St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum Excursion Reviews

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.
First day we did The Hermitage with Gold Room tour.
First day we did The Hermitage with Gold Room tour. Such a gorgeous museum. The gold room part got boring after a while. If you take a tour with it, you have to have a special curator take you around and they don't speak english, so ... Read More
First day we did The Hermitage with Gold Room tour. Such a gorgeous museum. The gold room part got boring after a while. If you take a tour with it, you have to have a special curator take you around and they don't speak english, so your tour guide translates. You are in there for about an hour.There are definitely some interesting pieces in there, but could have done it in a shorter period. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Like taking a drink from Niagara Falls You are guided from room to room and you just keep thinking ...
Like taking a drink from Niagara Falls You are guided from room to room and you just keep thinking that it can't get any more over the top than the last room and then you find out you are wrong. Any normal person could easily spend ... Read More
Like taking a drink from Niagara Falls You are guided from room to room and you just keep thinking that it can't get any more over the top than the last room and then you find out you are wrong. Any normal person could easily spend days in this place looking at the art. A few hours only give you a taste and our guide was great about getting us to the top 5 in our time there Only thing lacking was more time to explore and see incredible things. Warning to all when you are in these places do not mess around, Russians do not joke about when it comes to security or following rules. They are very proud of these places and there is a literal army of old, cranky russian ladies everywhere that will set you straight if do anything silly or against the rules. You will be overwhelmed at the sheer size and opulence of this place. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Facinating!
Facinating! Unbelievable collections of art, sculpture and other items.
Facinating! Unbelievable collections of art, sculpture and other items. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Managed to get there early which is essential.
Managed to get there early which is essential.
Managed to get there early which is essential. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Seabourn Cruise Line
Great works of art.
Great works of art. We want to go back to visit it.
Great works of art. We want to go back to visit it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excellent tour guide--Russia certifies their tour guides so you get interesting well informed ...
Excellent tour guide--Russia certifies their tour guides so you get interesting well informed guides. You do experience what the government wants you to, but it is well presented.
Excellent tour guide--Russia certifies their tour guides so you get interesting well informed guides. You do experience what the government wants you to, but it is well presented. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Absolute must is the Hermitage.
Absolute must is the Hermitage. This was my 2nd time there, and neither time allowed me enough time to see even a portion of what I wanted to see. It is really very special.
Absolute must is the Hermitage. This was my 2nd time there, and neither time allowed me enough time to see even a portion of what I wanted to see. It is really very special. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hermitage was severely overcrowded in the afternoon.
Hermitage was severely overcrowded in the afternoon. Thousands of tourists trying to follow guides. Dangerous conditions related to exit, emergency, fire possibilities, even damage to paintings.
Hermitage was severely overcrowded in the afternoon. Thousands of tourists trying to follow guides. Dangerous conditions related to exit, emergency, fire possibilities, even damage to paintings. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Beautiful building.
Beautiful building. Very nice to be limited to entrance for cruise lines only as the line the next day was all the way around the building. A lot of the lights were turned off and there were no shops open.
Beautiful building. Very nice to be limited to entrance for cruise lines only as the line the next day was all the way around the building. A lot of the lights were turned off and there were no shops open. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Rushed through the museum too quickly and forced to spend too much time at certain spots that were ...
Rushed through the museum too quickly and forced to spend too much time at certain spots that were not of interest.
Rushed through the museum too quickly and forced to spend too much time at certain spots that were not of interest. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Hermitage is a beautiful tour which only included 2 of the 6 buildings.
The Hermitage is a beautiful tour which only included 2 of the 6 buildings. They are building a 7th building. Wish we could have spent much more time there.
The Hermitage is a beautiful tour which only included 2 of the 6 buildings. They are building a 7th building. Wish we could have spent much more time there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We essentially stormed through with no possibility to look around ourselves, but that is the nature ...
We essentially stormed through with no possibility to look around ourselves, but that is the nature of the beast. (organised tours)
We essentially stormed through with no possibility to look around ourselves, but that is the nature of the beast. (organised tours) Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Costa Cruises
Busy.
Busy. Lots of people. I can't say enough about Anastasia Travel. We were a little weary because their private tour cost was about the same as a group tour for two days. Our tour guide and driver - Leeza and Vadim - were great at ... Read More
Busy. Lots of people. I can't say enough about Anastasia Travel. We were a little weary because their private tour cost was about the same as a group tour for two days. Our tour guide and driver - Leeza and Vadim - were great at getting us around and avoiding the crowds. We liked to think Vadim actually worked for the KGB, or whatever agency does that sort of thing now in Russia. He didn't say much. ;) Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
very crowded could not stop to look at any of the art!
very crowded could not stop to look at any of the art!
very crowded could not stop to look at any of the art! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We took the Hermitage and Peterhoff tour the first day (exhausting and everything was VERY crowded ...
We took the Hermitage and Peterhoff tour the first day (exhausting and everything was VERY crowded but we enjoyed seeing all of it), and then the Peter/Paul Fortress and City Highlights in the am on Day 2, and the 3 churches in the ... Read More
We took the Hermitage and Peterhoff tour the first day (exhausting and everything was VERY crowded but we enjoyed seeing all of it), and then the Peter/Paul Fortress and City Highlights in the am on Day 2, and the 3 churches in the afternoon on Day 2. It was all exhausting but we saw SO much and enjoyed all of it. Our local guide on the first day (Vadim) was EXCELLENT! All the guides were very knowledgeable and worked to make the logistics as easy as possible given the crowds. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Was awesome.
Was awesome. Our tour was after hours and only the people from our cruise so it was very intimate.
Was awesome. Our tour was after hours and only the people from our cruise so it was very intimate. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
With only an hour to spend in the museum, got only a glimpse of one of the exhibits -- ...
With only an hour to spend in the museum, got only a glimpse of one of the exhibits -- Impressionist and post-impressionist period French artists. Traffic issues and failure to deliver line-skipping promises cost at least couple of ... Read More
With only an hour to spend in the museum, got only a glimpse of one of the exhibits -- Impressionist and post-impressionist period French artists. Traffic issues and failure to deliver line-skipping promises cost at least couple of hours, which still would not have been enough. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Seeing the extravagance of Catherine was impressive.
Seeing the extravagance of Catherine was impressive. The modern art has been relocated, and what remains is not of great interest to me.
Seeing the extravagance of Catherine was impressive. The modern art has been relocated, and what remains is not of great interest to me. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
NO queuing and informative and friendly TJ Travel tour guide, Olga.
NO queuing and informative and friendly TJ Travel tour guide, Olga. Wouldn't choose anyone else now have been with TJ. if all their tours are like this. Mini bus meant we could zip around easily and was a more flexible tour. An hour ... Read More
NO queuing and informative and friendly TJ Travel tour guide, Olga. Wouldn't choose anyone else now have been with TJ. if all their tours are like this. Mini bus meant we could zip around easily and was a more flexible tour. An hour and a half was enough for us, people who went for longer said it was a bit long . we saw the highlights and you would have to devote days to see it all, but we wanted to see more of St Petersburg Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Fascinating.
Fascinating. Really too much to see on such a short visit. The traffic getting there and getting back to the ship, and the lineup to get in, was horrendous. We spent more time waiting than viewing. Nevertheless, a memorable experience.
Fascinating. Really too much to see on such a short visit. The traffic getting there and getting back to the ship, and the lineup to get in, was horrendous. We spent more time waiting than viewing. Nevertheless, a memorable experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We got in early before some of the intense crowds.
We got in early before some of the intense crowds. Had a 4 hour tour including some time on our own. Also saw a visiting exhibit from Naples.
We got in early before some of the intense crowds. Had a 4 hour tour including some time on our own. Also saw a visiting exhibit from Naples. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Art knowledge of Dina was impressive.
Art knowledge of Dina was impressive. Gained Great insight into period art and techniques. Russian History and the Romanov dynasty was very interesting, some humor and some tragedy.
Art knowledge of Dina was impressive. Gained Great insight into period art and techniques. Russian History and the Romanov dynasty was very interesting, some humor and some tragedy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Impressive castle that is now a museum.
Impressive castle that is now a museum. Great art spread out over several buildings could not see it all but saw several wonderful collections
Impressive castle that is now a museum. Great art spread out over several buildings could not see it all but saw several wonderful collections Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Both Peterhof Palace/Gardens and The Hermitage are must sees.
Both Peterhof Palace/Gardens and The Hermitage are must sees. Hermitage rivals the Louvre. Amazing. But we were warned at least a dozen times about pickpocket activity in St. Petersburg. So if you go make sure you have valuables in zipped ... Read More
Both Peterhof Palace/Gardens and The Hermitage are must sees. Hermitage rivals the Louvre. Amazing. But we were warned at least a dozen times about pickpocket activity in St. Petersburg. So if you go make sure you have valuables in zipped pockets or tucked away. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A beautiful collection.
A beautiful collection. Our excellent, knowledgeable guide made all the difference. She steered us through the crowds and maximized the time available.
A beautiful collection. Our excellent, knowledgeable guide made all the difference. She steered us through the crowds and maximized the time available. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line