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State Hermitage Museum Tours

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State Hermitage Museum
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is the largest art and cultural museum in the world, with more than 3 million items in its collection—only a fraction of which are on display in its 360 rooms. The main museum complex comprises six historic buildings on the Palace Embankment and includes exhibitions of works of art from the 13th to 20th centuries, as well as Egyptian and classical antiquities and prehistoric art. 

The Basics
Experiencing the spectacular Hermitage complex and collection could consume days, so plan ahead to tailor your visit. Given its massive size, taking a guided tour or renting an audio guide may be the most efficient way to see as much as possible. For a unique experience, book a private tour that includes visits to both the Diamond and Gold rooms. If you're short on time, consider visiting as part of a small-group walking tour around St. Petersburg, or as part of a full-day city tour that also includes attractions like Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Peter and Paul Fortress.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Hermitage is a must for art lovers visiting St. Petersburg. 
  • Lines at the main museum complex can get extremely long, with waits well over an hour. Save some time by purchasing entrance tickets in advance.
  • Admission is free on the first Thursday of every month and on December 7.
  • Visits to the Diamond Room and Gold Room in the Treasure Gallery are by guided tour only.
  • Cat lovers should keep an eye out for the many cats that live on the Hermitage grounds.
  • The Hermitage Museum is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair rentals are available.

How to Get There
The main museum complex, set in what was once the winter residence of the Tsars and royal court, is within walking distance of Nevsky Prospekt and can be reached by virtually all forms of public transportation. The nearest metro stations are at Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, and Gostiny Dvor.

When to Get There
The Hermitage is open from 10:30am to 6pm, and until 9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays; it is closed on Mondays. Try to arrive as early as possible, both to beat the crowds and to allow yourself enough time to see what you want to see.

Branches of the Hermitage
The Hermitage is composed of several branches in addition to the main museum complex. The General Staff Building has a display tracing the history of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as several other collections of art from various eras. The Winter Palace of Peter the Great displays items that once belonged to the popular tsar. Menshikov Palace focuses on Russian culture in the early 18th century. The Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory is home to more than 30,000 objects, including porcelain, glass, photographs, and rare drawings.
Address: Palace Embankment, 34, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Hours: Closed Mondays
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State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Admission Ticket

State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Admission Ticket

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There's no need to wait in line to purchase a ticket at the popular State Hermitage Museum when you buy this admission ticket ahead of time. Simply show your voucher at the entrance to skip the line of other visitors. Choose from one- or two-day passes, and browse the vast collection of art, antiquities, and archaeological artifacts at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Hermitage Museum Ticket (Skip the Line)

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Hermitage Museum Ticket (Skip the Line)

the State Hermitage Museum is the oldest and most famous museum of art in Russia. If you're planning your visit to St. Petersburg, be sure to visit this famous place! The ticket gives you the right to visit the Hermitage and the General Staff building for one day without waiting in line. Valid for 90 days from the date of purchase.
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  • 2 hours
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Hermitage VIP Ticket with Concierge Service

Hermitage VIP Ticket with Concierge Service

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Save yourself a lot of time, which can be better spent inside the museum, by getting skip-the-line access to the Hermitage. This enormous art museum is very popular, but getting priority access is the easy way of visiting. Your personal concierge will meet you at the entrance and help you with audioguides, maps, and directions. Tour the museum at your own pace.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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  • 2 days
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$25.00
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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Enjoy a luxurious experience of St. Petersburg during a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion in the remarkable Russian city. With an accomplished guide, discover the most sought-after sights, including the Peterhof Palace and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and gain valuable insight into intriguing Russian history and culture. Feast on traditional Russian food and relish the intimate ambiance of this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
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  • 2 days
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St.Petersburg 2 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

St.Petersburg 2 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

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When your cruise visits St. Petersburg, discover the many splendors of the city on a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion, with no Russian visa required. Learn about the city’s past from an informative guide, and discover landmarks including the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress. Witness the art highlights of the world-famous Hermitage Museum, cruise along the stately canals, visit the fountain-dotted Peterhof Park, and explore the Catherine Palace at Pushkin, including its world-renowned Amber Room.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

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2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

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Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day shore excursion with a small group. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces, the Peterhof Fountain Park, and the famous Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise through the 'Venice of the North' and choose to upgrade your experience with a tour extension featuring visits to the Faberge Museum and some of the city's top nighttime attractions.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

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Embark on a 2-day private guided tour of St Petersburg and immerse yourself in the city's many wonders. This multi-day excursion allows you to delve beneath the surface of some top attractions for a more thorough and rewarding experience. Learn the story behind the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood, marvel at Peterhof's magnificent fountains, and see the ongoing restoration of Catherine Palace, largely destroyed during WWII. Cruise along the canals of this 'Venice of the North' and explore both the Hermitage and the city's metro stations: artworks in themselves.
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  • 2 days
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$306.42
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Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

Mini-Group 2-Day Shore Excursion of St Petersburg Must-Sees and Boat Cruise

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Spend your days in port exploring the highlights of St. Petersburg. Your guide meets your small group at the port each day to take you in a comfortable minibus to the sights. Visit the Hermitage, the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace and famed Amber Room, the fountains and gardens of Peterhof Palace and more, including a cruise along the canals of the city.
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  • 2 days
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 2-day tour through St. Petersburg gets you acquainted with the city, its history, and its culture. Visit Catherine Palace, Peterhof Garden (Petrodvorets), Rasputin Museum at the Yusupov Palace, the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Plus go on a canal and riverboat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
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  • 2 days
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$315.00
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Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

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Maximize your time in the remarkable Russian city of St. Petersburg on a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion to major attractions and historical landmarks. Alongside an expert guide, visit the majestic Peterhof Fountain Park; browse intriguing exhibits in the Hermitage, Russia’s largest museum; and absorb the sacred ambiance of ecclesiastical structures like the Church on the Spilled Blood, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city and travel by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of your tour.
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  • 2 days
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$250.00
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2 Day Complete St Petersburg Tour with Faberge Museum

2 Day Complete St Petersburg Tour with Faberge Museum

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The easy going tour which introduces the city in the way to have fun and joy. Your top professional guide with perfect sense of humour will not leave you indifferent. The tour includes amazing - very beautiful The Faberge Museum, The Hermitage and other St-Petersburg sights. On the second day visit Catherine palace and Peterhof. Both residencies will be fantastic. Pleasant atmosphere, nice people around and reasonable prices are guaranteed.
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  • 2 days
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Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

Small Group Two Day St Petersburg

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Maximize your time in St. Petersburg and see the sights on a tour that covers two full days. The in-depth sightseeing experience takes in all the must-see St. Petersburg landmarks including Catherine Palace and Park, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Grand Palace, and more. You’ll have commentary on each sight you visit, plus ample free time to explore on your own.
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  • 18 hours
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Relaxed 2-Day Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

Relaxed 2-Day Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum

This private tour gives you an opportunity to explore St Petersburg at your own comfortable pace. You will visit the Hermitage Museum, the Faberge Museum, the Spilled Blood Church and the Lower Park of Peterhof. Taking a river cruise will show you the new sides of the historical city center. This program is perfect for those who want to feel the atmosphere of the city and is not eager to spend the majority of the tour time inside the museums.
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  • 2 days
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ALL INCLUSIVE: Full Day Tour of St Petersburg

ALL INCLUSIVE: Full Day Tour of St Petersburg

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Get acquainted with St. Petersburg and its sights with this day-long tour of the city. Covering more ground and sights than you would do by foot, the coach tour takes in all the top St. Petersburg attractions including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. You’ll even savor a traditional Russian lunch and visit the State Hermitage Museum, too.
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  • 8 hours
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$119.00
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Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

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A convenient two-day tour of city sights, with visits to the imperial palaces in the suburbs, is great for first-time visitors to St. Petersburg. The comprehensive guided overview includes admission to the Hermitage, daily restaurant lunches, boat tour along the canals, a visit to Catherine Palace, and a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof. Cruise-ship port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 2 days
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$319.81
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Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

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Explore St. Petersburg the way you want with a private, full-day flexible tour. Customize your perfect itinerary in advance and relax with pre-arranged logistics and pre-booked skip-the-line tickets. Discover highlights like St. Isaac’s Cathedal and Church on the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise, or devote time to the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, or Peterhof — you choose. Entrance fees and meals are at your own expense, with private air-conditioned transport and guiding services included.
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  • 8 hours
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$152.00
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-Day Private Tour

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-Day Private Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, explore the city and surrounding sights over two days on a private shore excursion that does not require Russian travel visas. With a private guide, take a city tour on Day 1 to see attractions like Cathedral on Spilled blood, and visit the Hermitage Museum. On Day 2, visit Catherine's Palace with Amber room and Peterhof Gardens. A nice extra will be a boat tour along rivers and canals and metro tour
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  • 2 days
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$595.00
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Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

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Group shore excursions can sometimes feel rigid and impersonal. This private guided tour of St. Petersburg offers the flexibility to customize according to your interests and spends two days exploring so that you get a comprehensive view of the city and its surroundings. Visit such landmarks as the Hermitage and Catherine Palace, and enjoy a scenic canal cruise.
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  • 20 hours
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$650.00
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VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

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Take a worry-free and visa-free trip to the former imperial city of St. Peterburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks such as Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, the Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace, the Faberge Museum, and much more. Learn about Russia’s rich history, art, and culture from your tour guide, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and even sample the gastronomy with two included Russian lunches.
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  • 2 days
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Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

Premium St Petersburg 2 Day Small Group Tour

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Explore the most famous sights of St. Petersburg on a 2-day small-group shore excursion. See key landmarks such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, and the Yusupov Palace as you learn about Russia’s rich history and culture from your guide. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance tickets to blockbuster attractions and take a relaxing boat tour along the canals and river.
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  • 2 days
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The Best of SPb in 2 Day Shore Excursion

The Best of SPb in 2 Day Shore Excursion

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Make the most of your time at shore and get a comprehensive overview of Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg. This 2-day tour includes visits to the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Fountain Park, and much more. Take a relaxing cruise along the city’s canal’s and Neva River and discover many important works of Russian art on this small-group tour.
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  • 2 days
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$30.00
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg is perfect for cruise ship guests making a stop in the city because it’s visa-free and includes all transportation. See popular places, such as the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Gain early entry into The Hermitage and the Peterhof Gardens. Visit the Faberge Museum, and then head to Yusupov Palace to walk through the Rasputin exhibit. Plus, see the city sights by boat on a cruise along a river and canal.
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  • 3 days
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$395.00
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2-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof & Catherine's Palace

2-Day Private Tour of St Petersburg with Peterhof & Catherine's Palace

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Some city tours can feel rushed and impersonal. This private tour of St Petersburg, however, offers a personalized immersive experience by spending two days exploring the city and its surroundings. As well as touring by vehicle, visiting such landmarks as the Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace, you'll enjoy a sightseeing canal cruise.
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  • 2 days
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$435.00
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1-Day Essential Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

1-Day Essential Shore Excursion in St Petersburg

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If you only have 1 day in St Petersburg, take your chance to discover the city center, the Hermitage Museum, St Peter & Paul Cathedral, and the Spilled Blood Church. You will also have a scenic boat ride on the rivers and canals to enjoy spectacular views.
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  • 9 hours
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$265.00
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2-Day Family-Oriented Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion

2-Day Family-Oriented Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion

Find yourself getting up close and personal with the history and cultural highlights of Saint Petersburg in this special tour created by experts in children tours.This Visa-Free shore excursion offers an unforgettable time in St Petersburg to all the family members of all the ages.
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  • 2 days
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$400.00
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St.Petersburg 1 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

St.Petersburg 1 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

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While your cruise ship is in St Petersburg, explore the glorious ‘Venice of the North’ on a full-day, visa-free city tour, with an expert guide. After a panoramic drive, visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, ride a boat along the canals and explore the Hermitage, one of the world’s premier museums, and home to paintings by Da Vinci and Rembrandt. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$158.18
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are State Hermitage Museum hours of operation?
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State Hermitage Museum hours of operation: Closed Mondays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book State Hermitage Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since State Hermitage Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 692 State Hermitage Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit State Hermitage Museum 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to State Hermitage Museum costs USD 12.48. Guided State Hermitage Museum tours start around USD 12.48 per person. See all 692 State Hermitage Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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