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  • Location:St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

State Hermitage Museum Small-Group Walking Tour

Admire renowned paintings and sculptures by Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso and Van Dyk, on this inspiring small-group walking tour of the State Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s largest and oldest museums, housing more than 3 million works of art in its collection. Led by an expert guide, you will view masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and French Impressionists, as well as works by Spanish and Flemish artists, and even see a few St Petersburg attractions on the way.

This tour is limited to six people, providing a small-group experience with your guide.


  • Guided 3-hour walking tour to and inside the State Hermitage Museum
  • See St Petersburg landmarks like the Admiralty, Anichkov Palace and Kazan Cathedral
  • Admire collections by Matisse, Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Velázquez and Van Dyck
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 6 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

State Hermitage Museum Small-Group Walking Tour

Inside the Hermitage Museum

Your walking tour begins at your St Petersburg hotel with a 30-minute stroll to the State Hermitage Museum. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will point out some impressive sights, such as Kazan Cathedral, the Anichkov Palace, built in the Baroque style for Empress Elizabeth, and the Admiralty – the site of Russia’s former naval headquarters.

Then enter the magnificent Hermitage, which to any art-lover’s delight holds the largest collection of paintings in the world! Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the six historic buildings include the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.

After a short introduction, explore the museum with your guide for at least two hours and enjoy the vast collections of art from the masters. View French Impressionist paintings by Rembrandt and Matisse, as well as those by Picasso. See Italian Renaissance works by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Rafael. Then, visit the Spanish section to admire paintings by Velázquez, Goya and El Greco and those of Rubens and Van Dyck in the Flemish section.

After the tour, you can choose to stay longer to experience the Hermitage Museum on your own or leave with your guide back to the city center.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Leider was a very knowledgeable and personable guide. The Hermitage is huge and she was helpful in making it not feel too overwhelming. A very good tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our trip was fantastic the courier named Leader was spot on time and very very good. She was so good we booked a further trip to the Summer Palace for the following day. Again spot on time and very informative. She also arranged our transfer from our hotel to the airport. The taxi arrived 30 mims early which was fantastic. Overall we will certainly recommend you to other people.
Max Kislingbury

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Overwhelming experiance, Even a full week would not have been enough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was prompt, very friendly and knowledgable. We were the only two on the tour and were treated with some extra attention. Thank you Lida. To see what we saw at the Hermitage in the time would not have been possible without a guide. The only way to go.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Winter Palace is spectacular. It contains many works of art by some of the most famous painters of the past. The interior rooms are just beautiful and the outside of the buildings are splendid. We loved it all!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

There was a bit of a mix up and our tour guide was sent to the wrong hotel but once she turned up we found it very interesting and informative. We had about 2-2.5 hours in the Hermitage which really was enough to get a taste of the place. Our guide showed us the most interesting room and paintings.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our visit to the Hermitage was excellent we had had a whistle stop tour 2 days before as part of our cruise to St Petersburg so had an impression of the palaces. we asked the guide to take us to areas we hadnt visited and would like to spend more time at. She was very obliging and informative about the exhibits we wanted to see. overall St Petersburg was as expected though it took some time to get our bearings as the first tour had gone round in circles as we later discovered. Everything is within close walking distance once you have your bearings. Finding good restaurants proved a little difficult. However we enjoyed our 4 days there

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Only us 4 in the group. Superb guide, Catherine, fantastic museum, which I certainly would not want to attempt without having had a walk through with a guide first. A must.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great guide, great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We felt very privileged to have a personal guide to the hermitage who was excellent, she managed to guide us through the crowds for wonderful exclusive close up views of the pictures, her English was faultless and her knowledge immense
I could not recommend this tour highly enough, terrific value for money

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