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Bagpipes, Art, the Highlands and more

with Joe Marchio
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August 7 - 17, 2024 
Trip Status:  FULL


Tour Cost: $6,125,  $1,125 Single Supplement
Activity Level: moderate – an ability to walk 2-3 hours at a moderate pace

Why don't you join us and the pied piper in Glasgow? We're going to hear lots of Celtic music and see air-filled cheeks. We'll see the art of Mackintosh and Whistler, romp through the green fields of Scotland and walk through the beautiful quirky streets of Edinburgh as time allows between the Fringe events. 

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The pied piper is Sarah Marchio, Joe's wife, who holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Highland Bagpipe Performance from The College of Wooster, including studies at Carnegie Mellon University and The College of Piping in Glasgow, earning a Senior Certificate. Sarah was appointed Adjunct Professor of Piping at Wooster. She has competed and performed in Scotland, Canada, and the U.S., earning the title of U.S. Grade I Champion. 

During our journey, Joe will draw on Sarah's knowledge and his own to give us an in depth tour of the beautiful country. 


Besides piping, we intend to become very acquainted with the city, by exploring St. George Square, the Hunterian, Kelvingrove and Burrell Art Museums, visiting the Cathedral and Cloisters, frolicking in plants not only in the various greens, but also in the Botanic Gardens, and window or real shopping in the West End. 

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Kelvingrove Museum 

Of course we'll have high tea along the way too. And we'll visit a distillery for a scotch tasting! Where else? 

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Golf lovers can take a day visit to St. Andrews, where the sport was born in the 1400's. 

Since the Edinburgh international Festival, better known as the Fringe will also be presenting many different art forms, we will train over to the east coast to attend some of those events. (We are not centering our trip around that town because I heard it becomes a pretty wild scene, probably not real conducive to the AJ demographic!) 

Festival programs are not yet published, so our exact program is pending, but rest assured, you will have a jolly good time. 

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We'll stay at the Voco Grand Central Hotel, smack in the middle of Glasgow and you guessed it, near the railroad station, giving us very easy access to the train to Edinburgh and London, if you wish to spend some time in the big city before or after our Artful Journeys music trip.



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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.


Joan Hill
Owner, Host & Director

In 2008, the seed of Artful Journeys was planted in her brain, when Joan brought together all of her life's passions, her love of music, an affinity for the beautiful things in life, and an ability to organize events to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul.

Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.



$6,125 for 10 day trip
  • Above prices are for double occupancy

  • Single supplement is $1,125. 

  • Upgrades to larger rooms are available. 

  • Includes accommodations, most meals, performances and museum entries, ground transportation in the UK, and admin and teaching fees. 

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

  • Covid vaccinations required. 

Image by Bjorn Snelders

A painting from Lynn's last trip to Portugal

To register for this journey, please click below:

Please note that PayPal remittances must go through the form on this website.  Thank you.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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