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Overview

Avoid the main lines at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg to see its best-known artworks on this 3-hour tour. With an art-loving guide, gain fast-track entry, and from May to September, get the privilege of early access, beginning your tour in a crowd-free environment.
  • 3-hour guided tour of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum including skip-the-line entry and summertime early admission
  • Bypass the usually long entrance lines at the legendary Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art museums
  • Enjoy early access between May and September before the doors open to the general public
  • See the best of the Western European art collection, including works by the Italian masters Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael
  • Explore the lavish state rooms of the Winter Palace as a window into Russia’s imperial wealth
  • Receive personal attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to six people
Meet your art-expert guide in Palace Square in central St Petersburg, and stroll to the nearby State Hermitage Museum, housed in the lavish Winter Palace.
Along the way, hear how the Hermitage was established by Catherine the Great in 1764, when the empress purchased 255 precious artworks, the seeds of the museum’s now spectacular collection. In 1852, the Hermitage opened to the public, and is now one of the world’s biggest museums, with more than three million items.
Entrance lines can be long, so your skip-the-line ticket lets you bypass the wait lines and enjoy fast-track admission to the museum, alongside your guide. If you’re visiting between May and September, your ticket entitles you to early access to the museum, so you can head inside with your guide before the general public, and start exploring the displays in a crowd-free atmosphere.
Once inside, drink in the gilded chambers and hear how the museum extends across five buildings, including the Winter Palace, the home of Russia’s Tsars from 1760 onward.
Your 3-hour tour ends when your guide departs. Then, either take your leave of the Hermitage or continue to explore its treasures independently — your ticket gives you all-day access to the museum.
Please note: While your skip-the-line ticket gives you early access to the Hermitage from May to September, the privilege is subject to the museum’s official approval.

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M
, Sep 2018

We booked our group tour one day in advance. We arrived early, met Margarita and waited for other booked participants. None arrived, so we were off on a private tour! I had visited The Hermitage 40 years ago, with no guide and one hour to visit. We had “early entry” and Margarita immediately lead us to empty rooms which would shortly be packed with visitors. She knew the strategy for having the fewest tourists near the for exceptional viewing access. Beginning with the initial highlights she tailored additional rooms and exhibits as she learned our interests and preferences. A thorough tour in three hours of the Winter Palace, Hermitage and connected buildings. We next visited the General Staff Building, beginning with coffee in the cafe. The next 1 1/2 hours we focused on the extensive Impressionist Galleries and several special exhibit galleries. I am fairly familiar with that era and was thrilled that Margarita has extensive knowledge of this specific collection. She is an exceptional guide and I highly recommend her.

M
, Sep 2018

It was a very well-chosen, comprehensive route, Eugene-a very good, professional guide, with solid knowledge of art, passionate and sure of him. It was an excellent time spent, which will keep our Hermitage in memory for all our lives. Thanks to Eugene, thank you "Marina Wilson Private Tours".

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, Jul 2018

We are regular museum goers whenever we travel and wondered why we should take a tour at The Hermitage. Honestly I don't think we would have survived our first hour there without this amazing tour. There are thousands of people in the galleries and you will be guided through the crowds to most of the major art works. Our guide was very well informed, kind, patient and full of great stories about the art. Don't hesitate.

N
, Apr 2018

An excellent tour, and well organised in terms of meeting point, contacting me etc. Tour guide Valeria was excellent - very patient and knowledgeable. If you want to have a focussed visit of the highlights of the Hermitage, book this without any hesitation. Otherwise it's so huge you may miss the best parts. Highlight recommended.

h
, Jan 2018

This small-group tour of the Hermitage was one of the best group tours I've had. Our guide was so incredibly knowledgeable and she was patient with us taking photos and needing to take a quick break for coffee. This was definitely worth the money to spend!

A
, Nov 2017

Aviator get a failing grade by association. The guide was late a couple of hours, therefore there was no early access. We skipped the horrendous lines, so the wait in the guided tours lines was acceptable

R
, Oct 2017

We took this tour with a guide that only takes very small groups of 8 people and it was very good. the Hermitage is a Museum that you cannot miss if you go to St Petersburg it is an absolute must.

R
, Oct 2017

The great advantage of a small tour is that you actually get to hear what the guide says! Our guide, Marina, a joy. She was enthusiastic, not averse to answering questions of any sort, has her own opinions and is delightful to watch as she throws her arms around, pirouettes and points! We were a group of 4 only and the Heritage is a large building but we managed to see a lot, and understand the nuances of Russian history. For me, the art was okay very European ..but the history is fascinating. I strongly Recommend a small tour anytime!

J
, Oct 2017

The Hermitage tour was a priority for us and we enjoyed every minute of it. Our guide Tim, was well organized, highly knowledgeable on art and history and an altogether enjoyable person to spend time with. We are very pleased with our choice and we highly recommend.

S
, Sep 2017

Tim, the guide did a superb job in taking us small group of 5 through The Hermitage. He showed us a lot of stuff which to me, was enough considering the size of the place and also an option to wander after. I think his knowledge, his professionalism, and what we saw was enough I didn't need to see any more! We were all clearly satisfied with Tim! Awesome job!


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