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

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    What to Expect
    Meet your art-expert guide in Palace Square 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.

    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 3-hour 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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Aleksandrovskaya Kolonna, Palace Square, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 198324
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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.
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews hour tour winter palace marina wilson private tours beautiful building guide tim our guide was extremely knowledgeable meeting point three hours works of art entire tour once in a lifetime general public well worth the money great guide excellent tour would highly recommend this tour his knowledge
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    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    Our guide, Tim, was excellent. Very knowledgeable about exhibits, very helpful, ask as many questions as u like. Would highly recommend.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Mick M
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    What a wonderful time we had at the Hermitage. We were very fortunate that the other couple in our small group did not want to go in the tour so my fiancée and I got a personal tour with Olga. This is my second time...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Chris M
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We had a tour with Marina Wilson tours and our guide was Tim (?) who was fantastic and so knowledgeable. We didn’t have to queue and had 3 hour tour. Afterwards stopping at the cafe for lunch and then spending another hour or two. It...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Merribel
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We had a nice group of 8 people and a guide with excellent English and broad expertise that encompassed art history, cultural and social commentary, and extensive knowledge of the architectural and interior design of the Hermitage. What a beautiful building! And an overwhelmingly fascinating...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Lyzalou
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our tour was made up of two couples, one couple very educated in the arts and my husband and I with only a casual interest in art. Zimichev Kirill walked with us for 4 hours on the evening tour of the Hermitage and at the...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank kimannette824
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    2 August 2019|
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    Response from Experience601748 | Reviewed this property |
    Check out Trip Advisor St Petersburg Grand Shopping Tour for only $70.00.
    11 July 2019|
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    Response from Booffamily | Reviewed this property |
    We booked a private tour with early entry via Tripadvisor. We were a family of 5 (grown up kids enyoyed it very much as well. We had a great guide showing us the beautiful Hermitage outside and inside. Told about the... More
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    1 May 2019|
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    Response from Marina_WilsonPT | Property representative |
    Hello, Thank you for your question. The visa-free tour option is 150.00 USD per group, not per person and it includes a round transfer from the port. When you book your tour, please, make sure you choose the correct... More
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