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“Painting during the Paris trip in the garden spot where Monet did all his water lily paintings was deeply inspiring. Then painting in the lavender and sunflower fields on the Provence workshop was a visual and olfactory (heavenly) experience that I will never forget. Having the opportunity to see the work of Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh and the places where they were painted has greatly influenced my own work.”
“We are both painters and Niki Gulley is an excellent teacher. She will work with you to make sure that you bring the right supplies, then takes you to wonderful places to paint and gives you insightful feedback on site. We even have an art show at the end of each trip.”
“These have been some of the best vacations that I have ever been on!”
Ann & Emet / Dallas, TX
Workshops Attended: Venice / Provence / Tuscany / Spain / Paris / Scotland
“I participated in the Tuscany trip and it was the best vacation ever! Scott and Niki do a fantastic job attending to every detail. The villa in which we stayed was perfect. There was always plenty of food and drink. The daily itineraries were spot on. I particularly enjoyed the little village of Pienza, which was near our villa. A quaint old Italian village with several shops and great restaurants. The best part? All I had to do was show up – no planning, no hassles. Scott and Niki took care of everything”.
Steve / Chicago, IL
Workshops Attended: Tuscany / Tuscany
“These trips could not be better. It’s a safe way to travel with attention given to every detail. I just show up at the airport and the rest is superbly taken care of by Scott & Niki. They take us through cities, towns, villages & the countryside’s most picturesque and culturally historical settings. They book us in lovely hotels & villas, arrange fabulous dining experiences and wine indulgences, as well as providing their expert instruction in onsite painting & photography. The groups are small, friendly and welcoming. I am a repeat traveler with these two!”
Susan / Carrollton, TX
Workshops Attended: Venice / Provence / Spain / Tuscany / Paris / Croatia / Slovenia
“My first Art Treks adventure was in Tuscany where I joined a group of strangers at the Rome airport, but by the end of the week I had seen & photographed beautiful sights and eaten amazing meals with some wonderful new friends. Niki and Scott, our fearless leaders, definitely planned a fantastic tour and their easy going style brought the group of strangers together in a way I have not experienced with other tour groups. They have cultivated relationships with the owners and employees of our accommodations and eating establishments that added to the comfortable atmosphere of the experience. I am partial to photography and Scott was willing and able to help me improve my photographic skills whenever I needed him. I like that both he and Niki will instruct as much or as little as a participant wants. My second Art Treks adventure to Greece was no different. I certainly recommend Art Treks to anyone looking for an artistic adventure. I can’t wait for my next one!”
Heather / Washington, DC
Workshops Attended: Tuscany / Greece / New England / Croatia / Slovenia
“If travel adventure, art, photography and gourmet food orchestrated by a talented, caring couple, is what you seek, look no further. These are well planned and thoughtful treks with photo and art opportunities among a small group of people who will ultimately become your friends!”
Julie / Plano, TX
Workshops Attended: Greece / Spain / Tuscany / French Riviera
“My Art Treks trip to Tuscany with Niki and Scott was fantastic! Besides the beautiful countryside and wonderful villa, it was great to go with “guides” who know the area and take care of all the travel arrangements. They were amazing hosts and thought of many extra details to make the trip great.
I have talked about the trip to everyone who will listen and plan to do another Art Treks trip.”
Debbie / Columbia, SC
Workshops Attended: Tuscany
“Traveling on Scott and Niki’s Art Treks is my soul food and one of the purest joys of my life. They work tirelessly to ensure their guests see new wonders in the world, experience local culture and hone their artistic skill. They’re not tour guides, they’re adventure guides whose trips I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys active getaways and breaking out of their comfort zone.”
Beth / Houston, TX
Workshops Attended: Greece / Provence / Tuscany / French Riviera / Scotland / Carnival
Scott and Niki put together fantastic trips and take care of all the details. I’ve had the opportunity to go on trips with them to Iceland (photography), Tuscany (foodie) and Venice (photography) and each experience has been great. I’ll be joining them on another foodie adventure this fall. It’s awesome and freeing being able to go to these amazing places and not have to take care of all the research to find the places to go, places to eat and where to stay. I know that wherever we go, it’s going to be good. I highly recommend Art Treks and taking a trip with Scott and Niki.
Molli / Frisco, TX
Workshops Attended: Tuscany / Iceland / Tuscany / Carnival / Tuscany
We have traveled with Scott & Niki to Greece, Vermont & Tuscany and won’t hesitate to take another trip with them. We’ve loved all of the accommodations, itineraries, food and wine because they’ve been vetted ahead of time to make sure that they won’t disappoint! Scott & Niki are wonderful hosts and teachers. My husband has learned so much about taking great photos and we have many to memorialize our beautiful and fun trips!
Cathy & Michael / Chantilly, VA
Workshops Attended: Tuscany / Greece / New England
I have been on multiple workshops with Scott and Niki over the last several years. From Scotland to Iceland, and each of them have been a great experience. They are great hosts, very accommodative and very creative. I would highly recommend their workshops.
Stacie / Medina, OH
Workshops Attended: Scotland / Iceland
“Scott and Niki lead a great trip with every aspect of traveling thought out. They do their homework for each new location. The safety and comfort for the participants are a major concern. They do everything they can to make the trip carefree and memorable.”
BJ & Sheri / Granbury, TX
Workshops Attended: Provence / Tuscany / Spain
“I’ve been on four great trips with Art Treks and am looking forward to the 5th. Scott & Niki do a great job of scouting out locations for both Photography and Painting.
In addition, they find time to squeeze in some other highlights specific to the area, like wine tastings, museums or a sunset cruise. And then top it off with an excellent spot for dinner at night.
They take great care to treat you to all the best each area has to offer.”
Ken / Jacksonville, FL
Workshops Attended: Paris / Greece / Spain / Provence / Tuscany / Scotland
Since Fall of 2018 I’ve been on three separate workshop trips with Scott and Niki starting with Vermont for fall foliage followed by Carnival in Venice and recently a week long trip to Portugal. Their workshops are very laid back and you’ll spend a good time exploring specific sites away from all the touristy spots where crowds can often build up in huge numbers. Scott does a great job organizing the itineraries while Niki knows where to find great places to dine especially for their European trips. If you’re someone who likes to capture great photos or take great paintings, but also like to relax and enjoy exotic places at a gingerly pace then I highly recommend you book a trip with Scott and Niki. I look forward to joining them in Provence, France in 2023 and a food trek in 2024 to Spain.
Michael / NY, NY
Workshops Attended: New England / Carnival / Portugal
I have been on multiple Art Treks trips and recommend them to all of my friends. Scott and Niki do a fabulous job of researching every aspect of the the trip ahead of time so that everything goes smoothly and you can just go along for the ride and have fun! I love traveling with them! They pick beautiful destinations, restaurants, wine tastings, museum tours, as well as allow time for exploring on your own. Best vacations ever!!!!
Nancy, Takoma Park, MD
Workshops Attended: Tuscany / Venice / Paris / Greece / Provence / Slovenia & Croatia / Portugal
“These trips are thoroughly enjoyable, you get to see such unique sights and best of all, you meet new friends for life!”
Mike & Pam / Midlothian, TX
Workshops Attended: Tuscany / Riviera / Greece / Provence / Spain / New England / Tuscany
“I can’t say enough about how wonderful my trip to Paris and Giverny were with the Art Trek group! Scott and Niki plan every detail from beautiful accommodations, to spectacular meals and all the site seeing wonders along the way. Plus you have amazing opportunities to paint with other artists and get instruction from a master! I have rich memories from my trip and made some new friends! I am looking forward to my next Art Trek!”
Shannon / Carlsbad, CA
Workshops Attended: Paris