Photo by: Keron Psillas
Location: Portugal
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Portugal Photographic Tour

  • Ten nights and eleven days in this forgotten corner of Europe.
  • Keron Psillas is a professional photographer, tour guide, renowned book publisher, and resident of Portugal. She led Strabo’s first photo tour of Portugal and we received rave reviews from our frequent travelers.
  • Keron will share the culture, history, and make introductions to her friends throughout each region, affording the group unique opportunities, that your typical tourist never sees.
  • Charming and luxurious lodging in perfectly situated hotels.
  • An insider’s view of Portugal from the cities to the UNESCO sites, Knights of Templar, and quaint century-old villages.
  • Photograph gorgeous Lusitano horses in the Ribatejo with their owners and trainers.
  • Enjoy colorful and cosmopolitan Lisbon and Porto.
  • Private transportation with short distances between stays.
  • Sumptuous meals with the option of the best Portuguese wines.
Region

Europe

Destination

Portugal

Dates

May 5-16, 2021

Duration

11 days

$5995

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 9 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if  6-8 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $795.

Tour Overview

PORTUGAL!!! The most beautiful, interesting and important areas of the country have been selected to visit and photograph. As travel photographers we tackle many challenges from people photography, landscape, waterscape, architecture, still life, and night photography, all blending together to tell a story. You will be inspired with what you will learn. Return home with improved or new skills in photography as well as outstanding images to tell your own story.

This is a...

PORTUGAL!!! The most beautiful, interesting and important areas of the country have been selected to visit and photograph. As travel photographers we tackle many challenges from people photography, landscape, waterscape, architecture, still life, and night photography, all blending together to tell a story. You will be inspired with what you will learn. Return home with improved or new skills in photography as well as outstanding images to tell your own story.

This is a land of castles, wine, ships, farming, and of warm, friendly people. Rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stone walls, castles on hilltops, a tradition of song and the home of “port” wine—this is Portugal.

The itinerary takes us through the extraordinarily diverse countryside of Portugal. Your photography opportunities will abound. You will visit a fantastic range of interesting attractions from magnificent valleys to medieval castles, and graceful olive groves, enjoy the flavorful cuisine and excellent wines and cheeses of each region. The tour leader is not only a local in Portugal, but she is also a photographer. She provides access and personal relationships through out the tour. This adds just the right compliment to the visual excitement that Portugal offers.

Cultural gems are everywhere. They include Unesco World Heritage Sites, and of course, the lively pulse of Portugal’s delightful capital, Lisbon, tops off the tour. Although we work with an itinerary, it is subject to change when a new photo opportunity or wonderful weather and lighting conditions present themselves. Your accommodations have been chosen for being centrally located, allowing us easy access to the local color and the captivating charm of Portugal.

Your Local Guide  and Photography Instructor:

Keron Psillas  is your photography instructor and experienced tour leader. She will share ideas and tips for creating dynamic travel photographs while on this photo program. Keron is a photographer, writer, instructor and mentor, with an extensive background in the print and publishing industry. Raised in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Keron became a professional photographer in 2006. Her published works include the highly acclaimed Forty Years Later, Meditation for Two, The Alchemy of Lightness, and Dressage for the New Age, with long-time collaborator Dominique Barbier. She self-published Four Days in Havana and Loss and Beauty; creating solace in a land of infinite sorrow. The later illuminates the personal journeys of victims of the unspeakable horror that was the Holocaust.  It won the prestigious Best of Show award for Photobook 2015 and in 2019 received two Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards for fine art book and self-published book.

She also released a trade edition of her work titled: Lusitano: noble, courageous, eternal. This 96 page full-color edition is bold and seductive. Lusitano received the Bronze Award in Publishing in 2019 from the prestigious IPPY awards. Keron makes her home in the Ribatejo region of Portugal among her beloved Lusitano horses.

Photo Leader TBD

Tour Itinerary

May 5: Depart Home

There are overnight flights from the U.S./Canada to Lisbon, Portugal (LIS).

May 6: Lisbon

Arrive this morning or early afternoon, where you will be transferred to your accommodations. Gather (time to be announced) for a meet and greet and then off for a walk around Lisbon to get your bearings. Enjoy your welcome dinner together while listening to the dramatic and melodic FADO or enjoy a tasting of all the best that the regions have to offer for a great introduction to Portugal. Overnight Lisbon (D)

May 7-8: Lisbon

Put on your walking shoes, as the next two days you will explore several of Lisbon’s neighborhoods, Baixo, Bairro, Alto, Belem, Alfama and Chiado. There are wonderful Miradouros (viewpoints), and great cafes will provide rest stops. Visit Oriente Train Sation one evening, Mercado do Ribeira for a hip, happening lunch, and have free time where you can take in an optional museum visit or other places of interest such as the Jeronimos Monastery. The hotel is perfectly situated for early morning shoots along the waterfront and in the Praca do Commercio. Overnight Lisbon (B both days)

May 9-11: Obidos - Batahla

After breakfast board your private bus and head north to Medieval Portugal. The history of the Knights Templar is offered in its full glory. Keron uses her close connections in this region for some wonderful photo locations. In the center of the country is Batahla where you will stay in a lovely hotel. The area is ideally located for exploring four UNESCO sites, including the one with in a few steps of your accommodations. There is tremendous architecture in Tomar, two lovely villages in Nazare and Obidos, and a gourmet treat in Fatima. Obidos is a delightful walled village, all painted in white and bright blue trimmed buildings. You can wander the cobbled stone streets on your own or climb the stairs to walk the historical 12th century walls. All of this happens AFTER you get a chance to photograph the spectacular Lusitano horses on your way north through the Ribatejo region.  Overnight Batahla (B, D; B; B)

May 12-13: Porto

Head further north to Porto, where your hotel boasts an infinity pool along the Duoro River. Porto can be vibrant and cosmopolitan on one street with Old Portugal on the next street over. Enjoy an early morning shoot on the pedestrian bridge that provides a birds-eye view of the river and cityscape, and the train station is a feast for the eye with all the azulejos (distinctive blue tiles). While in Porto you must have a traditional port tasting!!! The group will have a very special private tour of the most important Port Cellar in Portugal. To top off your day,  those that have the stamina will enjoy some night shooting overlooking the entire city of Porto. Overnight Porto (B; B)

May 14-15: Cascais - Sintra

Optional early waterfront shoot again in different light. Though it will be very difficult to leave Porto, head south right after breakfast to discover another side of Portugal. The group will meet an expert guide while touring the quinta da Regaleira and the center of this charming village. Later head to the hotel where your bags will be waiting in your room. Up early the next day to get to Pena Palace before the major crowds of mid-day. Enjoy more phtography stops in Cascais along the coast before returning to the hotel to pack your bags for departure tomorrow. Overnight Sintra (B; B, D)

May 16: Cascais - Lisbon - Home

Departure for home, all transfers to the Lisbon Airport (about 35 minutes away) are included. (B)