Art Lover's Tour – 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 once-in-a-lifetime program of the art and culture in St. Petersburg focuses on Russian and European art for seven full days. 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 planned at the Mariinsky Theater. 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: 7 Days
Dates: August 9-17, 2017
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Early Bird Sign Up: March 27, 2017
Final Deadline to Sign Up: May 15, 2017
2017 – Itinerary
August 9 | Arrival
Arrival in St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport (LED)
Transfer from the LED airport to the hotel in a private car
August 10 | Hermitage Museum – Winter Palace
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 - General Staff Building
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. Housed 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
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.
- Russian Museum
August 13 | Repin Institute, Artist's Studio and Mariinsky Theater
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
- Back to the hotel
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 – Winter Palace Gala Rooms and Private Quarters
- City Sight Seeing Tour by boat
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral
August 17 | Return Home
Transportation from hotel to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport (LED) in a private car
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.
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Cathy's Blog Posts about this Trip
See the artwork and learn about the artists that you will see on this tour on Cathy Locke's blog – Musings on Art.