Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop Vacation

Travel with teaching artist Mary Beth Shaw to two of Europe’s most beautiful cities at the peak of spring bloom
Mary Beth Shaw mixed media Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Spring Blooms, Urban Strolls, and Lots of Laughter

April in Paris! Come along on this uniquely curated tour and art workshop in Paris and Amsterdam with teaching artist Mary Beth Shaw. The only prerequisite is a desire to have fun and get creative. Celebrate spring blooms and cherry blossoms. The focus will be on florals for our springtime art vacation. Everyone, from accomplished artists to those just beginning their creative journey, is welcome at this Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop.

Dates: April 19-29, 2023  SOLD OUT (WAITLIST AVAILABLE)
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
End: Paris, France
Cost: $4,895 USD
Single Supplement: $1253.50
Max Number of Students: 16 (avg. is 12)

On this Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop, our small group of artists will explore unique neighborhoods and tour colorful flower markets. At every turn you will find interesting textures, engaging patterns, and colorful blooms. Be inspired by what you find. With Mary Beth Shaw’s good humor and endless ideas, you’ll create your own unique mixed media travel journal to capture your memories and impressions. Of course, no wander would be complete without stopping for treats and great meals along the way. To learn more about Mary Beth Shaw visit her Artist’s Page.

I love Mary Beth’s teaching style! She invites, informs, and inspires. I loved that she worked right along with us. Mary Beth helped us see the world and respond to it in new ways. It was wonderful how our projects all reflected each person’s individual experience. Show and Share night was amazing.

Calyx Harris

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

What to Expect

Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Mary Beth Shaw’s Paris and Amsterdam art workshop is filled with unforgettable experiences. Discover Amsterdam’s countryside on a private tour during the annual Tulip Festival. See Paris awash in cherry blossoms and the stately windmills of Holland’s countryside. Cruise through the canals of Amsterdam and along the Seine at sunset. Taste a french croissant fresh out of the oven.

Discover the rich history and current relavence of art in these great cities. View Europe’s Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masters at the Van Gogh Museum and the Musee D’Orsay. Learn what’s happening in Paris’ underground art scene with a private street art tour through Montmartre. See the stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle and tour through fields of flowers in full bloom. All this and more is what we have planned for you.

What You’ll Love

Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

  • Unique, custom itineraries
  • Visit Amsterdam during the annual Tulip Festival
  • Spend 5 nights at each location. You can unpack and get comfortable!
  • Travel with a small group of friendly, like-minded artists
  • Guided travel – We take care of  the logistics and details. You enjoy your vacation.

What’s Included

Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

  • Complete mixed-media art program with Mary Beth Shaw
  • 5 nights our boutique hotel in Saint Germain, Paris
  • 5 nights at our Amsterdam hotel near the Jordaan and museum districts
  • Daily full buffet breakfast 
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Visit Amsterdam during the annual Tulip Festival
  • Private tour of Amsterdam’s countryside to see tulip fields and windmills
  • Admission to the Keukenhof Gardens
  • Visit the town of Haarlem
  • Private canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Admission to the Van Gogh Museum 
  • Direct fast train between Amsterdam and Paris
  • Private street art walking tour in Paris with local guide
  • Seine river cruise at sunset to view the City of Lights
  • Admission to the Musee D’Orsay
  • Admission to Saint Chapelle
  • Ice Cream and Patisserie treats
  • Aperitivo
  • All transfers per program description
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
Group in Italy Mary Beth Shaw

Mary Beth Shaw and her Art Walk students in Italy (above) and Greece (below).

Group in front of stone wall Amorgos Greece walking tour vacation art travel journal workshop


Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Our Paris and Amsterdam art workshop features equal parts travel vacation and inspired art workshop. Every day will include discovering a new place as well as a fun and creative art class with Mary Beth Shaw. The content of the class will be inspired by the places we visit and people we meet along the way.

Daily schedule is subject to change.


Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Day 1

Welcome: This is an easy day to allow everyone to arrive and get their bearings. We will gather at our centrally located hotel within easy walking distance of all the main sights. First a  meet-and-greet and program overview will give a vision of the days ahead. Then, we will have an orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood.  Paris and Amsterdam art workshop

Flower bouquets at the market Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Day 2

Amsterdam Highlights. The morning begins with a visit to the Van Gogh museum. Afterward an urban stroll will take us through Amsterdam’s historic center, crossing bridges and walking along canals. On the way we will visit the flower market and the city’s center, Dam Square. Next, Mary Beth Shaw will teach her first class. Lastly, the day will end with our welcome dinner – a uniquely Dutch/Indonesian feast called rijsttafel.

Windmills in the Tulip fields Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Day 3

Windmills and Tulips. Today our private transfer will deliver us to the Keukenhof Gardens. Then, you will have time to explore the gardens at your leisure. Alternatively, rent a bike for a self-guided tour through the tulip fields. Afterward we will visit the charming town of Haarlem. There you will have time for lunch and to explore the historic center. During our return, we will see historic windmills among the fields of flowers.

Peaceful canal in the Jordaan Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Day 4

Saturday in the Jordaan: Begin the day in class with Mary Beth Shaw. Afterwards, we will explore the Jordaan district – one of the best loved neighborhoods in the city. Charming narrow streets give way to flower-lined canals. There we’ll find plenty of quaint shops and boutiques, as well as cafes, restaurants and artists’ studios. More than any other part of Amsterdam, the Jordaan exemplifies a peaceful, Dutch way of life.

Winkel Apple Pie Paris and Amsterdam Art Workshop

Day 5

Free Day: Your final, full day in Amsterdam begins with Mary Beth Shaw’s travel journal class. Afterwards you can spend extra time on your travel journal, go see a site we didn’t visit together, or just wander beautiful Amsterdam. Later, we will toast our time in Amsterdam with a private cruise and aperitivo through the canals on a classic saloon boat.

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Day 6

Saint Germain: To begin the day a high speed train will carry us from Amsterdam to Paris in easy comfort. Then we will check into our select hotel located in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Next, we will have an orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood. Along the way we will stop by a famous patisserie for a taste of something sweet. Finally, you may indulge in a little retail therapy at the famous Sennelier art store.

Street art paris france walking tour art vacation workshop

Day 7

Street Art Tour: Once an artists’ enclave, and before that the vineyards that kept Paris supplied with wine, Montmartre still holds secrets and surprises. It has much to offer beyond the tourist shops surrounding the Moulin Rouge. Our local artist and guide will show us the way. Through its varied street art, discover the unique character, history, and cultural relevance of this funky neighborhood. 

Paris france walking tour art vacation workshop Notre Dame

Day 8

The Heart of Paris: The day begins by strolling the Paris islands. You’ll see the iconic Saint Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedrals. Then discover the Marias district. Ethnically diverse and brimming with artistic energy, we will visit a collection of eclectic shops, artist galleries and ateliers. Finally, studio class time with Mary Beth Shaw will bring your day’s discoveries together in your journal. Paris and Amsterdam art workshop

Day 9

Musée d’Orsay: Spend the morning with the Monet, Renoir, Degas and more. Stroll through the Musee D’Orsay and its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist greats. Afterward we will stroll through Place du Louvre and its famous glass pyramid. Then, we will join the Parisians enjoying the abundant blooms of the Tuileries Gardens. Later, use the day’s inspiration to develop your mixed media journal in class with Mary Beth.

Paris france walking tour art vacation workshop street market

Day 10

Latin Quarter: Begin your day in mixed media class with Mary Beth Shaw. Afterward, our walk begins with the color and characters of the Rou Mouffetard Market. Le Rou is a medieval avenue filled with produce and flower stalls,  as well as cheese, meat, and seafood vendors.  Next, Paris’ famous botanical garden, Jardin des Plantes, shows off Paris at her best. 

At the end of the day, celebrate your journey of discovery and memory-making with a festive apero and farewell dinner.

Paris france walking tour art vacation workshop coffee and croissants

Day 11

After a delicous breakfast shared together, we bid farewell to our artist friends until the next time. No group events are scheduled for this day. You may depart at your leisure. Our hotel will hold your luggage if you plan to leave after checkout time.

Two beautiful cities. One fabulous, art-filled trip.

Mary Beth is ready to go. Join us!

Important Notes

Solo travelers and single supplements

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

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

Please note that a single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms. Often European hotels have smaller single rooms available at a lesser cost. If you would be interested in this option please inform us at time of booking.

Twin / Double Rooms

Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Twin matteresses may be made with individual bedding in the same frame. Double beds are often two twin matteresses made with double bedding.


It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in your chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing some longer walks, of an hour or more, prior to arrival. As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.

Where in the World?

Amsterdam, The Netherlands’ capital, is known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades. Legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age are evident throughout the historic center. Windmills and fields of spring flowers adorn its surrounding countryside.

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) is the most conveniently located for arrival. Paris has two  international airports that may serve your departure – Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is the primary airport and offers the most flights to North America.


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