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

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Small-Group St Petersburg Hermitage Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry and Summer Early Access
from USD $55.00
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.
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In Brief

Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
3 hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
Important InfoInfo
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.

Departure Point

Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2019
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
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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
• Submitted 23 Apr 2019
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.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2019
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.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2018
It was a very well-chosen, comprehensive route, Eugene-a very good, professional guide, with solid knowledge of art, passionate and sure of him. It was an excellent time spent, which will keep our Hermitage in memory for all our lives. Thanks to Eugene, thank you "Marina Wilson Private Tours".
• Submitted 17 Sep 2018
We are regular museum goers whenever we travel and wondered why we should take a tour at The Hermitage. Honestly I don't think we would have survived our first hour there without this amazing tour. There are thousands of people in the galleries and you will be guided through the crowds to most of the major art works. Our guide was very well informed, kind, patient and full of great stories about the art. Don't hesitate.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
An excellent tour, and well organised in terms of meeting point, contacting me etc. Tour guide Valeria was excellent - very patient and knowledgeable. If you want to have a focussed visit of the highlights of the Hermitage, book this without any hesitation. Otherwise it's so huge you may miss the best parts. Highlight recommended.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
This small-group tour of the Hermitage was one of the best group tours I've had. Our guide was so incredibly knowledgeable and she was patient with us taking photos and needing to take a quick break for coffee. This was definitely worth the money to spend!
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
We took this tour with a guide that only takes very small groups of 8 people and it was very good. the Hermitage is a Museum that you cannot miss if you go to St Petersburg it is an absolute must.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
The great advantage of a small tour is that you actually get to hear what the guide says! Our guide, Marina, a joy. She was enthusiastic, not averse to answering questions of any sort, has her own opinions and is delightful to watch as she throws her arms around, pirouettes and points! We were a group of 4 only and the Heritage is a large building but we managed to see a lot, and understand the nuances of Russian history. For me, the art was okay very European ..but the history is fascinating. I strongly Recommend a small tour anytime!
• Submitted 20 Oct 2017
The Hermitage tour was a priority for us and we enjoyed every minute of it. Our guide Tim, was well organized, highly knowledgeable on art and history and an altogether enjoyable person to spend time with. We are very pleased with our choice and we highly recommend.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017
Tim, the guide did a superb job in taking us small group of 5 through The Hermitage. He showed us a lot of stuff which to me, was enough considering the size of the place and also an option to wander after. I think his knowledge, his professionalism, and what we saw was enough I didn't need to see any more! We were all clearly satisfied with Tim! Awesome job!
• Submitted 30 Sep 2017
Had no idea that our small group was going to be just my family and I.... but hey it was great. Our guide was very good and covered the areas that would be crowded as soon as the museum opened. It would have been nice to see more of the statues and other things because I discovered I could only look at so many paintings before I just didn't care any more :- The rooms and building was amazing.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2017
Aside from a private tour, the small-group tour is the only good way to get through the crowds in the Hermitage and see a lot of the collection. Our tour guide managed to pack in a lot in the 2 1/2 hours of the tour. And, of course, the Hermitage is amazing!
• Submitted 23 Aug 2017
We had the museum/palace to ourselves for the first 11/2 hours. Great guide, very knowledgable. Obviously she just picked out some key exhibitions but I was very satisfied and would recommend wholeheartedly. My gide was very helpful even giving me some pointers for the next day via WhatsApp when I asked her.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2017
Just what we wanted. Early entry to the Hermitage, a knowledgeable guide and the first hour or more without the crowds.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2017
The tour and the guide were absolutely grate. And I would recommend that people take the tour early to skip the line and the crowd. Our guide she was so nice and knew so much, and she was so cheerful and smiling. We had a fantastic tour.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2017
The tour was fabulous. There was just the two of us and our guide. She was able to steer around the crowds at busy points and told us everything we wanted to know. Our guide was a charming lady She seemed to love her job and her city. We thoroughly enjoyed the hours we spent with her.
• Submitted 11 Aug 2017
Elena, our guide was so profession and informative, without her guidance we would not have been able to experience so many wonders of the Hermitage. Elena was able to negotiate the crowds and ensured that we maximized the enjoyment and gained insights of the history of the Hermitage. It was truly an unforgettable morning.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2017
• Submitted 24 Jul 2017
This was our first visit to St Petersburg and we had heard a lot about the Hermitage and the Winter Palace, so we decided to take this tour, we were lucky that we were the only 2 people in the group and our tour guide was TIM, Let me tell you something about Tim, he was knowledgeable, articulate and most importantly passionate about art, history and culture, he took us into a journey with stories of the kings, queens, princesses and made it all fun and enjoyably. he was soft spoken and clicked photographs for us as well. in short it was a memorable tour. would love to tour again sometime soon.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2017
Excemment tour. Extremely knowledgeable guide. Well worth it.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2017
The only way to see this museum is with the art historian guided tour. The hours melted away and it was over before we had a chance to get tired.
• Submitted 19 May 2017

In Brief

Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
3 hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour