son", as well as "The Golden Peacock" by James Cox and "Crouching Boy" by Michelangelo are just a few of the superb works of Western European art in the Hermitage. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons and Byzantine applied art. You can visit the Treasury of the Hermitage as a special add-on tour. Please note that the Treasury tour is by request and subject to the confirmation by the museum. After you have been given a comprehensive overview by your guide, you will be able to remain in the Hermitage, admiring the vast array of art, for the remainder of the day. The other popular add-on to the highlights tour is a tour of the Impressionists' collection located in the General Staff Building.
Includes
  • Museum admission
  • Guided visit in a small group
  • Photo permits
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present a negative rapid test taken on the same day of the activity
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • The visit is in a small group, limited to maximum 10 persons. Private arrangements and discounts for groups of more than 8 are available. Please leave the name of your St. Petersburg hotel in case the supplier needs to contact you before the tour. Transfer to the museum can be arranged at the extra cost
  • If you travel by a cruise ship, please choose the visa-free option. Please be aware that the tour voucher does not give you an automatic right for a visa-free entry and the special documentation has to be arranged by a tour operator
  • The Impressionists collection is not included in the regular price. It is a separate add-on
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1548 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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I would highly recommend using Get a Guide when visiting the Hermitage museum, particularly now with the covid protocols in place & numbers of tourists being allowed access into the Hermitage controlled & the routes to choose from. Our guide Tim was very knowledgable & an expert in his field. Before starting out tour he gave us some interesting background & history of the Winter Palace, Alexander Column & the General Staff Building. During our tour of the Hermitage Tim’s talked us through each room, highlighting important details & pointing interesting things to see, which if we were not on a guided tour would be missed, for example how the ceilings & inlaid floors mirror each other in the Throne Room. His art knowledge is vey good & he shared insights into the artists techniques, styles & what to look for in the paintings, which was very interesting.

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5 August 2021

Tim, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with all our questions. His english was excellent and the visit of Hermitage was very exciting. We took one at 3pm and due to covid there weren’t many people there. It took us almost 3 hours but with Tim’s guide it was great.

18 June 2021

Our family can strongly recommend Wilson tour . Booked a tour to Hermitage in advanced lasting 3h . No other participants so we had our own private guide Valeria Feodorova for ourselves. Perfect ! Valeria was professional and have a lot of knowledge that she shared with us. We had a good tour . I think it's wise to explore the Hermitage museum with a good tour guide . Nice experience overall when in St.Petersburg.

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3 March 2020

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