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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
    Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
    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 guide tim beautiful building works of art our guide was extremely knowledgeable three hours once in a lifetime meeting point entire tour well worth the money general public great guide would highly recommend this tour his knowledge amazing tour
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    We had skip-the-line entry and early access, which gave us a distinct advantage. Our Viator guide was excellent and the early start and her knowledge of the museum meant that we didn't experience the large crowds that are common on these tours. In fact, there...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Jim T
    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave our small group a wonderful insight into the history and collections of the HermitageMore

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank JulieAnn505585
    Marina_WilsonPT, Owner at Marina Wilson Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Many thanks, Julie, for your feedback. The 3-hour museum tour can't include the whole collection. However, we aim at showing the most important and famous highlights and also share the museum, which used to be the principle winter Imperial residence, history. I am very happy...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Excellent tour with Ekaterina on Weds. Her knowledge/information was incredible and she guided us around expertly thru the massive crowds in the museum.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank kfagan01
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    It is always difficult to decide which tour company to select. I eventually decided on Marina Wilson for our visit to the Hermitage because of the large number of good reviews. Our guide was excellent and neatly bypassed the long queues. He sorted out toilet...More

    Thank Emerlist
    Marina_WilsonPT, Owner at Marina Wilson Private Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Dear Emerlist, Thank you for choosing us to be your Russian tour operator and sharing your impressions with fellow travellers. Very happy you've had a great time with us. Warm regards, Marina Wilson

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    In my 20 years of traveling, I've finally succumb to group tours. I've realized when I only have one day to explore a city, it's actually a really concise, fast, thorough way of seeing the city. I've relied on TripAdvisor for guide purchases and reviews,...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank drjustinelee
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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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    30 April 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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