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

State Hermitage Museum Small-Group Walking Tour

Dip into one of the world’s greatest art collections on this 3-hour walking tour of St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum. With an art-expert guide, stroll past some of the city’s landmarks on route to the museum, housed in the lavish Winter Palace and home to almost three million treasures. View Renaissance masterpieces by da Vinci and Michelangelo; wonder at works by Rubens and Goya; and admire paintings by Matisse, Picasso and more as your guide explains their meaning and history.


  • 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

Meet your guide at your central St Petersburg hotel and start your walking tour with a 30-minute stroll to the State Hermitage Museum. 
On route, pass some of Moscow’s historical landmarks, including Kazan Cathedral, the baroque façade of the Anichkov Palace, and the imposing, 19th-century Admiralty building, one of the city’s most conspicuous sights.

On arrival at the Hermitage, admire the magnificent exterior and, as a curtain-raiser, hear how the museum — housed in the Winter Palace — boasts one of the world’s largest collection of art. Learn how Catherine the Great established the museum in 1764, and how the Winter Palace building was once the residence of many of Russia’s Tsars.

Head inside for a 2-hour guided tour of the galleries’ highlights. Follow your guide around the opulent halls to see Impressionist works by Matisse, masterpieces by Flemish artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck; and Renaissance treasures by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Take a stroll, too, around the Spanish section to view pieces by Goya, Velázquez and El Greco.

After admiring the art, your tour ends inside the museum. Bid farewell to your guide and leave at the same time, or continue to explore more of the Hermitage Museum on your own.

Customer Reviews

Candace R

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.

mrs e k

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

shailesh s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

Graeme A

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.

Milt B

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!

Janice G

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.

Vivienne S

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

Robert M

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.

Matthew E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great guide, great experience.

Mrs C L H

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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