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  • St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Self-Guided Tour & Tickets

    1. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Self-Guided Tour & Tickets

    Use your self-guided audio tour to discover the main chambers and the most famous works of art at the Hermitage Museum. See the living quarters of the imperial family, the Pavilion Hall with the Peacock Clock, and the Malachite drawing-room. Climb the Grand Staircase made of white marble and explore a vast collection of artwork from across Europe. Ranging from prehistoric crafts to works of modern art, use your audio-guide to learn more about the extensive collections on display. The self-guided tour is designed for 1.5-2 hours, but you can stay in the Hermitage Museum for as long as you wish to discover even more beautiful interiors and unique exhibits.

  • St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

    2. St. Petersburg: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

    This night trip that travels under raised bridges will let you fully embrace the beautiful views of St. Petersburg by night.  Marvel at architectural ensembles, view the unique shape of the St. Petersburg skyline with a recognizable string of spires and domes and see a variety of bridges. During the cruise, see palaces and noble mansions, notable cathedrals in the city, the hand-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views you see will take your breath away. Views that are particularly fabulous from the water are the ingenious ensemble of the spit of the Basils Island, the peculiar pattern of the Summer Garden fence, the mysterious St.Michaels Castle, and the square of the seven bridges. Join this tour and enjoy an ...

    Raising bridges is a remarkable event to see, tickets are very easily and quickly provided via the GetYourGuide app. The only suggestion is, given that it is cold at night, it would be good to provide and offer visitors a blanket, for example, before the end of the ride it was very cold for me.

  • St Petersburg: Peterhof Museum Park Ticket and Audioguide

    3. St Petersburg: Peterhof Museum Park Ticket and Audioguide

    Travel to the kingdom of fountains and see the most interesting things in the Lower Park of Peterhof! Your tour will begin with a dive into the history of Peterhof at the Orangery fountain. Then you will go on a journey through the Lower Park, see the Chess Mountain cascade, visit one of the most “dangerous” places in the park - “Water Road” and the “Dubok” and “Umbrella” fire fountains. Walk through the beautiful Monplaisir Garden and admire the beautiful panorama of the Gulf of Finland and St. Petersburg. You will learn the history of the fountains "Adam" and "Eve", passing between which you will have a breathtaking view of the Grand Cascade and the Peterhof Palace. You will walk in the garden of Venus, see the Marly Palace and the "Labyrinth" - the most secluded place in the park. You will find the most unusual monument to Peter I with a small child in her arms and learn its history...

    The palace and gardens were beautiful but despite paying for foreign citizen tickets we were only offered Russian audio guides. There are places where it's not permitted to take photos but you're given out to in Russian as there are no English signs.Found myself shooed on a lot which was frustrating when trying to take photos. Almost a full day is required to really see everything. Upper garden at the time of our visit was under renovation but we were not informed before purchasing our tickets on Get your Guide.

  • St.Petersburg: Grand Maket Russia Ticket

    4. St.Petersburg: Grand Maket Russia Ticket

    Enjoy an illuminating visit to the National Show Museum 'Grand Maket Russia' and its single exhibit – the unique miniature model of Russia! Marvel at a colossal working layout, that artistically represents the incredible country. At 800 square meters, this 'man-made miracle' is the second largest model in the world. Witness the spectacular finished product, which took dozens of professions five years to create. Spot the various cities and regions presented in the model, as well as scenes reflecting all kinds of human activity . Have fun watching the model come alive through its dynamic rail and road traffic. More than 200 trains passing along its tracks, which stretch for almost 2500 meters. Be amazed by the cars, which use electromagnetic induction as their power supply and are complete with working headlights brake lights and turn signals that illuminate the roads at 'night'. Get the ...

    This was a hidden gem. It's a must-visit if you are travelling with kids. The details of the entire model were fantastic. It's engrossing and you can actually identify structures. Much better than the "Mini Europe" in Brussels. The way the vehicles, weather and time of day are controlled is mind-boggling. The artwork is fantastic. It will take you back to your childhood.

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

    5. 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, Irani...

    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.

  • St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

    6. St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

    Meet your guide at the Alexander Column in Palace Square. Skip the long lines and enter the museum right away. Once inside, learn about the development of art and culture in the west and east from pre-historic times to the present day. Admire remarkable collections of paintings, prints, and sculptures as well as tapestries, carpets, ornaments, furniture, and jewelry. Gain fascinating insight into these artworks from your knowledgable guide. 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. 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. Choose th...

    My gude Oxana was brilliant. She explained the symbols in the paintings and unusual stories and made the whole tour very enjoyable and memorable.

  • St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

    7. St. Petersburg: "Northern Venice" Day Boat Tour

    One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, St. Petersburg is famous for its architecture, museums and monuments, many of which were designed to create the most visual effect from water. Parade facades, grandiose architectural ensembles, the unique shape of Saint-Petersburg skyline with recognizable strings of spires and domes, a variety of engineering and design concepts embodied in the bridges - all of this and more you can expect to see during this day-long boat trip. You will see palaces and noble mansions, the most notable cathedrals of the city, the man-made island of New Holland, the building of Mariinsky Theatre, the renovated Chinezelli circus, the granite walls of the Peter and Paul's Fortress and the gold-plated spire of the Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The views will take your breath away, visitors and citizens alike. Particularly fabulous from the water is the ingenious ense...

    Amazing Tour. Must have in your St Petersburg iteniary, specially night boat ride. Smooth check in by boat operator.

  • St Petersburg: Fabergé Museum Ticket w/ Russian Audio Guide

    8. St Petersburg: Fabergé Museum Ticket w/ Russian Audio Guide

    Explore the Fabergé Museum at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour. See the world's largest collection of Fabergé works, including fantasy items, jewelry, accessories, ceremonial silver, precious haberdashery, and interior items. Discover several unique Fabergé eggs, nine of which were created by the House of Fabergé jewelry firm on the orders of Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. See personal belongings of the House of Romanov and official "cabinet" gifts presented to prominent figures of the time on behalf of the Russian emperor. Admire a large collection of Russian enamels created by the leading Russian jewelry firms of the 19th and 20th centuries including P. Ovchinnikov, I. Khlebnikov, A. Kuzmichev, the Grachev brothers, and many others. Explore the large collection of more than 100 items by Fyodor Rückert, an outstanding Moscow master of artistic enamel who collaborat...

    It is good value for money! Egg-cellent and eggs-traordinary showcase of the Imperial Easter eggs, other valuable treasures and fine arts!

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

    9. 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.

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

    10. 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 up...

    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

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What people are saying about St. Petersburg

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based on 4,284 reviews

Olga was an amazing guide ! She answered all of our questions and she was very pleasant and sweet !!!We learned a lot from her ! All in all it was an amazing experience!!!

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

Great visiting feeling! We quickly and easily issued tickets, there were no difficulties in passing through the turnstiles! EVERYTHING IS FINE!

The lady guide was very good very soft spoken nd very clear in explanation.really loved the experience…thanku soo much

It was very easy to use and covered the most important aspects of the Museum