Sketchbook Travel Journal Vacation

ArtWalk Greece with Koosje Koene
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Sketchbook Journaling, Slow Travel, and Serious Fun

Dates: October 6-18, 2020
Duration: 12 Nights
Location: Greece: Athens, Amorgos, Naxos, and Santorini
Cost: from $3995 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595

Koosje Koene’s Sketchbook Program:

Your Sketchbook is the best travel companion. Drawing is the absolute best way of documenting a trip. When traveling, there are so many impressions and experiences – and emotions too. By sitting down to take it all in, being in the moment, you capture great memories. Memories that remain vivid  because you are capturing so much more than you could ever do by snapping a photo. When you draw, all your senses open up. Through your pen and your brush, you capture it all on your page. This is the main theme of your ArtWalk Greece sketchbook travel journal vacation.

During this workshop, we will be on a journey together and will document it all, each in our own way. I will teach you to take it in but not feel overwhelmed by the idea of having to capture it ALL. We will take it bit by bit. Exploring and playing – with line, color, and adding notes. It will be so much fun. By the end of it you will have filled your sketchbook with memories, with each page telling part of the story of your adventure.

What is ArtWalk Greece like?

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 cafe 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, painting 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, paint, and experience on our ArtWalk Greece program!

How will you spend your time?

Koosje will teach daily on-site classes that will educate and inspire the pages of your sketchbook travel journal. Resting in a shady taverna or taking in a panoramic view, you’ll be traveling with a small, friendly group of fellow artists. We will also have daily excursions to see and experience our favorite people, places, and things. 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 stairs.

  • Art Program 85% 85%
  • Sight Seeing 75% 75%
  • Walking 60% 60%
  • Fun! 100% 100%

Highlights

1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 16, you can expect quality time with Koosje as well as your friendly, like-minded classmates.

2. On-site sketching and watercolor

Cultivate your skills to draw what you see during your sketchbook travel journal vacation inspired by Koosje’s teaching and the natural beauty of Greece.

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 the cruise ships, off-the-beaten-path encounters await.

Sample Itinerary

Program subject to change. Daily schedule may differ.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

Our morning walk takes us to the foot of the Acropolis. Opt for the private guided tour or choose follow your own path of discovery. After time to capture memories of this dynamic city in your sketchbook travel journal,  we board our ferry to the island of Amorgos.

 

Day 3

A day to relax and fully enjoy our beautiful resort and spa. 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.

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 we will explore the winding allies, colorful doorways, and traditional cafes in the island capital of Chora.

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.

 

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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. Guests may enjoy an optional horseback ride along the coastal dunes and sandy beach.

 

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.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

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.

Day 13

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

12 full days of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity

Inclusions

in your sketchbook travel journal vacation

ArtWalk Greece:

  • Friendly and fun, sixteen student maximum (non-student companions are welcome for a special rate)
  • ArtWalk sketchbook travel journal program by Koosje Koene
  • 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 all fitness levels – morning guided walks are included, but optional
  • Onward travel not included

    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 hotel, all rooms with private balconies and sea views
    • 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
    • Full range of spa amenities included

      Naxos (2 nights):

      • Visit to Apollo’s Gate
      • Optional visit to the kitron distillery in Chalki
      • Optional guided walk in Chalki
      • Outdoor pool, and hotel is right by a beautiful beach.
      • Morning guided coastal walks

      Santorini (3 nights)

      • Three nights at our favorite beachfront hotel in Santorini
      • Orientation and daily walks to discover the island’s hidden gems and spectacular views
      • Bus trip to Akrotiri
      • Optional guided tour of Akrotiri
      • Optional walk to Oia
      • Farewell dinner at family run trattoria
      • Optional caldera sailing tour

      Where in the World?

      Your ArtWalk sketchbook travel journal vacation begins in Athens, Greece and spends 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. 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.

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