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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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    We did have to wait in line for at least an hour ,due to several reasons ie cruise ships with vast numbers had arrived but our guide was great . Very knowledgeable
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    The Tour Guide is very professional and very accommodating all through out my visit at the Hermitage Museum. We were expedited entering the museum and had an amazing time joining this tour. I will definitely come back again and highly recommended
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    Great guide ( Kyrill) 2.5 hours suitable in this beautiful palace. Great explanations, saw the highlights. Kids 9 and 11 enjoyed it too.
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    I had a great experience being on business in St. Petersburg and had no time fir excursions, went online, booked quickly a day before, very reasonable price and most of all the tour guide was extremely good, had a great information and a wonderful sense of humor. I do recommend
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    Our guide knew a lot of things about the history of the hermitage and the displayed art. Without him the expirience wouldn't have been half as good. Also a nice benefit was that we didn't have to wait long before entering the hermitage due to the fast access. I can recommend
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    • Duration: 3h
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