Artful Travels

Curated Art & Cultural Small group Tours

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
-Pablo Picasso

Upcoming 2023 - 2024 Tours

Painting & Barging in Holland with artist Lisa Regopoulos

2024 Dates coming soon - Experience plein air painting and the art of the Flemish and Dutch masters on a small group barging tour through Holland with award winning pastel artist. Non-painters will have the opportunity to experience biking in the charming villages and countryside and sightsee along the way. In addition, we will tour museums and local sites in each location. View the largest ever exhibition of Vermeer's work during tulip season!

Paradores & Pousadas

March 18-April 1, 2024 - Discover the best of the Iberian Peninsula while traveling overland from Lisbon to Madrid. Enjoy captivating sites, excellent cuisine and the magic of Iberia's rich Roman and Moorish past. Along the way, we'll stay in historic paradores and pousadas lodgings in Portugal and Spain.

Upcoming 2023 TouRs

Painting & Sailing in Croatia with Robert Masla
June 17-25, 2023

From Dubrovnik to Split. Experience the beauty of Croatia and plein air painting with Robert Masla on a small group sailing tour through the breathtaking islands of Croatia with artist Robert Masla. In addition to the islands, we’ll tour ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage sites with captivating coastlines for inspiration - all from the comfort of our private, luxury 41 Meter yacht.

Not a painter? No problem

Non painters will find our itineraries provide a variety of options for sightseeing and explorations, as well as relaxation or Nordic walking.

The Journey is everything

Explore the world while traveling in the comfort of a well appointed barge or motor sail yacht.  Stay in historical architectural treasures. 

Who we are

Artful Travels works with dedicated artists and experienced travel partners.

 

Jeanne Fontaine

Founder/Travel Director

A passion for travel, love of the arts and a deep appreciation for the teaching artist is the inspiration for Artful Travels. Jeanne has led small group cultural tours nationally and internationally since 2003.  For nearly 30 years, Jeanne was the Courses Curator for the Museum School at the Springfield Museums overseeing the scheduling and implementation of studio art, art history and science classes for adults and children. In 2003, Jeanne took on the responsibility of coordinating the travel as well as the museum school classes. In this capacity, Jeanne had the privilege of working with amazing artists and teachers while coordinating and escorting international and local trips.  

Artist & Teacher
Lisa Regopoulos

Working in pastels and teaching this versatile medium are two of Lisa’s favorite passions. First impressions of a scene, life in real time, the beauty of the now are the moments she wants to capture. That is why plein air painting excites her most. Her plein air work is fresh and evokes the feeling of whatever is happening at that moment in time. It’s that emotion in her pastels that engages her viewers, and has earned her numerous awards and collectors of her work. 

In September 2022, Lisa led a painting and barging tour through the Barbizon region of France. 

Artist & Teacher Robert Masla

Robert is an award winning, internationally exhibited artist whose canvases, murals and portraits can be found in galleries, private residencies, corporations and film. With extensive teaching experience in all media, Robert conducts workshops from his home/studio in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts, where he lives with his family, and from their home/studio South – Casa de los Artistas, in Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico. 

In April 2022, Robert led a painting and barging tour in Holland. 

Our Travel Partners

International Barging Tours is the most recent venture from Frank Behrendt and the experienced staff who oversee International Bicycle Tours, Inc., in operation since 1976 and expanded to include Nordic Walking since 2007.

Odysseys Unlimited designs escorted cultural tours specifically for small groups of just 12-24 guests which allows for greater flexibility with spontaneous and rich encounters.