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St Petersburg: Hermitage Skip-the-Line Admission with a Host

1. St Petersburg: Hermitage Skip-the-Line Admission with a Host

Visit the Hermitage Museum on your own with an easy-to-use skip-the-line entry ticket. This service will make your visit to one of the most popular art galleries in the world completely efficient and stress-free. Even better, your pre-booked ticket with a timed entry will be delivered to you by a company representative, who will also assist you to enter the museum. They will then explain the rules of the museum, give you directions, and will assist you to get audio guides and museum maps, if requested. Once inside the museum, you are free to stay as long as it is open. Explore the fabulous, world-class collections of the Hermitage at your own pace, taking all the time you need to see each fantastic display. Only certain areas will require additional tickets, like the General Staff Building, and the Impressionists collection. But don't worry, you can add them on to your regular ticket upon entry. Your host will show you how this works when you arrive at the museum.

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St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

2. St. Petersburg: Skip-the-Line Hermitage Tour

The State Hermitage Museum ranks with the Louvre, Prado, and Metropolitan Museum of Art as one of the world's most important and richest art galleries. Explore the museum and learn more about its founding and collections during a 3-hour guided tour in St. Petersburg. Starting with 225 paintings purchased in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the museum collection now comprises more than 3 million objects and works of art. Raphael and Leonardo's "Madonna", Titian's "St. Sebastian", and Rembrandt's "Return of the Prodigal Son", as well as "The Golden Peacock" by James Cox and "Crouching Boy" by Michelangelo are just a few of the superb works of Western European art in the Hermitage. Treasures and artifacts from almost every culture known to man are housed in the museum, including the unique collection of Greek jewelry from the Black Sea region, Scythian gold, ancient Egyptian sculptures, Iranian silverware, Chinese manuscripts, Russian icons and Byzantine applied art. You can visit the Treasury of the Hermitage as a special add-on tour. Please note that the Treasury tour is by request and subject to the confirmation by the museum. After you have been given a comprehensive overview by your guide, you will be able to remain in the Hermitage, admiring the vast array of art, for the remainder of the day. The other popular add-on to the highlights tour is a tour of the Impressionists' collection located in the General Staff Building.

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St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Hermitage Skip-the-Line Private Tour

3. St. Petersburg: 3-Hour Hermitage Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Discover the collections of the world's second-largest museum, the Hermitage, as well as the Winter Palace with an expert guide who will easily navigate you around the iconic collections and masterpieces so that you will not feel overwhelmed by the enormousness. Meet your guide and enter the Hermitage through a separate entrance with skip-the-line entry and begin your 3-hour guided tour of the complex. With the help of your knowledgeable guide, you can be sure you won't miss any of the highlights. Visit the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, and New Hermitage buildings and learn from your expert guide about the collections housed here.

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Hermitage: Impressionist and Golden Peacock Evening Tour

4. Hermitage: Impressionist and Golden Peacock Evening Tour

Never has the Hermitage been so mysterious and so attractive! Venture an evening tour to one of the world-famous museums – the Hermitage including the General Staff Building. This tour is focused on a deeper look at art and includes the history of paintings through Renaissance and Ancient art. It also gives a good perspective on Modern European art with Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso with large halls packed with their masterpieces. There are an extensive exhibitions of Art Nouveau, Impressionists, and a unique Faberge Exhibition. Learn more and enjoy yourself with fewer people as it is a small tour. You will have plenty of time to walk through the corridors and effortlessly enjoy paintings and sculptures.  Book a tour for Wednesdays, to see the Golden Peacock chiming in the Winter Palace. This is a truly exciting experience! Hermitage: Art After Dark Tour is focused more on art details, hidden from the spotlight. Professional guides will give you a good perspective on art and the imperial residence history.

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

5. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

Spend 2 days exploring beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise and ferry passengers can easily participate in this tour, all arrangements will be made for them by the tour operator and no visa is required. Enjoy visits to major monuments and sites, including the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Cathedral of Our Savior of Spilled Blood. Tour Russia's cultural capital to see famous artworks and revel in the opulence of St. Petersburg's imperial heritage. This 2-day tour includes a half-day visit to Peterhof, where you'll enjoy tours of the Fountain Park, the Catherine Palace, and Amber Room, before roaming the famous gardens. The 2nd day of the tour includes visits to fortresses and palaces as well as a guided tour of the infamous Hermitage Museum. Lunch is provided on both days, as well as comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and from the port. Day 1: • 8:00 AM-8:30 AM Disembark the ship. After having passed the passport control, you will be met by your local English-speaking guide and the company representative in the arrival area of the port. (If your ship arrives to Saint Petersburg at 8:00 AM, disembarkation starts at 9:00 AM-9:30 AM). • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM City highlights tour (part 1) including photo stops at Spit of St. Basil Island and Peter and Paul Fortress • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Transfer to Peterhoff Fountain Park by hydrofoil • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Tour of Peterhoff Lower Gardens • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Tour of Catherine Palace including Amber Room and gardens • 3:30 PM-4:45 PM Transfer to Saint Petersburg. Visit to a metro station on the way back to the city • 4:45 PM-6:00 PM City highlights tour (part 2) including the Cathedral of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood  • 6:30 PM Return to the ship Day 2: • 9:30 AM Meet your guide at the arrival area of the port • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Hermitage Museum  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Faberge Museum Tour • 3:45 PM-4:30 PM St. Isaac's Cathedral Tour • 5:00 PM Return to the ship

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

6. St. Petersburg: 2-Day Relaxed Group Shore Excursion

After meeting with your guide and driver on day one at the pier you will start a city tour. You will be guided through the most breathtaking spots of St. Petersburg including Spit of Basil Island, St. Isaac’s Square, Monument of Peter the Great, Theater Square with the famous Mariinsky Theater, Nevsky Prospekt and more. From the city center proceed to the former summer residence outside the city - Peterhof. This residence is famous for its fountain park decorated with statues and small pavilions. The most exciting part of the garden tour is seeing so called “trick fountains” which were designed to entertain the guests coming to the Peterhof grounds.  Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon your return to the city enjoy a scenic boat ride along the rivers and canals of St Petersburg. The tour will finish at your ship. On the second day of your tour see more of the city highlights, stroll along Nevsky prospect and finally observe the magnificent collections of the Hermitage, the largest museum in the country. There, see all the main highlights: Winter Palace State rooms, Hanging Garden, and masterpieces of the art collection including works of Rembrandt, Rafael, and Leonardo Da Vinci. After having lunch in one of the local cafes see the Church on the Spilled Blood that is considered to be the museum of mosaics. Finally, see the highlights of the legendary Nevsky Prospect.

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Saint Petersburg: Illuminations by Night City Tour

7. Saint Petersburg: Illuminations by Night City Tour

Illuminations tour along the spectacular floodlit monuments. Magical and magnificent by night, a drive through Saint Petersburg and its beautiful illuminated buildings should not be missed by any visitor of the northern capital. This excursion combines a sightseeing drive to those landmarks of the city which are getting most fascinating when the night is getting on - the most gorgeous palaces and squares of Saint Petersburg at night. In summertime you will have the opportunity to enjoy the romantics of the White Nights, observing the opening of the numerous drawbridges. During White Nights, when a faint twilight takes the place of night darkness, the streets, squares and embankments acquire a unique charm. Though the period of White Nights is short and comes to the end in July, it doesn't mean that the charm of St. Petersburg's night disappears. The city dominated by water still offers its guests many possibilities of feeling its beauty.

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Saint Petersburg: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

8. Saint Petersburg: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Your private tour guide will meet you in the hall of your hotel with your name on the card, after that you will decide on your program and sights you would like to visit. From now on, you can completely rely on your professional guide and let them take you on a tour to discover the history of St Petersburg. Tell your guide about the places you wish to see as soon as possible in order to avoid queuing at entrances and to order admissions in advance. Your tour operator will order your tickets in advance so that you will not have to wait in the queue (please, not that price does not include admissions). Must-see sights: Church on the Spilled Blood, St Isaac's cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage, Yusupov palace, Russian Museum, Faberge Museum, Alexander-Nevsky Lavra, River, and Canal tour. Apart from that, you can spend your day in Hermitage or visit Imperial residences outside of St Petersburg (Catherine's palace and park, Pavlovsk Palace and park, Peterhof Palace and park or Gatchina castle and park).

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Skip the Line: Hermitage Museum Private Walking Tour

9. Skip the Line: Hermitage Museum Private Walking Tour

Enjoy the comfort and convenience of out private tour that will allow you to see the impressive highlights of the State Hermitage Museum: visit Gala Interiors of the Winter palace and admire the priceless art collections of the Russian Tzars including Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish artists, not to mention the Impressionists. The Hermitage museum contains over three million works of art and cultural artefacts, making it an unforgettable exhibition of world culture. Enjoy the flexibility of having your guide pick you up from your hotel at your convenience. From this meeting point we will walk to the Hermitage museum. You will skip the line and enter the museum with ease, immediately beginning the tour of the rich collections of Russia’s Tzars. After the tour your friendly tour guide will take you back to your hotel or to any place you request within walking distance from the Hermitage. If your hotel is located in the downtown area we will walk to the Hermitage museum. If it is not, please inform us in advance and we can take a taxi or the subway if the distance is too far (this will be at an additional cost).

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St Petersburg: Traces of the Russian Revolution 2-Hour Tour

10. St Petersburg: Traces of the Russian Revolution 2-Hour Tour

When thinking of the events that changed the course of history in the 20th century, one of the first places that come to mind is St. Petersburg, the city that saw Russia's most important revolutionary events unravel, events that shook the entire world. A visit to St Petersburg will bring history that changed the world to life. Take this tour and discover the traces of the Great October Revolution. This tour will take you to see the beauty of the Winter Palace, the hub of the Russian imperial court that was stormed by the Bolsheviks thus putting the palace centre stage in the revolution. Learn about the Field of Mars where you find the monument "To the Fighters of The Revolution". Explore the Museum of Political History, originally the mansion of Mathilde Kschessinska the prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre before the Revolution and lover of Tsar Nicholas II. In 1917, the building was seized by the Bolsheviks and turned into their headquarters in the city. Then see the famous battleship Aurora, the oldest surviving ship of the Russian Navy that gave the signal for the storming of the Winter Palace in 1917. Before finally seeing the Yusupov Palace, the site of the poisoning and eventual murder of Grigory Rasputin, the notorious monk, the close advisor of the last Empress. The tour will finish on the Palace Square.

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I would highly recommend using Get a Guide when visiting the Hermitage museum, particularly now with the covid protocols in place & numbers of tourists being allowed access into the Hermitage controlled & the routes to choose from. Our guide Tim was very knowledgable & an expert in his field. Before starting out tour he gave us some interesting background & history of the Winter Palace, Alexander Column & the General Staff Building. During our tour of the Hermitage Tim’s talked us through each room, highlighting important details & pointing interesting things to see, which if we were not on a guided tour would be missed, for example how the ceilings & inlaid floors mirror each other in the Throne Room. His art knowledge is vey good & he shared insights into the artists techniques, styles & what to look for in the paintings, which was very interesting.

Tim, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with all our questions. His english was excellent and the visit of Hermitage was very exciting. We took one at 3pm and due to covid there weren’t many people there. It took us almost 3 hours but with Tim’s guide it was great.

Our guide was great, lots of history knowledge and helped us navigate through what would be of interest to us! 100% recommended taking a guide because you will definitely miss many things otherwise, plus the added advantage of having them tell you the relavent stries

Touring the Hermitage with Tim was an amazing experience, he was knowledgeable and efficient and made the tour fun with interesting anecdotes. Definitely recommended!

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