- Kyoto is Japan writ large.
Geisha, temples fabulous gardens, kimono materials, wood block prints amazing knife art forms rest up against the modern apartments and buildings that are the additions to a proud cultural heritage.
We sketch our way around Kyoto's famous temples and sights with the local tourists and artists.
Osaka waits patiently to the south and we take in the best of what is on offer in the area,
the retina burning lights in the tourist arcades at night and the gentle river scenes and of course Osaka Castle is close by and worth a visit while we are there.
You can enjoy 4 to 5 Star Accommodation and the very best professional artists, fully escorted, small groups.
- Rates start at $4550 for The Sketch Book Tour with our artist Craig Penny.
Choose your own accommodation
Add our 4 STAR accommodation - Package $6999 per person twin share.
Single rates add $2350
- 6 days in Kyoto with The Sketch Book Tour.
Choose your own accommodation $3550
Add our 4 STAR accommodation - Package $5250 per person Twin share.
Single rate add $1550
Luxury Holiday of a Lifetime
Book at www.paintingholidays.com.au
The Sketch Book Tour of Japan - November 2017
The Great Angkor Wat Temples Painting Tour for 2017
"An amazing journey of discovery and wonderful luxury holiday unlike anything else".
BOOK NOW OFFER - Book by 31 August and get a FREE upgrade to Deluxe Riverside Bungalow room*
*Subject to availability at the time you book.
We stay in 4 STAR Accommodation close to the Siem Reap township overlooking the river.
Spacious rooms, pool, private Spa, great restaurants and rooftop bar and lounge.
Rates are excellent and we are itching to come back again and join in the fun. Fully guided we tour the famous temples with our sketch pads. Visit local artists, boat to the great Lake Tonle Sap, lunch in a fishing village, shopping, Dining Adventure Night in town with days off for late night cocktails, shopping or just relaxing by the pool... or maybe all of the above.
The next two persons to book will be included in the Night Life Dining Adventure OPTION at half price.
See our website for details and a full itinerary at: www.paintingholidays.com.au
Updated 15 August 2017
The 2016 Sketch Book Tour of Japan is nearly full and we are now also booking 2017 with the new itinerary that is designed for artists and artlovers.
Kyoto is our starting point and a fantastic introduction to "Traditional" Japan seen in all its autumn glory.
Osaka is our last stop and we take some time to explore the night life with some night sketching - something new for our artist and our guests.
Our accommodation is superb 5 Star in both Kyoto and Osaka we overlook a local river with a backdrop of the city skyline and the distant mountains - glorious!
November is a fabulous time of year to be in central Japan with the autumn colour appearing, lots of sunshine and very little rain we are free to explore, sketch and experience this remarkable country.
Tour dates for 2016 Bookings claose 30 September 2016
1 - 12 November 2016
Feature Artist is Craig Penny from Australia
Ancient fishing port, vibrant shopping , great food, fabulous beaches and one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations Hoi An is hard to beat as an artists holiday retreat. Our Painting Holiday groups stay in 4 Plus STAR boutique riverside resorts with easy access to the township, shopping and a short ride to long stretches of golden beaches.
Tours: 12 - 19 June 2017 for 10 - 12 Artists and Art lovers. Read more...>
For those of you who couldn't attend or are not in Melbourne, Australia, we have added the slide show from the night for The Sketch Book Tour of Japan, Holiday Sketching Angkor Wat and Hoi An, Vietnam Click here to see the slide shows >
Every day was memorable. I personally benefited from the experience with a noticeable difference in my watercolour work. Craig works quickly (never takes more than an hour to complete a demo!) using brushes full of colour with noticeable differences between light and dark to create impact. Read more...>