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Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

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Avoid the main lines at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to see its best-known artworks. 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. If traveling between October and April, a complimentary ticket to the Impressionists' Collection is included in your tour package.
  • 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 ten people
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Professional guide
Photo permits
Audio systems for groups more than 6+
Food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off unles the add-on option has been booked
The Treasure Room or Secret Archive unles booked as an add-on.
Impressionists collection ticket from April 1 to September 30

Departure Point

Palace Square, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 198324

Please be near the Alexander Column, facing the Winter Palace at the tour start time as indicated in your voucher. We allow 10 minutes maximum for customers' collection. You can stay on in the museum after the tour is over.

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Returns to original departure point
Meet your art-expert guide 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. If you are traveling from October to April, enjoy a complimentary ticket to the Impressionists' Collection, instead.

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 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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The State Hermitage Museum
Beat the crowds and lines at St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum with this 3-hour tour inside one of the world’s greatest art galleries. With an expert guide, enjoy skip-the-line entry, and between May and September, gain early admission so you can start your tour before the crowds. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to ten people. From 1 October to 31 March you will receive a complimentary ticket to the Impressionists' Collection in the General Staff Building. From April 1 to September 30 the Impressionists' Collection is not included in the regular price.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking and 10 people in the group
  • Special audio systems are provided for groups of 6+ pax
  • We allow 10 minutes maximum for customers' collection. If you fail to be at the meeting point on time, your tour spot might be canceled with no refund
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • The Hermitage Museum is an extremely busy museum. Please provide contact details in case we need to adjust the tour start time. It does not happen often and we try to avoid such situations as much as possible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Marina Wilson Private Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Dutch masters
, Aug 2020
Anna was a perfect and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended. I saw many interesting things that only an experienced guide could point out.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Eamon, Many thanks for your review. We are very happy to learn your opinion about the tour, especially knowing that you first booked it because there were no tickets to the museum available. The tickets are very limited to the museum nowadays and we realise that some people may join our tours to get access to the museum. We are doing our best as always to make this tour informative and interesting and worth the investment. Hope the rest of your stay in St Petersburg was pleasant too. Kind regards, Marina Wilson
Great guide in small groups
, Feb 2020
Our guide was great!! Very knowledgable both on the history of the Hermitage ( Russia in general) as well as art. Very flexible, catering ti our interests. Would highly recommend.
Winter Hermitage tour
Lucy G
, Dec 2019
Anna was a wonderful guide with in depth knowledge who answered all our questions and made the day fun and interesting. We were fortunate as there wasn't a large crowd with it being off peak season. Highly recommend this tour as Anna also allowed us a few choices as to what we would like to see on top of showing us the main highlights. Definitely too much to cover on your own!
Informative Tour of All the Highlights
William A
, Nov 2019
Getting a skip the line entry is highly recommended given the high number of tourists visiting the Hermitage, but getting a personal guided tour is even better. Having a guide will make tour gain deeper understanding of the museum's history & the exhibits on display. Tim was our guide this afternoon, and he made sure to arrange the walk as if he was telling a story with a smooth and natural flow. We were amazed that he managed to share all those details and talk non stop for 3 hours! We also did not get bored at all and he had our full attention throughout the tour. I highly recommend joining this guided tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you, William, for your review and stressing an important point about our museum tour. It is not only about getting a skip-the-line admission which might be very handy considering the popularity of the Hermitage museum. The professional guided tour of the museum is of a great value. With more than 3 mln items in the collection, it is easy to get lost and disoriented. A guide helps to navigate towards the most valuable pieces and provides commentary about the history of the collection, comments on prominent art pieces and answers customers'questions. Tim, who runs other tours of Saint Petersburg, never fails to get the highest praise for his Hermitage tours. Well, we all do the best what we love doing. And Tim definitely loves his job. Thank you for your recommendation and hope to see you back in Saint Petersburg. Kind regards, Marina Wilson
Visit to Hermitage St Petersburg
, Oct 2019
Hermitage is a must see. Lots of tour groups so small group of four enabled skip-the-line. Guide was knowledgeable and moved around the museum covering the highlights in the three hours. There was a lot to take and the option was available to remain after the tour was over. Tour was a good introduction to this museum.
Highly recommended for everyone
Trevor B
, Oct 2019
I had a really great introduction to the Hermitage with my guide, Olga. She was incredibly knowledgeable about both the building and the art collection. I've been to a lot of museums, but the Hermitage is like the Louvre - an incredible wealth of art and also pretty overwhelming. Olga was able to distill the more important works/collections into the 3 hour tour, and then I was still free to go back to see more of it. I would highly recommend this to anyone. The early access was also amazing because you beat the crowds and have the opportunity to see the art without being surrounded by the hordes. That definitely wasn't the case when I left the museum (and in fact I think the big crowds were always approximately 30 minutes behind us). It is definitely worth it to show up for the 10 am meeting time and then get in early. If Olga sees this review, I want to thank her again for the great job she did!
Small group St Petersburg Hermitage with slip the line entry
, Sep 2019
Anna was our very calm, knowledgeable guide for a most interesting 3 hour tour of the Hermitage. Even though it was incredibly crowded inside, the ear phones provided, made all the difference.
, Sep 2019
Very informative tour of Hermitage. Guide was excellent.Very good and clear English spoken.Tour was with Marina Wilson .Highly recommended.
A Must to Navigate this Overwhelming Museum
, Sep 2019
Tim was an absolutely excellent guide. He knew where to place us in each room, so that we got a good view of the pictures, despite the crowds. He gave interesting facts and personal insights with a good sense of humor, so that no one was bored, not even our 13 and 10-year-old sons.
Fantastic tour
Catherine D
, Sep 2019
Anna was our tour guide, she was polite and so knowledgeable. This your way exceeded my expectations The three hours passed so quickly and we learnt so much

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