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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

Rebecca J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Its a must to have a guide take you through this magnificent museum.

Rachael E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. Very knowledgeable guide. Showing the highlights of the hermitage. Handy helpful tips too. Highly recommend. We went on a Wednesday which meant that we could enjoy rest of day looking around in our own time.

Yuna J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Brilliant and knowledgeable explanation

Ivana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great! We were picked up by Elena in our hotel and had a nice and informative walk to the museum and then another 2.5 hours there. The museum is huge so it is good to have someone to show you around and tell you interesting stories about the most significant rooms and painting.

Ariela z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Best tour ever !!!

Joan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide was very informative and set the pace of the tour to suit myself
and my grandson. As my grandson is studying history at university, she was able to answer all his questions in depth.

The Hermitage is a wonderful museum which I would recommend to everyone to visit with our tour guide. Thank you.

Christos G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We highly recommend this

Joy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing-we had the same guide for this tour and the Catherine Palace-Lida-she was brilliant-really interesting, informative and kept the four of us totally engrossed for well over three hours!

Denise L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We were collected at our hotel at 10am. Our tour guide was Leider, only my husband and myself on the tour. We can't praise Leider enough, her knowledge and professional approach was superb, we spent 3hrs with her, she is a very pleasant and very nice young women, and we felt over lucky to have her for a guide. I would highly recommend both the tour and Leider.

Aaron W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

If you get the tour guide Roman, you will get the best tour you've probably ever had. We spent 5 hours in the Hermitage, and an hour walking about the city from our hotel where he met us to the Hermitage. Full of enthusiasm, knowledge and facts. He knows everything about everything in there. Really quite amazing. Can tell he loves the museum, loves the city and loves Russia. Great guide, and the museum is good too!

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