Private Tour of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg

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  • 3 hours
  • St Petersburg
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Admire the outstanding masterpieces of the array of art in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg during a 3-hour private. On the tour your guide will show you fabulous interior, pointing out items of interest and sharing historical and artistic facts about the collection of the museum. Experience the Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest art museums, with an extraordinary collection of masterworks.

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Stop At: Palace Square, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

Start your tour with a local guide picking you up from your centrally located hotel. Drive by taxi or walk to the museum. One of the world’s riches repositories of art, the Hermitage showcases Catherine the Great’s massive collection, once only accessible to her and her courtiers. You’ll tour its four main buildings—the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Winter Palace of Peter I, Dvortsovaya Emb., 30, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

Housed within the opulent Winter Palace of tsars and tsarinas, it is an absolute must-see for art lovers and those simply interested in an overview of Russian history through the arts. In the Winter Palace, accompany a guide to the elegant Throne Room where tsars received visitors; the Pavilion Hall with its gilded columns; and the Gallery of 1812, where 332 portraits of Russian generals hang. View the vast collection of paintings by European Masters at the Hermitage, one of the world’s finest art museums.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

As you begin this guided tour of the museum's general collections in the palace, you'll discover the Jordan Staircase, a dazzling display of golden stuccowork and glimmering marble statues. There'll be time to linger in the elegant Throne Room where tsars gave audience; the vast Pavilion Hall with its gilded columns and glittering chandeliers; and the Gallery of 1812. Enjoy a leisurely exploratory tour, as you see priceless paintings from the 13th through 18th centuries by some of the greatest Italian, Spanish, French and Dutch painters.

After the tour is over feel free to stay in the museum to explore it on your own.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Professional private guide service
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Transfer to the museum by taxi (if hotel is located 2 km and more away from the museum)
  • Escort to the museum by company representative
  • Entry/Admission - Winter Palace of Peter I
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

  • Hotel drop-off (available at extra fee)
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is not available for cruise ship passengers
  • You may stay inside the museum after this tour is over. You can't leave the museum and come back using the same tickets.
  • Please note the visit to the Hermitage does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the new General Staff building.
  • This is a private tour and will be catered only to your group.
  • Transfer to the museum which will be done by taxi is included and can be organized only if your hotel is located in the city center of St Petersburg (2-5 km away from the museum). For the guests who are not staying in a hotel or staying in a hotel which is more than 5 km from the city center, the meeting place must be negotiated with a Supplier.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The tour includes a wait in line before visiting the palace (museum) and an itinerary on foot
  • 2 starting times available: 10:30am, 2pm
  • The exact entrance times can vary. Pre-booked time periods to enter the museums are assigned only by the management of the museums and is a subject to changes. It is possible that there will be a line of people entering the museums at the same time.
  • If you want to take this tour at your preferable time, please leave a note upon making booking or call to confirm your preferred time at least 2 days before the tour
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guests may be picked up from APARTMENT/ANY HOTEL located in the city center (Palace Square) or 6km/miles away from it. The guide will be waiting in your hotel lobby or near the building where your apartment is located. The guide will be holding a sign with your last name written on it.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


05 Jan, 2022

This is one of the most memorable experiences in my life. First of all, Misha contacted me few days prior to the event and helped me about the painful PCR test. he was extremely reliable and patient. He was also willing to answer any questions, even if they were unrelated to the event. I really appreciated his invaluable help. My guide, Sofia, my guide, was knowledgeable and pleasant as she guided me through the stunning and luxurious Hermitage Museum. She gave me tales about the arts, history, and architecture, among other things. It was a fantastic journey, and I would give it a 5 out of 5 rating!


13 Nov, 2021

I highly recommend this tour if you're visiting Saint Petersburg. - Quick summary: If you want to see works from Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Van Gogh in perhaps the most opulent palace in the world with a knowledgeable, english speaking private tour guide look no further - A note on COVID-19. Requirements are constantly changing at the moment, but cultural venues in Russia are open. If you do your homework you'll be rewarded with a crowd free experience. I suggest contacting the host (Misha) ahead of booking so you'll be prepared. At the time of my tour as a US citizen I had to provide a PCR test, which can be taken at LED airport - Misha and Elena met me in my hotel lobby. They were incredibly kind and accommodating. Both of them spoke excellent English. - Elena walked me to the Hermitage. The tour was incredible. Elena was so knowledgeable and pointed out things I would have never picked up on my own. You really need a guide for your first time. The museum is amazing, but huge and overwhelming so I highly recommend booking this tour


13 Oct, 2021

The tour was amazing and our guide was so knowledgeable and customized our tour to our liking. I would definitely recommend


31 May, 2021

We loved seeing all of the amazing art. There is so much to see that I was afraid we’d wonder aimlessly on our own. So glad the wonderful Kate was with us guiding us through it all.


10 Feb, 2020

We had an excellent time with Irina at the Hermitage. She was an excellent guide with a deep knowledge of everything. We spend the 3 hours in very good and competent company and only highly recommend this. Booking was very easy and followed up with informative messages and phone call.

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