Grand Rapids ArtPrize TEN Art Adventure Day

Grand Rapids ArtPrize TEN Art Adventure Day

This tour's focus is  ArtPrize, the world's largest contemporary art contest--celebrating its tenth year. We'll also explore a variety of other Grand Rapids museums, collections, public art and architecture. 

Our plans include lots of art, behind-the-scenes tours, collection visits, great food, and shopping in cool neighborhoods, plus opportunities to meet notable ArtPrize Artists from around the world as well as Grand Rapidian creative leaders.

Walking Nepal: Mt Everest Region in Autumn (Tour Full)

Walking Nepal: Mt Everest Region in Autumn (Tour Full)

Come spend 14 days experiencing the hospitality of ethnic Sherpas and Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in the Mt Everest region of Nepal and in the capital city, Kathmandu (KTM).  This will be an awesome lifetime experience. 

This tour will center around the Sherpa/Buddhist Mani Rimdu festival and taking advantage of the usually excellent / clear fall weather.  Although most of the time our group will be at the new “Kyirmu" Sherpa Lodge at 8,000 ft (similar altitude to Santa Fe, NM), we will transport you to the Chiwong Monastery (the site of the festival) ~12,000 ft where we’ll attend the festival celebrating the founding of Buddhism in Nepal, made all the more magical by the full moon

Walking Western Bhutan (Tour Full)

Walking Western Bhutan (Tour Full)

This eight day / seven night fall tour will center around the enchanting cultural and natural riches of Western Bhutan.

Dorji, our wonderful guide, is originally from a small town in Eastern Bhutan, has a background in environmental conservation, and worked as project coordinator for the Guinness-recognized Bhutan photo-documentary "Largest Book in the World".

Walking Mexico: Surrealist Garden "Las Pozas" in Xilitla

Walking Mexico: Surrealist Garden "Las Pozas" in Xilitla

Las Pozas is a surrealist garden in the rain forest of the Sierra Madres, Mexico. It is the creation of Edward James (1907-1984), a British aristocrat, poet, and visionary. In the late 1940s, he moved to the village of Xilitla, Mexico, in the state of San Luis Potosí, where, in collaboration with local craftsmen and friends he fabricated elaborate symbolic shapes and organic designs that relate to a private cosmology predicated on surrealistic influences, and echo nature.  Most of the structures are “follies” for amusement and surprise, never to be used for practical purposes.

Louisville Weekend of Theater, Art, & Cuisine

Louisville Weekend of Theater, Art, & Cuisine

Join a small group (limited to 12) on a magical tour of Louisville's unique theater, art, and culinary treasures under the expert personal guidance of Dana and Mark. Meet local Louisville luminaries, binge-watch three exciting New American plays in the renowned Humana Festival, taste Louisville's top culinary offerings and stay at the original, multiple award-winning 21c Museum Hotel.  The core of the trip will be "Theatre Lover" tickets to three great New American Plays (to be announced in mid-November).  Please click here to view a photo gallery of last year's similar trip.

Through the Eyes of Artists: Japanese Nature and Culture Tour

Through the Eyes of Artists: Japanese Nature and Culture Tour

From April 1st through 12th, 2019 (during the usual cherry blossom bloom viewing season), this small tour group will be focused on Japanese Contemporary Art.  Among other things, we  will spend time touring art installations on Naoshima Island in the inland sea. This tour will benefit from the connections and insights Mark & Dana gained over the five year we resided in Japan during the 1990s.

Walking Japan: Past, Present, and Future

Walking Japan: Past, Present, and Future

April 1st through 12th, 2019 (during the usual cherry blossom bloom viewing season), this will be a small tour group focussed on Japanese Contemporary Art.  Among other things, we  will spend time touring art installations on Naoshima Island in the inland sea. This tour will benefit from the connections and insights Mark & Dana gained over the five year we resided in Japan during the 1990s.

Le Grande Macabre: Hamburg with Doug Fitch

Le Grande Macabre: Hamburg with Doug Fitch

Join our VIP delegation for an unforgettable three night sensory arts & culture immersion in Hamburg, Germany to attend a performance of Le Grand Macabre conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Doug Fitch. A New York Times review of a previous production of this same opera by the same collaborators is summed up by one word, “Exhilarating”. Notable movers and shakers involved in Hamburg’s exciting art and design scene will host our group as we tour exciting spaces and architectural wonders including the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall (by Herzog and De Meuron). A particular highlight will be participation in a rare and epic Fitch “Orphic Feast” art & food event while socializing with some of the artists and musicians involved in the performance of Le Grand Macabre.”

Culinary and Cultural South East Michigan

Culinary and Cultural South East Michigan

From September 7th-9th, come explore the rich and vibrant culinary landscapes of Southeastern Michigan with us!  Curated by Edible Austin magazine founder Marla Camp along with intrepid Tiny World Tour leader Mark Holzbach, this unique behind-the-scenes, food-inspired adventure will take you to the bustling  shores of Detroit’s historic and revitalized commercial district, with an immersion in Ann Arbor’s emerging farm-to-table culture along the way.

Arte/Terra/Acqua & the Venice Biennale

Arte/Terra/Acqua & the Venice Biennale

Join GRAM director Dana Friis-Hansen and fellow art lovers for a 7-day ArtAdventure to Italy featuring an exclusive tour of the international contemporary art exhibition Biennale di Venezia paired with insider access to a curated mix of architecture, landscape, and culinary experiences.

Through the Eyes of Artists: Berlin Buildings, Berlin Stories

Through the Eyes of Artists: Berlin Buildings, Berlin Stories

Join Tiny World tours on a unique “Berlin Stories” Adventure that will be a celebration of the area’s vibrant architectural, cuisine, and arts and cultural scenes. Tour details are currently under development, and will involve walks and several unique insider / behind-the-scenes experiences (including Bauhaus historic sites) so please join our early interest list to receive details as soon as they are ready, and a “first dibbs” opportunity to register.

Through the Eyes of Artists: Far West Texas

Through the Eyes of Artists: Far West Texas

Tiny World Tours has deep roots in Texas. Our Texas tours are full immersion experiences filled with opportunities to meet artists in their homes & studios (both urban and rural), and favorite nature spots. The landscape, art, and architecture, like the people you’ll meet, are unique and unforgettable. The local cuisine ranges from a neighborhood favorite combination car-wash & restaurant, to haute cuisine worthy of many stars. Our itinerary will begin and end in El Paso, with stops in Fort Davis, Marfa, and Big Bend National Park. Although exact October dates and details are yet to be determined, please join our early interest list to receive details as soon as they are ready, and a “first dibs” opportunity to register.

Walking Nepal: Autumn

Walking Nepal: Autumn

Come experience the hospitality of ethnic Sherpas and Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in the Mt Everest region of Nepal and the capital city, Kathmandu (KTM). A visit here can also be combined with a visit to nearby magical Bhutan.  Tiny World Tours has developed special relationships in this region that will make your visit unforgettable.

Walking Bhutan: Autumn

Walking Bhutan: Autumn

This eight day / seven night fall tour will center around the enchanting cultural and natural riches of Western Bhutan. A similar itinerary will be available for more remote Eastern Bhutan, so the two can be combined together into a longer tour.

Dorji, our wonderful guide, is originally from a small town in Eastern Bhutan, has a background in environmental conservation, and worked as project coordinator for the Guinness-recognized Bhutan photo-documentary "Largest Book in the World".

Walking Jordan: Spring

Walking Jordan: Spring

Join Tiny World Tours as we spend 6 days / 7 nights exploring some of the world's oldest and most untouched treasures. Nested between Israel and Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is thought to sit in the center of where great civilizations first started. You will feel yourself in the presence of thousands of years of history and will be able to imagine yourself back in time.