Luxuriate in the sunshine and blue blue islands of Greece sketching for 20 days with your Erin Hill Tutor
- Rhodes 1 night,
- Halki 4 nights
- Tyros 4 nights
- Nissiros. 4 nights
- Kalymnos 6 nights
19 nights April 14 - May 3 in 2018
$AU 3990 Twin Share
$AU 4680 Single
$AU 3590 Non Painters
Kate Stedman is an Erin Hill Sketch School Travel Director and roaming tutor.
She is an inspiring and effervescent tutor who is qualified in the EHS system (Erin Hill Sketch School).
Kate will take you on a journey over 20 days sketching some of the lesser known but dramatic isles in the Dodecanese group. Day by day your travel sketch journal will tell your story, even if you’ve never sketched before.
Kate will teach you how to observe and interpret things differently, to construct a scene, tips and tricks for sketching easily and how to tell a story on paper. Anyone can do this, there are no skills required.
You will make new friends, laugh all day every day and realise talent you never thought you had. As well you will wine & dine in spectacular scenery visiting places you never knew existed with your fabulous local guide Australian Diana who lives in Greece.
FORMAT FOR THE TOUR.
We sketch every day (apart from Free days, though of course you probably will )
After breakfast, we take off to some gorgeous location and sketch till lunch about 2pm.
We follow a structured plan and your tutor works with you on all aspects of sketching and creating a travel journal.
Afternoons are free for you to sketch, shop or explore. Kate your tutor is one of the ErinHillSketching’s passionate team of tutors.
Day 1/ RHODES ( Sat. 14th) FREE DAY.
From Athens, connect with flight to Rhodes and take a taxi to Hotel Lydia ,situated in Rhodes Town. ( taxi costs will be reimbursed.) Our hotel is within walking distance of all the fabulous shops, tavernas, cafes and famous sites Welcome sunset cocktails .
Day 2 / HALKI (Sun. 15th) FREE DAY.
The Old Town is a magical place to stroll with its medieval cobbled lanes and incredible buildings connected by beautiful arches. Passing through the Kastro Gardens you pass the impressive paved street of the Knights, the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Palace of the Grand Masters and Hippocrates Square with its’ artists. Depart Rhodes 14:30.. Arrive Halki 16:00.. Transfer to our villas with panoramic vistas !
Day 3/ HALKI (Mon. 16th)
Emborios .From our villas terrace, we are surrounded by inspirational vistas !
Day 4/ HALKI (Tues . 17th)
Emborios. The picturesque harbour is lined with beautiful neo-classical homes & colourful fishing boats. The cafes along the waterfront are a popular meeting place for the locals and a great spot to capture the laid-back atmosphere of Halki !
Day 5/ HALKI (Wed. 18th )
Emborios. The meandering laneways are filled with colourful houses and pots of geraniums. (afternoon review ) Optional group dinner
Day 6/ HALKI (Thurs. 19th) FREE DAY
Depart Halki 10:30. Arrive Tilos 12:00 Tilos, with its vistas of high cliffs overlooking valleys of cypresses ,walnut and olive trees is totally unspoilt. Our hotel by the sea with its beds of spectacular roses offers wonderful views and great swimming !
Day 7 / TILOS (Fri. 20th )
Livadi. The sweep of the protected bay between rugged headlands is stunning with its red and yellow ochre rocks reflected into the turquoise sea.
Day 8 / TILOS( Sat. 21st )
Megalio Chorio. The white-washed village with its narrow lanes , crowned by a medieval fortress is situated in the islands’ interior.
Optional lunch at a family taverna under the vine overlooking the fertile valley .
Day 9/ TILOS( Sun. 22nd )
Livadi. The hotels garden is filled with beautiful fragrant roses – the pefect spot to sketch ( afternoon review )
Day 10/ TILOS / NISSIROS ( Mon 23rd ) FREE DAY
Free day to further explpre Tilos. Perhaps take a visit to Mikro Horio- the abandoned village on a rocky outcrop surrounded by olive groves. Depart Tilos 17:00. Arrive Nissiros 18:00.
Day 11/ NISSIROS ( Tues 24th )
Mandraki and the waterfront is filled with fish tavernas by the sea wall. The islands capital is a network of narrow lanes rising uphill from the esplanade, the stark whiteness of its houses forming a striking contrast to the dark volcanic earth.
Day 12/ NISSIROS (Wed.25th)
Nikia. This morning we head up the mountains to the spectacularly located mountain village – a dazzling splash of white against dramatic mountains.
Day 13/ NISSIROS( Thurs.26th )
Mandraki The village square with its enormous shady tree and pretty cafes leads to a
a maize of twisting narrow alleys surrounded by cubic white-washed homes with brightly painted wooden shutters and balconies. (afternoon review)
Day 14/ KALYMNOS ( Fri. 27th) FREE DAY
Depart Nissiros 8am. Arrive Kalymnos 10am.
We are staying in the picturesque white-washed fishing village of Myrties, backdropped by dramatic mountains facing the sea.
Day 15/ KALYMNOS (Sat. 28th)
Myrties. The tiny jetty with its’ colourful boats is idyllic and perfect for our morning session. Afternoon sketching session at Telendos. Departing from the small jetty of Myrties, we cross the narrow strait to this tiny tranquil isle , its waterfront lined with tavernas and bold yellow tangled fishing nets.
Day 16 /KALYMNOS( Sun. 29th )
Arginontas. Driving along the spectacular coastal road we pass wild thyme and oregano covered mountains leading to the deep inlet of Arginontas We set up in the olive grove to sketch these ancient trees with their sinewy trunks and silver-flecked leaves. The family run taverna situated under a vine overlooking the beautiful inlet is the perfect lunch spot !
Day 17/ KALYMNOS (Mon. 30th)
Aghias Savas. The rich terra-cotta domes of this beautiful monastery, contrasted with the deep blues of the sky and sea is a scene to capture
Evening BBQ at Babis Bar.
Day 18/ KALYMNOS (Tues. 1st)
Vathy. Descending into this fertile valley with its’ great groves of mandarins is an unforgettable sight as it also has one of the deepest and most beautiful natural harbours in the Aegean. The inlet is magical with its’ fishing boats, goats and white-washed churches. Optional lunch under a vine overlooking the beautiful inlet.
Day 19/ KALYMNOS( Wed. 2nd )
Emborios. Harrys taverna, set in the islands most beautiful garden with its pots of geraniums, roses, sprays of lavender , olive and fig trees will inspire us for our sketching session. Optional meze lunch( a variety of vegetarian appetizers ) in this exquisite garden setting
( afternoon review ) Farewell sunset cocktails
Day 20/ DEPARTURE (Thurs. 3rd)
Transfer to Kalymnos Airport for flight to Athens.
Think about travelling on to the French Alps sketching with Erin Hill on May 8 afterwards....
THE TOUR COST INCLUDES : –
Accommodation in hotels and villas with private facilities and balconies with beautiful vistas. Daily breakfast
All painting excursions Regular tuition Regular critiques.
Transfer costs to and from the airport on the islands. Transport by taxi or bus to painting locations.
Ferry and boat transfers to the various islands featured in the itinerary. Bi-lingual tour leader
Welcome and farewell cocktails.
Greek BBQ night.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS MANDATORY
Bookings – To confirm your reservation, a deposit of $ 500 is required to ensure your place on the tour. Final payment is required 90 days prior tour commencement
( Please see attached booking form )
Cancellations – Should you wish to cancel, a cancellation fee will be incurred as follows: Within 15 days prior tour – total land cost
Within 30-15 days prior tour – 75% total land cost Within 45 – 30 days prior tour – 50% total land cost Within 60 – 45 days prior tour – 25% total land cost Within 90 – 60 days prior tour – tour deposit
90 days or more prior tour – no cancellation fee.
Flights are not included in the tour cost. You are responsible for booking international return flights to Athens and domestic flights to and from the islands, as stated in the itinerary.
Flights may be booked independently through any travel agency or through our own travel agent associated with the tour. Please check for tour confirmation prior to flight payment.
Lunch and dinner are not included in the cost.
Meals with wine, salad and bread are approx. $15 – $20. In Kalymnos and a few other islands we stay in furnished studio apartments with kitchens and balcony seaviews.
The painting itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
If twin share is requested please note that you are responsible for sharing arrangements. In order for tours to operate a minimum number of bookings is required.
( the majority of tours go ahead )
If the minimum number is not met, the tour may be cancelled with a full refund.
Various artists run different tours. Due to unforeseen circumstances, an artist may need to be substituted in order for the trip to proceed to avoid cancellation and disappointment.
In the unlikely event that this happens, you will be offered full refund if you decide to cancel.
Materials – You are required to bring along your own painting materials, including stools if required.
Please refer to the material list and make sure you are well equipped for the art tour as it is extremely difficult to buy art materials on these islands.
Once your booking is confirmed, the recommended list of materials put together by the tutor of your chosen tour will be sent to you .
Luggage. – You are advised to pack lightly as we travel by ferry to the other islands, and you are responsible for managing your luggage. Only minimal clothing is required as Greece is extremely casual, and you can wash and dry overnight.
Banks. A.T.M. outlets are situated on all these islands. Visa and mastercard are accepted in some shops, but it is basically a cash economy.
REMEMBER to pack sunblock, a hat, comfortable shoes with non-slip soles, a warm all- weather jacket , a small torch, and your cossi !(* a suggested packing list will be emailed to you )
EXTRA NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION . If you are extending your accommodation before or after the tour on the islands featured in the itinerary, the required payment for the extra nights can be paid directly to your hostwhen you arrive in Greece .
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