]Vivid Tours International offer fine, practice-led art retreats and arts tours in hand-picked locations around the globe – Italy, Central Australia and Byron Bay.

Founded in 2014 by Simha Koether, Vivid’s tours and retreats are designed to offer you authentic travel experiences with expert guides, and provide you with enriching arts tuition on our small group art retreats.

Why Choose Vivid Tours International

Our travel hosts on Vivid’s international art retreats are experts in their field, fluent in the destination language, having lived as locals in these places. We are connected with top artists, and those who open doorways to rich and authentic experiences. Through these connections you will bypass the tourist lane.

Vivid’s Tours and Retreats have a maximum of 12 guests. They are designed to provide you with an intimate setting where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in comfort and good company with like-minded people.

Vivid’s tours take you far off the tourist track to provide authentic experiences with specialty itineraries which will get you straight to the heart of the destination, the rhythm of the people, the cuisine and the art.

Our retreats offer tailored designed programs that allow you to be fully immersed in an inspiring setting, so you can sit back relax and let your creativity take over.

Those on Vivid art tours and art retreats have privileged access to unique worlds through the eyes of someone who has lived and worked in the destination. Your host and guide’s personal contacts provide you with background knowledge about where and how significant art movements originate.

Vivid’s tours and retreats offer superb accommodation, cuisine and top quality wines. You receive one-on-one tuition by leading professional artists and private culinary lessons. Access to direct connections to the local’s. Fabulous itineraries have been designed to provide you with an insider’s guide, packed with the best of the best from our hand picked destinations.

Bespoke itineraries get you right to the heart of the destination.
Be a participant not a spectator, be part of the rhythm of life in these places. All core activities are included in the cost of our tours – major highlights, transport, welcome and departure transfers. Most importantly, you can sit back, relax and be assured that Vivid will take care of all your travel needs.

Whether your journey has dusty 4WD tracks in Central Australia or Florence’s smooth cobblestones, your comforts aren’t left behind. You’re in comfortable 4-5 star hotels, villas or boutique private accommodation, the cuisine is chef-prepared and your luxuries aren’t neglected.

Our Art Retreats attract like-minded people with common interests. They’re full of potential new friends and perfect for single travellers.

We offer quality arts tuition by experienced tutors. Our groups have a maximum of 12 participants so you will receive individual attention and guidance over the course of the retreat – whatever your skill level.

Our tutors are esteemed artists in their field, they provide individual tuition that supports you to develop in the artistic direction you choose and extend your technical skills.

Outstanding teaching that brings out the best in students
Vivid knows what qualities make a teacher outstanding. They help students to improve on what they’re already doing well and don’t super-impose their own style. Our tutors assist students to explore something new and extend their practice, without dictating the end result.

Our presenters on Vivid’s Byron Bay Retreats are knowledgeable leaders in their field. You’ll be inspired and nourished by the knowledge they impart.

Have a friend who loves cooking more than painting?
For those not interested in painting or drawing on our Italy Retreat, we offer a program where culinary tuition is substituted for art tuition. So you can easily bring your partner or friend to join the retreat, and while you’re at the easel they’ll be getting creative in the kitchen! Have a suggestion about a tailored program on one of our tours or retreats? Get in touch.