Days: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Departure time: 08:30
Duration: 4 hours
Prices are in USD per person per tour
Discount for kids (3-12 yo) - 15 USD
Infants (0-3 yo) are free of charge
All port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes; Visa-free formalities; Private vehicle; English/or German/or Spanish/or Italian/or French local Guide; Entrance tickets to the museums; One pass for the camera per person in the museums; 1 bottle of mineral water per person in the vehicle.
Gratuities to the guide and driver
Embrace the exquisite beauty of the most spectacular museum in St. Petersburg during this scenic and memorable visit to The State Hermitage Museum before official opening hours.
The shore excursion starts at 8:30am. Your guide will meet you at the pier and take you to the The State Hermitage Museum. Upon arrival, enter The Winter Palace via the stunning Jordan Staircase. At the upper landing, take a guided tour through the superb staterooms of the Winter Palace. After exploring the main building of the museum, we still stop at The Palace Square for taking photos. Next, we will visit the Impressionist Collection exhibited in The General Staff Building. By 12:30pm, we will bring you back to your cruise ship.
The State Hermitage Museum (Early Admission)
For those seeking a greater insight into Russian culture and history, the Hermitage's extensive collection of artworks literally paints a picture of the nation's captivating past. In fact, it is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world!
The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from Berlin. Nowadays, the Hermitage has about 2.7 million exhibits and displays a full range of world art from ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French impressionists, and sculptures by Rodin.
Hermitage is not just a place full of treasures, but the museum itself is a real jewel, a piece of antiquity, a house of mysterious Russian history.