‘Did you go to the Eiffel Tower? Or similar. This can be the kind of question people ask when they think of travel tours.

We've been hosting our bespoke sketch holidays since 2001 and for me deep cultural experiences are far more meaningful than ticking boxes on a ‘bucket list’. Our tours are to fascinating places you may not always find on your own.

We adore the social interactions, having conversation with a local store keeper, seeing ancient architecture and hearing it’s history in lesser known places, eating in small bistros owned by someone we know, you get the idea!

As sketchers, we like to stay somewhere for a few days and feel like we’re at home.
We can get to know the place a little and take time to sketch what fascinates us. Explore a bit, eat and drink locally and sketch together.

Erin Hill Sketch Tours are specifically designed for those who like to travel in comfort and immerse themselves in sketching with a fully escorted likeminded group.
Nothing to think about but enjoying the experience from the moment we meet you till the day we depart.

Take a look at our 2019 Sketch Tours and join us.

 Sketching olive trees in Kalymnos Island, southeastern Aegean Sea, Greece

Sketching olive trees in Kalymnos Island, southeastern Aegean Sea, Greece


'Portugal Pilgrimage' - Spain & Portugal
Sunday June 2 - Thursday June 13 2019
From € 3,590

Starting in Lisbon, our guided group will journey onto Sintra, considered the Portuguese Riviera,
taking our sketching and mindfulness tour slowly up the coastline of Portugal.
In Porto, a well known sketchers paradise, and 2nd largest city, we'll sketch, dine, discover and immerse ourselves in the beauty of the Iberian peninsula.
In northern Spain, we'll become sketching pilgrims in the famous town of Santiago de Compostela.
This has been the destination of the 'Way of St James' pilgrimage route since the 9th century.
 with Erin Hill (Tutor) & Kate Stedman (Tour Guide)
11 nights/12 days

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'Life in a French Chateau' – France  
Saturday June 15 - Tuesday  June 25  2019
From € 3,890
Starting in Paris, join our fully guided sketch tour on a fascinating sketching, cultural, historical and mindfulness tour of French Chateaus and grand maisons, sketching and hearing stories of the families who lived there.
We move on down to the wine growing Languedoc region in South of France, to reside in a family Chateau (still has original remains from 11th century), and discover Cathar castles and villages with stories and history from the 12th century, and of course try the wines of Languedoc.
 with Erin Hill (Tutor) & Kate Stedman (Tour Guide)
10 nights/11 days
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The Greek Odyssey Tour
- Athens, Meteora, Epirus, Corfu

Sunday September 1 - Friday September 13 2019
From € 3850
Taking you back to where legends began. Sketch the stories where it actually happened. We begin our odyssey in famous Athens and the Parthenon.
We'll travel onto Meteora to see one of the most precipitously built monasteries in Greece.
Epirus is our next historical destination, in a rugged region near the Pindus mountains and Ionian Sea. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires have all laid claim to this area over the centuries. 
We'll journey on to the beautiful isle of Corfu, which has been bound up with the history of Greece from the beginnings of Greek mythology.
with Erin Hill (Tutor) & Kate Stedman (Tour Guide)
12 nights/13 days

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'Puglia to Pompeii' 
Bari. Matera. Maratera. Pompeii
Sunday September 15 - Wednesday September 25 2019
From € 3,200
Italy. History and the Caesars – starting the romance in Bari and ending in Pompeii.
We begin our fully guided sketch, history, food and mindfulness tour in the city of Bari, which combines Byzantine and Napoleonic history with a modern artistic fervour. Discover the ancient sassi (caves) of Matera. Southern Italy, a treasure trove of Roman, Mediaeval and Baroque architecture awaits, replete with spectacular castles, expansive art museums.
with Erin Hill (Tutor) & Kate Stedman (Tour Guide)
11 nights

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'Fiji Islands' - Savusavu
Saturday October 12th – Saturday October 19 2019
From AU$ 1950
A perennial favourite for us, a sketching holiday amongst the happiest people we know on our favourite island of Fiji.
Everyday day starts with a delicious fresh breakfast and into classes round the pool. Most days we go off to the township and sketch food markets and people, or a seaside sketch, picnic and swim. Visiting a local village is always a highlight.
Tutor: Erin Hill & Tour Operator: Paradise Courses
7 nights
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