Santa Fe, NM, USA

6 reviews
Duration: 7 days
Group size: 12 - 18
Santa Fe, NM, USA

6 reviews

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 12 - 18

About this trip

Santa Fe, New Mexico is a city unlike any other with a timeless and earthy soul.

Legendary history and culture, an art scene that spans from traditional to contemporary, accommodations with an intimate local feel yet world-class status, award-winning cuisine and countless art-filled experiences to encounter.

Highlights will include private, guided tours of gorgeous art galleries on Canyon Road, and visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio with a picnic at Ghost Ranch, the landscape of many of her works. A day excursion to Taos, an intimate feast-day-style lunch and pottery demonstration at San Ildefonso Pueblo, and visit's to artists' studio tours. The geology of the Southwest especially lends itself to mosaic inspiration as does the spiritual and peaceful nature of the desert.

Traditional with Maverick Mosaic art-filled tours we will create a one of a kind personal memento artwork. Working in the studio of Santa Fe artist Lauren Mantecon learn the alchemy of mixed media an interplay with mark making, collage, and painting. What a terrific souvenir!

4 star hotel accommodations , hassle free travel, comfortable coach transportation and wonderful company. This is a perfect mix of guided tours to unique sites, private studio visits and free time. And a dream come true for art lovers! Especially fans of Georgia O’Keefe.

Trip is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, our tour officially begins with our early evening meet and greet on March 12 at our hotel. We will stay at the same beautiful 4 star hotel for the duration of the trip.


Bonnie Fitzgerald is an artist, educator, and author. As the owner of Maverick Mosaics, LLC, she specializes in offering unique learning experiences and creating beautiful art.

Guiding art enthusiasts on the journey to discover and develop their own personal artistic voice through the art of mosaics, sculpture, and travel is Bonnie’s longtime passion.

She has been leading art-filled foreign and domestic travel adventures and workshops for the past 8 years including Europe, Ireland, Mexico and USA locations.  Bonnie is also the exclusive instructor of Contemporary Mosaics for the Smithsonian Institution’s Studio Arts Department in Washington, DC.  

Dedicated to furthering the art of mosaic education, Bonnie has authored two best-selling books, 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets and Bonnie Fitzgerald’s Guide to Mosaic Technique. Both books are the result of Bonnie’s expertise and collaboration with other artists over the past 20 years. 300+ Tips has been translated into five languages.

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Elaine Ritchel | Lead Guide

Elaine fell in love with art at the age of five. She still remembers learning about Monet and van Gogh and being struck by the rich and vibrant colors they used. It's this same fascination and love for art that she brings to her tours.

Elaine has a master's degree in art history and has worked as a gallery teacher and art museum educator in the US and abroad. She specializes in discussion-based teaching and creates meaningful, art-centered experiences that promote visual literacy, inspire personal awareness, and deepen connections with the world around us. After a three-year stint in Croatia, where she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and the Croatian Association of Artists, Elaine returned to New Mexico to launch Santa Fe Art Tours.

Elaine is also an arts, culture, and travel writer. (Here’s her online portfolio, if you’re curious.) 

When she's not gathering people together around great works of art, Elaine enjoys exploring the desert landscapes of northern New Mexico and relaxing at her adobe casita with a good book. 

What’s included

  • Lodging
    7 nights in King or Double rooms at the Hilton Plaza Hotel
  • Breakfasts at the hotel
  • 4 lunches
    See Itinerary
  • 1 farewell dinner
  • 1 welcome cocktail
  • 1 wine tasting
    At the Gruet Tasting room
  • All tours and admission
  • Guide gratuity
  • Transportation and drive
  • Snacks and water
    Snacks and water aboard the coach during day trips
  • Transportation
    Airfare to/from Albuquerque or Santa Fe
  • Transfers
    Transportation to/from the airport
  • Extras
    Hotel extras beyond the above inclusions
  • Hotel extras beyond the
  • Porterage
  • Gratuity
    Gratuity for hotel housekeeping


Saturday, March 12, 2022
Arrive in Santa Fe

Welcome to Santa Fe! We’ll kick off the trip and get to know each other with a welcome drink at our hotel.

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Writing this review for my daughter who travelled with her French class. The planning and organization of this trip was exceptional. Our teen daughter had a terrific time and enjoyed all of the guided expeditions. Payment and communication emails for planning were so helpful, making this a painless experience. I know our teachers had a great time as well. Thank you for helping them plan and execute a wonderful experience for all!
By Elizabeth H for Lee's Summit FRANCE 2022 Exchange Program on 26 Jun, 2022
As first timers to Barcelona, this workshop and tour combo proved to be an excellent introduction to this wonderful city. It was so much fun to meet and create with fellow mosaic enthusiasts in a city filled with countless examples of the art. The schedule was nicely planned to accomodate the workshop, touring, and free time. Our guide David, and tour escort Paquita were informative and engaging companions on visits to the must see sights. Livia's workshop was such a warm and delightful experience. Her studio was a dream to be in for the week, surrounded by her endless treasure of tiles and materials. The time flew by as we all worked on our "we made these!" projects/souvenirs. The Hotel Astoria was a comfortable home away from home, conveniently within walking distance of bakeries, restaurants, pharmacies and supermarkets. The front desk, dining, and housekeeping staff were very friendly, professional, and efficient. They answered our questions, provided recommendations, and made sure to address any needs or concerns. A million thanks to Bonnie and Rene for putting this all together, we had a blast!
By Jasmine S for Barcelona Workshop & Travel with Bonnie Fitzgerald on 07 Jun, 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip - it was well thought out and planned; a lovely group; the mosaic workshop was wonderful; the touring was well-organized - a really good mix of culture, history, and architecture/art, and not over-tiring. Delighted to have been part of this group!
By Fredrica B for Barcelona Workshop & Travel with Bonnie Fitzgerald on 06 Jun, 2022
Awesome experience! We learned so much about making mosaics and then toured areas to see beautiful mosaics in Barcelona. Astoria Hotel was very comfortable and clean. Breakfasts were delicious. Great to meet so many interesting people on the tour.
By Karen K for Barcelona Workshop & Travel with Bonnie Fitzgerald on 06 Jun, 2022
This tour consistently went above and beyond my expectations. The organizers were constantly adding events to the itinerary that enhanced my understanding of the people and culture of Catalonia. To give a few examples: 1) We stayed in a beautiful, historic hotel that featured a museum dedicated to the works of Catalan graphic artist Ricard Opisso. Could there be a better headquarters for a tour dedicated to Modernista art? 2) As the tour progressed, activities kept being added to the original itinerary such as a human tower competition and a Modernista Festival. These activities gave us opportunities to experience the vibrant streetlife of Barcelona. 3) Livia, our instructor in the art of Trencadis, was generous with her time and helped us learn about how mosaics fit into the traditions of Catalonia. She played classic jazz and World music while we worked, and everybody bonded over it. The “drink” that she offered us at the end of the tour magically turned into a full-scale tapas lunch! 4) Our escort David Brurruezo was tremendously knowledgeable and fun. Our guide, Paquita Vazquez, was indominable, scampering up and down stairs in the blazing sun and successfully challenging the bureaucrats who denied our lunch reservation. 5) Bonnie was a great co-instructor and helped us navigate the confusing COVID regulations that governed our re-entry into the U.S. 6) The hotel breakfasts were great, and the ambience was superb, marble, spiral staircase, grand piano – I felt like I was on a movie set!
By Liz M for Barcelona Workshop & Travel with Bonnie Fitzgerald on 03 Jun, 2022
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