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St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum Excursion Reviews

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Five historic buildings (one of which was the former residence of Russian Tsars) today make up the Hermitage Museum, housing one of the finest art collections in the world.

bz

3 reviews

In before the museum opened, no lines, many rooms our group of 8 was the only one there.


Provider: Independent Operator

marymat

1 review

The gold room was well worth the visit


Provider: Silversea Cruises

lagottogal

1 review

Unbelievable!!! Beautiful!! Impressive!! Fabulous!!!!


Provider: Independent Operator

max_power_000

1 review

We were at the hermitage in the afternoon so it was hot and crowded. We covered the highlights of the museum and had a good amount of free time at the end to look at monet paintings or go to the gift shop. The building is extremely large and covers a wide area of sculptures and artwork.


Provider: Princess Cruises

alanoconnor

1 review

The tour took us there at the busiest time of the day, and it was impossible to see anything at all. It was an exhausting, unpleasant experience, with the constant fear of losing sight of the guides "lollipop" A major disappointment. We spoke to an American couple who had booked a minibus tour independently, and it was a group of only 4. It gave the guide much greater flexibility, and they visited the Hermitage when it was relatively quiet, though I think it was very expensive indeed.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

tipitina

3 reviews

Beautiful, but wall to wall people.


Provider: Princess Cruises

George Elliot

1 review

Overwhelming. Our guide hurried us through a bit, but that was probably necessary.


Provider: Independent Operator

Purdue71

1 review

Over the Top


Provider: Independent Operator

sheree

1 review

excellent guide-group tour-a must do-very educational


Provider: Silversea Cruises

cb1968

13 reviews

Must see but incredibly busy. Make sure to see the gold room.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Fair911

2 reviews

A must visit. Very crowded very rushed. Heard from other passengers that Independent Tours was the way to go. Better arrangements and better value. Cunard very expensive.


Provider: Cunard Line

nybumpkin

17 reviews

Our guide had a great knowledge of the history of the Hermitage and the artwork.


Provider: Independent Operator

NantahalaCruiser

1 review

Viewed many of the impressionists works

Never knew that Picasso had done ceramic works until we saw them there

Enjoyed Cross's pointillism work


Provider: Independent Operator

head4heights

1 review

Again, arrival by hydrofoil is preferable - the Russian police can be most unreasonable about coaches disgorging not entirely able-bodied elderly American tourists. You could spend every day for a month looking round that place, taking in one of the most amazing collections of artwork in the world and being able to get right up close to masters so you can examine each brush stroke without being fenced off or peering through glass.


Provider: AmaWaterways

babouchka

1 review

Not enough time to see everything, we were separated from the rest of the tour group and lost them at one point.


Provider: Viking Cruises

wickers

1 review

An exhausting 2 hour tour but we saw some of the major things we wanted to see. A wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide.


Provider: Independent Operator

beachluver9

2 reviews

Huge crowds made the museum a disappointment. It would have been enjoyed much more it we could actually get close to the art work!

A word of warning...much of the museum is not air conditioned and windows are left closed to keep moisture out. Huge crowds + no air conditioning = hot!


Provider: Independent Operator

shirleyuk

1 review

You can never tire of going to the Hermitage Museum. There are works of art to suit everyone's taste. Three hours just flew by. We were lucky enough to go first thing in the morning when, although crowded, you could still get round easily. Our guide even found lifts for me and my scooter so that I could keep up with our group.


Provider: Independent Operator

SandyBeach45

1 review

The Hermitage Museum is amazing so much to see. It was very crowded in June and we were walked through at a fast pace. I would love to go back when there are less people and have a guide to ourselves.


Provider: Viking Cruises

karbop1

1 review

Had a private two day tour for three of us which allowed us to visit pretty much every main destination and a few others besides. i would recommend SPB Tours highly.

Provider: Independent Operator

lewisltd

2 reviews

Awesome


Provider: Independent Operator

ronnieb

1 review

Mind Bogling......Fantastic don't miss this...


Provider: Independent Operator

Brummie7207

2 reviews

Lot of walking but worth it.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

murrayrosie

1 review

blethers

1 review

Wonderful art in a superb setting. Dragon-ladies in the cloakroom!

Provider: AmaWaterways

Dodifra

1 review

There is much to see at the Hermitage! We spent 2 hours plus and only saw a fraction of the exhibits but had a good overview. It would take years to see everything. Shouldn't be missed.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cactus77

1 review

Not really a museum. More an art gallery. Has room after room of fabulously valuable paintings, by all the famous artists. You get up close to them too. Well worth seeing.

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Vivacious Van

1 review

A must. Fantastic. If only we had more time. The guide was very good and informative. The Hermitage was clean, warm but no where to sit. But of course this seems to be the norm every where. Beautiful building, tired in parts, but that goes with the territory. We were extremely fortunate in that we were the only ones within the Hermitage on the day we visited. Apparently they opened it up just for our cruise ship. Profuse thanks to the person who arranged it. If I am allowed to be negative, it was that on the way to the Hermitage Museum via the coach, we were requested to fill in a form confirming that we would pay £5.00 for being allowed to take photographs. We signed it and subsequently paid for it at the end of the cruise. A number of fellow passengers didn't fill in the form and still took the photographs. No signage was seen in the Hermitage advising that charges would be made for camera use and no identification marks on the person/camera were made to confirm that individual had the right to use the camera. It's a silly niggle I know, but it did annoy me. When selling the trip they should stipulate the extra over charge will be applicable.

Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

kre8ive

1 review

We opted for the "Behind the Scenes" Hermitage tour. Be forewarned that this must be booked more than 30 days in advance through the cruise line and it is an extra-cost option. But it was worth every penny. We had access to the Hermitage before it opened to the general public. We also were able to visit their off-site vaults and storage facilities. Lunch was included. This was an excellent tour that I would highly recommend.

Provider: Viking Cruises

Lochani

1 review

Fabulous place we had wanted to see for a long time! Wish we had lots more time.

Provider: Viking Cruises

andawaywego2

1 review

Sooo much to see, and I got lost from my tour group.

Provider: Independent Operator

Cruisin-Geezer

6 reviews

We visited the incomparable Hermitage Museum. TJ even arranged entry before the official opening time, enabling us to see some of the wonderful treasures and artworks, a good 30 minutes ahead of the crowds. I was spell-bound at the wealth of art on display and of course the fabulous interiors of the Winter Palace, which forms part of the Hermitage. Our only regret was that there was no time to dwell at leisure over such an unrivaled collection of art masterpieces.

Provider: Independent Operator

GregP08

1 review

A must see. Exceeds Louvre & other places.

Provider: Independent Operator

kingfish45

1 review

Words cannot describe it. A world class exhibition of artists that you know. One of the things you must do while there. Negative--Very crowded and not enough time.You have to pay to take pictures but no one seems to be enforcing it. In fact,the guards in each room were almost sleeping. Shopping-all of the excursions take you to the same place.I have an idea that the excursion company owns it. They always wanted to know what ship you came from. But it seemed a good place to but things from Russia that were of good quality. They take credit cards,Russian money as well as Euros-but best to use credit cards. This excursion included lunch with wine if you wanted it--Local and pretty good.

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

johnl.szabo@gmail.com

1 review

Glorious. We took the behind the scenes tour, which was exceptional. I wish I could have spent a week there.

Provider: Viking Cruises

Niall Fleming

3 reviews

An evening trip to the Winter Palace and Hermitage, which included a concert. I felt sorry for those who had opted for the Ballet and were forced to go in jeans and trainers! The Hermitage tour guide was Dutch and was honest enough to explain that a sensible tour would not cover everything. Finishing up with a concert and a glass of champagne was excellent. My advice would be that three tours in one day is too much and P&O ought to warn about the risk of being a bit frazzled at the end.


Provider: P&O Cruises

sailing1001

1 review

If you enjoy paintings this is definitely a place to visit. Its walls are lined with famous Russian rules and their families, paintings by famous European artists and the walls are finished in gold.

Provider: Independent Operator

muly

1 review

This was a much more comprehensive tour than one I took several years ago with another line. The collection is amazing even if you are not an art enthusiast.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

MlleMag

1 review

Lana took us to the Gold Room (jewelry, gold work, silver) where the Museum guide gave a commentary, translated by Lana (who was frustrated at not being the guide; we told her to just give us her own spiel and skip the translation.) The museum guide was very dour, not very excited about these treasures. Lana selected a limited number of paintings or work for each art period, so we didn't have to stand for hours listening to commentary. The building itself is a gem.

Provider: Independent Operator

nomadlin@comcast.net

1 review

The tour could have been longer, perhaps in 2 parts. We tried to obtain a brochure in English, but they were out. If we had had that brochure we could have gone on our own to see and spend more time in the parts we especially wanted to see.

Provider: Viking Cruises

Ellen in State College PA

1 review

Wonderful overview though guide stayed too long on a couple of paintings. Very crowded. Don't bring coats or big bags off bus in any museums as you have to check them. there are employees is every room keeping watch on paintings, no flash allowed. Better maintance than the palaces in Tsarskoe Selo

Provider: Princess Cruises

AgouraTraveler

2 reviews

2 hours just gave us a glimpse of the treasures housed in this museum and Winter Palace. Countless art pieces by the masters and royal rooms are seen on this tour

Provider: Princess Cruises

Niagara11

1 review

A wonderful place to visit. What you will see and experience will take your breath away. Be prepared for long long line ups. Organized tours avoid line ups and are admitted separately from the Gerald population. However, it can be very crowed in the museum but tour guides do their best to avoid crowded situations. It is a bit hurried but can you do in a short period of time. Missing the Hermitage would be a shame!

Provider: Princess Cruises

Mileeny

1 review

The coach dropped us beside the entrance and we were first in when they opened the doors.Every room and gallery that we went into was empty and we saw so much and got some amazing photos in deserted galleries and on the staircase. Priceless.The collection is overwhelming and our short visit only skimmed the surface but we saw all the highlights with expert commentary.It was very hot and there is no air con.I had taken small hand held fans and water and was glad of it.There were clean bathrooms here.Coach picked us up outside the exit.

Provider: Royal Caribbean International

kdub24

2 reviews

How to see the Hermitage, when thousands upon thousands of others want to see it too, and it's such a vast, vast museum?! No easy answer to that question. In a way, it's a "must-do" in St. P, but someone in our group summed it up best: "we saw everything, and didn't see anything." I was too stressed out about losing sight of my guide to really concentrate on much. That said, I'm glad I went.

Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

flcruiser3

1 review

The Hermitage museum is magnificent and I am sure that 2 1/2 hours we only touched the surface. I was impressed that our group was admitted early and we never really encountered any crowds.

Provider: Independent Operator

MostlyLegal

2 reviews

Absolutely take the evening tour!

Provider: Holland America Line

glen121

1 review

great! we will go back, I had booked the catherine palace to see the amber room but a foot problem prevented me from getting off the ship the second day (gutted!)

Provider: P&O Cruises

rmgjg

1 review

overwhelming-so much to see in so little time.Beautiful,crowded. Our guide was excellent in explaining the little we had time for.

Provider: Independent Operator

hehny

3 reviews

This was the reason for our visit and it did not disappoint! Immigration (which was required any time you exited and returned to the cruise ship) was fast and well controlled. You need a tour ticket or a visa to enter the city. The city is not walkable from the port, you will need transportation. This is not a tourist-friendly city in the sense that everything is in Russian and signs are poor. There is a lot of solicitation of guide books near tourist spots and of course you need to be careful for pick pockets near the Church of Savior on Spilled Blood. Its a once in a lifetime city and you'll be glad you went.

Provider: Cunard Line

DawgVoyager

1 review

This was part of our 2-day independently booked small group tour. Since the Hermitage is so large, the guide asked if there were certain exhibits that our group preferred to concentrate on. We selected impressionists, so after showing and explaining different rooms of the Winter Palace to us, she gave us plenty of time to view the art in the areas we had selected. She provided information on many of the pieces.

Provider: Independent Operator

supersecdd

1 review

We walked through 2 floors of the Hermitage Museum and found the walking easy and the museum definitely worth seeing.

Provider: Independent Operator

Blackrat

1 review

Did the evening tour after the museum is closed to the public, expensive but well worth it. Great classical concert at the end.

Provider: P&O Cruises

Christine Kallend

1 review

Evening visit with a short concert by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra finishing it off. If you do one tour do this, the museum is closed to all but cruise guests so you have space and time to scratch the surface of the collection at the Hermitage.

Provider: Cunard Line

bobby3334

3 reviews

The reason I went - we moved quickly but well with our small group; spent about 3 hours

Provider: Independent Operator

cathpiano

2 reviews

Very crowded, similar to Peterhof in many ways, with some beautiful art.

Provider: Princess Cruises

Philip Lowe

1 review

Loads to see and our tour was too short. A marvellous place and difficult to see all it has to offer. We did quite well!

Provider: Independent Operator

iceclutz

1 review

Two hours was not enough, but we did manage to walk through a great deal of the museum. Unfortunately, it, like most of the venues, was so crowded, that even if we had had the time, we could not have 'strolled' through. It's a beautiful museum.

Provider: Independent Operator

movingarchitect

1 review

Very crowded but well worth the visit. Guide was verygood and remote radio headphones a blessing as we heard everything

Provider: P&O Cruises

geekguy1

7 reviews

Beyond even our expectations in terms of how luxurious, well appointed, beautifully furnished, amazingly gilded, and full of priceless art this iconic stop was. Best if seen with a tour company that gets early admission, because the crowds get fierce!

Provider: Independent Operator

aaallison

1 review

This would be a 5-star attraction were it not for the crowds. Take a behind the scenes tour outside of regular opening hours

Provider: Viking Cruises

financesec

1 review

Beautiful. The nice part of the independent tours is we could get to the front of the line.

Provider: Independent Operator

ivanchemist

2 reviews

Seeing all that art is overwhelming. Rembrandts next to Degas -- pictures you only see in art books and can't imagine they'll let you see up close and personal. We also saw the treasure and gold rooms, which were worth the extra time in the museum.

Provider: Independent Operator

gzerovti

2 reviews

Spectacular but you only see a limited amount due to the tour timings. A local museum guide joined us in the gold room which gave us more information. No photos to be taken in the gold room. You pay 5 Euro to take photos here. Well recommended.

Provider: Thomson Cruises

chileno first time cruise

1 review

What an amaxing place. We saw the Gold Room and various other rooms. works of art included Michaelangelo, Leonardo and Rembrandt. We had over two hours but had to move at a cracking pace. You need a week to do it justice

Provider: Princess Cruises

slix1

2 reviews

Too much to see. Done't even blink or a major item will be missed.

Provider: Independent Operator

Bonica Rose

1 review

Although there was an early opening for the HAL cruise ship, we still had to wait in line and the doors opened 15 minutes late. 2 hours at the Hermitage was not sufficient for my liking but was good enough for my 19 year old daughter. The guide rushed us through each room and there were only seconds to photograph a piece of art that caught my eye (often falling behind or having to leave the group in order to do so). It seemed that a lot of time was wasted while waiting as a group for the bathroom breaks and during the lunch/shopping break at the Hermitage cafe (at our own expense). Because we did not have any roubles and had packed a picnic lunch which we ate at a souvenir break, this time could have been better spent if we had the option of staying longer looking at art instead of waiting at the cafe. In retrospect and after hearing from the other passengers, the HAL exclusive 4 hour evening at the Hermitage tour would have been better (and the lighting would have been adequate this time of year when it stays light all night).

Provider: Holland America Line

MNDutchGirl

5 reviews

With our small group of 14 in our private tour, the Hermitage was fabulous. We had our own reserved entrance time and the 3 hours we spent there just flew by.

Provider: Independent Operator

jimlaneart

4 reviews

Two hours! I came all the way to Russia for TWO HOURS in this massive palace full of art and antiquities. This should have been a day-long tour. For four bucks (camera fee), I did the best I could in condensing it down with this YouTube video: http://youtu.be/jPckUiVeIA4

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

Duyo

1 review

Too crowded! Timed tickets would help!

Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line

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