2019 Arts Sojourn on Lake Garda

Come relax with us in the beautiful foothills of the Dolomite Alps on the north end of Italy’s largest lake. Great plein air painting locations await only steps from your door, or you can stretch out on the beach, take a sailing lesson, or hop on a ferry to explore other charming lake towns.

Trip Info At a Glance:

June 9 – June 16, 2019

Cost: TBA – posted as soon as 2019 prices become available

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

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Riva del Garda offers something for everyone — a lively haven for plein air painters, photographers, hikers, windsurfers, rock climbers, and mountain bikers. You’ll reside in complete comfort in our four-star hotel, boasting the best position on the waterfront. We’ve reserved upgraded Superior Lakeview Rooms for our Sojourn guests, and there’s even a rooftop sky-pool and solarium available for your use.

Our minibus will pick you up at the airport, and you’ll begin this Sojourn greeting new and old friends at a cocktail reception and orientation in the hotel bar, followed by a sumptuous dinner in a very popular local restaurant. And we have some additional surprises planned for you as well…

How about a day of painting and hiking in one of Italy’s most perfectly preserved medieval villages followed by an unforgettable homemade lunch at an agriturismo in the mountains? How about a day trip to the magical estate of a legendary Italian poet, where you’ll tour his whimsical villa and have the opportunity to paint in the gardens? All this and more is included in this very special Arts Sojourn.

Enrollment is limited and room priority will be given to early applicants, so we encourage you to register right away. Please read below for complete details.

Important Trip Info

June 9 (June 8 US departure) – June 16, 2019

Travel Coordination and Orientation

Detailed travel instructions will be sent to each participant to insure 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 8 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.


A fine four-star establishment with full modern conveniences including air conditioning, TV, and private baths with hair dryers. There is a rooftop pool and a solarium for guest use.

Cost of the Arts Sojourn*

ARTS SOJOURN ON LAKE GARDA STANDARD PRICE: $ TBA — per person sharing a double Superior Lakeview room

Once Superior Lakeview rooms are filled Standard or Classic rooms may be substituted with difference refunded to clients. Register early to insure a lake view.


A limited number of single rooms are available on a first come basis. We suggest registering early if you desire a single room. SINGLE ROOMS DO NOT HAVE A LAKE VIEW.

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 August 2017. 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

We understand that events sometimes happen that may preclude you from joining us. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing via email. The following scale of charges will apply after cancellation notice is received:

  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Between 60 days and 30 days prior to departure, there is a cancellation fee of 50% of the total price of the trip.
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price.

Sorry, but we must be firm in our cancellation policy. We highly recommended all 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?

  • Transportation to and from hotel and airport in Italy
  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights: prices per person are based on two persons sharing a Superior Lakeview double room with private bath. Surcharge applies if a single room is requested.
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome reception and dinner
  • Day trip to Il Vittoriale estate including entrance and tour
  • Day trip to medieval borgo with lunch at agriturismo
  • 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 the airport in Italy
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Beverages
  • Lunches and dinners not specified above
  • Optional tips for hotel personnel
  • Riva del Garda city tax (if applicable)
  • Personal items
  • Fees charged by museums and cultural sites not listed above