2019 Arts Sojourn in the Dolomite Alps

How about some gelato with your strudel? Come join us in the Südtirol, a unique region of Northern Italy with a blend of cultures, customs, and history unfamiliar to most Americans. Try mixing equal parts Italy and Austria in a cocktail shaker – stir well and pour! Even if you’ve been to Italy many times before, get ready for a few surprises here.

Trip Info At a Glance:

June 2 – June 9, 2019

Cost: $2,295.00- sharing a standard double room

$350 non-refundable deposit due with application. Balance must be received no later than March 15, 2019.


You’ll enjoy cool mountain breezes in Bolzano, our home base in the Dolomite Alps. There’s something for everyone, from über shopping and fine dining in the cosmopolitan town center, to ancient castles, and cable car rides into the high Alps. A scenic railway along the upper plateau will take you to picturesque Alpine villages and the Piramidi di Terra, one of Europe’s great natural earth formations.

Recently, Bolzano has become renowned as the home of “Ötsi,” the legendary “Iceman,” whose 1991 discovery in a receding glacier became an international sensation. You can meet him up close in his refrigerated apartment in Bolzano’s Archeological Museum, just one of the many discoveries awaiting you on this very special Arts Sojourn.

Of course, you’ll find spectacular pleinair painting opportunities everywhere in Bolzano, even in our hotel’s private gardens in the midst of the old city! This elegant four-star establishment is without peer, immersed in its own tranquil park, and features a heated pool, hip outdoor bar, and highly regarded restaurant. You’ll be blown away by the sumptuous breakfast buffet and other amenities that will help make your stay in Bolzano so memorable.

Enrollment is limited on this Sojourn, so if you’re up for some spaghetti with your schnitzel, let us know and we’ll book you a spot!

Please read below for complete details.

Important Trip Info

June 2 (June 1 US departure) – June 9, 2019

Travel Coordination and Orientation

Detailed travel instructions will be sent to each participant to ensure arrival and departure times that coordinate with our charter transportation connection. Applicants are responsible for securing their own transportation to and from their home and Marco Polo Airport in Venice, Italy. No refunds are given for missed connections.

US departure should be on June 1 for next day arrival in Italy. Most airline tickets are non-refundable once issued, so it is essential that each applicant wait until they have received their confirmation and instructions before booking flights.

When we receive your application and deposit we will send a complete pre-trip orientation package to help you prepare. Our Sojourn will begin with an in-country orientation session as well.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to guard against a possible loss in case of cancellation or withdrawal from the trip for some unforeseen reason. Please see our cancellation policy below.


Our hotel is a top-level four-star establishment with full modern conveniences including air conditioning, TV, and private baths with hairdryers. There is a pool and gym for guest use.

Cost of the Arts Sojourn*

ARTS SOJOURN IN THE DOLOMITES STANDARD PRICE: $2,295 — per person sharing a double standard room

WITH UPGRADED COMFORT ROOM: $2,495 — per person sharing a double comfort room

WITH SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $2,595 — per person in single

A limited number of single rooms are available on a first come basis. We suggest registering early if you desire a single room. 

For those traveling alone who wish to share a double room, we will try our best to pair you with a compatible traveler of the same gender. If this is not possible you will have the option of paying the additional surcharge for a single (if available) or you may decline to participate and receive a full refund of your deposit.

*Please note that these prices are based on the exchange rate as of July 2018. Although no increase is anticipated, due to the current volatility in the international exchange rate Arts Sojourn reserves the right to add an appropriate surcharge to cover additional costs should the value of the US dollar drop appreciably prior to our departure.

Method of Payment

By credit card using our secure online form.

Payment Schedule

$350 non-refundable deposit due with application. Balance must be received no later than March 15, 2019. (It may still be possible to join the Arts Sojourn after the March deadline if space is available.)

Confirmation and Pre-Trip Orientation

Confirmation and comprehensive trip information will be emailed within two weeks of receipt of your deposit.

Cancellations and Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be made in writing. The following scale of charges will apply after cancellation notice is received:

  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Between 90 days and 60 days prior to departure there is a cancellation fee of 50% of the total price of the trip.
  • Less than 60 days prior to departure the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price.

We must be firm in our cancellation policy. It is highly recommended that applicants purchase travel insurance to guard against possible loss.
 In the unlikely event that we must cancel an Arts Sojourn we will issue you a full refund of all funds paid to us, including your deposit.


Each person is strictly limited to one suitcase and one carry on (art supplies included). No exceptions. Please travel light and be certain that you are capable of handling your own luggage. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the participant.

What IS included in the Arts Sojourn price?

  • Charter coach to and from hotel and Venice airport
  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights: prices per person are based on two persons sharing a double room with private bath. Surcharge applies if a single room is requested.
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome reception and dinner
  • Tips for drivers
  • All art activities
  • Pre-trip and in-country travel orientation

What is NOT included in the Arts Sojourn price?

  • Transportation to and from your home to Marco Polo Airport in Venice
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Beverages
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • Optional tips for hotel personnel
  • Bolzano City Tax (paid directly to hotel)
  • Personal items
  • Fees charged by museums and cultural sites not listed above