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September 1- 10 in 2022, join our fully escorted Travel Sketching tour with Ian Fennelly seeing and sketching the highlights of epicurean Sicily. This is a tour for anyone and everyone. You do not have to be an experienced sketcher at all. Ian will show you his easy style and help you to achieve your own wonderful results in your own way. Those non-sketchers are welcome if they are travelling sharing with a sketcher as there is just so much to see and explore in this trip.
You get to immerse yourself in the gorgeous towns of Palermo, Agrigento, Ragusa, Ortygia and Catania.

Your experienced tour manager and guide Kate Stedman is an historian, art lover and avid sketcher and she will take you to her favourite spots and regale you with fun facts and historic gems each day as well. Our tour group will practise covid-safe measures where at all appropriate whilst on tour. We value your health and safety.

ABOUT IAN FENNELLY
Ian studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and gained a 1st Class Honours degree, is a professional artist whose artwork sells worldwide, has over 80,000 followers on Instagram and is a qualified teacher as well as a senior instructor for Urban Sketchers. See more of his unique pen and watercolour artwork on Instagram at @ianfennelly

Beginning in Palermo the afternoon of September 1
Ending after breakfast September 10 in Catania in Sicily we visit 6 exquisitely beautiful and varied towns to sketch magnificent Greek temples, twisted cobbled laneways, scenic vistas, honey-coloured domed churches, sandstone Roman ruins and so much more.

Each morning we will sketch 2 to 3 hours with Ian Fennelly teaching us in a “plein aire” location. Ian chooses the subject and the site and the scene for us and then takes us gently through the process of painting a watercolour sketch of it, explaining composition, colour choice and brush use. Your afternoons are free to continue to sketch or to explore or spend time relaxing.

3 nights Palermo

2 nights Ragusa (seeing & sketching Agrigento's Valley of Temples for lunch)

3 nights Ortygia in Syracuse

1 night in Catania (sketching in lovely Taormina before lunch)

Itinerary

Day 1

Date : 01/09/2022

Time : 17:00

Arrive Palermo

Meet in our hotel Massimo at 4.30pm with Ian and then off to dinner with the group

Day 2

Day exploring Palermo and sketching with Ian

Day 3

Palermo sketching

Day 4

Ragusa

We stop for lunch and a sketch at the 4thC BC Unesco Greek Valley of the Temples in Agrigento before arriving at our jaw dropping town for 2 nights: Ragusa.

Day 5

Ragusa sketching

Day 6

Ortygia

A short bus trip today to the unique little peninsula in Syracuse called Ortygia (meaning Quail-shaped) This is the pearl of Syracuse with its winding streets, alleys, architecture, history and lifestyle. A step back in time. Hotel Gargallo.

Day 7

Ortygia

Day 8

Ortygia

Day 9

Catania

This morning a short drive to our final destination and Hotel Katane Palace at the lovely gateway city of Catania. Sketching in the main piazza today before our farewell dinner together.

Day 10

tour ends after breakfast where you are free to organise your own onward travel plans.

We price all our tours in EUROS to accommodate exchange rate fluctuations but you will be paying for your tour in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS as we are an Australian tour company.

The price of  3,100 euros per person for two people sharing a room

Solo traveller in own room:  3,750  euros 

Deposit of $1,000 AUD per person.

We will invoice you at the time of payment for the correct amount to pay according to the market rate on that day. You can get a good estimation of price in your currency by going to www.xe.com

Price includes

  • All accommodation whilst on tour
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 4 dinners 
  • 4 lunches
  • All entries
  • All transport on tour in private bus
  • Your Tour Manager
  • 8 demos & workshops with IAN FENNELLY

Travel outside tour dates

All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary

International flights

Travel insurance

All 3 star charm and 4 star quality in major cities. All ensuite bathrooms and air conditioned for comfort.

We do require all our clients to have cancellation travel insurance for each tour and will be asking for a copy of your insurance policy.
Please be aware that you travel AT YOUR OWN RISK.
We will endeavour where possible to keep everyone as safe as we can from the virus but regulations change overnight regarding self isolation etc. The onus is on you to talk about this with your Travel Insurance company and to read their terms and conditions so that you are very clear as to how you will be covered for anything to do with covid, hospital. border closures etc. French Fusion will not be able to refund you all of your final payment if you are prevented from travel and it is less than 90 days out from tour departure. Our company will try very hard to recover non-refundable payments but no guarantee can be made.