Venice and the 2019 Art Biennale

Truman Capote once claimed that a stay in Venice is “like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” We think that sums things up pretty well. We invite you to join us on an unforgettable Sojourn to this most unique of all cities and its 58th Biennale — the world’s most important contemporary art exhibition.

Trip Info At a Glance:

May 26 – June 2, 2019

Cost: $2865 – per person sharing a classic double room

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


You’ll begin your Venetian adventure in style when a private water taxi meets you at Marco Polo airport to transport you across the lagoon, through fabled canals, to our historic four-star hotel, ideally located only a fifteen-minute walk from Piazza San Marco.

You’ll settle in and meet your fellow Sojourners at an orientation reception in the hotel’s lovely inner courtyard, followed by a grand welcome dinner of Venetian specialties at one of our favorite trattorias.

Spend the rest of the week plein air painting and browsing the Art Biennale with your new friends. Let us introduce you to some of the less touristy neighborhoods and our favorite bacari where you can kick back over a plate of cicchetti and a glass of prosecco.

With us you’ll have time to savor Venice at your own pace, while a lively discussion awaits you every evening at our group “show and tell” where we share our artwork and travel experiences in a fun and supportive environment.

Enrollment in this Venetian Arts Sojourn is limited, so we encourage you to register early. Please read below for complete details.

Important Trip Info

May 26 (May 25 US departure) – June 2, 2019

Travel Coordination and Orientation

Detailed travel instructions will be sent to each participant to insure they arrive and depart at times coordinating 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 in time to meet our water taxis. No refunds are given for missed connections.

US departure should be on May 25th 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 will be a fine four-star establishment with full modern conveniences including air conditioning, TV, and private baths with hairdryers.

Cost of the Arts Sojourn*

ARTS SOJOURN IN VENICE STANDARD PRICE: $2,865 — per person sharing a double Classic room

WITH SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $3,045 — per person in single

A limited number of single rooms are available on a first come basis. It is strongly suggested that you register 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.

WITH ELEGANCE ROOM UPGRADE:  $2,965 — per person sharing upgraded Elegance room

*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

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 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.

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?

  • Water taxis to and from hotel and Marco Polo airport
  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights: prices per person are based on two persons sharing a Classic double room with private bath. Surcharges apply if a single room or upgraded Elegance room is requested
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome reception and dinner
  • 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
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Beverages
  • Lunches and most dinners
  • Porterage fee for bags carried in and out of hotel
  • Venice City Tax (paid directly to hotel)
  • Personal items
  • Fees charged by museums and cultural sites including entrance to the Biennale