Art on the Gogh!
Holland - Cultural Treasures & the Art of the Dutch and Flemish Masters
Discover the Flemish and Dutch masters on a small group barging tour through Holland with artist and art lecturer Don Smith. We’ll tour museums, local sites and enchanting villages and country sides dotted with windmills and bicycles! A highlight of our museum visits will be to the Mauritshuis in The Hague to see their extensive art collection and works by Johannes Vermeer, including the Girl with the Pearl Earring. Ports on the trip include Amsterdam, Haarlem, Delft, Leiden, and Gouda, and a full day in Amsterdam to explore the world-famous Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum next door. We’ll spend seven nights on a 24-passenger, well-appointed barge The Lena Maria. From the comfort and convenience of the barge, we will travel the canals of Holland departing from the mooring in Amsterdam and moor in picturesque locations such as Haarlem, Leiden, Delft and Gouda. We return to Amsterdam to explore this vibrant city’s major museums – the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Each day will consist of sightseeing with museum visits and lectures on the art of these great masters by Don Smith. If you’re inspired by the locations and the artwork, bring along a sketch book and a few drawing supplies to spend some time sketching with Don. A chartered coach will take us to and from the barge to all designated locations. There will be free time in every city with plenty of options for sightseeing, walking, independent museum exploration and shopping at local markets.
Paradores & Pousadas
Historic Lodgings Of Spain & Portugal
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.
Painting & Sailing in Croatia
With Artist Robert Masla or Artist David Dunlop
Experience the beauty of Croatia and plein air painting on a small group sailing tour through the breathtaking islands of Croatia. 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 (134.5’) yacht Barbara. Participate in dynamic art demonstrations and plein air painting sessions capturing the natural beauty of these Adriatic islands surrounded by the sea, nature and centuries of history!
Quintessential Village Charm!
Watercolor Painting in the Cotswolds
This September, experience the scenic Cotswolds region with British watercolor artist Robert Atkey. Robert will lead watercolor demonstrations and plein air painting sessions capturing the picturesque landscapes and unique charm in the heart of England’s Cotswolds. We’ll spend a week in a country Manor in Chipping Campden, , home to one of England’s most charming High Streets. Spend a day in the city of Bath, famous for its imposing architecture and Roman remains. Explore a different village/town each day. Pretty stone cottages, rose flower gardens, and gently flowing streams will provide artistic inspiration for plein air painters. Non-painters, please join us and spend the week immersed in some of England’s most enchanting villages!.