Hermitage tour

Hermitage museum tour: art, tsars & cats

from $50.00

The Hermitage museum is amazing. And big. 365 rooms, 5 buildings  and more than 3 million pieces of art – when you get there,   you are so overwhelmed that you don’t know  where to look first. It’ normal: the Hermitage  is full of amazing interiors as the Winter palace  was the former residence of tsars and it has  masterpieces by da Vinci, Raphael, Tizian, Rembrandt to name a few.

On our private tour you will see all gems in about 3 hours, will learn fun stories of art, tsars, and even cats.

Well, cats are the most famous employees. 50 cats live in the basement of the museum and protect art pieces from mice, just like at the time of Catherine the Great in the 18th century. They are an unofficial symbol of St Petersburg.

We tell lots of art secrets on the Hermitage museum tour. Do you want to know how to cut a painting by Raphael and get a lot of money for doing that? (Don’t you try). Why da Vinci depicted Madonna with a shaven forehead ? How did Cleopatra win a desperate bet?

A visit becomes interesting & special with a guide.

We offer two kinds of Hermitage museum tours in St Petersburg. The  “Hermitage highlights” tour  takes about 3 hours and  includes all gems  of the main museum complex (5 buildings) . We’ll admire the Winter palace, Small Hermitage, Big Hermitage, New Hermitage & the foyer of the Hermitage theater.
The Comprehensive Hermitage  tour also covers the impressionist and post-impressionist collection in the General Staff building. If you love Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso  – it’s the right choice. It takes about 4,5 hours.

Please note that the treasuries (Gold or Diamond rooms) are not included. Let us know if you want to see them.

The advantages of our Hermitage museum private tours:

  • Lots of fun stories of art, tsars and cats from us. And we are licensed guides trained by the Hermitage
  • See the reception rooms, main masterpieces and hidden gems easily in a few hours ( 5 buildings).
  • Skip the line admission to the museum
  • You can stay in the Hermitage after the tour
  • The tour can be customized if you have special interests
  • Museum tickets included into the price

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All about the Hermitage museum tour: art, tsars & cats.

” Hermitage highlights” tour price (museum tickets included):

Number of people in a groupPrice per person, USD
260$
350$
445$
540$
640$

Availability: daily except Monday
Tour duration:
 about 3 hours in the Hermitage + time to get there
Meeting point: your hotel
Start time: The Hermitage schedules entry time to all guided visitors, so the start time will depend on it
Requirements: Russian visa. If you are on a cruise, please contact us to customize the tour and make it visa-free.

“Comprehensive Hermitage” tour price (museum tickets included):

Number of people in a groupPrice per person, USD
275$
365$
455$
550$
650$

Availability: daily except Monday
Tour duration:
 about 3,5-4 hours in the Hermitage + time to get there
Meeting point: your hotel
Start time: The Hermitage schedules entry time to all guided visitors, so the start time will depend on it
Requirements: Russian visa. If you are on a cruise, please contact us to customize the tour and make it visa-free.

Interested in our tours? Please contact us:

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

A private guide, museum tickets

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Visits to the Gold or the Diamond room, transportation, lunch break.

Yes, you can take pictures in the majority of rooms without flash.

Yes, you can. But if you are booking a Comprehensive tour, we finish it in the General Staff building that is not the part of the main museum complex. I you want to stay longer in the main building, please let us know in advance.

The Gold and the Diamond rooms are the treasuries of the Hermitage and they require special tickets. Only the staff of the Hermitage is allowed to guide there, so they are not included into our tours. If you want to include the Gold or the Diamond room, let us know in advance – we will try to book tickets for the daily English tour. It’s a group tour that takes place only once a day (time may be different). The Gold and the Diamond room require different tickets.

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