Italy 2017

16 day Tour of Italy

This Fall, Phoenix Art is leading a painting and photography trip of a lifetime to Italy.  Starting with a few nights in Rome, we spend most of the trip in Florence and the Tuscan countryside: painting, photographing, and soaking in the abundance of Italian Art, history and culture.  Imagine exploring the streets of Florence with our professional photography instructors Mary Jensen, enjoying a Gelato after lunch, with a trip to the Uffizi gallery as a second dessert.  Then a late afternoon siesta to recharge your energy for exploring the tastes of Italy by night.  Close your eyes for a moment and dream about waking up with the Tuscan sun in our private Villa to a painting class with Instructor Mark Glavina poolside or a lazy afternoon visiting several charming towns and villages surrounding our private country oasis. Experience the charm, colour and flavour of Italy was well as la dolce far niente – ” the sweet idleness” that makes a trip to Italy complete.

August 28th – September 15th, 2012


From the Pantheon to the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps to Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, no other city in the world can compare to this epic array of history, art, architecture, and glorious monuments assembled in this iconic travel destination.  Since all roads lead to Rome, this city is where we start and finish our tour.


 (Day 1)

Arrive in Rome, where we’ll be welcomed by our English-speaking Guide and transfered to our Hotel in the heart of Historic Rome’s central district.  With time to relax at the hotel, freshen up and have a siesta, we will enjoy a late orientation Lunch and a walk through a Historic area of Rome.  Then early to bed!

 (Day 2)

Buffet-style breakfast at the Hotel followed by a morning tour of the City including the Colosseum, Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and Piazza Del Popolo.  Then an afternoon free to explore Rome, enjoy a  typical cafe lunch in Trastevere followed by a refreshing gelato, visit the Capitoline or another of Rome’s  magnificent museums and galleries, or perhaps just take time for photos and some sketching in the streets of Rome.  Happy hour back at the Hotel followed by dinner out for an evening to enjoy Rome.

 (Day 3)

Breakfast at the hotel is followed a full-day tour of the Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, and St Peter’s Basilica.  Following our tour we will have time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and plenty of time in the afternoon to peruse individual interests.  After such a busy day we’ll have time to relax, pack, and enjoy a leisurely dinner.

Day 4

Open Day in Rome T B A


The jewel of Italian Renaissance, Florence holds its audience captive like Michelangelo’s David holds his majestic pose. Visitors to this stunningly beautiful city will be completely absorbed by the magic of its views of the Arno river and the art on display in its world-renowned museums … and left dreaming of a return visit.

(Day 5)

Following breakfast we will transfer by coach to Florence with a stop in Orvieto.  A Funicular will transport our group up to this stunning hilltop town, known for its beautiful vistas and historic Cathedral.  Our day continues to our centrally-located Florence apartments where we can settle in before a welcome dinner out as a group.

 (Day 6)
Breakfast in our hotel before an early morning sketching class in the historic streets of Florence. We will meet at at our apartments for a Historic Walking tour of Florence to see sights such as the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Signoria, with time to draw and paint in the late afternoon or a photographic walking tour at dusk.
 (Day 7)
Early morning photo session followed by a day to draw and paint the cobblestone streets, piazzas and churches.  A well-deserved happy hour and time to compare stories, notes, drawings and photos before a group meal in a nearby restaurant.

(Day 8)

Following an early breakfast  we will be treated to one of the most important galleries in the world. Our English tour of the world-famous Uffizi Gallery starts early to see this amazing collection of Renaissance art.  In the evening we’ll take a walk to see the city at dusk, with plenty of stops for wine-tasting.

 (Day 9 )

A lazy morning with an optional day trip to lovely Fiesole by local bus, with time to draw, paint and photograph before returning to Florence.  Back in Florence we’ll have time for a siesta before dinner.

 (Day 10)

Early morning tour of the Academia Gallery for a date with Michelangelo’s David and the works of this world-acclaimed Gallery.  After our tour we will have plenty of time to enjoy lunch and and an afternoon’s photography, drawing and painting .


Blessed with beauty, wine, charming vilages, and an unparalleled artistic legacy, Tuscany is a region that lives up to its reputation. Our private villa, Villa Tiniao, has roots as a hunting lodge dating from the 1800’s, and is now part of Agriturismo Suvignano, a working 700 hectare farm with a large olive grove, sheep, and “cinta senese” pigs.

Sept. 8 (Day 11)

Depart from Florence for our hotel in, with stops in San Gimignano  en route.  After checking into our hotel we will go for an evening walk of this stunningly beautiful city and have dinner as a group

Sept 9 (Day 12)

Morning Art Class in Seina will be followed by a Historic Walking tour of Siena where we’ll see its lovely cathedral, as well as the historic Palio where horse races are run twice a year.

Sept 10 (Day 13)

A day to enjoy the Tuscan countryside with a trip to the Montepulciano area.   We’ll also sample some superb Tuscan wines along the way with stops in Murlo and other small towns en route

Sept. 11 (Day 14)

A full day of art and painting in the streets of Siena – Our day will include painting demonstrations and our final art show and tell.

Sept 12 (Day 15)

Following breakfast at our Hotel our Private bus will take us  Back to Rome .. Not without stops along the way … This day is Guaranteed  to take your breath away and a day you will remember for some time to come

 (Day 16)

An early departure for our return to Rome to catch our flights home.  Arrividerci, Italia!

Phoenix Art Workshop

Your Hosts

Bill Higginson

Olga Rybalko

Mark Glavina

Tour leader – drawing and painting Instructor

Owner of the Phoenix Art Workshop, Mark has been involved in art education for the last 10 years, sharing his enthusiasm through his teaching and community public art projects. An invited guest speaker in schools throughout the lower mainland, Mark’s thoughtful approach to teaching and promoting the arts is contagious. Primarily a plein air painter in watercolour, Mark will share ideas, challenges, design and colour theory specific to location painting in a series of interactive presentations.


Trip Details – Italy

Thank you for your interest in our Painting and Photography tour of Italy in September 2012.  We ask you to please keep in mind that our itinerary and hotel arrangements may be subject to change without notice for circumstances beyond our control, although we make every effort to stay faithful to our outlined plan.

Important note:

Travelers will be responsible for booking their flights, travel and medical insurance, which are mandatory for travel with our group. A Can. $600 deposit is due on registration and will guarantee you a place for our exciting tour: please see payment schedule on this page as well as rule and regulations.

Cost Overview

  • Tour Package based on Double occupancy $4500
  • Single occupancy $4900
  • 5% discount for early registration  by March 1st
  • Family Rate Per Person: discount less $200 Can.

Flight Information: It is the responsibility of each participant to make arrangements for their own flight and insurance. The great benefit to participants making their own flight arrangements is the flexibility it provides for those travelers who wish to extend their tour, use travel points, or are joining us from destinations other than from Vancouver, our home base. Please see attached Flight information and our travel consultant’s contact information.

Tour Costs Includes: Our tour package includes all administration and teaching fees, hotel and airport transfers, hotel rooms, breakfast each day, as well as some other meals outlined in our itinerary, all tours listed in our itinerary including driver and guide.

Our Tour Costs do not include: Our package does not include international Airline and related airport fees and taxes, flight or medical insurance, personal bills such as telephone, laundry, room service etc., expenses arising from delays, missed connections and lost tickets,  passport fee, gratuities, visa fees or meals not indicated on our itinerary.

Payment Schedule

Please read rules and regulations

On Registration $600  pp

03/31/2012 $600  pp 04/30/2012 $600  pp 05/31/2012 $600  pp

06/30/2012 $600  pp

07/31/2012 Final Payment

Health & Safety

It is the responsibility for each passenger to look after their own health needs – please check Vancouver Coastal Health Travel Clinic which is up to date with all travel health information

Appointment Line: 604.736.9244

or check with your GP for recommended shots/ vaccines or prescription drugs you may require while traveling.

Registration Requirements:

  • Complete Registration Form
  • Completed Waiver Form
  • 4 Photocopies of Passports
  • Copy of Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Post Dated Cheques dated as per our schedule

( the above are non-negotiable)



Reservations should be made as early in advance as possible. Late reservations will be accepted only subject to availability.


A deposit of CAD $600.00 per person is required at time of booking. Reservations may be subject to cancellation if deposit is not received within 7 days of booking. If booking is made within 30 days prior to the date of departure from Canada, then full payment is due. A 3.5% surcharge for credit card payments will be applied.  Registration after July 1st will require passengers to pay dues according to payment schedule outlined on previous page.


Balance payments must be received by Phoenix Art Workshop no later than 30 days prior to the date of departure from Canada. Failure to comply may result in the cancellation of the reservation and forfeiture of deposits received.


A charge of CAD $300.00 will be levied for any cancellations received 120 days or more prior to the date of departure.  Thereafter, the following cancellation penalties will apply:

  • 90 days prior to departure:

CAD $600.00 per person

  • 89-60 days prior to departure:

CAD $1200.00

  • 59-30 days prior to departure: 50% of total tour cost per person.
  • 15 days or less prior to departure 100% of total tour cost per person.

*All cancellation notices must be received by Phoenix Art Workshop in writing.*

After departure, any voluntary unused tour services or features, including hotel accommodations, ground transportation, domestic or international flights, and sightseeing tours, are neither refundable nor exchangeable.


A valid passport is required for all travelers. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after date of tour termination. Visas may also be required for certain destinations. (Passport and visa fees are NOT included in tour cost and are subject to additional charges.


As a condition of traveling with Phoenix Art Workshop travelers are required to purchase travel insurance to protect their tour arrangements against cancellation, medical, and other expenses. This will be the responsibility of individual travelers.


Phoenix Art acts only as intermediary for independent suppliers and other contractors providing transportation, accommodation, and other related travel services. Phoenix Art assumes no responsibility or liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident with any services resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, strikes, war declared or undeclared, government regulations, thefts, failure of any means, discrepancies or changes over which it has no control. Any claims for refunds must be made in writing through the agent from whom the tour was purchased within 30 days after tour termination. Failure to provide Phoenix Art with notice in writing will preclude your right to claims against us.


If you have any questions regarding this schedule, rules, or itinerary please do not hesitate to call:

Mark Glavina

Phoenix Art Workshop


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