This is a sketching workshop of travel sketchbooks organised on board of a boat along the Rhine River. We will travel from Düsseldorf to Rotterdam, from Germany to Holland. On the cruise we will make a travel sketchbook illustrated with watercolor. Not only of the landscapes we will see from the boat. But also of all the cities and landmarks we will visit on the way. This is a workshop for beginner, no previous experience with watercolor or drawing is mandatory. Just your desire to draw and enjoy the trip!

Program day by day

DayPlaceArrivingLeavingProgram / Optional excursions
1Düsseldorf19:00Embarkation from 4:00 p.m
2Utrecht04:0012:30City Walk in the morning
3Enkhuizen13:00Zuiderzee-Museum in the morning
4Oudeschild16:00Panorama Tour in the morning
5Hoorn13:00City Walk in the morning
6RotterdamDisembarkation at 09:00

Day 1 Dusseldorf
Individual arrival for embarkation in Düsseldorf. Welcome aboard MS SE-MANON. «Cast off!» and your ship sets course for Utrecht.
Day 2 Utrecht – Enkhuizen
Your ship is docked in one of the liveliest cities in the Netherlands this morning and you have the time and leisure to discover the medieval center of Utrecht, which is well worth seeing. The Utrecht Cathedral is one of the most important of the Netherlands. In the city there are picturesque canals with special shipyard cellars where waterfront pubs, cafes and restaurants are housed. Let yourself be inspired by this on a small city tour (optional). Be enchanted by this wonderful city. Around noon we continue to Enkhuizen. Enjoy the cruise on deck of the MS SEMANON with the river landscape passing by.
Day 3 Enkhuizen – Oudeschild
The rich history of Enkhuizen can still be experienced today with a walk through the old town with its numerous villas, canals, churches, city walls and harbors. Visit with us the Zuiderzee Museum (fak.) and experience the history and culture of this region. This particular open-air museum makes the stories of the people come alive who once lived on the banks of the Zuiderzee. In the course of the afternoon you will reach Oudeschild (island of Texel). Enjoy a short walk in the evening.
Day 4 Oudeschild – Hoorn
White beaches, sheep barns and the Ecomare aquarium with a seal sanctuary await you on the popular north sea island Marvel at the varied landscape of the island during the big panorama tour (optional) or explore Oudeschild independently. Your captain will bring you to the ship while you enjoy your dinner on board.
Day 5 Hoorn – Rotterdam
World famous by Willem Cornelis Schouten, a navigator who circumnavigated South America and gave the archipelago the name his hometown: Cape Horn. During an optional city tour you can see buildings from the 17th century discover. After these diverse impressions of your cruise, you can spend the afternoon relaxing on the beautiful deck. Enjoy the scenery from on board before the gala dinner awaits you in the evening.
Day 6 Rotterdam
After breakfast disembarkation and individual return journey.


17-22 April 2022

The boat


Built: 1999 (refurbished in 2019)

Length: 110 m 

Beam: 11,4 m 

Draught: 1,5 m 

Passengers: 150

Crew: approx. 30

All 75 cabins are outside cabins (approx.14 m²) and are comfortably equipped with hotel-style beds. They feature en-suite facilities with shower* (*cabin no. 306, 307, 308, 309 with bathtub), satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, internal telephone line and individual adjustable air conditioning. Upper Deck:  cabins featuring French balconies (= floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door). Middle Deck: The huge panorama windows can be opened. Main Deck: The small windows cannot be opened. (Height approx. 40 cm).

The workshop

The goal of the sketching workshop will be to have a travel sketchbook of the cruise at the end of your trip. It doesn’t need to be very detailed or finished. But you will be adding your sketchs, texts and details every day of the tour, in order to have a customized and unique souvenir of it when the tour ends.

For that purpose you will have the continuous and attentive advice of Joaquin, the sketching teacher, that will guide you step by step on this funny adventure.

Topics of the workshop

What is a travel sketchbook
Sizes, papers, sketching material
Methods to sketch on place, urban sketching
Elements to include in a travel sketchbook

A few basic notions of perspective for sketchers
Horizon line
Vanishing points
Proportions, how to calculate them

Pencil – Marker – Watercolor
Basics of watercolor for a quick use at the street

Sketching the scenario of the whole drawing
Adding buildings
Adding secondary elements: basic people, trees, cars

How to sketch people standing or seating
People as part of the scene; level o detail
People in movement
Details and atrezzo

Sketching trees, gardens, parks
Basic tree forms
A variety of greens

Panoramic landscapes
Water, hills, mountains, skies
Buildings at the landscape

Using different elements to build a nice double page
Maps and plans
Sticked elements

Sketching material

This is the basic stuff you need to bring with you:

  • Watercolor paper sketchbook. 200 gr paper. Recommended size: 21×15 cm
  • Pencil 0.7 HB and eraser
  • Waterproof markers (0.1, 0.5 and 0.8 minimum)
  • Water brushes (brushes with water deposit) and some watercolor brush
  • Basic watercolor box (Winsor & Newton, White Nights, Schminke, Sennelier…)
  • Small ruler, glue «adhesivestick»

Pics of past workshops

Is you want to take a look at past workshops of Joaquin, here are some pics.

What’s included

• 5 nights in the booked cabin category in outside cabins with shower/toilet
• Luggage transfer from the ship pier to the cabin and back
• All-inclusive meals on board: 5 x breakfast, 4 x 4-course lunch, 4 x afternoon coffee/tea with pastries, 4 x 4-course dinner, 1 x gala dinner with 5-course menu, 5 x little midnight snack. Beverage package: house wine, beer Draft, non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices, coffee/tea and mineral water from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
• 1 x welcome sparkling wine
• Onboard Musician
• SE Tours travel companion
• Sketching workshop 8 hours daily (on board and on visits)

What is NOT included

  • Flights
  • Arrival and departure to Dusseldorf / frm Rotterdam
  • Parking fees
  • Drinks outside of the included drinks package
  • Personal expenses, tips,
  • Insurance
  • Optional excursions, wifi.


Upperdeck: 1249€
Price of partner without workshop: 849€

Upper deck

Middledeck: 1099€
Price of partner without workshop: 699€

Middle deck

Maindeck: 999€
Price of partner without workshop: 599€

Main deck

Rates are per person in a 2 bed cabin. For single occupancy there is a 50 % surcharge for the cabin.

More details

You can experience holidays for body and soul in the inviting wellness area. A small Sauna and a whirlpool provide for Relaxation. For endurance and fitness training
there are also a small number Cardio equipment available. On the MS SEMANON, the reading lounge offers you small library an elegant retreat for relaxed browsing through your holiday reading.
In the restaurant with a panoramic view of the passing scenery will be for your physical Well taken care of or leave the day in the salon with relaxed music and a glass of wine
Reminisce. On the generous sundeck Sun loungers and shaded areas available. A special highlight is an outdoor pool.
The middle and upper deck can be reached by elevator. The ship is not wheelchair accessible. Smoking is allowed on deck all other areas of the ship are non-smoking areas.
All 75 cabins (approx. 14 m²) are outside cabins and comfortably furnished with hotel beds. You have a shower/toilet* (*cabins 306, 307, 308, 309 with bathtub), satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, house telephone and an individually adjustable one Air conditioner.
Upper deck: cabins with a French balcony (= windows to the floor that can be opened continuously).
Middle deck: The large panoramic windows can be opened.
Main deck: The small windows cannot be opened (height approx. 40 cm).

Minimum number of participants 80 people up to 21 days before arrival
Excursion program: we will be happy to send you an order form with our range of shore excursions before you travel. The excursions are offered in German. We reserve the right to make changes to the timetable and program. If e.g. due to low or high water or In bad weather a route cannot be navigated, the captain reserves the right to change the route for your safety to change (this is not a free reason for withdrawal). The same applies to officially ordered, not known in advance given lock and/or bridge repairs.
Other information Please bear in mind that your riverboat is both your “holiday hotel” and work tool that moves with engine power and is constantly operated, even at night (partly with lock and bridge passages). must become. We recommend that guests who are particularly sensitive to noise bring earplugs. The lock passages are associated with disruptions – this is the case with all Danube cruises – and unfortunately cannot be changed. Travel documents for EU nationals (where there are no special circumstances, e.g. double citizenship, primary residence abroad or provisional travel documents) require one for this trip valid identity card or passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip. Should you have one have another citizenship or multiple citizenships or if you have special legal regulations have to be observed, please inform yourself about the respective visa and entry regulations your responsible consulate. This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. We recommend taking out international health insurance with repatriation, accident, luggage and travel insurance travel cancellation insurance.

Important COVID instructions

All participants in our trips must have the vaccination or convalescent status specified by the state (current 2G rule) to start our journeys. Unvaccinated and not recovered people can unfortunately except for further do not participate in our trips. State rules are constantly changing. All participants in our trips must find out about the respective rules in good time before the start of the trip. The participants of our trips are responsible for checking the current COVID travel regulations at the time of travel and comply. For the safety of all persons present on board, you are obliged to wear mouth and nose protection. Wear and comply with the distance and hygiene rules. For this you will receive our when booking/enquiry ship-specific hygiene concept.

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Germany sketching workshop along the Rhine river 2022

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