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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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

Jan Hendrik K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This Tour is highly recommended! Our knowledgable and well English speaking guide showed us all important sights outside and inside the Hermitage. Plenty of Russian history. Inside the tour was tailored to our needs of the different pieces of art we wanted to see. All in all well worth the money!

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Forget going to St Petersburg in the summer when all the other travellers have taken the best hotels and there are people in all your photos. Get there early January, beat the crowds and get the snow capped photos that will impress all your friends.....well that was our reasoning anyhow. Coming from Australia you are not going to find any city covered in snow and the Russians know how to deal with it.
Sure, it was -25 for a couple of days but if you layer up and have good boots it doesn't matter. Our guide knew all the facts and was so nice we also booked her and a driver to take us to the Catherine Palace and a city tour the next day for 5 hours. The workmanship will blow you away and the fact the nazis flattened it and they rebuilt it has to impress everyone. The Amber Room at the Catherine Palace was stolen and never found so they reconstructed a new one, piece by piece as per the original photos !!!
SPECIAL TIP Early Jan is Russian Xmas time, taking a tour gets you in the side door so you don't have to line up in the snow :

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!

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