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August 19 - 26, 2024 Paint the Danube

Join us and professional watercolor artist Al Kline for a watercolor workshop along the Danube River, where the scenic beauty and culture of the Danube have inspired generations of artists, poets, and musicians. 

why you should join our

destination watercolor workshops

Do you find yourself longing for meaningful connections, artistic growth, and the freedom to explore new horizons with watercolor?

You crave a break from the routine, a chance to disconnect, and immerse yourself in a world where creativity knows no bounds. Join us as we cruise the charming capitals of Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna, wander through picturesque landscapes steeped in history and culture, and learn to paint watercolor with like-minded artists from around the world.

You’ll find yourself rejuvenated by the beauty of the world around you, while developing lasting friendships and creating memories that will last a lifetime in this destination watercolor workshop along the Danube River.

are you ready to set sail and paint with us?

meet the artist

Meet Al Kline

your Watercolor instructor

Al Kline is a self-taught Artist who began painting watercolor in April 2017. He is a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) and Watercolor Society of South Texas (WSST). He is also member selected for exhibitions in both the American and National Watercolor Societies of America (AWS,NWS).  

Through teaching, and now online instruction, Al has gained notice as an accomplished watercolor artist. His ability to simplify the painting process and skill of drawing and design have gained him international recognition.  

Al has accepted numerous awards. His work has been recognized in local, state, national and international exhibitions. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of South Texas and Southwestern Watercolor Society and member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  

Join us Al as the resident watercolor artist and instructor on our flagship sail along the Danube River in August 2024.

meet the artist

meet al


watercolor workshop ITINERARY



Arrive and settle into your stateroom. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group and artist meet-and-greet. This is where you will receive an itinerary for the trip, meet other artists and the instructor, and get excited for this incredible painting journey you’re about to embark on.

On your second day, visit both the Buda (hilly) and Pest (flat) sides of the Danube River. Start on the Buda side, following your guide through the city’s Castle District where you will marvel at the fairytale turrets of Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze upon the breathtaking panorama below and see Matthias Church, renowned for its striking tower and colorful mosaic roof. In the afternoon, explore the treasures of Pest, admiring the colossal Hungarian Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square and the moving “Shoes on the Danube Bank” memorial.

DAY three


Start the day with breakfast and a 2 hour watercolor workshop on board the ship. Practice your technique under the guidance and instruction of artist Al Kline.

In the afternoon, explore Bratislava on a curated walking tour with the group, a city that earned the title “Coronation City of Kings”. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. 

day four


The “City of Waltzes” offers a wealth of gems and your city tour showcases its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tour in Vienna’s historic city center and then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral with free time to explore, plein air paint, or sketch at leisure.

Once back on board, enjoy lunch at leisure and a 2 hour watercolor workshop in the afternoon on board. In the evening, you’ll have the option to explore this iconic city further or relax on deck.

Day five

Weissenkirchen and Scenic Cruising Along Grein

After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions to explore the area. Take a walking tour of Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey.

Later in the day, plein air paint on deck as we sail through the scenic Strudengau Valley to medieval Grein for an exclusive visit to the more than 500-year-old Greinburg Castle, looming regally from above.

day six


The ship arrives in Linz, where we will opt for a full-day excursion to Salzburg and tour the historic center, Mirabell Gardens, Residenz Square and the Old Market.

En route to Salzburg, stop at Mondsee, home of the Basilica St. Michael. You may also choose to join a full-day excursion to the charming Czech mountain town of Cesky Krumlov, where you can stroll its cobblestone streets; marvel at the city’s picturesque Baroque and Renaissance-style buildings; and tour Krumlov Castle, one of Europe’s largest castle complexes.  

There will be free time to plein air paint or sketch in the beautiful Salzburg.

Day seven & EIGHT

Passau and Vilshofen

Discover the city of Passau  by enjoying a walking tour and marvel at Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

In the afternoon, participate in a 2-3 hour watercolor workshop on board as we cruise from Passau to Vilshofen.

In Vilshofen, you will be treated to a festive Oktoberfest celebration as we bid farewell and prepare for your trip home or post-cruise extension.

map. &Full Itinerary

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more than a watercolor workshop what's included

Small Group Painting Experience

  • Daily painting
  • One-on-one instruction with world renown artist
  • Welcome dinner and drinks with other students and meet-and-greet with the artist
  • Personalized service from on-site travel coordinator
  • Small private group setting experience
  • Free time for plein air painting in all port cities or leisure time of choice

Spacious Accommodation

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Entertainment-On-Demand

A Variety of Amenities

  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

Award-Wining Dining

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A World of Exploration

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

*The workshop fee does not include airfare, passport or visa fees, and more as outlined in the deposit form




To secure your spot, we collect a $400 deposit per person. Once the deposit is paid, we $200 is immediately non-refundable. After 90-days before the trip start date, the $400 deposit is non-refundable.



Get access to a private Facebook community where you can discuss, ask questions, get website feedback, and collaborate with others.



Participate in Q&A sessions where we share travel tips, materials list, and answer your questions to help you make the most of this watercolor workshop.



Embark on the trip of a lifetime and paint alongside likeminded watercolor artists and learn from a renown watercolor instructor.

don't miss THE BONUSES

single supplement

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Welcome Gifts

All painters will receive complimentary welcome gifts


available per person to be redeemed on-board

let’s redefine traditional watercolor workshops…

We’ve revolutionized traditional watercolor workshops by offering a dynamic blend of artistic instruction, cultural immersion, and community engagement aboard luxurious river cruises.

By reimagining the workshop experience within the context of travel, we provide participants with a truly transformative journey that transcends traditional boundaries and inspires creativity, connection, and lifelong learning.

Let us be your creative escape where artistic discovery and meaningful connections collide – a place where you can embrace your passion for watercolor and travel.

imagine this Let Us Paint A Picture FOr You

Imagine embarking on a river cruise along the majestic Danube, surrounded by the serene beauty of historic capitals and charming landscapes.

As you sail, you find yourself immersed in a world where every stroke of your paint brush brings your artistic vision to life, guided by a watercolor instructor who nurture your talent and inspire your creativity.

Amidst the company of fellow artists who share your passion for watercolor and adventure, you develop meaningful connections and create memories that will last a lifetime.



Paint By Destination hosts watercolor workshops in such unique destinations with incredibly talented artists.

Let us welcome professional watercolor artist, Al Kline, as your personal instructor and teacher our 2024 Watercolor Workshop along the Danube River with AmaWaterways.

you've sold me, what is the INVESTMENT?

if you book your trip today, you’ll get

15+ hours of small group watercolor instruction (value: $500)
7-nights in luxury accommodation (value: $3,000)
All-inclusive food and beverage (value: $1,000)
Shore excursions (value: $1,500)
Dedicated on-site travel concierge 24/7 (value: $750)

BONUS: Exclusive group discount and amenities (value: $1,500)

yes, that’s a $8,250+ value

Is that what we’re charging you? No. 

When you book with us, you receive a discount of $250 as well as $75 onboard credit per person. This watercolor workshop on a luxury river cruise is the experience of a lifetime you won’t want to miss out on.

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New friendships and painting techniques

Return home with beautiful paintings, incredible memories and newfound friendships. Paint By Destination’s watercolor workshops will exceed your expectations and prove to be an investment in both your artistic growth and overall well-being.

Incredible value for

Not only will you receive top-notch guidance to improve your watercolor painting skills, but you will enjoy luxury accommodation, curated excursions, and immersive cultural experiences along the Danube. The convenience and comfort of having everything organized for you makes this worth every cent.

cruise, paint, and explore Your Watercolor Workshop Awaits

Allow us to paint a picture of the enriching experience that awaits you. Imagine waking up to the gentle sway of the Danube, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, and more. Each day brings new opportunities for artistic exploration as you join a small community of like-minded artists for intimate painting sessions on deck, capturing the beauty of historic capitals and charming riverfront towns. But it’s not just about the art – it’s about the connections you’ll forge with fellow travelers who share your passion for creativity and adventure.

Joining this watercolor workshop isn’t just about developing your watercolor skills – it’s about immersing yourself in a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who celebrate art, culture, and collaboration. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your creative journey, our workshops offer expert instruction and personalized guidance to help you grow as an artist and unleash your creativity. But it’s not just about the workshops – it’s about the friendships you’ll form, the memories you’ll create, and the sense of belonging you’ll experience as part of our artistic community at home and abroad.

So why should you book this watercolor workshop river cruise with us? Because it’s more than just a vacation – it’s a transformative journey that will inspire and rejuvenate you in ways you never thought possible. From the breathtaking landscapes of the Danube to the expert instruction of our renowned artists, every moment is designed to enrich your soul and nourish your creativity.



Paint By Destination's highly organized watercolor workshop cruises are the perfect blend of instruction, painting, and leisure time to enjoy the destination in good company.

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