Exclusive Tours of the Art and Culture in Russia

Russian Art Tour offers once-in-a-lifetime tours of the art and culture in Russia. Created by fine artist and graduate level professor, Cathy Locke, our tours focus on Moscow and St. Petersburg. Experience entire bodies of work, as well as paintings that have never traveled outside of Russia, gain an understanding of the history and culture of the Russian people through a variety of  unique events that we offer. We organize day tours for individuals, as well as group tours for educational organizations such as art groups, high schools and colleges.

2015 Art Lover's Tour

2015 marks our fifth annual Art Lover's Tour. Join professional artist and graduate level professor, Cathy Locke, during a ten day VIP tour of the museums and cultural sights in Moscow and St. Petersburg. This tour is a wonderful opportunity for art collectors to learn about masters works from a professional artist. Attendees get a solid understanding of the art movements, color theories, compositions, as well as the backgrounds on the artists and collectors that we see. We also visit cultural and historical landmarks. You do not need to be an artist to attend this tour.

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We offer curriculums for high school to college level students, both undergraduate and graduate. Our educational programs include economical hotels and group rates. In 2014 the State Hermitage Museum will celebrate 250 years of existence. A new wing of the museum will be opening consisting of  800 rooms all dedicated to the art from the 19th to 21st centuries. The opening of this behemoth new wing will make the Hermitage the largest museum in the world. For more information . . .


Russian Art Tour is a licensed tour operator, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area

Russian Art Tour was founded by professional fine artist Cathy Locke. "I love traveling, and I wanted to create a relaxing and fun way for people to learn about the art and culture of Russia. I also wanted to create a safe way to visit Russia for people who are traveling alone," explains Cathy.

2015 Fine Art Intensive

In 2015 we will be offering our first program created for artists. This ten day intensive runs concurrently with our Art Lover's Tour and has the added benefit of allowing artists to paint/sketch on location plus spend time in the museums. We will visit Moscow and St. Petersburg, where you will see both Russian and European art. Cathy Locke will lecture in the museums giving you the background on the artists,  the art movements, painting techniques and color theory.

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Private Tours

We offer private tours for individuals and families who want a unique experience that they will always remember. Click here for more information . . .

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