Collage Travel Journal Workshop in Greece

Art classes and island-hopping fun with Karen Stamper. Spend 12 nights visiting Athens, Amorgos, Naxos, and Santorini
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Colors, layers, texture. Laughter, walks, renewal.

Dates: May 20-June 1, 2025
Duration: 12 Nights
Location: Greece: Athens, Amorgos, Naxos, and Santorini
Cost: from $4745 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $895
Maximum Class Size: 14
All prices in US dollars. Land only. Program subject to change.

Collage Travel Journal Workshop in Greece

Join us for a perfect blend of inspiring travel and art classes. Be part of the adventure on Karen Stamper’s collage travel journal workshop in Greece. Sketch and paint in the field. Develop your journals during informal “studio” classes at the hotel. Each art class will be inspired by the beautiful locations we visit. 
Leave the tour buses and cruise ships behind. Experience an authentic Greece. Meet new friends. Capture it all in your very own collage travel journal. 

Discovering Karen was a game changer for me and my art. I signed up for a sketchbook holiday not knowing anyone and slightly apprehensive what to expect. In no time she put us at ease and enjoying ourselves. Karen is a very kind and generous teacher, but also very professional. Her years of experience are evident. She knew exactly when and what guidance to give to whom. I treasure the book I filled that week. It is the exciting results as well as happy memories. Finding and signing up on the holiday was a sliding doors moment for me as so many wonderful connections and opportunities have come with it.

Kate

Suffolk, UK

I so enjoyed my Italian painting holiday under Karen’s expert guidance and tuition. She is  a relaxed tutor, approachable and great fun: the experience was a highlight of my year, enhancing my artistic practice at home.

Carmen

Cambridge, UK

What to Expect

Collage Travel Journal Workshop in Greece

Art Program

In this 12-day collage travel journal workshop in Greece you will be immersed in equal parts travel and art program. Teaching artist Karen Stamper will lead daily on-site classes inspired by the places we visit. Your art journals will be made of the drawings, watercolors, and ephemera collected along the way. With Karen’s fun and friendly style, you will learn to create in a non-judgemental, spontaneous way. The practice is to be present and in the moment. Your collage travel journal will be a colorful, textured assemblage of the week’s journey together in beautiful Greece.

Students will work in an A5 concertina sketchbook. Over the course of the week, you may fill about 15-30 pages. Karen will introduce paper collage, inks, watercolours, gesso and drawing tools. There will be lots of guidance and help. There is also a lot of freedom to include your own style. Karen will provide inks, gesso and some collage papers, but you will also collect along the way. A short materials list of what to bring will be provided to students prior to departure.

Travel and Touring

Imagine visiting the beautiful Greek Islands with an insider-guide leading the way. Discover Greece on your own two feet and at eye level. A small group of artist friends will be your company.

For 12 nights, your collage travel journal workshop in Greece will island-hop through the Cyclades. First we arrive in Athens with its ancient history and vibrant café scene. Next you’ll unwind for 6 days on Amorgos. An undiscovered gem, Amorgos is an authentic, lost-to-time Greek island. Then for two days explore the wide beaches, charming harbor, and quiet countryside of Naxos. Finally you’ll have 3 days in Santorini. A bucket-list destination, Santorini is known for its rich history, iconic views, and cliff-top villages perched high above the sea.

Each morning we set off for a new, unique destination. There Karen will lead a class. Along the way we will incorporate a walk or sometimes have an option for a more challenging hike. The remainder of your day is free to spend with fellow students or on your own.

See yourself sketching on a shady terrace only steps from the Aegean. You’ll have space to contemplate one of the hundreds of little churches that dot the islands, or blend into the background as you sketch the everyday activities and people around you. There are so many beautiful opportunities to see, sketch, and experience on our Art Walk Greece!

(This is an active program. You should be able to comfortably walk for an hour at a time at a leisurely pace. We will be walking on trails, cobbled paths, pavement, and lots stairs.)

What You’ll Love

Collage Travel Journal Vacation in Greece

1. Planning with care

We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation!

2. Movable Studio

Develop skills and techniques to use whenever you travel. Specifically, learn to pack light and create as you go.

3. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 14, you can expect quality time during art classes. Additionally, we travel to small, local places large tour groups can’t.

4. Slow Travel

Not only will you have time to relax and unwind from your everyday life; you will experience Greece as few do. Far from the crowds, and led by local knowledge. Off-the-beaten-path encounters await!

What’s Included

Collage Travel Journal Workshop

Program subject to change. Actual daily schedule may differ.

Vahan rug shop Athens Greece 600x400

Day 1

Gather at our hotel for a meet and greet and welcome meeting. Afterwards, we will set out for an orientation walk of the Plaka neighborhood and visit a family-run rug store to learn about Greek textiles. Sketchbook Travel Journal Workshop

Day 2

Our morning walk takes us to the foot of the Acropolis. You may opt for the private guided tour to follow your own path of discovery. Then capture memories of this dynamic city in your collage travel journal class. Later,  we depart by ferry to Amorgos.

Greece walking vacation art workshop accomodations

Day 3

A day to relax and fully enjoy our beachside hotel. After a leisurely morning with a tour of the grounds and class, we will stroll along the beach and into the harbor village of Aegiali. The day ends with a welcome feast of traditional Greek specialties.

Day 4

We climb the steps to a 12th century monastery built into a cliff high above the sea. The views are literally breathtaking! Afterward, the winding alleys, colorful doorways, and traditional cafes in the island capital of Chora are a perfect setting for art class.

Gravel road Tholaria Amorgos Greece

Day 5

The village of Tholaria offers beautiful views to Aegiali Bay. We will walk through the terraced farmland to a small chapel perched above the sea. An optional cooking class shares the tastes and traditions of the Greek kitchen handed down through generations. 

Tholaria Amorgos Greece taverna

Day 6

In the village of Langada we will have art class. Then visit a herbal distillery that produces essential oils made only from plants found on the island. Afterward, the walk back to our resort follows the ancient path that once was the island’s main thoroughfare.

Karen Stamper workshop in Greece

Day 7

An easy morning stroll along the sea offers scenic views – and lots of goats! A leisurely afternoon provides time to explore the countryside and work in your collage travel journal. Enjoy your final day on this unique island retreat. Collage  Travel Journal Workshop

Day 8

A morning ferry brings us to the island of Naxos. After checking into our hotel there’ll be time for class with Karen. Then, the day is free to explore Naxos’ historic old town or enjoy its famous beaches.

Day 9

At the verdant green center of the island, the village of Halki is charming all on it’s own. Our walk through the surrounding countryside wanders through ancient olive groves and sleepy villages to find the perfect location for class.

Santorini blue domes walking vacation in Greece

Day 10

A fast ferry brings us to the iconic island of Santorini. After checking into our family-owned hotel in Fira, we will have lunch and an orientation walk to get your bearings. Lunch will be at one of our favorite locations for gyros. You won’t want to miss a sunset class on the caldera’s edge with a spectacular view over the Aegean. 

Day 11

Our morning walk is filled with spectacular views as Karen teaches class from a whitewashed village perched high on the caldera’s edge. There is an optional hike for those who are feeling ambitious. The day ends with an optional private sunset cruise, a guest favorite and highlight of the trip. collage travel journal workshop

Oia Santorini Greece sea view

Day 12

A private tour of the ancient ruins of Akrotiri reveal the sophisticated culture that existed before it’s volcanic destruction. In the afternoon, Karen will wrap up with a final art class. Later, we will meet for a farewell dinner after a convivial aperitivo and sketchbook travel journal share. 

Day 13

After a delicious breakfast we bid farewell to the magical islands and new artist friends until the next collage travel journal workshop.

Small group art workshop in Nice France with Karen Stamper

Collage Travel Journal Workshop in Greece

Make memories to last a lifetime.

What’s Included

Collage Travel Journal Workshop in Greece

Art Walk Greece:

  • Friendly and fun, fourteen student maximum (non-student companions are welcome for a special rate)
  • Collage travel journal program by Karen Stamper
  • Unique itineraries exclusive to The Blue Walk
  • Carefully selected hotels
  • All ferries between the islands
  • Transfers to and from all ferries
  • Hearty buffet breakfasts daily
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Two lunches
  • Optional guided morning walks
  • Fully escorted and hosted throughout
  • All hotel taxes and service fees included
  • Suitable for most fitness levels – daily guided walks are included, but optional. Guests should be able to comfortably walk at a leisurely pace for at least an hour over mixed terrain including stairs.
  • Program begins in Athens and ends in Santorini at our hotels. Onward travel not included.

Collage Travel Journal Workshop

Karen Stamper in Greece concertina sketchbook

Athens (1 night):

  • One night at our wonderful 4-star hotel near Syntagma Square, in the heart of the city
  • Orientation walk through Athens’ famous Plaka and Monastiraki areas
  • Visit to family-owned rug shop to learn about the tradition of Greek textiles (and taste a local liqueur)
  • Morning guided walk by the Acropolis
  • Optional private tour of the Acropolis with local archeologist guide
  • Option to visit jewelry workshop

Amorgos (6 nights):

  • 6 nights at our family owned beach front hotel with pool
  • Incredibly uncrowded, relaxing island
  • Welcome dinner at beachside restaurant
  • Lunch with a view over the valley to the sea
  • Visit an essential oil distillery where all herbs are harvested on the island
  • Full program of beautiful island touring including transportation
  • Morning seaside guided walks
  • Optional hiking on Amorgos’ extensive network of marked hiking trails
  • Visit to the cliff-side monastery
  • Arrival and departure transfers

Naxos (2 nights):

  • Orientation walk of Naxos town and historic center
  • Visit to Apollo’s Gate
  • Visit the village of Halki and walk through the countryside
  • Outdoor pool, and hotel is right by a beautiful white sand beach

Santorini (3 nights)

  • Three nights at our favorite centrally located hotel in Santorini
  • Outdoor pool with pool bar
  • Orientation and daily walks to discover the island’s hidden gems and spectacular views
  • Visit the village of Oia
  • Bus trip to Akrotiri historic site
  • Farewell dinner at family run taverna
  • Optional guided tour of Akrotiri
  • Optional hike between Oia to Fira on caldera’s edge
  • Optional caldera sailing tour

Important Notes

Collage Travel Journal Workshop in Greece

Deposits

Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program. 

You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.

Solo travelers and single supplements

For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.

If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.

A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.

Fitness

Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)

As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking  poles on familiar paths first.

 

For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.

Two women feeding friendly donkey on stone wall with flowers Greece walking tour vacation with The Blue Walk

Where in the World?

Your Art Walk collage travel journal workshop begins in Athens, Greece. We then spend most of our time island hopping through the Cyclades. The Cyclades is a group of Greek islands southeast of the mainland in the Aegean Sea. It is a perfect place for a walking vacation. The islands are known for their beaches, ancient sites, rugged landscapes and traditional blue-and-white stucco towns overlooking the sea.

Airport Information

The Athens International Airport  is the entry airport for our Greece collage travel journal workshop. It is located approximately a 40-50 minutes drive from our hotel. 

At the end of the tour, the most convenient departure is from the Santorini Airport. It is located about 10 minutes from our hotel.

All things being equal, for our itinerary it is preferred to book flights into Athens and out of Santorini. Alternatively, if you reserve roundtrip flights between your home airport and Athens, for your departure a separate flight from Santorini to Athens may be booked. If that is the case, we advise leaving at least 3 hours between landing in Athens and departing on your international flight.

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