Join robust once-in-a-lifetime program of the art and culture run by artist and university professor Cathy Locke.

Slowly walk through amazing museums, enjoy lectures at a variety of prestigious sites, explaining their cultural, political and historical significance.

Relax at trendy restaurants with delightful food and ambiance.




Nevsky Art Hall in St. Petersburg 3*

Akvarel Stoleshnikov in Moscow 4*


Museum Entrance Fees

Highly-educated licensed guides

12 breakfasts, 11 lunches

High-speed train from Moscow to St. Petersburg 

All on-tour transportation on modern air-conditioned motor coach including arrival and departure transfers (group or individual)

Luggage handling in/out

Visa support, registration fees

Not included

Air tickets

Optional tours

Evening performance tickets and transfers

Additional information

OccupancyDouble (shared hotel room, per person), Single (individual hotel room, per person)

Day 1: Welcome to Russia

Arrival to Moscow. You will be met, greeted and escorted to your hotel.

Nevsky Art Hall hotel


Day 2: Hermitage – Winter Palace

The State Hermitage Museum first opened to the public in 1852. 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nevsky Art Hall hotel



Day 3: Hermitage – General Staff

URKD8J_23SB$CTNQ066.jpgIn 2014 the Hermitage Museum opened a new wing in the General Staff Building directly across from the Winter Palace. This new wing consists of eight-hundred rooms all dedicated to the art from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. 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.


  • Hermitage Museum – General Staff Building

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nevsky Art Hall hotel



Day 4: Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum is the largest museum of Russian art in the world, housing works by the crème de la crème of masterworks by Russian artists, ranging from historic to contemporary times.


  • Kazan Cathedral
  • Russian Museum

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nevsky Art Hall hotel



Day 5: Repin Academy

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.



  • Repin Institute Museum
  • Faberge Museum
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Opportunity to attend Mariinsky Theater


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nevsky Art Hall hotel



Day 6: Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof Gardens

  • Catherine’s Summer Palace Tour
  • Peterhof Park tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nevsky Art Hall hotel



Day 7: Hermitage Gala Rooms – City tour

  • 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Nevsky Art Hall hotel



Day 8: Travel to Moscow

  • Morning Free time
  • High-speed train to Moscow
  • Arrive in Moscow

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Akvarel Stoleshnikov hotel


Day 9: Tretyakov Gallery

The Tretyakov Gallery contains one of the greatest collection of Russian art in the world.  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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Akvarel Stoleshnikov hotel


Day 10: 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. You will also see the Armory Museum, a treasure-house of gifts of gold and silverware by Russian, European and Eastern masters. We will visit the Diamond Fund, on display is the world-famous Orlov diamond, bought by Count Grigory Orlov who presented it to Catherine the Great.



  • Kremlin Territories
  • Red Square
  • Basil’s Cathedral
  • Opportunity to attend the Bolshoi Theater

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Akvarel Stoleshnikov hotel


Day 11: Institute of Russian Realist Art

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.


  • Morning Free Time
  • Institute of Russian Realist Art

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Akvarel Stoleshnikov hotel


Day 12: Pushkin Museum, New Tretyakov Gallery

Pushkin Museum of Fine Art
We will tour the European building, where you will see the world-famous collection includes major works by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist.



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, Socialist Realism, Severe Style and the “second wave” of the Russian avant-garde.


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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Akvarel Stoleshnikov hotel


Day 13: Return Home

Departure transfer for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast


 St. Petersburg & Moscow – 13 Day Art Lovers Tour 

  • Wed, July 25, 2018 – Monday, August 6, 2018 (13 days, 12 nights)


  • Double (shared hotel room, per person): $6,000
  • Single (individual hotel room, per person): $7,000


Cathy Locke holds a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design and a M.F.A. from the Academy of Art University, both with honors. She currently teaches a variety of figurative courses in the graduate department at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has received accolades for my work from the Pastel Society of America, Art Directors Club of New York, Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Pastel Journal and Campaign Papers. She has also received two Pastel 100 Awards placing her as one of the top 100 pastelists in the world. Her work is collected by civic institutions, colleges and universities, and private patrons across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Cathy Locke is currently writing a book on Russian art. She works as a freelance writer for a number of art publications and maintains a blog on Russian and European art.

Her work has been recently featured in two museum shows, including a special honor where my work was hand selected from the Pastel Society of America’s Annual Exhibition to show at the Butler Institute of American Art. The other was an exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum titled “Motion and Meaning.”

Cathy is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and the California Art Club.