Private Tour: St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum with Skip-the-Line Tickets

St. Petersburg, Russia

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3 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 2 more


St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage may be a must-see, but its three million treasures can challenge even keen art and history lovers. This private tour provides a private guide to help you zero in on the highlights. Admire the best of the State Rooms and art of the opulent Winter Palace, once home to Russia’s tsars; and see the top attractions of the other Hermitage galleries. Skip-the-line entry and hotel pickup on foot included.
  • Private tour of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
  • Skip the main lines and explore the highlights of the Hermitage
  • Tour the State Rooms of the Winter Palace, once home to Russia’s tsars
  • Check out must-see art in the Small, Old, and New Hermitage buildings
  • View masterpieces by greats like Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Raphael
  • Choice of departure times available
  • Flexible itinerary and personalized commentary from a private guide
Meet your guide on foot at your central St. Petersburg hotel. Then, set off for the State Hermitage Museum, one of the world’s largest museums. As your itinerary is flexible, let your guide know if there’s anything you want to see more or less of during your tour. 
Learn how the museum began in 1764 as a small collection of Catherine the Great before growing into today’s vast treasure trove. Now spread across five buildings — including the Winter Palace, and Small, Old, and New Hermitage — it houses three million treasures. It’s estimated seeing them all would take 11 years, so it’s sensible for a private guide to show you the highlights.
Start at the Winter Palace, once home to Russia’s tsars. Skip the main entrance lines with your pre-booked ticket, and work your way around this lavish residence. See highlights including the Jordan Staircase, White Hall, Malachite Hall, Field Marshal's Room, Small Throne Room, the 1812 Gallery, Boudoir, and more; as your guide sheds light on the tsars and rituals of the imperial court.
Admire the Soviet Staircase and explore the Raphael Loggias, Majolica Room, and Italian Cabinet, hung with works by Michelangelo and Raphael. Enter the New Hermitage to admire the Small and Large Italian Skylight Halls, and the Rembrandt Room. Dedicated to the French and Flemish schools, it contains 23 works by Rembrandt, including Prodigal Son and Portrait of an Old Man in Red.
Other highlights include the Small Spanish Skylight Room, the Tent-Roofed Room, the Room of Netherlands Art from the 16th and 17th centuries, and more.
Afterward, stroll to the banks of the River Neva for photos of the views, and end your tour in Palace Square. Perhaps dip into the nearby bakeries and coffee shops before returning independently to your hotel.


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, Sep 2018

My guide Datos was lovely, warm, attentive to my needs and full of interesting inforinformation. She was punctual and showed me sights outside the box

Olga R
, Oct 2017

Nice tour of the Hermitage. The tour guide spoke good English and was able to explain to me all details about the museum.

Katherine E
, Apr 2017

Flawless tour with a guide who was both brilliant and thoughtful. Her knowledge of history and art seems encyclopaedic. She knew the history of each piece, and each room, thoroughly. Excellent experience.


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