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Authentic Travel and Tours is alive and well, though it has been a time of transition. In 2016 I led a large tour to France, just after selling my gallery. I returned in 2017 to live in France for an extended time, then visited Ireland. Upon my return, I was hired as the Director of Woods hall Gallery and Studios on Madeline Island, where I spent the rest of the year. I was so busy with this position that I did not plan any tours, and I will continue on as Education coordinator but will not have quite as full a schedule.

So, this winter is a time to reflect on the amazing travel and experiences I have had, create artwork and delve deeply into fresh approaches to it. I’m particularly interested in botanical printing and have collected plants fro many places to print fabric and paper. I am also taking a break from leading trips so that I can tend to my home and property, and focus on where and what I would like the tours to be.

I am now able to focus on what new and exciting things might be possible for future tours, and have planned some “scouting” trips to look at possible tours and meet people to include. Ireland, Scotland and France are all of interest….so like this page, or my Facebook page, to get up to the minute posts when things develop.

Thank you for your interest!

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Testimonials from past tour participants

dscn0237It’s always good to hear what those who have been on our tours have to say…and if you are considering signing up for an upcoming tour, please feel free to contact us and we can put you in touch with those who have been participants.

Here are a few of the comments people have made:

“My travel experience with Joan leading the group was above and beyond my expectation. Joan’s research into so many areas of interest about the sites and folklore made the trip stimulating and insightful without being overloaded. She is a seasoned guide with great “in country” connections and a sincere love of the land she travels. I highly recommend Joan Slack as a tour guide. You will have a wonderful, memorable time. I did.”      J.H.

101_0106-001“Joan organizes her trips like she creates her art: beautiful, practical, and full of meaning. I’d never been on a group trip before.  Joan’s voyage to Orkney in Scotland was a joy, every day. It’s one of the very best adventures of my life.”   C. P.


“If you want dependability combined with unique experiences, attention to details and wonderful connections, this is a great tour to take. Each day has been planned for a balance of activities, a good pace and plenty of enjoyment. Joan’s background and knowledge really makes for a deeper understanding of everything we see.” K.M.W.dscn0231

“If you have never been on a small group tour, go with Joan. If you have been with someone else, go again with Joan. Her planning, arrangements, and site selections are perfect! You will meet warm, friendly and local people from all walks of life with talents to share. I still have a Bridget’s Cross, made by Joe from our trip, hanging by my door. Happy travels!” A.H.101_0102-001

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our tours!! e-mail or call 715-277-2773

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Prehistory and Pilgrimage in France Tour 2017


Here is the BROCHURE! for our upcoming tour in May 2017. The September Tour was fantastic, with wonderful, inquisitive people, and our guides were top notch. We learned so much about the prehistoric people of the Vezere

Valley, and saw sites of original artworkDSCF8753-001 that touched the sodscn0228ul. dscn0231


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