Art Lover's TourMoscow & St. Petersburg

If you are looking for the opposite experience of a large travel company tour our Art Lover's Tour is for you. This is a robust once-in-a-lifetime program of the art and culture in Moscow and St. Petersburg. You will slowly walk through amazing museums while learning about the artists and art movements. Enjoy lectures at a variety of prestigious sites, explaining their cultural, political and historical significance. Relax at trendy restaurants with delightful food and ambience. We have special evening events planned at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters. You do not need to be an artist to attend this tour, but you should love and appreciate art and culture.

Small Group: 4-12
Length:  11 Days

Dates:  August 4-17, 2017
Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch
Early Bird Sign Up:  March 27, 2017
Final Deadline to Sign Up: May 15, 2017

2017 – Itinerary

August 4  |  Arrival

Arrival at a Moscow airport:  SVO,  DME or VKO
Transfer from one of the above Moscow airports to the hotel in a private car

August 5  |   Tretyakov Gallery

The Tretyakov Gallery contains one of the greatest collection of Russian art in the world.  The Gallery houses over 130,000 collections of Russian art and artifacts ranging from the eleventh to the early twentieth century. Among these collections are some of the greatest Russian masters of all time, which include works by Ilya Repin and Ivan Kramskoy. Russian art movements we will see and discuss include:  sentimentalism, romanticism, critical realism, Wanderers, realism, lyrical landscape, Russian Impressionism, World of Art (Mir Iskusstva), Russian Symbolism, and pronto avant-garde.


  • Tour Revolutionary Subway Tunnel
  • Tretyakov Gallery
  • Marfo-Mariinsky Convent
  • Painting in the old district of Moscow or go back to the Tretyakov Gallery

August 6  |  Kremlin Territories

A visit to Moscow is not complete without seeing the Kremlin Territories. Inside the Kremlin are the Russian government buildings as well as the former czar’s palace and cathedrals. The czars personal cathedrals are lavishly ornamented with frescoes, gilded iconostases, exotic marble floors, doors made of precious metals, and chandeliers from the 17th century. Also inside the Kremlin Territories is the Armory Museum, a treasure-house of ancient Russian regalia, ceremonial outfits, and gifts of gold and silverware by Russian, European and Eastern masters. You will also visit the Diamond Fund, a collection of precious stones and masterpieces of jewelers’ art. On display is the world-famous Orlov diamond, bought by Count Grigory Orlov who presented it to Catherine the Great.


  • Kremlin Territories
  • Red Square
  • St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Opportunity to attend the Bolshoi Theater

August 7 – Institute of Russian Realist Art

Way outside the city center of Moscow sits a rather modest museum that contains one of the best collections of the Russian realist school of painting of the twentieth century. The museum is known as the Institute of Russian Realist Art (IRRA) contains approximately five-hundred works of Russian and Soviet art. The collection begins with Soviet Realism and ends with contemporary work from artists living today. It is an interesting collection that chronicles Russia’s political history with Stalin’s propaganda art, the Great Patriotic War and Khrushchev’s “thaw.” This fabulous collection shows us how these Russian artists interpreted the world in which they lived.


  • Morning Free Time
  • Institute of Russian Realist Art

August 8 – Cathedral, Pushkin Museum, New Tretyakov Gallery

Pushkin Museum of Fine Art
The Pushkin Museum is comprised of three buildings. The size of the collection at the makes itthe second largest in Russia after the Hermitage Museum. We will tour the European building, where you will see one of the most expensive collections in the world of nineteenth and twentieth century European art. This world-famous collection includes major works by: Monet, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso.

The New Tretyakov Gallery
The New Tretyakov Gallery houses the only permanent exhibition of twentieth century Russian art in Russia. It displays works by Russian avant-garde masters from the 1900s-1920s who are famous all over the world, such as Kazmir Malevich,  Wassily Kandinsky,  Marc Chagall, Pavel Filonov and Lyubov Popova. These works were followed later by Socialist Realism during the 1930s-1950s. The works by artists of the Severe Style from the 1960s are demonstrated in parallel with "underground" art, which started the "second wave" of Russian avant-garde. The exhibition is completed by works from the 1980s-1990s.


  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts European Building
  • New Tretyakov Gallery

August 9  |  Travel to St. Petersburg

  • Morning Free time
  • Train to St. Petersburg
  • Arrive in St. Petersburg

August 10  |  Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum first opened to the public in 1852, making it one of the oldest and most prestigious museums in the world.  By the end of the eighteenth century the Hermitage was already one of Europe’s finest museums. The initial collection was owned by Catherine the Great, who defined the trends in collecting and set high standards that have been impossible to ignore ever since. We will spend the majority of the day discussing artwork in the Winter Palace, which includes these art movements:  Renaissance, mannerism, baroque and gothic.


  • Hermitage Museum's Winter Palace

August 11  |  Hermitage Museum


In 2014 the Hermitage Museum opened a new wing in the General Staff Building directly across from the Winter Palace. This new wing consists of five courtyards and eight-hundred rooms all dedicated to the art from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. House in this building includes Russia's huge collection of impressionist and post-impressionist work; as well as exemplary examples of neo-classical, romanticism. Barizon School, and an extensive collection of German art from the 1800s.


  • Hermitage Museum – General Staff Building

August 12   |  Russian Museum Tour

The State Russian Museum is the largest museum of Russian art in the world, housing works by famous artists such as Nicolai Fechin, Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin, Konstantin Makovsky, Philipp Malyavin and Isaak Levitan to name a few. This museum has collected the crème de la crème of master works by Russian artists, ranging from historic to contemporary times. The museum has gained a reputation of world importance due to its outstanding collection of not only Russian figurative painting, but also Russian Impressionism.


  • Morning Free
  • Russian Museum

August 13  |  Repin Academy and Mariinsky Theater

Repin Institute
Established in 1789 by Catherine the Great, the Repin Institute of Arts contains a small museum of graduate paintings by many of its well-known graduates. Today the Institute is the largest arts educational institution in Russia. For almost two and a half centuries the Institute has been promoting the traditional and classical fine art of Russia and plays a key part in the preservation of its native style.


  • Repin Institute Museum
  • Artist Studio and Chat
  • Afternoon Free
  • Mariinsky Theater Performance

August 14  |  Cathedrals and Faberge Museum

  • Morning Free Time
  • Kazan Cathedral
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Faberge Museum

August 15   |  Return Home   

Transportation from hotel to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in a private car.

Add-O Itinerary

Instead of returning home on August 15th you can add the following two days to your trip.

August 15   |  Catherine's Summer Palace and Peterhof Garden Tour

  • Catherine’s Summer Palace Tour
  • Peterhof Park tour

August 16   |  City Tour, Hermitage Museum, Cathedrals

  • Hermitage Museum
    – Russian Guide gives a tour of the gala rooms and private quarters
  • City Sight Seeing Tour by boat
  • Tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral

August 17  |  Return Home   

Transportation from hotel to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in a private car.


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Small Group Tour

This tour is a small group tour, made up of four to twelve people. This will give you the opportunity to spend more time on the things you want to see and discuss. A rare opportunity to spend your days with a university expert allowing you to ask questions and have meaningful conversations.