Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry and Summer Early Access

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

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


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.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour

Meet your art-loving guide in Palace Square and walk to the nearby Hermitage Museum. As you stroll, hear how the legendary building was founded in 1794, when Catherine the Great used it to house her small, private art collection, and then became a public museum in 1852.

Since then, the Hermitage has grown into one of the world’s greatest art museums with a vast collection of more than three million items spanning Western European, Oriental, Classical, Egyptian and prehistoric treasures.

The museum draws the crowds, and entrance lines can be long. If you’re visiting between May and September, enjoy early access to the museum, heading inside with your guide before the doors open to the general public. At other times, your skip-the-line ticket gives you fast-track access: simply walk past the main entrance line with your guide and start your tour.

Once inside, absorb the museum’s grandeur as your guide explains how it’s laid out over five different buildings, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russia’s Romanov Tsars.

Explore the opulent state rooms and chambers of the Winter Palace with your guide for a window into the Tsars’ extraordinary extravagance.

After your 3-hour tour finishes, say goodbye to your guide in the museum and either stay longer to view more of main collections on your own — your ticket is valid for the whole day — or leave the Hermitage there and then.

Please note: Early access to the Hermitage Museum between May and September is subject to approval by the museum. The Impressionists collection is not included in the regular price. 

  • Professional guide
  • Photo permits
  • Audio systems for groups more than 6+
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

  • Gratuities
  • 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 tour unless booked as a Highlights & Impressionists Option.
  • 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 10 travelers
Departure Point

Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


3 hours

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

User's Reviews

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JoieNsk .

The tour was well-organized, we even got an e-mail from the tour operator a day before with all the info and reminders which was very appreciated. The tour was not really an early access as our particular group was in the museum past 10.30. But we didn't need to wait in line anywhere and our guide Lesa was very knowledgeable and with very good English, she was able to guide us around most of the tourist groups, so we had great experience. We were only three people in the English speaking group on that day, our couple and a young lady from Finland. So the tour was almost private. We also were lucky as the museum was not that crowded as usual. We are very happy with the tour and would highly recommend it.

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Sarah Q

Really good 3 hour overview tour of this fabulous and enormous museum. Our guide was excellent and his English was perfect. Highly recommend this tour

Image - 23 Apr 2019 -

Leslie H

Fantastic tour. Tim was amazing! Super friendly, exceptional knowledge. The muesem is huge. Absolutely huge. Don’t try to do this without a guide. Highly recommended

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Nicole W

We were in a small group (4) for our tour of the Hermitage and we were grateful for that. Our guide had a wonderful knowledge of the Winter Palace, the Hermitage and the various and extensive collections on display. It was well worth it.

Image - 24 Sep 2018 -

Margaret B

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.

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