Sketchbook Journaling, Slow Travel, and Serious Fun
Dates: October 18-30, 2022
Duration: 12 Nights
Location: Greece: Athens, Amorgos, Naxos, and Santorini
Cost: from $4095 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595
Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation with Anne Leuck
What You’ll Love
1. 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.
2. On-site sketching
Develop skills and techniques to use whenever you travel. Specifically, learn to pack light and create as you go.
3. 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 is Art Walk Greece like?
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Experience a sketchbook travel journal vacation that is equal parts an art program and a discovery of Greece. Imagine visiting the beautiful Greek Islands with an insider-guide leading the way. And not from the distance of a cruise ship or passenger bus, but at eye level and with a small group of friends. Become immersed in the sensory experience of travel. A journey where we wander and wonder through the islands. Feel the wind, water and sun. Taste the spices. Dance to the music. Share a laugh with our Greek hosts, and know you are welcome.
For 12 nights, your sketchbook travel journal vacation in Greece will island-hop through the Cyclades. First we visit Athens for its ancient history and vibrant café scene. Next you’ll unwind on Amorgos. An undiscovered gem, Amorgos is an authentic, lost-to-time Greek island. Then explore the wide beaches, charming harbor, and quiet countryside of Naxos. Finally find Santorini with its cliff-topped villages perched high above the sea, rich history, and iconic views.
See yourself sketching on a shady terrace only steps from the Aegean, contemplating one of the hundreds of little churches that dot the islands, or capturing the winding, white-washed streets. There are so many beautiful opportunities to see, sketch, and experience on our Art Walk Greece 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 are Anne’s Art Classes Like?
Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation
Anne has used sketchbook journaling as an inspiring daily practice of writing and drawing her life’s journey for the last 20+ years. She welcomes all budding artists, at any level, to join us. Any perceived mistakes are just opportunities for more creativity to occur. This will truly be a light-hearted literal adventure…. both on the page and in Greece!
Our small group classes will mostly sketch on-site. Content and inspiration will come from what we find. Anne will teach a balance of traditional sketching techniques blended with travel journaling. Foundational skills such as blind contour will be covered. Additionally, much of the workshop time will be driven by Anne’s signature process. You will learn how to capture daily experience in your sketchbook “travelogue”.
A travel journal not only celebrates and documents a trip’s incredible meals and sights. It also is made up of the many small encounters such as unique people, priceless snippets of conversation, language barriers, and silly mishaps. Significantly, these magical moments are what make your travel journal a lifelong treasure.
Anne will guide you in recollecting details that expressly add meaning and nostalgia to your pages. All the while also teaching you colorful, creative word illustration, page layouts, and drawing techniques.
Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation with Anne Leuck
Program subject to change. Daily schedule may differ.
Gather at our hotel for a meet and greet. After we will set out for an orientation walk of the Plaka neighborhood and a viewing of Athens’ famous changing of the guard. Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation
Our morning walk takes us to the foot of the Acropolis. You may opt for the private guided tour, or to follow your own path of discovery. After capturing memories of this dynamic city in your sketchbook travel journal, we board our ferry to the island of Amorgos.
A day to relax and fully enjoy our view-filled hotel. After a leisurely morning with a tour of the grounds, we will take a stroll along the beach and into the harbor village of Aegiali. The day ends with a welcome feast of traditional Greek specialties.
We climb the steps to a 12th century monastery built into a cliff high above the sea. The views are literally breathtaking! Afterward we will explore the winding allies, colorful doorways, and traditional cafes in the island capital of Chora.
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.
In the village of Langada we will 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.
An easy morning stroll along the sea offers scenic views – and lots of goats! On our way back to the hotel we may take a break at one of our favorite spots to capture the many shades of blue found all around.
A morning ferry brings us to the island of Naxos. After checking into our hotel the day is free to explore Naxos’ historic old town or enjoy its famous beaches.
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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.
A fast ferry brings us to the iconic island of Santorini. After checking into our beachfront hotel the day is free to explore the black sand beach of Kamari and work on your sketchbook travel journal at an open air cafe. Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation
Our morning walk is filled with spectacular views as we meander between whitewashed villages perched high on the caldera’s edge. The day ends with an optional private sunset cruise, a guest favorite and highlight of the trip.
A private tour of the ancient ruins of Akrotiri reveal the sophisticated culture that existed before it’s volcanic destruction. At the end of the day we will meet for a farewell dinner after a convivial aperitivo and sketchbook travel journal share. Departures are the next day after breakfast.
After a delicious breakfast we bid farewell to the magical islands and new artist friends until the next sketchbook travel journal vacation.
Greece Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation
Make memories to last a lifetime.
What’s included in your sketchbook travel journal vacation
Art Walk Greece:
- Friendly and fun, fourteen student maximum (non-student companions are welcome for a special rate)
- Art Walk sketchbook travel journal program by Anne Leuck
- 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 terraine including stairs
- Program begins and ends at our hotels. Onward travel not included
Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation
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
- Morning guided walk by the Acropolis
- Optional guided tour of the Acropolis
- Visit the Changing of the Guards
Amorgos (6 nights):
- 6 nights at our 5-star spa resort.
- Incredibly peaceful, relaxing island
- Welcome dinner
- Family-owned hotel restaurant features organic produce from their gardens
- 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 Chalki 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 4-star beachfront hotel in Santorini
- Orientation and daily walks to discover the island’s hidden gems and spectacular views
- Bus trip to Akrotiri historic site
- Farewell dinner at family run taverna
- Optional guided tour of Akrotiri
- Optional walk to Oia on caldera’s edge
- Optional caldera sailing tour
Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation in Greece
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 may share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). If you sign up and no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be due at final payment. However, 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. However, European hotels often have smaller single rooms available at a lesser cost. If you would be interested in this option please inform us while booking.
Twin / Double Rooms
Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses made with double bedding.
We provide a general description of our walks. 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 some longer walks and (working up to) doing 1 hour of walking comfortably. 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.
Many find walking sticks helpful on steep or uneven terrain. Before using them on a vacation, we strongly advise you be comfortable using walking sticks on familiar paths.
For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.
Where in the World?
Your Art Walk sketchbook travel journal vacation 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.
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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